As a 27-year-old rookie with no prospect pedigree, Chris Heston wasn't supposed to have a place on Fantasy rosters, but he earned one with the same type of gutty pitching that got him to the majors in the first place. He's not exceptional in any way, lacking strikeout-per-inning stuff or pinpoint control, but he's not dreadful in those areas and generally keeps the ball on the ground, which helps minimize the damage. The high point last year was a no-hitter on June 9, but he did take a turn from there, compiling a 4.08 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 19 starts the rest of the way. It's possible the league caught up to his marginal stuff, and the Giants guarded against the possibility by signing Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija this offseason, bumping Heston to more of a swingman role. Given Jake Peavy's and Matt Cain's injury concerns, though, you shouldn't overlook Heston in NL-only Rotisserie leagues.
Giants starting pitcher Chris Heston (12-10) didn't pitch well Sunday (5 IP, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K), but did get the win over the Athletics. Heston picked up his first win since July 27 (4.88 ERA over that span), but the overall results were still poor. The league has apparently caught up with him since bursting on the scene as a rookie this year. Despite faltering down the stretch, Heston has a decent shot at making the rotation next year, filling the vacant spot left by Tim Hudson.
Giants starter Chris Heston took a no-decision Tuesday against Cincinnati as he allowed three runs on three hits and four walks over five innings. He struck out eight. Heston's control has been an issue in the second half; he has walked at least four batters in a game five times this season, and all of them have come since June. On the other hand, Heston was nasty Tuesday, as he induced 15 swinging strikes on 91 pitches and his eight strikeouts ranks third out of his 28 starts this year. Heston's ERA is up to 3.61.
Giants general manager Bobby Evans said starting pitcher Chris Heston will take the mound Friday against the Rockies. "We're looking at Chris Heston. Heston will start for us," Evans revealed on KNBR 680-AM on Thursday morning, per CSNBayArea.com. "We're not sure whether the time off held back his best stuff in his last outing, but we're wanting the best of Chris Heston to show up."
Chris Heston has been a pleasant surprise for the Giants this season, but in the dog days of August, he's experienced a rough patch that continued Sunday when he couldn't get out of the fourth inning in a loss against the Cardinals. Heston managed to go just 3 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on nine hits, two of them home runs. And while he managed not to walk anyone after combining for nine free passes in his last two starts, he only struck out one batter. In five August starts, Heston (11-8) went longer than 4 2/3 innings only once, and finished the month 0-3 with two no-decisions.
The Giants are planning to promote and start Chris Heston rather than Matt Cain on Sunday against St. Louis, according to CSN Bay Area, which explans that the former threw a bullpen session Wednesday to prepare himself for the outing. Cain has been a mess most of the year. He allowed six runs in in five innings Tuesday to the Cubs to lower his record to 2-4 and raise his ERA to 6.15. If he is indeed getting skipped this weekend, it remains to be seen if he is permanently out of the rotation as San Francisco continues to fight for a playoff spot.