Fantasy Baseball-“Buy And Sell”-Pitchers
Tim Lincecum, SP, San Francisco Giants- “The Freak” put up a scary statline in his most recent start last Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds, as he allowed seven runs in just four innings of work and struck out one while waking four. Lincecum is 5-5 with a 3.41 ERA overall this season heading into his next scheduled start Friday night against the Oakland A’s, who he threw a complete game three-hitter against back on May 21. His peripheral numbers are still strong all the way around (9.2 K/9, 3.02 BB/9, 3.03 K.BB), but run support stands to still be hard to come by with C Buster Posey (leg) out for the season. Lack of a big win total may keep Lincecum under the radar some, if that’s possible at this point, and create a potential buying opportunity for a savvy fantasy owner.
Gio Gonzalez, SP, Oakland A’s- Gonzalez got his first win since May 17 on Thursday night against the Kansas City Royals, as he went six innings and allowed two runs on five hits while striking out 10 and walking two. He finally enjoyed some run support from the usually anemic Oakland offense, and is now 6-5 with a 2.69 ERA this season over 14 starts (87 innings). Gonzalez also has a solid strikeout rate (8.5 K/9 this season) and if he can improve his control some (4.3 BB/9) his results could get even better. Wins are likely to be hard to come by with the lack of run support, but other fantasy owners can find a lot to like with Gonzalez.
Tim Hudson, SP, Atlanta Braves- Hudson allowed three runs (two earned) over four innings in a rain-abbreviated start against the New York Mets on Wednesday, and has now not lasted past six innings in any of his past five starts. He is 5-6 with a 4.08 ERA in 14 starts (86 innings) this season as he has not gotten good run support at various times despite some solid work. Hudson’s next start is scheduled for Monday against the Toronto Blue Jays, an opponent he is fairly familiar with from his time in the American League, and he is 10-3 with a 3.00 ERA in 15 career starts against them. If he can put together a good outing, fantasy owners that have gone through his ups and downs this season may have a good opportunity to maximize Hudson’s value in a trade.
Zach Britton, SP, Baltimore Orioles- After an excellent start to his rookie campaign, the bloom has begun to fall off of Britton’s rose. He allowed just one run on four hits in his most recent start last Wednesday against the Oakland A’s, but prior to that he had allowed 13 runs (11 earned) over his previous two starts (10.2 innings). Overall this season he is 6-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 13 starts (82 innings) and had his start this week pushed back to Friday night against the Washington Nationals. The Orioles have suggested they want to limit Britton’s innings as the season goes along, which can be expected but also does not bode well for his fantasy value as the summer goes along. If you were a fantasy owner that was able to take advantage of his stellar first two months of the season, now may be those the time to try and convince someone in your league to make a deal for him.
Matt Capps, RP, Minnesota Twins- Capps has struggled at time this season, blowing five saves, and also missed time recently with a right wrist issue. But he converted his most recent save opportunity on Thursday against the Chicago White Sox, giving him nine saves on the season with a 4.34 ERA in 26 appearances (29 innings). The Twins struggles through April and May gave him inconsistent save opportunities to say the least, and may have played a role in his struggles. If the team can not continue their recent winning ways and become a realistic contender, Capps may become a candidate to be traded as July’s trade deadline approaches. That would not be good news for his fantasy value, as he would likely move into a set-up role and see few if any save opportunities. Those that currently own Capps may want to hang onto him through a couple more clean save conversions, then look to deal him while his value is still high.