The Major League Baseball Season kicked off this past Sunday, April 3. What it means is that it's time for Fantasy Baseball Players to start to kick it into high gear! The 2016 MLB Season is already 3 days old. Most of the teams have sent their aces to the mound. Some of those aces came up big in their first outing of the season. Below is a list of pitchers who were close to dynamite and look to be set for the rest of the year unless they get injured. If you have one of these aces on your team, you could be sitting pretty when it comes to the playoffs in September.
Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs – In 7-innings pitched versus the Los Angeles Angels, Arrieta walked a single batter while striking out 6 and allowing only 2 hits. The ERA (Earned Run Average) came out to 0.00 while his WHIP (Walks Plus Hits Per Innings Pitched) came out to .43. Arrieta showed no signs of being any different from the number one ranked player in all of Fantasy Baseball in 2015. He dominated an Angels' line-up that was supposed to score 1 run at least on him.
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers – Kershaw was a bigger stud in the Dodgers' opening day game than Arrieta was in the Cubs' Opening Day game. He was absolutely fantastic when holding the San Diego Padres to 1 hit. He walked 1 batter and struck out 9. His WHIP came out to an unreal .29. The command that Kershaw showed on the mound was ultra-impressive. Granted, he pitched in friendly Petco Park, but still, you have to give Clayton props for coming out and dominating a team that's seen plenty of him the past few years. The Dodgers beat the Padres 15 to 0.
David Price, Boston Red Sox – One of the reasons that the Red Sox were so excited to get Price is because he's unflappable. Price paid dividends in his first start for Boston by tossing a 2 run, 5-hit, 6 inning beauty against the wise guy choice to win the AL, the Cleveland Indians. Price was terrific when striking out 10. He doubled the strike out total of Cleveland K-King Corey Kluber who could only send 5 Boston players packing. Price ended up with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. The Red Sox beat the Indians 6 to 2.
Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros – Although Keuchel had some control issues early, he walked 4 batters in the first 4 innings, last season's AL Cy Young Award Winner, proved that he could take his game onto the road. One of the knocks was that Keuchel was great at home and not so great on the road. That might be the case again this year, but by the looks of it, Keuchel is going to make a huge run to a second straight Cy Young Award. He was dominant against the New York Yankees after the 4th inning. He ended up striking out 5 batters, walking only those 4, and giving up 3 total hits. His ERA ended up at 2.57 while his WHIP stands at 1.00. Both are outstanding. The Stros ended up beating the New York Yankees 5 to 3.
Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks – Zack Greinke signed a 6-year deal with the D'Backs for $34M a year. The total contract comes out to $206.5 million. For the price of a small nation, Arizona acquired the services of a 32 year old, 12 year vet. So far not so good. The Colorado Rockies, a team that Zack Greinke should know well, obliterated Arizona's ace in his first start for his new team. The Rockies blasted Greinke for 7 hits and 9 runs in only 4 innings. At the end, Zack ended up with a 15.75 ERA and a 2.50 WHIP. Arizona lost 5 to 10.