Fantasy Baseball: Trevor Cahill and 5 Starting Pitchers to Pick Up or Trade for

Jim MancariCorrespondent IMay 7, 2011

Fantasy Baseball: Trevor Cahill and 5 Starting Pitchers to Pick Up or Trade for

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    OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 17:  Trevor Cahill #53 of the Oakland Athletics picthes against the Detroit Tigers at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on April 17, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    For starting pitching in fantasy baseball, names like Tim Lincecum, Ubaldo Jimenez, Felix Hernandez and Roy Halladay top the charts.

    However, a handful of starting pitchers who may have slipped under the radar during fantasy drafts have gotten off to great starts.

    Though some of these pitchers may have been picked up as free agents, they could be candidates as trade options.

    Here are five starting pitchers fantasy owners should pick up for trade for.

5. Kyle McClellan, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 16:  Kyle McClellan #46 of the St Louis Cardinals pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 16, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    Kyle McClellan found himself in the right place at the right time this offseason.

    St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery, which opened a spot in the rotation for McClellan.

    McClellan was mostly a reliever last year, but has thrived in a starter’s role this season.

    He’s sporting a 4-0 record with a 3.79 ERA in six starts.

    As the Cardinals bats continue to heat up, the pitching has also been strong with McClellan in the thick of things.

    He won’t strikeout a ton of batters, but he will post wins if given some run support.

4. Jason Hammel, RHP, Colorado Rockies

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    PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 05:  Starting pitcher Jason Hammel #46 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on May 5, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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    Like the Cardinals, the Colorado Rockies are playing great baseball, especially on the road.

    Before Ubaldo Jimenez returned from injury, Jorge De La Rosa and Jhoulys Chacin picked up the slack.

    However, Jason Hammel has quietly been just as good on the mound. He’s 3-1 with a 2.63 ERA, and has given up just 11 runs in six starts.

    Colorado’s offense has been clutch, so Hammel should keep putting up wins if he pitches well.

3. Kevin Correia, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates

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    DENVER, CO - APRIL 29:  Starting pitcher Kevin Correia #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates delivers against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on April 29, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Correia earned the win as the Pirates defeated the Rockies 3-0.  (Photo by Dou
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    The Pittsburgh Pirates (15-17) have been quite a surprise after a putrid 2010 season.

    Kevin Correia has filled the role of Pittsburgh’s ace nicely after a few mediocre few seasons with the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres.

    He’s off to a 5-2 start with a 2.91 ERA. He may not get the run support of some other pitchers, but he had still been an effective force on the mound.

    He was likely a pitcher that was passed over in fantasy drafts. While he might have been picked up in some leagues, he could be a viable option in a cheap trade.

2. Zach Britton, LHP, Baltimore Orioles

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    CHICAGO, IL - MAY 01: Starting pitcher Zach Britton #53 of the Baltimore Orioles delivers the ball against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on May 1, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Orioles defeated the White Sox 6-4. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/
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    Zack Britton has taken the baseball world by storm since his first career start earlier this season.

    In six starts, he’s posted a 5-2 record with a 2.93 ERA.

    It will be interesting to see how the young Britton adjusts once hitters start making adjustments to him.

    He’s another guy that certainly wasn’t a high fantasy draft option. If he’s still available, Britton would be a great candidate to take a chance on.

1. Trevor Cahill, RHP, Oakland Athletics

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    OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 17:  Trevor Cahill #53 of the Oakland Athletics picthes against the Detroit Tigers at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on April 17, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    Unlike the other pitchers on this list, Trevor Cahill was most likely off the fantasy draft boards within the first few rounds of many leagues.

    However, he’s the guy that fantasy owners should be salivating to pick up.

    Cahill leads a young Oakland Athletics’ staff consisting of Brett Anderson, Dallas Braden and Gio Gonzalez—similar to the days of Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, Rich Harden and Barry Zito.

    Cahill, the A’s lone All-Star from last season, is off to a 5-0 start with a minuscule 1.79 ERA. Of all the pitchers on this list, Cahill can rack up in the strikeout department.

    He’s definitely a pitcher to trade for if possible.