We at Fantasy Knuckleheads have already highlighted some buy-low/sell-high pitchers, but here are even more pitchers to get for a low price.
If you can get these five starters from a frustrated manager, do it. Then, you can watch their numbers soar in the second half.
- Chris Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals – Carpenter has been getting little to no run support in most of his starts. He only has four wins, though he should have closer to eight with the way he’s been pitching. The Cardinals have a potent offense that is finally healthy, so the lack of first half run support should prove to be an aberration.
- Ubaldo Jimenez, Colorado Rockies – Jimenez was the breakout pitcher of the year in 2010. 2011 has been a different story so far. But, his strikeouts are still high and his ERA is a manageable 4.08. Jimenez shouldn’t lose nearly as many games in the second half of this season.
- Zack Greinke, Milwaukee Brewers – Greinke got off to a rough start with his new team. But, he has 99 strikeouts and only 16 walks in just 74.1 innings pitched after starting the season on the DL. He got roughed up by the Yankees and Twins in interleague play, but should be fine when he starts facing National League foes again.
- Mat Latos, San Diego Padres – Latos isn’t going to get too many wins playing with the weak Padre offense. But, if you need strikeouts and quality starts, Latos is a great option for the second half of the season. But, don’t expect the Padres to give him any more help on offense; they are probably going to get rid of some of their veteran bats at the trade deadline.
- Chad Billingsley, Los Angeles Dodgers – Walks are a minor problem for Billingsley, who has a 2:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. But, he’s managed eight wins for a terrible Dodgers team and has a decent 3.87 ERA. He’s had a good year, yet he’s only the 287th best player in Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues. He could be a steal if you can get him for the right price.