Now it’s time to go from a Brewer whose hot start I believe in to one who I am more skeptical about.
Yuniesky Betencourt has been a journeyman big leaguer, but he is off to a torrid start in 2013. Betencourt has 7 homers, is eighth in the Majors with 22 RBI and is hitting .279. For comparion’s sake, Betencourt hit 7 home runs and drove in 36 runs total last season.
One reason I am skeptical is all his statistics outside of the counting stats seem consistent with what he has done before. He’s walking about the same, striking out about the same and his OBP is still below .300. He is swinging at more pitches, both in and out of the strike zone.
Ultimately, I’m almost certain he will come crashing down to earth. If you want to pick up him to ride the wave, fine. If you think you can find someone to sell high to more power to you. It just won’t be me.
Tony Cingriani, a third round pick for the Reds in the 2011 draft out of Rice, has been near dominant in this three starts thus far this season.
Cingriani is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA, 28 strikeouts and four walks in 18 innings pitched. Opponents are hitting just .182 against him this season, while he is striking out, on average, 14 batters per nine and walking two per nine.
Now, he may fall come back to reality some once the league gets a better look at him as his stuff doesn’t scream ace — he throws his fastball at just 92.1 miles per hour — but he is clearly turning some heads at the moment. He’s available in 30 percent of Yahoo! leagues, so he’s definitely at least a matchup candidate and if he keeps hurling like he is right now that could change very quickly.