Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
As we approach the All-Star break, some All-Stars are not playing up to par, while some non-All-Star invitees are putting up big-time statistics.
Justin Masterson, Cleveland - Masterson shot out of the gate this spring, going 5-0 in April with an ERA of 2.18 and a WHIP of 1.121. He was picked up in many leagues, whereupon he proceeded to disappoint his new fantasy owners by going 0-6 in May and June despite a reasonable ERA. Those owners who didn't cut him have been rewarded as he's posted a 3-0 record this month with a tiny ERA of 1.96 and an equally good WHIP of 0.870. He's available as a free agent in one out of every five leagues.
Ubaldo Jimenez, Colorado - Speaking of patience finally rewarded, owners of Jimenez can see the light at the end of the tunnel after two and a half months of torture. His 0-5 April and May has turned into a 3-2 June and a 2-1 July with an ERA of 2.79 and a WHIP of 1.086. That's what we have been waiting for. Hopefully you didn't trade him away during the "dark" days when his value was low as he should continue to perform at this level for the remainder of the season.
Jeff Karstens, Pittsburgh - If Karstens was pitching in New York or Boston, he'd be all the rage and his ownership level would be near 100-percent. Fortunately, he plies his trade in Pittsburgh, so you have the opportunity to pick up a pitcher who is 8-4 with an ERA of 2.34 and a WHIP of 1.031 for the "price" of a free agent claim. Over his last three starts, Karstens is 3-0 with an ERA of 1.17 and a WHIP of 0.782.
Andrew Miller, Boston - Miller has always had a mid-90s fastball, but he has also suffered from lack of control since coming up in 2006 and this year is not different. Don't be fooled by his 3-1 record, pitching for the offensive juggernaut Red Sox means you can get wins without performing at a high level. He has given up 18 hits and 11 walks in his last three starts (13.2 IP) and his time in the Boston starting rotation is soon to be over. Josh Beckett returned over the weekend and Jon Lester is schedule to return to the rotation next week.
J.A. Happ, Houston - Happ posts solid strikeout numbers, but nothing else on his resume is "fantasy-worthy." He's 3-11 with an ERA of 5.76 and a WHIP of 1.57. He's been even worse over his last three starts (0-2, 7.79 ERA, 1.96 WHIP) and a trip to the minor leagues isn't out of the question.
Chris Narveson, Milwaukee - Narveson made the Who's Hot list in Week 1 of 2011 and was still pitching respectably through the end of June, but July has been another story. In his three starts this month, he's 1-1, but his ERA is an inflated 6.48 and his WHIP is an ugly 1.980. There are plenty of better options out there on the free agent market like the previously mentioned Karstens or pitchers like Josh Collmenter (29% owned - 5-5, 2.65 ERA, 0.94 WHIP) and Vance Worley (30% owned - 5-1, 2.15 ERA, 1.25 WHIP).