Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Today at 1:15 p.m. summer arrives. It's also 10-win Tuesday as one of two pitchers is likely to be the major league's first double-digit winner.
Roy Halladay, Philadelphia - There are actually nine pitchers with nine wins headed by everybody's first choice on Draft Day - Harry Leroy Halladay a.k.a. "Doc" (ADP 15). Halladay has pitched into the seventh inning in all but one start (Opening Day) which gives him a better chance than most pitchers to pick up a decision. He's made 15 starts this season and is 9-3 with an ERA of 2.56 and a WHIP of 1.042. He's coming off a bad outing, yielding six hits and four runs to Florida last time out. That's actually a good thing because in 2011 he's 3-0 with an ERA of 2.66 and a WHIP of 0.905 after giving up three-or-more runs in the previous start.
Max Scherzer, Detroit - Scherzer (ADP 100) has the least-impressive numbers of any of the nine-game winners. His ERA is a lofty 4.32 and his WHIP is an equally unimpressive 1.416. In his last three starts, all wins, Scherzer has pitched better with an ERA of 4.08 and a WHIP of 1.188.
Ian Kennedy, Arizona - Kennedy (ADP 195) is "only" going for win No.8, but he's been pitching the best baseball of his career. The former No.1 pick of the New York Yankees (2006) is 7-2 with an stingy ERA of 2.98 and a "Halladay- like" WHIP of 1.052. He's had two no-decisions in his last three starts, winning the other one, but his ERA and WHIP are right in line with his season averages. He's struck out 19 batters in his last 16 innings, which is above his season-long average. He's set to start against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. He should be a mainstay on your fantasy pitching staff.
Chad Billingsley, Los Angeles Dodgers - The No.2 man behind Clayton Kershaw hasn't been pitching up to his ability or fantasy owner's expectations this season. He's been even worse over his last three starts, going 1-2 with an ERA of 11.20 and a category-killing WHIP of 2.78 (30 hits and eight walks in 13.2 IP). He's got too much talent to cut loose, but he should be planted firmly on your bench until he's found his old form.
Colby Lewis, Texas - Lewis was a pleasant surprise in 2010 as a free-agent pickup (ADP 339), earning 12 wins, a solid 3.72 ERA and close to 200 strikeouts. Expectations were higher in 2011, but Lewis has fallen backwards. He "leads" the American League in home runs allowed, having yielded 19 in just 14 starts and his ERA is up more than a full run from last season to a not-so- exciting 4.80. Playing for an offensive machine like the Rangers, he needs only to pitch average to reward you a lot of wins. Lewis should be on your bench for now, but should not be cut at this time unless he loses his starting job.
Tim Lincecum, San Francisco - It's a rare occasion when the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner is on the "Who's Not" side of the ledger. But Lincecum has truly "earned" the spot based on his last three outings. He's gone 0-2 against three mediocre offenses (Washington, Oakland and Cincinnati) with an ERA of 7.80 and a WHIP of 1.93. The problem isn't physical, it's mechanical. If ever there was a time to try and trade for "The Freak," now is it, while his owner is unhappy. If he's on your roster, fight off the urge to make a deal because you know it's only a matter of time before he returns to award-winning form.