Fantasy Baseball-Buy And Sell: Pitchers
John Danks, SP, Chicago White Sox- Danks (oblique) returned from the disabled list on Wednesday night against the Kansas City Royals, and he pitched seven shutout innings in a no-decision to drop his ERA to 3.92 on the season. Prior to being injured in an abbreviated start, he had won his previous three starts and had a 1.23 ERA in 22 innings of work. Danks started the season 0-8 in his first 11 starts, so his injury was ill-timed for fantasy owners that went through that and had seen his brief turnaround. Owners frustrated by his slow start and injury may be looking to trade Danks, so a buying opportunity could be present for a shrewd owner.
Madison Bumgarner, SP, San Francisco Giants- Bumgarner allowed three runs on four hits over eight innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night, and is now 5-9 with a 3.72 ERA in 20 starts (118.2 innings) overall this season. Over his last five starts, since allowing eight runs in just one-third of an inning against the Minnesota Twins on June 21, he is 2-0 with a 2.88 ERA and has gone at least six innings in each outing. Run support may continue to be an issue unless the Giants are able to add offense as we get closer to the trade deadline, but fantasy owners should not allow him to be overshadowed by the more well-known pitchers on the Giants’ pitching staff.
Dillon Gee, SP, New York Mets- Gee picked up his ninth win of the season on Tuesday night as he allowed two runs on three hits over seven innings against the St. Louis Cardinals. In his four starts prior to that the rookie had struggled, going 1-3 with a 6.35 ERA along with 11 strikeouts and 12 walks in 22.2 innings of work. Gee had said he was pitching through a dead arm period at the start of the month, which seems to be behind him but still has to be cause for concern. The prospect of the Mets trading OF Carlos Beltran before the trade deadline would hurt the team’s offense, and thus may make run support an issue going forward. It all adds up to Gee’s fantasy value looking to be at it’s peak a few weeks ago, but perhaps on the heels of a solid outing a selling opportunity could be had.
Derek Holland, SP, Texas Rangers- Heading into his start against the Los Angeles Angels Holland had pitched two straight complete game shutouts, allowing just nine hits in those 18 innings of work with 15 strikeouts and three walks in that span. Overall this season, up to Wednesday night, he is 8-4 with a 4.32 ERA in 19 starts (118.2 innings) with three complete games (all shutouts). Consistency has been an issue for him though, as Holland has allowed five runs or more in six starts and two runs or less seven times. His fantasy value may never be higher than it is right now, barring a poor performance against the Angels, so now seems to be the time to deal him.
Ryan Madson, RP, Philadelphia Phillies- Madson recently returned from an injury to his pitching hand, and has yet to get a save opportunity in two appearances since returning as he is being eased back in the action. When healthy this season, he has pitched well, with a 2.14 ERA and 15 saves in 16 opportunities with 36 strikeouts in 33.2 innings of work. With Brad Lidge (elbow) looking likely to return to the Phillies as soon as Friday, Madson may not get many more opportunities for saves depending how Lidge will be used right away. Fantasy owners that have had Madson up to this point should cross their fingers for him to tally a couple saves in the coming days. That could provide an opportunity to deal him when his value has virtually nowhere to go but down.