Fantasy Fox: 4 name-brand pitchers to cut or trade soon

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.

RHP Hiroki Kuroda, Yankees

Kuroda has been a lock for 11-13 wins in recent years; but at age 39, it’s time to think about booting him from your fantasy rotation — even if he gets above-average run support from the Yankees.

For the season, Kuroda (2-2, 5.28 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 18/6 K-BB) has cultivated an awkward trend of pitching fewer innings … but allowing more runs.

Digging deeper, we’d have to track back to Aug. 12 to find the last time Kuroda had a plausibly dominant outing in fantasy circles (seven strikeouts, zero runs allowed vs. Angels).

LHP Wade Miley, Diamondbacks

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.

RHP Ricky Nolasco, Twins

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.)

RHP Jeff Samardzija, Cubs

Without a doubt, Samardzija has been brilliant so far, notching 30-plus strikeouts and a sub-2.00 ERA.

However, The Shark didn’t record a single win in April, thanks to the lowly Cubs scoring just 14 total runs in his six starts.

Fantasy owners, I’m begging you to explore dealing Samardzija in the coming days. Always trade at the top of the market … especially for a guy who has never racked up double-digit victories.

Jay Clemons can be reached via Twitter, day or night, at FOX_JayClemons.