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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 9 31779150 Sit - Wade Miley Sit+-+Wade+Miley Fantasy Baseball

Though Arizona is currently tied for first place in the NL West, their pitchers aren’t necessarily successful in fantasy baseball formats. With the exception of breakout pitcher Patrick Corbin, the Diamondback starters aren’t much to write about. Trevor Cahill is keeping his ERA under three, but three wins in ten starts is unimpressive. Ian Kennedy may be worse than Wade Miley in the ERA department, but his strikeouts are fewer and his WHIP is higher. In his last three starts, Miley has allowed 15 earned runs. Next, he’ll face the Texas Rangers. As if his ERA wasn’t bad enough, now they throw in a DH. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 9 31779151 Sit - Jim Johnson Sit+-+Jim+Johnson Fantasy Baseball

Save opportunities don’t grow on trees and yet Jim Johnson is wasting his resources and fantasy owners’ patience. Last year, Johnson led all closers with 51 saves in 54 chances. This time around, he’s already exceeded last year’s blown save total. In Johnson’s last five save opportunities, he allowed 12 earned runs. Manager Buck Showalter probably won’t waiver when making the call to the pen, but owners should keep their eyes on fellow Orioles Darren O’Day (1.96 ERA) and former starter Tommy Hunter (1.86 ERA). – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 9 31779149 Sit - Mike Moustakas Sit+-+Mike+Moustakas Fantasy Baseball

For the second time this year, the keeper of the hot corner in Kansas City is on the “sit list.” Last week, Mike Moustakas managed only two hits and two RBI. Also, skipper Ned Yost took the fantasy baseball benching to the next level by holding Mous out of a couple games. As I mentioned in the write-up for Billy Butler, Eric Chavez (15-34, 3 HR, and 11 RBI the past two weeks) is a solid fill-in for the struggling Royal hitters. For deeper leagues, you’ll be surprised to read that Yan Gomes has eligibility at third base in most fantasy formats. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 9 31779148 Sit - Billy Butler Sit+-+Billy+Butler Fantasy Baseball

Three hits in a week doesn’t cut it, especially from your power-hitting first basemen. Billy Butler couldn’t even manufacture and RBI in eight straight games. Upcoming, Butler’s Royals will take part in a home-and-home four-game series against arch-rival St. Louis, who has the fourth-lowest team ERA in baseball. Eric Chavez, Brandon Belt, and the previously highlighted Kendrys Morales are practical replacements for the slumping slugger. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 9 31779147 Sit - Starlin Castro Sit+-+Starlin+Castro Fantasy Baseball

His career batting average is close to .300, but Starlin Castro looks like he’s already slipping into his June gloom. Though Castro doesn’t have a lengthy track record, the sixth month of the year provides warmer weather and colder bats for the windy city shortstop. Last week, he batted .231 (6-26) and only provided fantasy baseball owners with one RBI. There was a time in 2011 when Castro would constantly put the ball in play. He started the season with eight strikeouts in April and concluded the season with eight strikeouts in the month of September. In 2013, Castro K’d 19 times in April and already has 17 punch outs in May. Owners should abandon ship entirely, July and August will bring better times. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 9 31777335 Start - Mike Leake Start+-+Mike+Leake Fantasy Baseball

Are you wondering why Tony Cingrani isn’t pitching in the Bigs right now? Well, besides the fact that Johnny Cueto is healthy, Mike Leake is keeping the young gun in the minors. Like Jeff Locke, Leake also has back-to-back shutouts in his last two starts. This week, Leake is probable for two starts: one against Cleveland (at home) and Pittsburgh (on the road). When facing the Indians, he is 1-0 in three appearances and possesses more Ks (18) than innings pitched (17 1/3). – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 9 31777332 Start - Jeff Locke Start+-+Jeff+Locke Fantasy Baseball

Francisco (that’s fun to say) Liriano is a Pittsburgh pitcher stealing the attention of fantasy baseball general managers with his minimal ERA and high strikeout rate. However, don’t let his teammate Jeff Locke slip through your free agency fingers. Locke is coming off of back-to-back shutout performances against Houston and Milwaukee. Though he hasn’t pitched into the eighth inning, Locke has faced at least 23 batters and thrown 90+ pitches in seven of his last eight outings. Last Saturday was the first time Locke threw against a familiar opponent. He pitched against the Brew Crew twice in three games and Locke improved upon his previous start, striking out a season-high seven Brewers. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 9 31777333 Start - Kendrys Morales Start+-+Kendrys+Morales Fantasy Baseball

Owned in less than half of FOXSports.com fantasy baseball leagues, Kendrys Morales is starting to show signs of life that remind owners of his 2009 season (.306, 34 HR, and 108 RBI). The last seven days Morales went 13-27 (.481) with seven RBI. In the month of May he has steadily raised his batting average from .250 to .293. The biggest improvement for Morales has to be his success against lefties. Even during his career-year in 2009, Morales only hit four homers off of southpaws while batting below .300. This season, Morales already has three home runs against left-handed pitchers and is hitting .339 in 62 at-bats. Seattle will face at least two lefties (Clayton Richard and Eric Stults) in the next three days. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 9 31777334 Start - Domonic Brown Start+-+Domonic+Brown Fantasy Baseball

Weeks ago Domonic Brown landed on the “sit list,” but even I couldn’t completely quit the Phillies outfielder. That has paid off recently with Brown batting 8-23 (.348) with two home runs and seven RBI. Besides the batting average boost, he also contributes on the base paths. The seven games ago he swiped his first bag of the season and followed it up by stealing a second bag the next day. June has typically been Brown’s worst month, in 24 games he’s batted .165. So, this could be his last time on the “Start” side for a while. – Adam Meyer

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Fantasy Baseball 2187 43 Top 10 Fantasy Baseball Starts and Sits: Week 9 31779146 Start - Houston hitters Start+-+Houston+hitters Fantasy Baseball

While I would continue to avoid Houston’s pitching (even Jose Veras) at all costs, the fantasy baseball stats their offense is producing is enough for a flier or two. Last week, catcher Jason Castro led the pack batting 11-19 (.579) with three home runs. The next ‘Stro to contribute was third baseman Matt Dominguez. Out of his seven hits last week, four reached the bleachers. Finally, J.D. Martinez made his bid to join fantasy rosters when he hit .318 (7-22) the last seven days, going yard twice and driving in six teammates. – Adam Meyer

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