We are finally legal with the fantasy season turning 18 this week. Nice. I was trying to think of the best baseball movie ever this week. I asked several people in my fantasy leagues what they thought. Typical answers — the ones that we all say should be the best were mentioned. I ask you this: how many of them make you laugh like Naked Gun? Granted, not a movie about baseball, but if you haven’t seen it in awhile I definitely recommend it. If you haven’t noticed, I’m avoiding the topic of trade deadline because no matter what you read on the subject, it turns out to be fraudulent. So take a look at your team, ‘cause that’s who you’re stuck with, barring league settings, of course. The waiver wire is your last resort to load up from week to week. Sometimes names are unimpressive but in H2H — it’s quantity that matters. Some matchups will vary, due to the Anaheim starting rotation situation and trades deadline. Here’s this week’s two start pitchers for fantasy baseball:
Brian Duensing (@Tb vs. Price) (@ Cle vs. Tomlin)
Finally stretched out, well earned promotion from the pen. Could be worse: you could have drafted Slowey and Baker and thought “Yeah I’m set at SP.” Wrong. Tiny ERA, lots of hits, no K’s. Good gamble for a team poised to make a run.
Freddy Garcia (@ Det vs. Bonderman) (@ Bal vs. Guthrie)
Still miss the Soul Glo look from Freddy. Has a sneaky 10-4 record. Is a WHIP nightmare and lack of K’s make me sad. Any matchup that starts with Balt and ends with imore is a keeper.
Travis Wood (@ Pit vs. Ohlendorf) (@ ChC vs. TBA)
Continues to deepen the future of Cincy’s rotation. I think he’s doing it with mirrors and will eventually get figured out. Gets a start on the Alleghany, and TBA. Sneaky K numbers.
Jason Vargas (Tex vs. Lewis) (KC vs. Bannister)
A month ago he was 6-2. Prolly a sit in first start. Could be wearing down: high inning total for career is 140 and he is at 127. Get what you can before the wheels fall off the Vargas.
Jeremy Guthrie (Ana vs. Bell) (ChW vs. Garcia)
Any other team, he is a .500 pitcher. No worries, Buck will turn around Charm City. Anaheim rotation is a M.A.S.H. unit and Hawkeye Pierce is getting loose. ERA half a run better at home. He may be starting the “Andrew Luck for Heisman” campaign early.
Vicente Padilla (SD vs. Latos) (Was vs. Olsen)
Another guy who likes his own bed: ERA is halved at the Ravine. 4-1 K/BB is muy bueno. Ultra effective vs. Lefties. SD only good bat is, you guessed it — lefty.
Clayton Richard (@ LA vs. Kuroda) (@ Ari vs. Lopez)
Previous win vs. LA… too bad it doesn’t count for this week. D-Backs are horrid. The fathers are really still in first- I lost a bet ‘cause of that. Another guy with an innings alert. Still chugging with a K/Inning.
Livan Hernandez (@Ari vs. Lopez) (@ LA vs. Kuroda)
Guy throws pitches in the 50’s, and he doesn’t throw knuckleballs or throw it underhanded. Impossible you say. 3.22 ERA on the year. Even Pete Townsend “can’t explain.“
Rick Porcello (ChW vs. Buehrle) (Ana vs. Bell)
Is really motivated by the start of the second season of his home state’s “Jersey Shore.” Patience, kid, only turns 22 in December. 3 consecutive decent starts. A good buy low guy for the Detroit stretch run.
Joe Saunders (Was vs. Olsen) (SD vs. Latos)
Penthouse to the outhouse. ‘Zona is going to be worse than Baltimore the rest of the year, book it. Switch of leagues usually makes you look fantastic for about a minute in a half. Didn’t even happen for Saunders.