Week 6 Pitcher:
Chris Devenski (Owned in 4% of ESPN fantasy leagues)
This week is an important week for Devenski. With the likelihood that Lance McCullers will return to the Astros in Boston this weekend, there will be one start for Devenski to prove that he should stay in the starting rotation.
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Devenski pitched himself into the starting rotation with his performance in the bullpen. In 13.2 innings of long relief work, he gave up only one earned run on ten hits with one walk and 12 strikeouts.
In his first two starts, Devenski has been solid. In games at Oakland and against Seattle at home, he has a record on 0-1 with three earned runs on 11 hits given up in 11 innings pitched. He also had four walks and ten strikeouts in those 11 innings.
In his next start, he will face the Cleveland Indians at home on Tuesday. The 21st ranked Indians offense on the year is hitting .252 with an on-base percentage of .316 and a slugging percentage of only .397. These stats gives Devenski the advantage after pitching against a tough Mariners offense last time out.
If Devenski stays in the rotation after Tuesday, he likely next opponent will be the Red Sox in Boston. Devenski has faced the Red Sox twice this year and in those two appearances, he gave up 0 earned runs on seven hits and three strikeouts in 5.1 innings pitched.
Worst case scenario, Devenski only has one mediocre start against the Indians and is bumped to the bullpen after Tuesday. However, the best-case scenario is that he will get two chances to show the Astros what he can do. I believe that the latter will happen. He will prove to be an underrated option for fantasy starts next week, and I don’t think fantasy owners will be disappointed.
***Stats from MLB.com and FanGraphs***