There are many different effective strategies when it comes to drafting starting pitchers. Some will hoard the top talents in the year after the year of the pitcher, while others will rely on weekly spot-starts. Both approaches work, but I have employed a much different scheme in recent seasons:
Ideally, you own just one or two reliable starters. They must maintain a consistently low ERA (preferably no higher than 3.50—3.75) and WHIP (Carl Pavano was a great example last year). Strikeouts aren't important...
Over the past few weeks, we’ve announced the top 90 players on our 2011 big board. Click on each player’s name for a more in-depth analysis, including 2011 projections!
On the surface, it appears as though Yovani Gallardo experienced a setback last season. His 2009 ERA (3.73) climbed slightly to 3.84 in 2010, while his already despicable WHIP (1.31 in ‘09) ballooned to 1.38.
Yet despite this, Gallardo made a significant improvement in his walk rate last season. After posting the worst walk rate (4.56) among pitchers with 180 innings in ‘09, Gallardo issued just 3.65 walks per nine last season...
Game No. 25 on our ambitious journey featured two young, talented hurlers and a two-homer game from a red-hot fantasy afterthought.
Game No. 25 – Milwaukee Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds
• Corey Hart went 3-for-4 two two solo homers Monday night, his third and fourth long balls in the last three games. The Brewers’ right fielder is batting .287 with seven homers, 19 RBI and three steals through 30 games this season...
After a weekend break, Fantasy Baseball Insiders Tonight is back with everything you need to know from Monday night's action. Game No. 18 of 162 featured two of the hardest throwing young arms in the game: Mat Latos and Josh Johnson.
Game No. 18 - San Diego Padres vs. Florida Marlins
Josh Johnson threw a complete game three-hitter against the Padres Monday night, allowing just one run (a sac fly in the eighth) on 117 pitches. The 6-foot-7 right-hander also struck out 12 batters, while issuing just one free pass.