A powerful offense is a lot sexier than a strong staff, but in my opinion the smart way to separate yourself from the pack is to manage against the grain. I’m not saying you should go all in on your arms, but strong pitching can prove to be vital. See below for a nice little primer on middle of the pack starters that can strengthen the backend of your roto, and deserve your trust down the home stretch.
Kyle Lohse – Lohse probably won’t hit you with many super-gems, but he is as steady as they come. Through 24 starts he has only allowed more than four runs twice.
Wade Miley – Factoring out a handful of rough starts in May, Miley has been pretty dominant. I am a huge fan of Arizona’s offense so the wins should come as well.
Chris Tillman – Yes, Tillman’s FIP indicates he may start to decline, but I am a believer. He has struck out a hair under a k per inning pitched in his last five starts.
A.J. Griffin – Six walks in his last start is a bit disarming, but it appears to be an outlier since he has demonstrated solid command in the past. Griff-dog is just another glue guy that will get the job done ROS.
Ivan Nova – Nova has burned me before, but he has looked incredible so far. Six straight starts with 6+ dominant innings.
Felix Doubront – The dude may damage your WHIP but he has high K potential and has found his groove.
Ricky Nolasco – Ricky is another pitcher who won’t do your WHIP any favors. He has value, especially in quality starts leagues, and looks refreshed after finally getting out of the wastelands of Miami.
Bud Norris – Speaking of ball players who recently moved on to greener pastures, Buddy boy is a decent glue guy who will finally be getting some run support. Yes, a pitcher’s record is not a great way to judge them in real life, but we still need W’s in fantasy.
Wei-Yin Chen – Wei is most certainly for me. Heading into this season Wei-Yin was probably tied with Ross Detwiler as my favorite final round man-crushes. He missed a ton of time with a bum oblique, but is finally 100% healthy and pitching well. He is a nice hypothetical #5 for your fantasy team.
Jacob Turner – Gotta love first round draft picks that avoid big time hype. Turner was taken 9th overall in the 2009 draft, and has looked pretty solid thus far. I would try and shop him if you already own the guy since his numbers will decline a bit (BABIP is crazy low) and you may find an overzealous manager obsessed with youth. Can’t hurt to be greedy, but if you can’t get any bites he should be serviceable ROS.
Miguel Gonzalez – Arite, arite, I like everybody that pitches for Baltimore besides Feldman. He hit a rough patch the end of July, but I still think Gonzalez is deserving of a roster slot in deeper leagues.
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