Jorge De La Rosa, Rockies: His peripheral numbers are not great (4.14 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 41 strikeouts in 50 innings), but he plays for a team with a red-hot offense. That will net you wins. It has for De La Rosa. His five start winning streak came to an end yesterday after a
rain delay tornado warning! ended his afternoon after three scoreless innings.
Phil Hughes, Twins: What does this guy have to do to get some respect? I understand that many of us are still burned by his horrid outings in a Yankee uniform, and again earlier this season. But he has figured it out. I promise! Hughes has unleashed six straight quality starts, tallying wins in five of those. Is that not impressive enough? He has not walked a batter in five consecutive starts. He is definitely worth taking a chance on, and he is still out there in 76 percent of leagues.
Dallas Keuchel, Astros: Keuchel has not given up more than four runs in a start yet this season. Playing for a team like the Astros will likely hamper his win total, but the Astros’ offense is showing signs of life. Keuchel is worth a look in most leagues right now.
Jean Machi, Giants: Hey, at no point did I say all of these guys would be starting pitchers! In deep leagues especially, you will take a win wherever you can get it. Machi has five wins and a save this year, so the Giants are comfortable having him in there with the game on the line. That means there is no reason for you not to.
Wei-Yin Chen, Orioles: Chen gave up four runs in each of his first two starts, but has only give up three or more once since then. The lefty will not strike out a lot of batters, but if he continues pitching this well, he will continue winning. He has five wins since Tax Day.
Kyle Gibson, Twins: He is either really good (five starts where he has allowed one run or less) or really bad (three starts of five or more runs allowed). There is no in between. You never know which Gibson you are going to get, but he has won four of those five outstanding starts. He is worth picking up and playing matchups.
Come back tomorrow for the pitchers that can help you with ERA.
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