Fantasy Baseball Today: Pablo Lopez dominant, Carlos Carrasco is back, Week 4 preview and more from Thursday

Happy Friday everyone! It’s the best day of the work week, especially for me as I work Sunday through Thursday! Unfortunately, Thursdays aren’t the busiest days for baseball, but we were still able to enjoy plenty of great action on the Diamond, including some absolute gems.

We’ll start with my favorite from the night, and that’s the Mets SP spun Carlo Carrasco. No matter who your team is, how can you not love Carrasco’s comeback story? He went deeper than he had since coming out on May 4, 2019, when he limited the Giants to two earned runs, four hits and no walks through 7 2/3 innings. He only needed 91 pitches, looked healthy and sharp — and looked a lot like the old hard-to-beat innings eater he was in Cleveland.

Carrasco didn’t look at himself in 2021 when he sustained an injury that limited his shooting opportunities and kept everyone from his scent in the 2022 drafts. It’s already proven to be an incredible return on your late-round draft investment. Carrasco has a 20-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio so far and he’s in total command. He moves up the rankings of all three Fantasy Baseball Today team members. Frank Stampfl promoted him to SP35, Chris Towers to SP32 and Scott White to SP50.

We’ll dive into more of Thursday’s action below. We’ll also preview Week 4 with some of Scott’s two-start pitcher suggestions and his sleeper hitters based on matchups. But first, make sure you’re all up to speed on what’s going on over at CBSSports.com/Fantasy/Baseball. On Thursday, Scott updated his Report on top prospects, so if you need a bank stash don’t miss it. He also provided one waiver wire and another one coming soon today as well. If you want more, check back later for Week 4 sleeper hitters, pitchers, two-start pitcher rankings and more.

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Lopez great again

Marlin SP Pablo Lopez was a popular breakout pick in the middle rounds, but his injury history held back excitement about a potential breakout in 2022. So far so good and on Thursday he was dominant again. Lopez threw seven shutout innings against the Cardinals, allowing only three hits and no walks. He also hit nine with 15 induced swinging strikes in 100 pitches. Of course, the switch was messy (it might honestly be the best switch in baseball). He’s induced 11 swinging strikes in the switch alone, and his swinging strike rate is at a career high of 15%. He has conceded just one earned run this season with a 17-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio. This is Pablo’s year!

Other outstanding pitchers

Kevin Gausman, SP, Blue Jays: No San Francisco stadium to count on and a return to the AL East – no problem! Gausman has been sharp this season and shut down the Red Sox on Thursday. He went eight innings deep, allowing only seven hits, one run earned and zero walks. He also hit eight with 19 induced swinging shots in 88 pitches. While Lopez may have the best change in baseball, Gausman’s splinter is one of the sickest pitches you’ll see. It looks just like the SP1 it was in 2021.

Joe Ryan, SP, Gemini: There have been some rumors of Ryan being a sleeper, but he hasn’t garnered much attention this draft season, and maybe that was wrong. He had another great outing Thursday, delivering six shutout innings and allowing just two hits and a walk while hitting five. He has a 12-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio so far this season.

Two start pitchers to consider for week 4

The following two-start SPs and sleeper hitters are brought to you by Scott.

Sleeper for week 4

  • 62% in list: Padres 1B Jurickson Profar @CIN3, @PIT3
  • 74%: Hunter Renfroe Brewer SF1, @PIT3, CHC3
  • 71%: White Sox 1B/OF Andrew Vaughn KC3, LAA3
  • 39%: Phillies 3B Alec Boehm COL4, @NYM3
  • 21%: Yankees by Aaron Hicks BAL3, @KC3
  • 40%: Brewer by Andrew McCutchen SF1, @PIT3, CHC3
  • 76%: Father 1B Luke Voit @CIN3, @PIT3
  • 42%: Rays 1B Ji-Man Choi SEA3, MIN3
  • 29%: Giants by Joc Pederson @MIL1, OAK2, WAS3
  • 66%: Braves by Adam Duvall CHC3, @TEX3

News and installation information from Thursday

Each night, the Fantasy Baseball Today team dives into all that’s happening in MLB, from top performers to injuries, trades and more. The podcast is a must-read for any diehard, if I do say so myself. Tune in to the podcast to hear the FBT crew explain the news and notes below.

  • White Sox BY Louis Robert was diagnosed with a minor groin strain after Thursday’s game. Tony La Russa called the injury minor but acknowledged Robert might need a stint with the IL.
  • Blue Jays BY George Springer was not in the lineup on Thursday after being hit by a blow to his forearm on Wednesday night.
  • twins of Byron Buxton was back in the lineup as DH.
  • Brauer SS/3B/2B Luis Urias will begin a rehab session with Double-A on Saturday.
  • Nationals 1B Josh Bells The MRI on his knee came back clean after he left Wednesday’s game early. He was back in the lineup on Thursday.
  • Red Sox OF JD Martinez was absent on Thursday due to a groin injury and probably won’t play on Friday either.
  • Pirates SP Roansy Contreras was elected Triple-A after two strong relief efforts.
  • Bobby Witt was dropped to seventh in the Royals lineup. He had finished second or third in every other game that season.
  • Rangers SP Jon Grey was placed back on the IL, this time with a slight MCL sprain in the left knee.
  • AJPollock will attend White Sox Friday in Minnesota.
  • Trevor Bauers The administrative holiday has been extended until April 29.
  • giants of Steven Dugar was placed on the IL with a left oblique injury.
  • twins of Alex Kirilloff is optimistic he can return in about a week after having a cortisone shot in his wrist. This doesn’t look like it’s going to end well.
  • Red Sox RP Garret Whitlock will likely start Saturday against the Rays unless used in relief on Thursday or Friday.

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