Tonight's version of Rounding The Bases is all about starting pitching. There wasn't a full slate of games on Monday, so this isn't the usual size article. There is talk about guys doing better than they should, and some worse than they should and then there are some that are turning things around. Oh, and don't forget that Steven Strasburg pitches tomorrow! It seems that something new is happening every night which is why you have to check out Rounding The Bases.
Daisuke Matsuzaka had another dynamite start for the Red Sox and if he can ever become consistent, Boston (and your fantasy team) would definitely be in contention to win. When Dice can keep the ball over the plate and not walk the park, he can be a successful pitcher. However, every time he takes the mound there is always a chance he can last four innings and walk eight batters. I am still having a little trouble trusting Matsuzaka, but I am coming around on him.
I know I said that I wouldn't write about Carlos Silva anymore, but I just can't stop. How in the world does this guy keep winning and dominating his opponents. Silva did it again on Monday as he gave up only one run over seven innings and he struck out five. I know it was against the Pirates, but how in the world is this guy still being successful???? I will not back down from my stance that this absolutely can not last, and I would trade Silva as fast as you can to maximize selling high on a guy who can't keep this up.
It wasn't his worst outing of the year, but the wheels are coming off slightly for Barry Zito. He allowed five runs in 5.2 innings today and walked three and struck out four. He hasn't been doing awful, but this is now five of his last six starts that he has given up three runs or more. I am not saying that it is time to cut Zito by any means just yet, but I do think it is time to start watching him a little closer and if things don't get better it could certainly get to that point given the way he has pitched over the past couple of seasons.
Cole Hamels went from a no hitter with one out in the seventh inning, to taking a loss in just a few pitches. Hamels has been much better since the beginning of May, as he hasn't allowed more than three earned run in any start. Somehow though, he lost his third straight start. Hamels to me is a great buy low candidate because he is pitching well, but somehow the Phillies aren't scoring enough runs to get him wins. He isn't a top of the line fantasy pitcher in the ilk of Tim Lincecum, Chris Carpenter, or Ubaldo Jimenez, but he is a step below in the next tier but I think right now you might be able to get him a little cheaper than you should.
It is now back to back rough starts for the Reds' Johnny Cueto. After giving up eight runs his last time out, Cueto gave up four runs over six innings and struck out five. Even with these rough outings, Cueto still has a great win-loss record and I still believe in him very much for the future. Don't freak out after a couple of rough starts, there will certainly be some more in 2010, but overall Cueto will have a great season.
Wandy Rodriguez took another loss on Monday, but this was another semi-encouraging start for the Astros' hurler. Rodriguez allowed three runs over seven innings, but struck out just two and he has now given up three earned runs or less in four of his last five starts. He won't come close to matching his stats from last season, but Rodriguez is a pitcher that I think will have a much better second half than he did in the first half.
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