The shutout was kind to fantasy owners around the game of baseball over the past couple weeks. This includes a handful of complete game shutouts, including pitching gems thrown by Chris Tillman, Masahiro Tanaka and Johnny Cueto to name a few of them. These are the types of games that not only help owners of full season fantasy leagues, but are even more important for daily fantasy players.
Cueto might be the hottest pitcher in the league pitching to a 1.25 earned run average in his first nine starts of the season. This includes two complete game shutouts and another eight inning outing with zero runs allowed. The other key stat is the fact that Cueto has gone at least seven innings in every start with at least four strikeouts. In his last outing Cueto shut out the San Diego Padres, allowing only three hits while striking out eight batters. Cueto’s next three starts come against the Washington Nationals (2-0 with a 2.57 earned run average in three career starts), Los Angeles Dodgers (1-1 with a 2.14 earned run average in three career starts) and Arizona Diamondbacks (2-1 with a 4.67 earned run average in three career starts).
Other starters that have recently pitched a complete game:
Chris Tillman, Baltimore Orioles: Tillman pitched his first career shutout against the Kansas City Royals in his last outing. In his next three outings Tillman will face the Pittsburgh Pirates (zero career starts), Milwaukee Brewers (zero career starts) and the Houston Astros (1-0 with a 1.29 earned run average in one career start).
Masahiro Tanaka,New York Yankees: Tanaka dominated the New York Mets in his last outing striking out eight in his complete game shutout. Tanaka has starts against the Chicago Cubs (1-0 in one career start with zero runs allowed), Chicago White Sox (zero career starts) and Minnesota Twins (zero career starts) over his next three outings.
Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros: In his last outing Keuchel blanked the Texas Rangers while striking out seven batters. Kuechel will face off against the Los Angeles Angels (0-1 with a 7.20 earned run average in one start in 2014), Seattle Mariners (1-1 with a 4.50 earned run average in two starts in 2014) and the Baltimore Orioles (zero starts in 2014).
CJ Wilson, Los Angeles Angels: Wilson struck out seven while allowing five hits in his complete game shutout against the Tampa Bay Rays. Wilson will face the Kansas City Royals (zero starts in 2014), Seattle Mariners (0-1 with a 9.53 earned run average in 2014) and Houston Astros (1-0 with a 1.13 earned run average in one start in 2014)in his next three starts.
Drew Hutchison, Toronto Blue Jays: In his last outing Hutchison dominated the Texas Rangers in Arlington striking out six in a complete game shutout. In his next three starts Hutchison will face off against the Boston Red Sox (zero starts in 2014), Tampa Bay Rays (1-0 with zero runs allowed in one start in 2014) and the Kansas City Royals (0-1 with a 5.15 earned run in one start in 2014).