The All Star Game has come and gone, and now it is time to reassess our teams and depending on your league, scrape out a few wins to wrap up the interval, or start off an extended scoring period with a bang. Not so sure any of these guys are true "bang" potential, but all are owned in less than 50% of leagues and have something to merit their inclusion in this post.
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Because MLB has decided to make the ASB a 4 day break from live action that counts in our game, there are no options for Thursday. Instead, I provide you, my readers, with a nicely balanced trio of SPs for the final 3 days of this week.
Friday, July 13, 2012
A. J. Griffin OAK @ MIN Francisco Liriano
Griffin has been sharp in his last starts, allowing only 3 ER over 18 IP, and sporting an 11:5 K/BB ratio as well. Minnesota is not a fear inducing opponent, by any means, and the road park should be in Griffin's favor, too.
Paul Maholm CHC vs ARI Ian Kennedy
Maholm has been one of the better SPs for the Cubs pre-ASB, but that is prolly damning with faint praise. Still, he's allowed a single ER over his past 15 IP (2 starts), which bodes well if you pick him up in terms of potentially winding up with one of those elusive wins. An 11:2 ratio is awfully purty, too.
Chris Young NYM @ ATL Tim Hudson
With the news over ASB that Dillon Gee was having surgery to remove a blood clot, Young's hold on a rotation spot, never really in question, became even more solid. He does a good job of keeping his team in the game (14 ER over 37 IP in his last 7 outings), and puts up nice K numbers, with a 21:8 ratio over those 7 starts, and did not yield one BB in his last 2 appearances. With the Mets playing better, Young is worth a roster spot in deep mixed leagues, and certainly in NL-only leagues.
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Mike Leake CIN vs StL Lance Lynn
Leake appears to finally be pitching up to his early hype. He has yielded only 6 ER over his last 4 starts in 31 IP, so not only is he pitching effectively, but also deep into games. He's also managed to produce an 18:2 ratio over those 4 appearances on the mound for the Reds. My suggestion: pick him up if you need solid back end pitching depth for your team's rotation.
Luke Hochevar KC vs CHW Jake Peavy
I still feel little love for Hochevar, having been burned by his unpredictable ways over the last few seasons, but I have to admit, he's been roster-worthy of late. In his last 27.2 IP, he's allowed a scant 7 ERs, and posted a 17:7 ratio to go along with those results. He may have finally blossomed, or he'll revert to his up and down ways of years past. Me, I wouldn't trust him except for spot starts, but he is a definite Al-only option at this time.
Aaron Harang LAD vs SD Edinson Volquez
Why doesn't Harang get more love from fantasy owners? He pitches in a good park, for a good team (although you have to hope Kemp will look better in game action than he did in the Home Run Derby) and continues to put up good stats. Maybe it's that god-awful profile pitcher most sites have on his player page? Harang has a 3/57 ERA vs his old team, the Padres, on the season in 3 appearances. Admittedly, his ratios are not exciting, but it is hard to argue with the rest of his results. Would I open a roster spot for him? No, but I would spot start him, especially against the Padres.
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Chris Tillman BAL vs DET Justin Verlander
Going up against the Tigers' ace, who undoubtedly wants to wash the taste of the first inning of the ASG out of his mouth, is not necessarily the match-up I'd want for my streaming option. Tillman did look good in his first outing for the Orioles, pitching into the 9th (8.1 IP) and not allowing an ER. Tack on a 7:2 ratio, and you have the makings of a potentially valuable roster addition. I might want to take a wait and see approach, since single game performances are not indicative of long-term success necessarily, but the pickings are somewhat slim this week.
Drew Pomeranz COL vs PHI Cole Hamels
At least Pomeranz isn't pitching at home, although Citizens Bank Park is not by any stretch a pitcher's friend (it is a great place to see a game, however, if you ever find yourself in Philly-not a bad seat in the house). Pomeranz is one bright spot on the Rockies' staff, having allowed no ER over his last 12.1 IP. The ratio numbers are pretty blah-7:5-and against the Phillies he better get his GB% up or he could see some balls leaving the park. Plus, with the 75 pitch count limit being imposed by Jim Tracy, he best hope for a big lead if he want to rack up a win.
Carlos Villaneuva TOR vs CLE Derek Lowe
I've liked Villaneuva since last year, and he's given me no reason not to continue to promote him. In his last 11 IP, he allowed 3 ER, including none in his last start. He presents a stellar 13:1 ratio over that period as well. He and Laffey are two reasons to believe the Blue Jays are developing a good young staff (now if only their ace, Ricky Romero would stop issuing walks to opposing batters by the handful).
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