Skin Blues wrote:Alvarez is the better real life pitcher, Pomeranz is probably better for fantasy. At least for this season. Alvarez won't get a lot of Ks, but he's very efficient. He also faces 4 pretty good offenses in a bunch of hitters parks. Pomeranz at least has the Padres, Giants and Dodgers (and their parks) to play against all season. Plus a pitcher instead of DH. He won't light up the K/9 category either but he should keep the blowouts to a minimum and can be benched for tough assignments at Coors. Alvarez just doesn't get enough friendly matchups to warrant keeping him rostered all season, in my opinion.
Very well said.
Alvarez has gotten glowing reviews from the experts. Gammons said he was the most impressive pitcher in the Grapefruit league. Ravech said Alvarez was the best pitcher throwing the other night when he faced the Sox. He just pitches in a hitters park in the AL in the toughest division in baseball so he's going to have tough matchups all year. Put him in the NL and I bet his value would skyrocket.