If these players are on your league's waiver wire, they might be worth a look, depending on the format in which you play.
Welcome back to our weekly walk through some of the players who may want to keep an extra eye on in your leagues. Mike and I will be tackling this topic on Thursdays again and focusing on a singular hitter and pitcher in four of the more popular formats: shallow mixed, deep mixed, NL-only and AL-only. These are certainly not the only players who are worth pickups, but it gives us a nice opportunity to write about players we have close tabs on in our leagues.
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For one pitch in Friday's Mets-Brewers game, neither batter nor pitcher knew what the other was up to.
Okay, here’s one for the comedy department. On Friday night, for reasons that remain unclear, I found myself watching a bit of the Mets’ 7-3 win over the Brewers. I was flipping back and forth, only half paying attention. Then, in the bottom of the second, with one out and men at first and third, Norichika Aoki and Jon Niese revealed they were paying about as much attention as I was:
Which two-start pitchers are worth using in your fantasy league this week?
I have no idea what Gavin Floyd’s problem is, but I thought the Minnesota matchup would be the easier of his two this week. Hopefully he doesn’t make things worse in his start against Cleveland. Meanwhile, Felipe Paulino remains excellent and started the week off with a gem in New York. Looks like I had last week’s AL “starts” in reverse order; it should have been Paulino, Jerome Williams, Floyd, Hiroki Kuroda.
Mike Minor has a long way to go before earning another “consider” recommendation, let alone a “start.” His home run issues are just painful at this point. At least Chris Capuano rewarded my confidence in him over guys like Bud Norris and Mat Latos (both of whom I like immensely) by pitching a gem to start the week in Arizona.
As the Mets embark upon an uncertain rebuilding phase, they're putting their faith in young pitchers, as they've done before.
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The Mets have the ability to turn top prospects into starting pitching if they wish. Kevin details a top-heavy farm system with one impact prospect who's not a household name--yet.
1. Fernando Martinez, cf
2. Philip Humber, rhp
3. Mike Pelfrey, rhp Very Good Prospects
4. Carlos Gomez, of Good Prospects
5. Alay Soler, rhp Average Prospects
6. Jon Niese, lhp
7. Kevin Mulvey, rhp
8. Mike Carp, 1b
9. Deolis Guerra, rhp
10. Joe Smith, rhp