Phillies pitcher Joe Blanton (2-0, 2.01 ERA, 0.90 WHIP in his last two starts) is a reasonable candidate for 12 wins, 3.73 ERA and 163 strikeouts by season's end.
Mixed-league roto owners, are you in dire need of a waiver-wire pitcher before Tuesday's slate of games?
Here's my free-agent choice (from the majority of 12-team leagues) for one day of fantasy stardom:
Joe Blanton, Philadelphia Phillies (vs. Mets)
1. In his last two starts, Blanton has a 2-0 record, 2.01 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 16/2 K-BB ratio.
2. Blanton (2.83 ERA, 1.06 WHIP for the season) has surrendered more than three runs only once; conversely, he's held the opposition to two or less earned runs in four of six outings.
3. In nine career outings against the Mets (54 innings), Blanton has a 3-1 mark, 3.90 ERA and 37/14 K-BB ratio.
4. Blanton, who pulled off a spot-on impression of injured teammate Cliff Lee last week against the Braves (complete-game shutout in just 88 pitches), is my No. 1 waiver-wire pickup for fantasy Week 6.
5. Blanton, who's adjusted seasonal projections include 12 wins, 3.73 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 163 strikeouts, should be a full-time fixture on 12-team leagues, health permitting.
The Next Five For Tuesday
1. Danny Duffy (Royals) vs. Red Sox
The rookie southpaw must once again stabilize Kansas City's rotation.
2. Jarrod Parker (Athletics) vs. Blue Jays
Pencil this future fantasy ace in for seven strikeouts against Toronto.
3. Randall Delgado (Braves) @ Cubs
Delgado is five of five in posting more strikeouts than walks, per outing.
4. A.J. Burnett (Pirates) vs. Nationals
Burnett has nowhere to go but up after last week's meltdown. A sneaky-good pick.
5. John Danks (White Sox) @ Indians
Danks has been painfully mediocre in six starts. Could the seventh turn spark a turnaround?
A Look Back
Friday's selection: Arizona's Wade Miley.
Final tally: Six innings, four runs allowed, four strikeouts, two walks.
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