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Halladay fantasy baseball options
Editor's note: Jared Weaver was placed on the DL late Tuesday night, too.
From a fantasy baseball owner’s perspective, Roy Halladay has underachieved in terms of rotisserie production when compared to years past.
In 11 starts this season, Philadelphia’s ace has allowed 32 earned runs in 72.1 innings pitched (3.98 ERA). The last time Halladay’s ERA was that high in late-May, the year was 2003 and he was pitching for the Blue Jays (4.00).
Part of me believes with the lack of run support in Philly and less-than-impressive stats, Halladay hitting the disabled list isn’t the worst thing to happen to fantasy owners. Owners' psyche forces one to start Halladay in all instances, even when the odds are stacked against them/him. This roster move forces them to look outside the box.
Here are my top five, available starting pitchers owners should take a look at while Halladay is out:
Max Scherzer (64.8 percent owned)
Stats: 4-3 / 5.67 ERA / 1.54 WHIP / 72 K
Analysis: Scherzer has struck out 24 batters his last two times out. Don’t let the ERA and WHIP fool you, this Detroit pitcher can earn a quality start every now and again. Just don’t expect them every time he takes the bump.
James McDonald (60.3 percent owned)
Stats: 4-2 / 2.20 ERA / 0.96 WHIP / 63 K
Analysis: In five May starts, McDonald has won three, allowed six earned runs while striking out 39 in 35 innings pitched.
Felipe Paulino (6.4 percent owned)
Stats: 2-1 / 2.03 ERA / 1.26 WHIP / 34 K
Analysis: Since coming off the disabled list in early May, Paulino has looked stellar. He’s struck out 34 in 31 innings pitched. If the Royals’ offense can start clicking, Paulino could be a steal off the waiver wire.
Bud Norris (49.0 percent owned)
Stats: 5-1 / 3.34 ERA / 1.31 WHIP / 62 K
Analysis: Norris is 4-0 in May with a 1.17 ERA. He allowed four earned runs in 30 2/3 innings pitched. Granted, the Astros provided eight runs, three times, to assist Norris with three of those May wins.
Felix Doubront (18.2 percent owned)
Stats: 5-2 / 3.86 ERA / 1.36 WHIP / 59 K
Analysis: Owns a 9.48 K/9 rate in 2012 and has won four out of his last five starts. His 37 strikeouts in May rank within the top 10 of all MLB pitchers.