Friday, August 20, 2010

Steroids for your Stretch Run pt2

For the second part of my Stretch Run segment, I'll be focusing on pitching. Whether it's because of poor performance or a DL stay, there comes a time when a move must be made to stay competitive. However, this late in a fantasy season finding talent in free agency can be a daunting proposition at best. Here are some arms that you can get some mileage out of, or maybe more. These players are owned in LESS then 50% of Yahoo leagues.

Bud Norris, SP HOU: The Astros patience with their second year fireballer is starting to pay dividends big time. After a ho-hum April & May, Norris found his stuff and his starting spot again in July. Over the last month playing for the offensively challenged Astros, Norris has recorded 39 Ks in just over 38 innings to go along with 4 wins & 3 quality starts. Those in need of K's should grab him fast, but the wins might not be as plentiful.

Anibal Sanchez, SP FLA: Some of you no doubt remember Sanchez from the improbable no-no he hurled against the Diamondbacks his rookie year, but since then it's been a rocky road for the 26 year old. After his 10-3 rookie campaign he proceeded to go 8-14 over parts of the next 3 seasons with Florida. Fast forward to 2010 and things are looking up. His 3.31 ERA and 140 hits allowed over 141+ innings this season show his stuff is as good as it's been since 2006. And his 4 quality starts & 36 K's over his last 32 innings demostrate Anibal the Canibal could be headed to a strong finish.

Jeremy Guthrie, SP BAL: After averaging 180 IP over the last 3 seasons in Baltimore, Guthrie is at the very least the main innings eater for the O's. But a closer look shows a guy that can help out in fantasy leagues when things are going right, and anyone who's witnessed the Buck Showalter era in Baltimore can attest that things ARE going pretty well! And Guthrie is a big part of that turn around. Over the last month he's thrown 5 quality starts and won four of them, allowing only 33 base hits in those 43 innings. I know he isn't the sexiest option out there, but you could do worse if your looking for a guy to round out your rotation.

Gio Gonzalez, SP OAK: Seems Oakland's had alot of really good young SPs go through their franchise in the last decade and Gio has the upside to be one of their best. With a 3.49 era, 10 wins & 121 Ks so far in his first full season with the big club, he's already turned alot of heads. Considering his August numbers(35 K's, 2.70 ERA, 1.07 WHIP & 4 quality starts)it looks like Gonzalez keeps heating up with the weather. A big heads up here to keeper league owners, Gio has top of the rotation written all over him!!

Honerable mention: I gotta send some love to Ted Lilly & Ryan Madson, two guys who've missed time in 2010, but have come back with a vengeance. Although he is owned in slightly more then 50% of leagues,
Lilly's been absolutely unhittable since his relocation to Chaves Ravine. Considering how bad he looked in extended spring training, it's a treat to see him mow through a lineup like he did to the Rockies Wednesday night. And for those of you in leagues that reward holds, Madson is back where he belongs--the 8th inning. And he's thrived their since his return from the DL. If they're available, get these guys into your lineup!!

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