2013 MLB Preview: Fantasy Baseball Additional Starting Pitcher Options

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IMarch 5, 2013

MARYVALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 26:  Yovani Gallardo #49 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers a pitch against the Seattle Mariners at Maryvale Baseball Park on February 26, 2013 in Maryvale, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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We already looked at the LestersLegends’ top 20 fantasy baseball starting pitchers for 2013, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t additional options if you choose to wait on filling your rotation to address other positions.

Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee Brewers

His WHIP (1.29 lifetime) keeps him out of the elite company, but he’s near the top of the next tier. Gallardo went 16-9 with a 3.66 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP and 204 strikeouts. It was his fourth straight year with 200 strikeouts. Plus, his ERA has always been below 3.90.


Matt Garza, Chicago Cubs

Garza should give you a solid amount of strikeouts to go with a decent ERA and WHIP. His win total will struggle being on the Cubs, but if he’s traded things could improve.


Daren Haren, Washington Nationals

 Haren struggled last year going 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. He’s much better than that and should bounce back in Washington.


Josh Johnson, Toronto Blue Jays

 Johnson has the ability, but he is often injured. Plus, his move to Toronto isn’t good for his value. He’s a high-risk option who doesn’t quite have the reward we’re used to.


Ian Kennedy, Arizona Diamondbacks

 Kennedy took a major step back last year, but still posted a solid 15-12 record with 187 strikeouts, a 4.02 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. He’s a solid third option for fantasy rotations.


Mat Latos, Cincinnati Reds

 Latos went 14-4 with a 3.48 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP and 185 strikeouts. He was 7-2 with a 2.84 ERA after the All-Star break. He could easily be among the top 15 starters.


Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox

 The Red Sox have been in a bad place the past two years, and Lester has struggled with it—particularly last year, when he went 9-14 with a 4.82 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.


Matt Moore, Tampa Bay Rays

 Moore took a little time to adjust to big league bats, but judging by his second half, which saw him post a 3.01 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP, he should be in good shape in his second year.


Brandon Morrow, Toronto Blue Jays

 Morrow sported a 2.96 ERA and 1.11 WHIP last year, but was only able to throw 124.2 innings thanks to a oblique injury. He is an injury risk, but is a quality option when healthy.


Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers

 Scherzer went 16-7 with a 3.74 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP and 231 strikeouts. He could easily finish among the top 15 to 20 fantasy pitchers.


James Shields, Kansas City Royals

 Shields went 15-10 with a 3.52 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and 223 strikeouts. Moving to Kansas City could hinder his win total, but he should continue to produce in the other categories.


Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals

 Zimmerman went 12-8 with a 2.94 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and 153 strikeouts. He’s a solid third fantasy starter.

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