If you are in one of the many daily or weekly fantasy games that hold pitching as the No. 1 importance, here is a Top Five for you.
1. Milwaukee Brewers
With the addition of CC Sabathia, this one-horse team became a two-horse powerhouse. With Sabathia going 4-0 in his first four starts, along with his 31 SO in 33 IP, the whole staff turned over a new leaf and started believing in themselves.
Since CC's move, Dave Bush has pitched 16 IP only giving up one run while striking out 20. While the bullpen isn't something to rave about, they are holding it down until they find a permanent closer.
Look for the Brewers to stay hot in Aug. as they push for a playoff spot.
2. New York Yankees
Mike Mussina is looking like the "Moose" of old these days. With a 1.04 ERA in July, Moose is 3-0 working 26 IP with 23 SO. Mussina is leading a staff that has underachieved this year but seems to be coming together.
Pettitte has fallen back to his old self after getting past the steroids controversy. Doing all of this without C. Wang and learning on-the-go Chamberlain they are pulling it together.
And with Rivera holding up the end with a 1.29 ERA, look for the Yankees' pitching staff to be putting up big numbers as they run down Boston and Tampa Bay.
3. Boston Red Sox
As we enter the dog days of summer, the big names and big teams show why they are regulars in the playoffs.
The clutch seem to thrive in these games, and there is nobody more clutch than Josh Beckett. With Matsuzaka by his side, and Lester becoming a star himself, the Red Sox seem primed to ride their pitching into the playoffs.
The best five-man staff in baseball can pull you big numbers on any given night. With the recall of Clay Buchholz from what seems like a successful Triple A stint, the Red Sox feature a strong starting rotation with a top five closer.
The rumors of picking up a set-up man like Gagne last year, the Sox are going to be dominant heading into Aug.
4. Los Angeles Angels
Isn't it about this time every year that the Angels seem to walk away with the West? So why should it be any different this year?
With the emergence of little known All-Star Joe Saunders and yearly Cy Young nominee John Lackey, the Angels are positioned to do it again.
Sometimes inconsistent up-and-comers Ervin Santana and Jered Weaver round out there starting rotation, and the staff is solid from top to bottom. With F. Rodriguez going for the single season saves record and Shields, Oliver, and Arredondo setting him up, the Angels look to have the best bullpen in baseball.
Always take a look at them whenever they are home with one of the best home ERA in baseball.
5. Chicago Cubs
To round out my Top Five pitching staffs in Aug., I'm going to take a wild card. Even though they have spent the year on top of the Central, the entire staff is injured. With what looks to be another DL stint for Kerry Wood, the staff is held down by other injury-prone stars Rich Harden and Carlos Zambrano.
If they can get and stay healthy, the two big stars and dominate home starter Ryan Dempster could put up some good numbers. With Marmol leaving the ball for Wood in the ninth, there are going to be some big SO numbers in low scoring affairs.
Although I'm wary about the brittle boys, they are worth a flyer here and there.