Again accompanied by their live studio audience Rob Shaw and Michelle Steele break-down some Pitcher Pick-Up’s for your Fantasy Baseball team, as well as discuss Jim Riggleman and the Nationals.
John Danks, SP, White Sox
Remember when John Danks was 0-8 with a 5.25 ERA. Well that was at the end of May, and as it turns he hit rock bottom. Ever since, Danks has won all three starts while allowing a combined three runs to score. His ERA, down a full run to 4.29 and his record a not as bad 3-8. Folks, this is a young southpaw with 40 wins over the last three seasons with a solid strikeout total. This is a player you want on your team. Pick him up if he’s available.
Jason Vargas, SP, Mariners
The last time Jason Vargas took the mound, he tossed a 3-hitter. He improved to 5-4 with a 3.75 ERA and an even better 1.18 WHIP. While his lack of K’s keep him away from stardom, his solid control and favorable home park makes him a solid fantasy spot starter. His career record at Safeco is 13-10 with a 3.18 ERA.
Tim Wakefield, SP, Red Sox
At 44-years old, Tim Wakefield is the oldest player in the game, but he is an oldie but goodie. The hurler, who is three wins shy of 200 for his career has won four of his last five decisions, and his ERA isn’t all that bad either at 4.26 ERA. What makes him unique, even among fellow knuckleballers is his control. Wakefield’s 1.14 WHIP is incredible when you consider he has the slowest fastball in the Majors at just 73 MPH.
Tyler Clippard, RP, Nationals
He is not a closer, but yet just like my favorite middle reliever Al Alburquerque, he is worth adding to your fantasy lineup. Tyler Clippard boasts a 1.85 ERA and sensational 0.89 WHIP. Then there are the strikeouts. With 56 K’s in 43.2 innings, he is doing even better than last season when he finished with 112 strikeouts. Picking up Clippard is a sneaky way to improve in strikeouts, WHIP, and ERA for your fantasy team.
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