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Sandy Alcantara turned in a complete game in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Braves, allowing three runs (zero earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out seven across nine innings.
If it were not for some defensive lapses by the Marlins, Alcantara may well have delivered a shutout Sunday afternoon. The 26-year-old workhorse has been in a serious groove over his last three outings, posting a very impressive 0.75 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, and 18-to-6 K/BB ratio across 24 innings. Acantara should see the Braves once again this upcoming Saturday.
Sandy Alcantara worked eight strong innings in Monday's 8-2 win over the Nationals, allowing only one run on three hits and a walk while striking out five.
Alcantara has been brilliant across 15.0 innings over his last two starts. In that stretch, the All-Star right-hander has given up just two earned runs on five hits and four walks while striking out 11. He will carry a 2.49 ERA and 1.11 WHIP into Sunday's matchup against the Braves.
Sandy Alcantara worked seven innings in Wednesday's 11-3 win over the Diamondbacks, allowing just one run on two hits and three walks while triking out six.
Alcantara had not quite looked like his All-Star caliber self the last couple of times out, so this effort was certainly welcome for fantasy owners. The Marlins ace now holds a sub-3.00 ERA and 37-to-19 K/BB ratio through 42 2/3 innings on the year. He is in line to return to the mound Tuesday against the Nationals.
Sandy Alcantara allowed five runs on six hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings on Sunday against the Mariners. He struck out six and took the loss, falling to 2-1.
Alcantara's game had a very different feel to it until he had two outs in the sixth inning, after which he gave up a double, an intentional walk, and a home run to ruin his day. He threw 103 pitches, so there was an argument that he should have been taken out before that point, but nevertheless, Alcantara is responsible for his outing. He wasn't quite at his best on Sunday regardless, as he had just a 27% CSW rate and allowed six hard-hit balls, an uncharacteristically large amount of hard contact. This was really Alcantara's first sub-par outing, and other than the diminished strikeout rate, he's largely satisfied his fantasy managers. His FIP (4.18) and xFIP (4.06) suggest he's been a bit lucky, so managers will want to monitor his performances for signs of regression. He will take on the Padres in his next outing.
Sandy Alcantara allowed one run on six hits and three walks over six innings on Tuesday against the Nationals. He struck out five and earned the win, moving to 2-0.
Alcantara wasn't particularly sharp on Tuesday despite keeping the Nationals from doing any damage. His command was off and he had just a 26% CSW rate. But he has yet to allow more than two earned runs in any start this year, and although his strikeout rate is lower than fantasy managers are used to seeing, it's hard to argue with his success. His HR rate (0.36/9) is due for some regression even though he typically excels in limiting long balls, and both his FIP and xFIP are at least a run and a half higher than his ERA. In other words, don't expect Alcantara's 1.78 ERA and 1.18 WHIP to hold all season. None of that should take away from the fact that he is a must-start option, including in his next outing against the Mariners.