Matt Cain, Giants: Cain has not been sharp, as evident by his 31 hits given up and 10 walks. The 0-3 record won’t do you any favors either. Cain is no longer a must-start, especially in points leagues. Choose your matchups wisely.
Hiroki Kuroda, Yankees: Kuroda is not a strikeout pitcher, which makes him dangerous to use when he is in a funk like he is now. He is giving up way too many hits and runs to be counted on.
Homer Bailey, Reds: If he didn’t have a good number of strikeouts (29), he would be droppable. That’s how rough Homer has had it lately. Don’t run him back out there until he shows he can be the pitcher he was last year.
Francisco Liriano, Pirates: Liriano has not been that bad this year. He is still putting up a strikeout per inning. The bad part is that the Pirates haven’t been scoring runs for him, running his record to 0-3. Another thing with Liriano is that he always seems to have one inning in every game that just kills him. I wouldn’t start him against good offenses right now.
A.J. Burnett, Phillies: Burnett has walked almost as many batters as he has struck out, and the Phillie offense is doing him no favors either. He needs to get his control back to make you want to start him every time.
Jason Vargas, Royals: Vargas has pitched very well so far this year, and it is mostly because of his control. He has only walked six batters on the season, and has a 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio. As long as he keeps pitching like this, he is worth using because he is not losing you points.
Jason Hammel, Cubs: The fact that he has been able to win three games with the Cubs is impressive in itself, but I’ve got a better tidbit for you: Hammel has allowed just 14 hits in 27.2 innings. While he is likely due for an adjustment at some point, keep using him until the weather gets hot in Wrigleyville…..
Alfredo Simon, Reds: Simon has as many strikeouts as hits allowed. He has a quality start every time he has taken the mound, and has been quite a find in points leagues. I understand if you’re nervous – he doesn’t exactly have a history of pitching this well – but use him until you have a reason not to.
Nathan Eovaldi, Marlins: Eovaldi has walked just four batters in 31.1 innings. Put that together with his 30 strikeouts, and he has been a points league stud. Even if he doesn’t pick up many wins, he is not going to hurt you, or himself for that matter.
Wily Peralta, Brewers: None of his numbers are spectacular, but all of them are good, meaning he is a big asset for your team right now.