So, less than a week after Madison Bumgarner – he of the uber-early average draft position – was placed on the disabled list following a dirt bike accident, fellow SP-1 Syndergaard could join him.
Here are four potential replacements on the waiver wire.
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Wade Miley - available in 46 percent of leagues
Let's get the negative out of the way first. It'll be a challenge for Miley to maintain his 2.08 ERA and 1.00 WHIP the way he's pitched through the first 26 innings. When your BB/9 is 4.85, opposing hitter BABIP is .189 and carry an 87 percent strand rate, those chickens will come home to roost and ruin a hot start.
However, Miley's 3.36 xFIP and 11.08 K/9 rate should be taken into consideration before fading the veteran starter.
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Jerad Eickhoff - available in 48 percent of leagues
Had Eickhoff controlled his pitch count in his last start, he could have ripped off four consecutive quality starts this season. The 26-year-old Phillies arm is boasting a K/9 rate north of 9.00, ERA under 2.60 and WHIP just over 1.00. He needs to force more groundballs as Eickhoff's 48-percent fly-ball rate could cause that ERA to soar.
Trevor Cahill - available in 95 percent of leagues
If your league's waiver wire is picked over at the tail end of Week 4, Cahill could be for you. He'll force you to embrace your fears, but he's averaged better than seven strikeouts in his four starts. The 4.13 BB/9 ratio is ugly, but he keeps the ball down and ranks fifth in ground ball rate. Some preseason projections had Cahill pegged for better than 9.00 K/9. So, he is an outside-the-box option if anything.
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Sonny Gray - available in 79 percent of leagues
Gray is scheduled to make one more rehab start and if he comes away unscathed, expect him to rejoin the A's rotation next week. It's been well-documented how bad Gray's 2016 campaign was - 5-11 with a 5.69 ERA. Hopefully, a healthy and rejuvenated Gray can turn the page and work his way back into the fantasy conversation. Still only 27 years old, he's got the stuff to punch hitters out and secure some wins for his (desperate) fantasy owners.