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Fantasy Baseball: From the Mound

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By:  A. J. Applegarth

Hello, Fantasy Baseball fans!  I hope everyone enjoyed the final weekend of Interleague play, and your Fantasy Teams are playing up to (or beyond) your expectations.  For this article, I wanted to do a short follow-up on some of the starting pitchers highlighted in my previous articles.  It seems like a handful of the pitchers I discussed ended up having horrific games immediately after they graced one of my articles.  So, hopefully, those recommendations didn’t crush your lineups too badly.  Anyway, here we go!

Ricky Nolasco (SP – MIA) – I highlighted Nolasco in my first article back on May 12th, and since that article, he has gone 2-6.  His most recent start was a complete waxing at the hands of the Boston Red Sox where Nolasco gave up 9 ER on 9 Hits and 1 BB, and he only tallied 1 K in his 3.1 innings of work.  He is only currently owned in 30.7% of leagues, and I think part of the reason that number is that high is because Ricky is a 2-start pitcher this week, but his Monday match-up is against the Cardinals, so he’s a risky start, at best.

Kevin Millwood (SP – SEA) – I discussed Millwood in my May 26th article, and he’s gone 0-2 in the five starts since then.  Two of the outings were fairly solid, but he was unable to get a W in either of those contests, and he has seen his ownership drop to only 4.1%.  Millwood is only worth a spot-start at this point, and only if the match-up is in his favor.

Brian Matusz (SP – BAL) – Matusz was highlighted in my June 6th article, and he got absolutely shelled by the Red Sox the next day.  He only managed to pitch 2.0 innings in that game, giving up 5 runs (4 ER) on 4 Hits and 5 BB, and had 0 K.  Matusz has lost all three of his starts since I mentioned him, and is not worth rostering until he shows some more consistency and solid play.

Jerome Williams (SP – LAA) – Williams was also discussed in my June 6th article, and since then he’s given up 5 ER, 5 ER and 4 ER, respectively, in the three starts since.  Williams is currently on the DL with chest / breathing issues, but will throw a 3.0 inning simulated game during the Angels / Orioles series early this week.  Like Matusz, it’s safe to wait to see if Williams can pitch more consistently before rostering him again.

In other pitching news, R. A. Dickey’s streak of scoreless innings was quashed last night at the hands of the Yankees.  After striking out Derek Jeter to start the 3rd Inning, Dickey managed to load the bases with two walks and an infield single.  Then, Mark Teixeira hit a sacrifice fly to RF allowing Granderson to score from 3rd to end the scoreless streak.  Nick Swisher proceeded to hit a 3-run HR in the next AB, and Dickey ended up with 5 ER total in a no-decision.  Speaking of the Mets, it should also be noted that closer Frank Francisco has been placed on the DL with an oblique injury.  Expect Bobby Parnell to take-over the closer role while Francisco is on the shelf.


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