JAMES BORCHUCK | TampaBay Times
Erasmo Ramirez: Here is one of the hottest pitchers under the radar lately. The last start where he gave up more than 2 runs was on May 24th. Since then, he has tossed 8 consecutive games with 2 runs or less with a 6-1 record. Tampa Bay has been able to give the young Nicaraguan run support; averaging 4.5 runs a game. With a really rough start to the season; posting a 12.71 ERA in April, but settled down drastically; posting a 2.90 ERA in May; and an outstanding 1.44 ERA in June, and a 1.50 in the early part of July. I’d look for him to continue his hot success.
Mike Leake: A pitcher that can either throw a complete bomb or a gem; but Leake has been solid for Cincinnati this year. Only giving up 2HRs since June 3rd, while hitters are only hitting .253 off him and earning a 5-3 record during that span. Watch the match ups and don’t be afraid to interchange him with a rotation of other starters, but if you are in a deep league; Leake will surely help you out.
Edinson Volquez: The numbers aren’t impressive, but when Volquez is on the mound, Kansas City wins. The team is 13-5 when he starts; and hasn’t been dealt a loss to his record since June 5th. The best sign of picking him up is how much better he is playing than the rest of his career numbers. With a career ERA of 4.33, he is posting a 3.31 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP compared to his 1.43 Career WHIP. He is pitching for a winning team and is doing what it takes to help the Royals win. Look for him to help any fantasy team lacking a starting pitcher.
Ervin Santana: Only owned on 40% of all ESPN Fantasy leagues; the 32 year old Dominican can still deal. I understand waiting to see how he performs coming off a half season suspension, but this guy pitches too well to let him hang out there for someone else to steal him. If you have a chance to acquire him; take it. Minnesota is playing winning baseball, ranking 2nd in Home Runs, 5th in triples, 7th in average, hits, runs, and slugging. You don’t have to ask for a lot from Santana, as long as he can continue the success he has found since leaving Anaheim, he should give your fantasy team success if still available.
Wei-Yin Chan: 55% of ESPN Fantasy leagues don’t own the 29 year old Taiwanese pitcher. That is an absurd number of people missing out on a consistent and reliable starter. He could have made a case to pitch in this years all star game; posting a 2.78 ERA with a 1.09 WHIP while hitters are only hitting .235 against him. He has only pitched 4 games on the road so far; and in those 4 games, he has posted a 2.57 ERA. Never got dealt a loss in June, but the last two games before the All Star break fell in the loss column with Chan putting up 15 innings, 2.40 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and hitters only hitting .218.