Who isn’t streaming a starter by now? Jorge de la Rosa — fitting that there’s a DL in the middle of his name — is one of the biggest hurts on my teams.
I’ve been streaming in several leagues since DL went on the shelf on April 26.
How about you? I figured as much. That’s why you’re here. Luckily, there are always pitchers to be had on the waiver wire. But who’s a keeper and who’s a dumper?
Joe Saunders — The sixth-best player in all of 5×5-land last week is available in 86% of Yahoo leagues. He struck out 16 in 16.2 innings and notched two wins with a 0.64 ERA and a 0.50 WHIP. Despite those solid games, he’s too easy with the free passes (23 walks to 25 strikeouts). He has a career 1.38 WHIP and registered a 1.43 last season. Saunders already has five losses this season and is a risky spot starter.
Anibal Sanchez — He’s less likely than Saunders to saddle you with a 10-baserunner outing that would murder your WHIP, but Sanchez is still a shaky play. His batting average on balls in play is .322 and as we’ve discussed before that number should be around .300. So he has apparently been unlucky despite a 3.28 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. He does have a 1.43 career WHIP so he’s no stranger to baserunners. Last week he struck out 15 in 14 innings to earn a pair of wins. Sanchez is owned in 14% of Yahoo leagues. Stream him.
Mat Latos — The first downright own on the list. It’s surprising that Edwin Jackson (52%) is owned more than Latos (42%). Latos won one and struck out 11 in 15 innings last week as the 11th best player in fantasy baseball. Since a 7-runs-in-2.2-innings shellacking April 26, Latos has lowered his ERA from 6.20 to 3.28. Despite a string of shaky starts in April, the 22-year-old still has a 0.99 WHIP this season. I’m not saying he fits on every team, but there are worse pitchers on rosters.
Edwin Jackson — As mentioned above, Jackson is owned in 52% of Yahoo leagues, largely because of the 12 Ks and two walks last week. Maybe he’s warming up, but I’m steering clear. In his previous four starts, Jackson allowed five homers and 27 runs (almost 7 a game) in just 20 innings. That included a 10-run game and an 8-run game.
Jeremy Guthrie — Last week, Guthrie earned a win and struck out eight in 14 innings. He had a 1.29 ERA and a 0.71 WHIP. Last season was a horrible one for Guthrie — with an ERA over 5.00, 35 homers allowed and a .281 batting average against. So far this season, Guthrie has pitched more like the the 3.60-3.80, 5 K pitcher he was in 2008. He’s available in 97% of Yahoo leagues. Don’t expect a lot of strikeouts, but if you need some innings to meet your weekly requirement, Guthrie could help.
Clay Buchholz — In 14 innings last week, Buchholz won two games and struck out 10. Any pitcher with an unfavorable K/BB rate is questionable in my book, and Buchholz is allowing free passes at a much higher rate than usual. He’s got 23 walks to only 35 Ks. His 1.43 WHIP isn’t jiving with his seems-too-low 3.26 ERA. one of those numbers has to change, I say it’s his ERA. Buchholz is available in 46% of Yahoo leagues.
Sean Marshall — Our first reliever is owned in only 10% of Yahoo leagues. Read a report earlier this week — that was confirmed in our holds update comments by ninja CJones — that Marshall was the teams setup man. Marshall might get a save today because Z is getting ready to move back into the rotation and Carlos Marmol is unavailable. Marshall’s on this list because he vultured a pair of wins and struck out six in 4.2 scoreless innings. Depending on how deep your league is and whether you score holds — he has three this season and the recent setup change will lead to more — Marshall is ownable. But don’t pick him up expecting any more 2-win weeks. He’s available in 90% of Yahoo leagues.
Joel Pineiro — Available in 66% of Yahoo leagues, Pineiro struck out five in a complete game shutout this week. A pair of shutout outings has lowered Pineiro’s ERA from abominable to 3.71. He’s already allowed almost half as many homers (5) and walks (10) as he did last season (11 and 27 respectively) in arguably his career-best season. I wouldn’t call him a must-own because of those numbers, but use him for spot starts, especially in good matchups.
Frank Francisco — The former Rangers closer earned a win and struck out eight in 4.1 shutout innings last week. His WHIP was a miniscule 0.23. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last five outings, but any reliever with a 5.09 ERA, a 1.58 WHIP and a .288 batting average against is a shaky play. He’s available in 61% of Yahoo leagues and his career ERA is south of 4.00.
Octavio Dotel — Earned three saves in four shutout innings. Since a 4-run bombing on April 26, Dotel has allowed two earned runs in nine outings (10 innings), halving his ERA from 12.27 to 6.23. He has a 24/9 K-to-BB rate and he has a career 3.78 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. Dotel is available in 48% of Yahoo leagues.
Manny Corpas — A pair of saves in three innings with one strikeout this week for Corpas. With Huston Street on the shelf into June, Corpas will likely hold closer duties. After 19 holds and 16 saves in a great 2007, he suffered through a pair of disastrous seasons with the Rockies, featuring 1.51 and 1.46 WHIPs. He’s pitching more like the 2007 Corpas right now and if you need saves cheap, he’s available in 74% of Yahoo leagues. Own Corpas before Dotel, Marshall or Francisco