Thanks in part to a training camp holdout that carried into the season, he started only one game during his rookie year with the Raiders. The team dumped him in 2010 after 25 starts in three seasons (a record of 7-18), and Russell never again saw the field in the NFL.
Leinart, a Heisman Trophy winner, was supposed to take over for Kurt Warner when the veteran QB was finished in Arizona. That remained the plan until 2010, when Leinart lost the job to Derek Anderson and was released. Leinard did start 17 games throughout his Cardinals tenure but managed just seven wins and 10 losses.
The Chargers’ defense is pushing to be the best in the NFL with this steal. Gus Bradley is quietly assembling Legion of Boom South in the secondary with James’ playmaking adding to Casey Hayward, Jason Verrett, Trevor Williams and Jahleel Addae behind Sacksonville West.
While some regression is likely coming, what he’s done so far is looking to be legit. His 7.0 K/BB ratio ranks 10th in the league and his 22.4 percent hard-contact rate is fifth. Not only that, but his 2.57 ERA is supported by a 2.29 FIP and 3.15 xFIP. The Braves rank fifth in runs scored and just added phenom Ronald Acuna to their lineup, so this isn’t exactly a favorable matchup. That said, with the way Pivetta is pitching I’m not sure it matters.
Chris Stratton (R), 28 percent, San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers: Stratton has been one of this season’s more pleasant surprises. He has yet to allow more than three runs in any start this season. In fact, he’s been particularly sharp over his last three outings, allowing just three runs on 10 hits with 17 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings. The lack of “strikeout stuff” limits the upside, but he’s a solid floor play against the Dodgers. He gets to pitch in one of the game’s most pitcher-friendly parks, and his effectiveness against lefties this season (.140/.231/.193) sets him up well against a Dodgers lineup that’s anchored by lefty swingers Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger.