August 2, 2012
Starting Pitchers for 8/2/12
This week’s Value Picks will have a slightly different feel, with an injury flavor to them; a host of arms are out on rehab assignments, making now the prime time to get them on the cheap. Don’t worry; I sprinkled in some able-bodied arms as well.
Mixed League Options
Jaime Garcia (Yahoo! 38%, ESPN 28%, CBS 55%) had a couple of brutal starts leading into his DL stint, but before that he was the Garcia we have come to expect: a solid ERA, a usable strikeout total, and above-average win potential as a Cardinal. All of these things negated his below average WHIP. He was clearly laboring through those final two starts, and they have inflated his season numbers a good bit. He started his rehab on Monday and is expected to make another pair of rehab starts before returning to the ballclub. If WHIP isn’t a primary need for your team, he should be a nice asset down the road who you might actually be able to get for free.
Single League Options
The issue for Anderson is where he fits into the rotation, especially with McCarthy on the way back. Even McCarthy will have to squeeze out someone of consequence; the current rotation of Bartolo Colon, Tommy Milone, Jarrod Parker, A.J. Griffin, and Travis Blackley have been clicking on all cylinders. Of course, neither McCarthy nor Bartolo Colon is a model of health, so I’m sure the situation will work itself out by the time Anderson is officially back.
Coming back from a non-arm injury gives Jeff Niemann (Yahoo! 3%, ESPN 0%, CBS 21%) a leg up on the others listed since it may be easier to get back to 100 percent of his capability, but he is still looking at a late-August return, so there won’t be as much time for him to contribute once he is back. He was in the midst of following up his strong second half from 2011 before the freak accident (broken leg) derailed his 2012 season. He may still be stashed in the leagues where he would be most applicable, but take a look just in case. The rash of injuries across the league makes it difficult to store three or four injured guys at once unless your league has a lot of DL spots.