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CY YOUNG ROTO STYLE
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If the Cy Young were Roto Updated Sunday August 12, 2007
AL These stats might be more volatile week to week, than I first thought. A bad start could allow a leader to drop back to 4th place like our previous leader in Dan Haren. The drop to 4th from 1st might be due more to a great outing on August 11th by Josh Beckett who pitched 8.6 innings allowing 2ER, 0BB and 8Ks.
Chien-Ming Wang pushes himself off the list to make way for Javier Vazquez. Wang’s 8ER in 2.6 IP on August 8th at Toronto did in the ground ball expert. Wang’s low K/9 and strikeout totals plague him fantasy wise in his 3 years as a Yankees. However, with that offense behind him this guy wins games. A career 40-17, 3.82era and 1.29 whip still makes him worth rostering if you can pair him with a strikeout artist. I’d recommend teaming him with Matsuzaka or Vaquez to balance their combined stats.
Jake Peavy remains poised as he run away leader in the NL. His 1A counter part came off the DL for a start on August 9th to face the Cardinals. The outing wasn’t what we came to expect from Chris Young (6ip, 4er, 5BB, 5K) as his first half was a fantasy baseball dream come true for those who drafted him. I didn’t catch the start but I’m sure it was just one of those starts that are due. His season stats so far are a challenge to continue for any pitcher. Like everyone else, I’ll be looking for him to rebound in his next couple of outings.
Last weeks new addition, Ted Lilly is sitting 5th in the race. Much to the irate of “Fantasy 411” co-host Corey Schwartz, Lilly is flirting with fantasy owners yet again, calling them for his acquisition. More than the fantasy implications, the Cubs need him to continue his consistent work as the chase the Brewers for the Central Division crown. The one alarm bell I can find in the numbers is that he gives up the most HR/9. I’d only start him in a pitch or ditch situation.
John Maine needs a quality start this week in order to stay in the CY Young race. His August 9th match up against the Braves’ Tim Hudson caused him to lose a few points. John Maine and the Mets travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates on August 14th.