It's safe to say the Reds won the Dan Straily-Luis Castillo trade, but Straily was the Marlins' best starting pitcher in 2017. Jose Urena ended up with more wins and a better ERA, but Straily led the team in innings, and his performance was appreciably better than Urena's by most advanced metrics. Straily struck batters out at a career-high 8.4 K/9 rate and, perhaps most impressively, trimmed his walk rate from 3.4 BB/9 to 3.0, continuing a trend of improved control in recent seasons. He was still far from a bona fide MLB "ace," but Straily was a profitable piece for Miami at a pre-arb price. The right-hander has been much better over the past two years at throwing strikes with his first pitch, and that should help him maintain the uptick in strikeouts and limit the walks. However, the home-run issues figure to keep Straily from every-week starter status in fantasy.
Straily will make $3.375 million in 2018 after losing his arbitration case, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. The 27-year-old was seeking $3.55 million. Straily accumulated a 4.26 ERA and 1.30 WHIP over 33 starts in 2017. The right-hander led the Marlins in innings pitched and boasted a career-high strikeout rate of 8.4 K/9. He will enter this upcoming season at the top of the club's rotation and should be able to provide decent value at a reasonable price.
Straily lasted just three innings against the Braves on Friday, allowing five runs on six hits and four walks. He struck out three in the no-decision. The right-hander struggled with the home-run ball in this one, as he served up a leadoff shot to Ozzie Albies in the first and then gave up a three-run homer to Lane Adams just four batters later. Thankfully, the Marlins offense managed to take the lead in the seventh inning to take Straily off the hook for the loss, but this was a forgettable end to an otherwise solid season nonetheless. The 28-year-old will carry a 4.26 ERA and a 170:60 K:BB across 181.2 innings of work as he heads into 2018.
Straily pitched well in a no-decision Sunday against Arizona, allowing one earned run on four hits across six innings. He also walked three and struck out nine. The 28-year-old wasn't able to rack up his 11th victory of the season, but he was at least able to bring his ERA down to 4.08 in the process. More importantly, Sunday's nine strikeouts brought Straily up to a new career high (167), surpassing his previous best of 162 set last year.
Straily (10-9) allowed a single run on three hits and four walks while striking out eight batters to collect the win against the Mets on Monday. It had been a slow start to September with 16 runs allowed through 16 innings over three starts, but Straily took advantage of a soft opponent and his run support Monday. Even with a few hiccups to start the month, Straily sports a serviceable 4.17 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 8.2 K/9 for the season. However, it's worth noting that he lines up for a daunting road start at Chase Field against the Diamondbacks next.
Straily (9-9) landed in the loss column after allowing eight runs on 13 hits and one walk in six innings Wednesday against the Phillies. He struck out five batters. It was a rare -- and untimely -- blowup for Straily, who had conceded more than four runs in just two of his previous 29 starts this year. It's been a slow start to the month, as the 28-year-old has allowed 15 runs across three starts after conceding just 12 runs across five August starts. Over that three-start stretch, he's seen his ERA jump from 3.80 to 4.24, though he still owns a serviceable 1.26 WHIP and 8.1 K/9 through 167.2 innings this season. He'll look to turn things around in his next start, which is scheduled for Monday against the Mets.