Dallas Keuchel and Erik Bedard can help you lower your WHIP

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Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake (44) pitches against the San Diego Padres. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Moderate Leagues:

Jorge De La Rosa, Rockies: I touched on De La Rosa’s recent dominance in a recent post.  His WHIP is also following suit.  His WHIP sits at 1.01 since tax day, and he is showing no signs of slowing down.  In fact, he has only allowed three baserunners in his last ten innings!

Mike Leake, Reds: Leake has been borderline dominant in his last four starts, but has no wins to show for it.  Still, if you need WHIP help, he is providing that right now.  His WHIP is at 1.00 in that span, and is only 1.02 on the season.

Phil Hughes, Twins: The 27 year old former top prospect with the Yankees may have finally figured this pitching thing out.  His last five starts have been nothing short of brilliant.  He has allowed only four runs on 30 hits in in 33.1 innings pitched.  Oh, and he has not issued a single walk in that span.  Yes, I would even start him against the Rangers on Tuesday.  Despite this great stretch, Hughes is still being Rodney Dangerfielded by the fantasy community.  He is only owned in 30 percent of ESPN leagues!

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Tommy Milone (57) throws a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Deep Leagues:

Erik Bedard, Rays: Bedard has been long forgotton by fantasy owners since his ill-fated move to Seattle in 2008.  Since then, Bedard’s career has been derailed by injuries and inconsistency.  Now six years later, Bedard seems to have found his 2007 for with Baltimore that led him to a 13-5 record with a 3.16 ERA.  Bedard has a 0.87 WHIP and a 0.78 ERA in May.

Tommy Milone, Athletics: Milone has been very good since getting lit up by the Red Sox on May 3rd.  He has a 0.83 WHIp since then, and has only give up three runs in three starts.  Recent brilliance aside, I’m still apprehensive about running him out there against Detroit tomorrow.

Drew Hutchison, Blue Jays: Despite a couple of starts where he was hit pretty hard, Hutchison still has a 1.18 WHIP on the season, including a 1.00 WHIP in his last six starts.  Not surprisingly, he overall numbers have improved with less runners on base.  He is worth owning in all deep leagues, and most 16-teamers right now.


Come back tomorrow for pitchers that can help you in strikeouts!

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