Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Angels ace Jered Weaver proved to be "human" last night, ending his six-game winning streak after going just six innings and yielding three runs, but there are still plenty of other pitchers doing good work.
Trevor Cahill, Oakland - The best young pitching staff in baseball is headed by 23-year-old Cahill, who only needs to add a few more strikeouts to become a fantasy superstar. His 2010 campaign was solid -- he went 18-8 with an ERA of 2.97 and a WHIP of 1.108. But his strikeouts-per-nine-innings of 5.4 in 2010 is what held him back from being an elite fantasy value. In 2011 he's bumped that up to 7.7-per-nine-innings and he's also 4-0 with an ERA of 1.88 and a WHIP of 1.122.
He's owned in over 90% of all leagues and would cost an arm and a leg to acquire while his numbers are this good. If you have Cleveland Indians hitters on your roster, you might plan on sitting them against Cahill in Oakland on Wednesday.
Bartolo Colon, New York Yankees - Colon has been a solid starter for the Yankees, who are short in that area. He's likely to start getting more fantasy attention considering he's pitching well (3.00 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 33 Ks in 33 innings).
For now, however, he's owned in only about 30% of all leagues and is definitely worth a waiver claim.
James Shields, Tampa Bay - "Big Game James" has pitched at a high level for most of the season, but his last three outings have been particularly strong. He's completed two of the three games (one shutout) and yielded just 14 hits and two earned runs over his last 26 innings against the White Sox, Toronto and the Angels.
He's owned in only about 80% of all leagues, so if your league is the one-in- five where he's a free agent, pick him up immediately.
Tim Lincecum, San Francisco - Lincecum's last two outings haven't been good by any standards, much less what we expect from a guy with his talent and two NL Cy Young Awards in his closet. Against two mediocre hitting clubs (Atlanta, Washington), Lincecum has given up 13 hits, six walks and eight runs in 13.1 innings. This is a bit concerning because Lincecum is a better first-half pitcher than second half (36-13 pre-All Star break, 22-17 post-All Star break).
Could he be feeling the effects of a long 2010 post-season?
Jhoulys Chacin, Colorado - Chacin started the season winning three consecutive games, including two outings without giving up a run (1.64 ERA), but in his last two outings he's gone 12 innings and yielded 13 hits, three walks and seven earned runs (5.25 ERA) against Florida and Pittsburgh.
You might consider sitting him on your bench for his next start against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday (ranked seventh in the majors at 4.85 runs- per-game) and wait out the pitching slump.
Chris Narveson, Milwaukee - After starting the season by throwing 14 scoreless innings, Narveson has become "un-startable," yielding 17 earned runs on 24 hits in his last 19 innings (8.05 ERA).
With only one mediocre season under his belt as a starter, there's no guarantee that he turns it back around. It's time to jettison him from your fantasy roster and look elsewhere for innings.
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