Fantasy Fox: 4 name-brand pitchers to cut or trade soon
The Fantasy Fox details four name-brand starting pitchers to abandon, via trade -- or perhaps drop altogether -- in 12-team roto leagues, as we enter the second month of the baseball season.
Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija (far left -- 1.98 ERA, 31/13 K-BB) went winless in April, due to low run support. But Ricky Nolasco (second to left), Hiroki Kuroda (second to right) and Wade Miley (right) are scuffling for various other reasons.
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By Jay Clemons
Here are four name-brand starting pitchers to abandon, via trade -- or perhaps drop altogether -- in 12-team roto leagues, as we enter the second month of the fantasy season.
Miley (age 27) has never logged 150 strikeouts nor posted a sub-1.15 WHIP in any MLB campaign. As such there's no reason to remain loyal to the Arizona lefty, as he endures a 5-plus ERA with a last-place team.
Looking at the math, if Wiley rolls for 31 starts -- his average of the last two years -- he could surrender more than 108 runs and 30-plus homers. Ouch.
Through April 30, Nolasco has already incurred three outings of double-digit hits allowed -- a stunning occurrence for a quality-grade hurler who had endured just three starts of double-digit hits for 2012 and 2013, combined.
Bottom line: We could look past the above nugget ... if Nolasco had registered more than four strikeouts for any April outing. (But he didn't.)