I’m sure you’ve experienced many of pitching woes throughout the year.
Aces pitcher not pitching like aces, Clayton Kershaw owners are now praying that his season isn’t over, and there’s a enough pitchers on the DL that can make one manager who’s sitting in the basement go crazy — yes I’m speaking from experience.
Don’t stress, there are hidden gems out there that have been pitching better than you may realize.
How do I know, you ask? Well, because I’m currently rostering or streaming these pitchers on my rickety pitching staff this season (insert nervous laughter here).
Let’s take a look at five pitchers that have been pitching under the radar.
Five Pitchers Who Have Been Quietly Producing
Doug Fister, SP, Houston Astros
Doug Fister is doing Doug Fister thing, and no one seems to care!
Owned in a measly 49% in Yahoo! leagues, Fister is currently sitting on a 3.42 ERA, a 1.23 ERA, 74 strikeouts in 118.1 innings pitched, and to boot a 10-6 record. When healthy, like he’s been in 2016, he’s an innings eater pitcher who puts up winning numbers like he’s done so far. The Houston Astros are getting all that they paid for in the one-year deal they acquired him for in the offseason.
Anthony DeSclafani, SP, Cincinnati Reds
Since coming back from the oblique injury that derailed the start of his 2016 season, Anthony DeSclafani has quickly risen to become the ace of the Cincinnati Reds.
DeSclafani has been pitching like a man possessed since coming back on June 10th. Pitching for the flailing Reds hasn’t been the most ideal situation for any pitcher, but DeSclafani hasn’t needed much run support from the Reds as he’s taken it all upon himself. He’s 59% owned in Yahoo! leagues; don’t let the team he pitches for scare you, off he’s worth the pickup.
Junior Guerra, SP, Milwaukee Brewers
Junior Guerra was a name on no one’s preseason list, and now, similar to Anthony DeSclafani, has become the ace of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Again, similar to DeSclafani, he pitches for a putrid offense, but that hasn’t stopped him from pitching like a solid pitcher. Guerra is currently sitting on 3.06 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 78 Ks in 88.1 innings pitched and a 6-2 record. He’s owned in 63% of leagues but judging at this rate he’s a pitcher that’s more worthy of a 90% ownership.
Brad Brach, RP, Baltimore Orioles
Brad Bach has been doing his best Darren O’Day impression since O’Day went on the DL in early June for the Baltimore Orioles.
Brach has been elite throughout all of the 2016 season by itching to the tune of a 0.88 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 60 Ks in 51.1 innings pitched, with two saves and a 6-1 record — the guy does it all.
This is the type of pitcher that can lower your ERA and WHIP while adding plenty of strikeouts week in and week out for you. Sure, the wins and saves won’t be there all the time, his immense talent can be accounted for, especially in more than 42% of Yahoo! leagues.
Nate Jones, RP, Chicago White Sox
If the Chicago White Sox were smart they’d start thinking … OK, OK, low blow. Seriously though, if they were smart, Nate Jones would be there closer.
The ChiSox are a complete mess this year, and when you take a loser look at things, a lot of that blame can be put on their current closers shoulders:
David Robertson is currently sitting on a less than desirable 4.05 ERA, a horrendous 1.45 WHIP.
Nate Jones on the other hand has a stat line that consists of the following: 2.53 ERA, a minuscule 0.87 WHIP and 45 Ks in 42.2 innings pitched. Jones is only owned in 19% of Yahoo! leagues, and if Robertson wears thin on the White Sox front office, Jones will surely take the ninth over.
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