Whether your making that final push to the top of your rotisserie league, or just trying to knock down that ridiculous account manager who was just named employee of the month — “what do you have to do to be EOM around here?!” Amirite?
In either case, these pitchers could provide a nice spark for your team. And just like the waiver hitters we looked at Wednesday, all players are remarkably addable (50% or better in this case) in Yahoo leagues.
Jeremy Guthrie, SP, Orioles (13% owned in Yahoo leagues)
He’s had terrible run support all season, so don’t look to Guthrie if you need to add wins. But he is 4-2 with a 2.30 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP in 43 innings pitched over the last 30 days. He allowed five earned runs to Seattle in the last outing, but that broke a string of six consecutive strong performances — including games against Toronto, Tampa and Minnesota. Guthrie will likely pitch Tuesday against the White Sox.
Jeremy Hellickson, SP, Rays (48% owned in Yahoos)
Hellickson’s ownership rate is surprising. He’s a really high level prospect who has had three outstanding outings as a pro. He’s 3-0 with 18 Ks and three walks in 20 innings with a 1.35 ERA and a 0.60 WHIP. From Yahoo Sports: “Hellickson is the first pitcher in the modern era to work six or more innings and allow three or fewer hits in his first three games.” He pitches tonight against Oakland. Whether he does well or not, he should still be on a lot more rosters.
Dallas Braden, SP, Athletics (34% owned)
Throwing that perfect game early in the season really hurt him in the eyes of a lot of fantasy owners who added him quickly. I suggested it on the site, but not just because of the perfect game, because of the potential that is shining through of late. He came back to Earth in May, then he got hurt. However, since his return from the DL, Braden is 4-1 with a 2.57 ERA in six starts. In the last 30 days he has a pair of complete games and an 0.91 WHIP.
R.A. Dickey, SP, Mets (42% owned)
He doesn’t get a lot of respect because of his knuckleballness and his unimpressive 23:9 K to BB in the last month. He has, however, thrown 40.1 innings, shut out the Phillies and posted a 1.79 ERA over the same stretch. Another note: Dickey has allowed three earned runs or less in 15 of his 18 starts this season. He didn’t allow a run in six of his starts. Check out his numbers yourself, then add him.
Anibal Sanchez, SP, Marlins (37% owned)
He’s pitching tonight against Houston and looking strong again. He’s the shakiest of the bunch based on his whole season of work, but it’s hard to argue with the numbers he’s put up in the last 30 days: 2-2, 32 innings, complete game shutout, 36 Ks to 10 walks, a 2.25 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. Sanchez has allowed no more than two earned runs and has a 40:12 K:BB in his last six starts.