Pitching wins championships and that is never more evident than in fantasy baseball. Depending on how your league scoring system works the value of pitching changes. Most leagues though, pitching is either as valuable or more than offense. The tricky part about pitching is that injuries are frequent and can be lengthy. Thankfully there are still probably enough talented free agent pitchers available in your league including these three you should sign now if help is needed.
The Minnesota Twins will not win many games in 2014, but that should not stop you from adding pitcher Phil Hughes to your rotation.
Hughes has a proven track record of winning, granted a lot of the credit should be given to playing for the New York Yankees. He may have never finished a season with an ERA below 4.00, yet at 27-years-old he has room to change for the better and this could be the year. Pitching half of his games at Target Field, a ballpark that has proven so far to favor pitchers, Hughes will continue to limit runs from his opponents. His strikeout to walks ratio has been superb so far and he could be on his way to having a career year.
The 23-year-old Drew Hutchison shined in spring training and earned a spot in the Toronto Blue Jays’ starting rotation. Hutchison had already debuted back in 2012 when he started 11 games so this is technically not his rookie season, just his breakthrough one.
So far Hutchison’s biggest flaw has been his ability to win games, something that can be blamed on the often inconsistent offense his team provides. In his first 9 starts in 2014 Hutchison has averaged more than a strikeout per inning, which is always something you should look for when adding pitchers to your fantasy baseball team. While he needs to find some better control, you can expect him to continue with an impressive season now that the Blue Jays are beginning to provide him with good run support and he has his first shutout to his career totals.
After pitching out of the bullpen and earning a few starts in 2013, Tanner Roark has shifted to starting full-time in 2014. Making up for lackluster performances by some of the team’s aces, Roark has been racking up lots of fantasy points this year.
An added benefit of Roark is not feeling the pressure on a team with Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, and Jordan Zimmermann in the same rotation. Roark may have become the best fifth starter in baseball. Playing in the same division with the offensively weak Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, and Miami Marlins is an added benefit to including Roark in your fantasy baseball plans. He will win games and do it with lots of quality starts.