Yovani Gallardo of the Milwaukee Brewers has been officially placed on the disabled list retroactive to July 5 with a strained left oblique he suffered in the bottom of the third inning on Sunday. Fantasy baseball owners will greatly miss the 8-4 Gallardo with his 2.58 ERA and 9.83 strikeouts per nine innings.
Jordan Schelling of Brewers.com noted that despite being recently named to the National League All-Star team, Gallardo will not take part due to the injury. He will miss a minimum of two starts, and if all goes well, will be eligible to come off the disabled list July 20.
In the meantime, if you need to fill the void left by Gallardo, or even Clay Buchholz, who was also recently sent to the disabled list, consider these ten options:
Gavin Floyd—CWS—Over the last month, Floyd’s ratios have been filthy—1.27 ERA and 0.87 WHIP. In his last four outings, he has gone 2-0, allowing four earned runs while displaying a 20:4 K:BB ratio.
He is most likely taken in deep leagues, but if he’s floating on your wire, waste no time and click the add button now.
Trevor Cahill—OAK—Cahill has not lost since May 16th. Nine of his last ten trips to the mound have been quality starts. He’s 8-2 on the season with a 2.74 ERA, features a 1.05 WHIP, and strikes out just over six batters per nine innings.
Like Floyd, Cahill is likely owned in deeper leagues, but if he’s available, scoop him up.
Max Scherzer—DET—Since returning to the big leagues, Mad Max has gone 4-2 in seven starts while striking out 56 opponents. Over the last month, Scherzer is rockin’ a 2.12 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.
For the fantasy baseball owner missing out on Gallardo’s strikeouts, look no further. Scherzer is your answer.
Jon Niese—NYM—How is this guy owned in only 27% of Y! leagues?
Since June 5, Niese has five wins, five quality starts and has posted a 32:9 K:BB ratio. His lone blowout came against Detroit during interleague play on June 22.
Jason Hammel—COL—Hammel seemed to have done enough to save his rotation spot when Jorge de la Rosa returns from the disabled list.
He has four wins in the last month, while posting a stingy 2.04 ERA and a modest 1.24 WHIP. He is 5-0 in his last eight with six quality starts.
Look for Hammel to provide a steady dose of the same medicine for the rest of the year.
R.A. Dickey—NYM—The former first-round pick and converted knuckleballer has been nothing less than a spectacular addition to the Mets rotation thus far in 2010.
Dickey is 6-1 in nine starts, all but two have been of quality, and is striking out 6.48 batters per nine. A solid option in deeper leagues until he proves otherwise.
Brandon Morrow—TOR—Morrow, a starter for the Mariners, who was converted to a closer, has now been converted back to a starter by the Blue Jays. That’s a lot of converting! All this guy does is strike out batters. And walks them.
Morrow is fanning over 10.03 batters per nine innings, but walking 4.22 as well. Despite getting pretty beat up his last two outings, Morrow still sports a 2.77 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP over the last month.
Similar to Scherzer, if you need the K’s, convert Morrow to your roster immediately.
Kris Medlen—ATL—Medlen has yet to lose a game since being deployed to the starting rotation.
He is 4-0 in nine starts, seven of which were quality, and hasn’t surrendered more than two walks in one outing. Kris has posted a 4.21 K:BB ratio and is stranding more than 78% of those who reach base.
Bronson Arroyo—CIN—Arroyo is not a big strikeout guy, although if he got his corn rows back I think that would change.
He has accumulated eight wins so far in the first half. You can thank Joey Votto, the most talked-about player in MLB this week for that.
In the last month, Arroyo has three wins, a 3.07 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. Good enough for most of you in deep leagues to grab for a few starts until Buchholz and Gallardo return.
Vin Mazzaro—OAK—Mazzaro, the pride of Hackensack, New Jersey, has accumulated three wins, a 2.97 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in the last month.
Super deep league worthy. If you don't pick him up, it's concrete shoes for you!
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Written by Alan Harrison for TheFantasyFix.com
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