Christopher Crawford examines Milwaukee Brewers P Eric Lauer's numbers to determine how fantasy managers should utilize him as the season wears on.
CHRISTOPHER CRAWFORD: The Brewers have one, if not the best big threes in the sport in Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, and Freddy Peralta. It might be time to expand it to a big four without Eric Lauer's pitching right now.
Lauer was sensational in his start to end the month of April, allowing just a run over 7 innings with 11 strikeouts in a victory over the Cubs. A great effort, but it wasn't even his best start of the week, as he struck out 13 in 6 scoreless innings against the Phillies and the Brewers 1-0 win.
That lowers his ERA for the month of April to 1.93. And he registered a 34 to 5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his 23 and 1/3 innings while not allowing more than a single run in his last three appearances.
One of the reasons for Lauer success has been his ability to generate spin on his fastball. He also has good standing command of his arsenal. And he's getting hitters to chase at his pitches 31.6% of the time with hitters only making contact with those offerings 58.9% of the time.
Fantasy managers can't expect Lauer to keep up this all year, because of course, he can't. But Lauer looks legit. And the fact he's going to be facing the lowly lineups in the NL Central, that doesn't hurt either.