Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga isn't owned in a lot of fantasy leagues and that will likely changed after his perfect game, I mean one-hitter, against the Indians yesterday. You all know by now that a blown call by first base umpire Jim Joyce cost Galarraga perfect game.
Galarraga needed just 88 pitches to go the distance and struck out three. It was the third start of the season for Galarraga, who began the season in Triple-A. He was recalled when the Tigers send Max Scherzer to the minors after a poor start. He allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings in his first start against the Red Sox and then allowed five earned runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Dodgers.
Some may recall his good rookie season and think Galarraga is back. Not so fast. In 2008, he went 13-7 with a 3.73 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. It was easy to see that he had some luck, though, with a .247 BABIP and 76 percent strand rate. He had a 6.35 K/9 and a 3.07 BB/9. It was no surprise to see major regression last season with a 6-10 record, 5.64 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, 5.95 K/9 and a 4.20 BB/9 as well as a more normal .302 BABIP.
The great performance against the Indians came out of nowhere. The Indians offense is awful, but Galarraga had one of those nights where it all clicked. His velocity was up last night, but he won't get a lot of strikeouts. There just isn't a lot of upside here and you shouldn't let the almost perfect game cloudy your expectations. I wouldn't add him in mixed leagues, but would consider him in AL-only leagues.