Who's Hot, Who's Not - Pitching July 26

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - It's an unsettling time for many ballplayers with the "real life" major league baseball trade deadline less than a week away. Your fantasy deadline is likely still a month away which means you should be watching what goes on carefully and re-evaluate your roster after all the moves are done.

Who's Hot

Aaron Harang, San Diego - While Harang's name has been mentioned in trade deadline talks, it hasn't hurt his pitching. The San Diego Padres' starter is 9-2 after outdueling Phillies' ace Cliff Lee on Monday afternoon. Be wary of this situation as Harang is a fly ball pitcher who could be hurt by going to a smaller ballpark. As an example, Harang is 5-2 at home with an excellent ERA of 2.92 and a WHIP of 1.222 in spacious Petco Park, while he is a deceptive 4-0 on the road, but with a much higher ERA (4.31) and WHIP (1.437). He's owned in less than 40% of all leagues and could be used as a spot starter when he's pitching at home.

C.C. Sabathia, New York Yankees - Sabathia began the season winless in his first four starts, but that hasn't been a problem over the last three months. He's been almost unhittable in July, going 3-1 with an ERA of 0.84 and a WHIP of 0.844 and leads the league is starts (22) and wins (14). He's going to pitch for the Yankees for a long time and should be the mainstay of your staff for as long as you are allowed to keep him on your roster.

Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers - The Dodgers may be 10 games under .500 and 13 games behind division-leading San Francisco, but it's not Kershaw's fault. The Dodgers' ace is 11-4 with an ERA of 2.72, a WHIP of 1.016 and 167 strikeouts in just 145.2 innings pitched. Hard as it is to believe, he's been much better than that over his last three starts, going 3-0 with an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.783. He should be the anchor to your pitching staff and untradeable at any price.

Who's Not

Jake Arrieta, Baltimore - The Orioles' 25-year-old has tons of talent and a winning record (9-7), but also comes with an inflated ERA of 5.02 and a WHIP of 1.427. It's only because he is No.3 among qualified pitchers in "run support" at 8.64 runs that his won/loss record looks as good as it does. He's 0-2 with an ERA of 6.61 and a WHIP of 1.84 in his last three starts, should not be in your starting lineup and probably should be dropped from your roster.

Jake Peavy, Chicago White Sox - Peavy hasn't pitched like an "ace" for about four seasons and it's obvious he hasn't re-discovered his form this year. He has lost his last three starts and over that span has an ERA of 7.16 and a WHIP of 1.71. Like Arrieta, he should not be on your roster.

Ricky Romero, Toronto - Romero has already suffered as many losses this year as he did in all of 2010 when he went 14-9, but the numbers are deceiving. His ERA is down from 3.73 to 3.27 and his WHIP is down from 1.290 to 1.255. He's got solid long-term potential, but he's obviously in a temporary slump as evidenced by his last three starts in which he's gone 0-2 with an ERA of 7.02 and a WHIP of 1.80. Sit him down until you see a significant change in these two inflated statistics.



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