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Who's Hot, Who's Not - Pitching

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - It takes more than one game to make our list, so all you one-time wonders need not apply.

On the other hand, Chris Narveson of Milwaukee just threw another gem on Sunday and has "officially" arrived on our radar. The Brewers' starter earned a no-decision in his first outing despite not allowing a run and just three hits over six innings. His second effort was even better, going seven innings and racking up nine strikeouts while still not giving up a run.

Narveson isn't a youngster, he'll be 30 in December, but it's just his second season as a starter. He posted a solid 12-9 record last season, though his 4.99 ERA and 1.333 WHIP weren't exactly sparkling. So far this season he's been spectacular and fantasy owners should jump on the wagon and ride it for a while. His next scheduled outing is against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday and if you are dealing with injuries to your pitching staff, Narveson could fill in as an inexpensive replacement since he is owned in less than 40% of all leagues.

Another option would be Texas righthander Alexi Ogando. Though you will have to wait a bit longer for his next outing, it will probably be worth it. Ogando is coming off a stellar seven innings against Detroit, winning a tough matchup over Tigers' ace Justin Verlander. Not only has he yet to surrender a run, he's yielded just four hits in 13 innings.

Ogando is a lightly-owned starter at just 30% and could be had for just the price of a waiver claim in most leagues. Be warned, however, that he left the game in Detroit with a blister problem. He is expected to make his next regularly scheduled start.

The "arrival" of Justin Masterson and for that matter the Cleveland Indians as a whole so far this season has been a complete surprise to most experts. After losing its first two games, Cleveland has won the last eight and Masterson started two of them. In his first start of the season he went seven innings against the Chicago White Sox, yielding just one run. He then overpowered the weak-hitting Seattle Mariners, striking out nine en route to his second win. He's got an ERA of 1.35 and a WHIP of 1.050 and is owned in about half of all leagues.

If you are dealing with temporary injuries to Ubaldo Jimenez, Zack Greinke or Colby Lewis, why not take a flier on Masterson.

At the other end of the spectrum are those pitchers to avoid or at least sit on your bench until they find their rhythm.

We start with Atlanta righthander Tommy Hanson.

Hanson is not the same guy who came up in 2009 at mid-season and put on an impressive display. He posted an 11-4 record as a rookie with a strong WHIP (1.183) and ERA (2.89) in 21 starts to lead us into thinking he could be a No.1 starter.

But Hanson was largely disappointing last season, going 10-11 in his first full year. His statistics were pretty good, WHIP 1.174, ERA 3.33, but he just didn't have the same pinpoint control. He even led the league in hit batsmen (14).

This season hasn't begun well, and Hanson is 0-2 with an ERA of 6.00 and a WHIP of 1.667. He's got too much talent to cut or trade, but he should find a spot on your bench until he straightens out the problem.

It's also time to sit Minnesota "ace" Francisco Liriano.

Though Liriano shows glimpses of the guy we remember in 2006 (12-3, 2.16 ERA, 1.000 WHIP), it appears that he can't string enough of them in a row to make him a No. 1 starter. He was 14-10 last season, but his WHIP was a pedestrian 1.263 and his ERA was 3.62. In 2011 he's 0-2 with an ERA of 7.71 and a WHIP of 1.714...ugly.

Since Liriano was a high seventh-round selection last month, he's still too well thought of to simply jettison, but his current numbers would prevent you from getting full value. I'd sit him until he finds his control and once he does, I'd put out the trade offers.

Two bad outings in a row have landed Felix Hernandez on the list. His last two starts have been very "un-Felix like" going 1-1 with an ERA of 6.23 and a WHIP of 1.769, but as long as he stays healthy, you just have to leave the 2010 AL Cy Young award winner in your lineup.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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