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Were at the point, after about a dozen starts, that we can say it's not just a fast or slow beginning, but a year- long trend. That's good if your guys are throwing well, but in the case of the 2010 National League All-Star starter, Ubaldo Jimenez, that's a troubling thought.
Gio Gonzalez, Oakland - After struggling for a year and a half, Gonzalez has put in together. He was 15-9 with a 3.23 ERA last season and has improved on that in 2011, going 5-2 with an ERA of 2.17 and a WHIP of 1.267. He's also striking out a batter an inning. Not bad for an 11th-round selection. He's always had the talent, so this doesn't appear to be a fluke. Being owned in 92% of all leagues means you likely would have to trade to get him, but he might still be worth pursuing.
Ricky Romero, Toronto - Romero's 5-4 record is deceiving, he pitching much better than his won-loss total. He's got a 2.88 ERA and a 1.167 WHIP with 66 strikeouts in 72 innings. He's won three of his last four starts and yielded a total of four earned runs.
Jake Peavy, Chicago White Sox - Peavy made just 16 starts in 2009 and 17 starts last year because of injuries, but finally appears healthy. And a healthy Peavy is a top-tier pitcher as his 80 wins from 2003-2008 will attest. He's made four starts in 2011 after an extended spring training, and is 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA and a 0.880 WHIP. He's owned in just under 70% of all leagues and could be available for just a waiver claim. If that's the case and you need pitching help, he's your guy.
Ubaldo Jimenez, Colorado - It's almost impossible to conceived that the same guy who was 15-1 at the All-Star break last season is winless in 2011, but that's the case. Here we are at the end of May and Jimenez is 0-5 with a 5.86 ERA and a 1.520 WHIP so he's legitimately "earned" his record. Both Jimenez and pitching coach Bob Apodaca have stated that his velocity is down from the high 90s to the high 80s and low 90s, but neither knows why. At this point you can't get fair market value for him and you can't start him, which means he should take a seat on your bench until he figures it all out.
Bronson Arroyo, Cincinnati - Arroyo was a solid fantasy option last season, going 17-10 with a very good WHIP (1.145) and a solid ERA (3.88). So it was surprising when he didn't go until the very late rounds on Draft Day (ADP 280). However, it appears fantasy owners were right in ignoring him as he's gone 3-5 with an ERA of 5.74 and a WHIP of 1.532 in 11 starts. He's given up 19 runs in his last 12.2 innings and you should not be considering him for a start or a waiver claim at this point in time.
John Danks, Chicago White Sox - Danks is owned in about 50% of all leagues, but based on his performances to date, he shouldn't be owned at all. In 11 starts he's compiled an 0-8 record with an ERA of 5.25 and a WHIP of 1.507. If he's still on your roster then you must not be paying attention. Cut him and select someone else...anyone else.
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