Fantasy Baseball’s Pitching Line of the Week:
Colby Lewis (SP-TEX) 9 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, W
Lewis pitched his first career complete game on June 19 against the Houston Astros. He picked up his third consecutive win while allowing only one earned run on two hits, striking out nine, and walking none.
Originally drafted by the Texas Rangers in the first round of MLB’s amateur draft in 1999, Colby saw action with the Rangers, Tigers, and Athletics before heading to Japan.
Colby seemed to reinvent himself while playing for the Hiroshima Carp of Japan’s Central League. Lewis led the league in strikeouts and finished second in wins and ERA in 2008. In 2009, he led the Central League in strikeouts for the second consecutive year.
Instead of playing a third year in Japan, Lewis was given another chance in MLB by Texas, the team that originally drafted him.
He has been a pleasant surprise for both the Rangers and fantasy baseball owners alike. His numbers are filthy.
Colby is sporting a 3.01 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, .193 BAA, .233 BABIP, and is striking out 8.6 batters per nine. Lewis is currently owned in 69% of Y! leagues.
The “Double Dipper” is a starting pitcher who makes two starts in the same week. Each Sunday, we will preview top three options in each league and highlight streaming options for players owned in less than 50% of Y! leagues.
Top 3 NL Double Dippers:
Tim Lincecum/SF (@HOU, vs. BOS) - The Freak is Groovin’ Again. 2-0 and 17 stikeouts in his last two outings.
Clayton Kershaw/LAD (@ LAA, vs. NYY) - The New Ace in LA has a 10.27 K/9, and has won three of his last four starts.
Jaime Garcia/STL (@TOR, @KC) - Filthy 1.59 ERA and 84.4 LOB percentage.
Top 3 AL Double Dippers:
Jon Lester/BOS (@ATL, @FLA) - Hasn’t lost in last 11 outings. 9.39 K/9. In the race for CY?
Justin Verlander/DET (@ NYM, @ ATL) - Won last three starts.
John Danks/CWS (vs. ATL, vs. CHC) - Won last two, sporting a .229 BAA.
Warning: Streaming can be lethal. The following are owned in less than 50% of Y! leagues.
Anibal Sanchez/FLA (@BAL, vs. SD) - Won five of last seven. Two nice match-ups.
Gio Gonzalez/OAK (vs. CIN, vs. PIT) - Two excellent match-ups, .239 BAA
Jonathon Niese/NYM (vs. DET, vs. MIN) - Won last three, 15:3 K:BB over that span.
Don’t Touch ‘Em
Rodrigo Lopez, Bruce Chen, Zach Duke
Week 10 One Start Stars Owned in 50% or Less
Trevor Cahill/OAK 25% Y! - Saturday vs. PIT (Lincoln) - Hasn’t lost in last seven. Helpful ratios.
Kris Medlen/ATL 16% Y! - Friday vs. DET (TBA) - Hasn’t lost in seven starts since being moved to the rotation.
Kyle Kendrick/PHI 1% Y! - Wednesday vs. CLE (Westbrook) - Solid vs. NYY on 6/17. Deep mixed league use only.
Who will win the pitching duel of the week: Lester vs. Lincecum?
Who will be the best Two-Start Pitcher owned in 50% or less in week 12?
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