Roy Oswalt (Astros) is looking to be traded to a winning franchise and Stephen Strasburgh (Nationals) is getting ready for his much anticipated MLB debut which will more than likely be against the Reds on June 4th.
For Oswalt, the hype surrounding his trade has gone back and forth from truth to falsehood ending in the revelation that Oswalt did in fact waive his no trade clause, and that the Astros are interested in shopping him.
But for fantasy owners this story line is nothing more than a passing yawn until he does get traded. Oswalt is still going strong with a 2.66 ERA and a 8.9 K/9 rate…par for the course for the old work horse, but what people don’t particularly like is the 2-6 record thanks largely to the anemic Astros hitting and pen.
Still, it is Oswalt that wants to play for a winning franchise, and it is the Astros that are in desperate need of some young talent, so for those of you who own Oswalt, you don’t need me to tell you to keep starting him.
Next Three Matchups:
@ Milwaukee: 13-8—3.75 ERA—8.2 K/9 lifetime.
Washington: 3-1—3.11 ERA—7.0 K/9 lifetime.
Chicago Cubs: 14-12—3.67ERA—6.9 K/9 lifetime.
Steven Strasburgh is inching ever so close to his MLB debut, but there is a lot of speculation as to when exactly this will happen. The consensus is he will make his start against a red hot Cincinnati Reds team on June 4th, while other feel that it could come June 8th against the Pirates.
To be honest, who the hell cares?
No matter when he starts, the month of June is going to be a feeding ground for the young flame thrower, as the Nats face some of the worst hitting teams in all of baseball.
Aside from the Tiger series (15th through the 17th) the Nationals face the Pirates, Indians, White Sox, Royals, Orioles, and Braves—not exactly what I would call a tough schedule.
Out of those teams Strasburgh could conceivably face:
- Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, and Atlanta if he debuts against the Reds.
- Cleveland, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore, and Atlanta if he debuts against the Pirates.
Point being, Strasburgh and his unholy 0.39 ERA (over his last four Triple-A starts) are coming like a hurricane, and he’s in line to get some excellent chances to provide some fantasy love, so if he is still out there on waivers (which surprisingly he could be folks) you might wanna grab him now and stop tinkering around with spotty pitchers.
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