Bits: Is Scherzer worth ERA, WHIP risk? 

May, 21, 2012

Detroit Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer fanned 15 Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday, winning his third game in nine starts. Scherzer allowed two runs in seven innings and lowered his ERA to a still-unsightly 5.73. Scherzer, who had given up six runs (five earned) earlier in the week, remains risky to a fantasy team's ERA/WHIP but is worth investing in for the potential 200 strikeouts. He began Sunday owned in only 72.3 percent of standard leagues.

Then there's Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Henderson Alvarez, who is quite the opposite; he allowed six runs on nine hits in five messy innings Sunday, his worst outing of the season. Alvarez entered play with a 2.62 ERA and 1.15 WHIP but also having averaged a measly 2.5 strikeouts per nine innings. Alvarez began Sunday with 15 strikeouts in 55 innings, which Scherzer matched Sunday! Alvarez has been a clear sell-high option for weeks.