The non-Aussie version of the 2014 Major League Baseball season opened Sunday night with the San Diego Padres beating up Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Brian Wilson for a 3-1 win, but the story entering play, and for the first seven innings, was clearly the starting pitching. For one, Dodgers lefty and annual Cy Young award pick Clayton Kershaw wasn’t there, succumbing to what figures to be a short disabled-list stint for a balky back. Lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu filled in with his best Kershaw impression, tossing seven shutout innings but losing out on his second win -- and second in as many team games -- when Wilson imploded in the eighth inning. Those in ESPN standard weekly leagues will likely enjoy an unheard of three outings from Ryu this first "week," including his win in Australia and a pending outing Saturday against the San Francisco Giants.
Let’s shine some light on lesser-known Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner. Hopefully, some well-deserved appreciation came his way in the lone game of the night before a national audience. Fantasy owners obviously know who he is and what he’s capable of since he’s a top-40 starting pitcher in ESPN average live drafts, a 17th-rounder in general and owned in all ESPN standard leagues. But is that enough?