DLR Derailed, time to hit the FA wire

Jorge De La Rosa has a torn ligament in his throwing elbow. Bad news for fantasy owners who now must sift through the free agent wire to try and find his replacement.

All pitchers under 40% owned in Yahoo! leagues

Aaron Harang – While his ERA is over 4.00, Harang has actually had more good outings than bad–allowing 2 or fewer runs in seven of ten outings. He’s sporting a BB/9 under 3 and a K/9 around 6, so he hasn’t been dominating, but solid. The problem is and has been allowing the long-ball. That problem alone makes him a bit risky.

Tim Stauffer – Unlike Aaron Harang, Tim Stauffer does not have problems with giving up home runs, he has only allowed three in 58 innings. With excellent command and a groundball rate over 50 percent, Stauffer looks like a good bet to continue pitching well as the season progresses.

Bartolo Colon – What seemed like a joke at first has turned into a real comeback story. Where would the Yankees be without Colon given their rotation issues? Where would fantasy owners be? Colon currently has the 12th best K/BB rate in baseball and has 15 strikeouts in his last 15 innings pitched. That being said, Colon has already surrendered eight home runs on the season. I still don’t have enough confidence to start Colon against good offensive clubs, but he’s a perfect “pitch or ditch” guy in the right matchup.

Ryan Vogelsong – How’s zero earned runs in an 18 innings span for ya? That’s exactly what Vogelsong has done in his last three starts with a 16/4 K/BB rate. While there is no denying that Vogelsong has pitched well, one can’t help but wonder if he can sustain his current .242 BABIP and 83.3 percent strand rate. Vogelsong is certainly worth riding while he’s hot, but I have some concern that the league will catch up to him his second time around.

Erik Bedard – After a rough start to the season Bedard has turned things around for sure–three earned runs in his last three starts with a 21/6 K/BB rate. I recently added him in an attempt to better my pitching stats in the FB365 Roto league.

Rick Porcello – See link above (Bedard).

Chris Narveson – Narveson has been a pleasant surprise this season. Though he’s not armed with a blazing fastball, he has enough movement and deception to miss bats and keep hitters off balance (73 percent contact rate and 34 percent chase rate). The increase in Narveson’s ground ball rate is a great signs as well, as home runs have been a problem throughout his career. His current HR/9 is 0.52, if that holds, he has a chance to maintain his sub 4.00 ERA all season long.

Jason Vargas – Pitching much like he did last season–good command and inducing weak contact–Vargas has his risks, he pitches to contact, but could end up helping fantasy owners with a sub-4.00 ERA once again. As long as he limits line drives and keeps from dishing out many free-passes, he should be a solid option in the right matchup.

I’d ranking these pitchers as follows…

1. Erik Bedard
2. Tim Stauffer
3. Rick Porcello
4. Chris Narveson
5. Bartolo Colon
6. Ryan Vogelsong
7. Aaron Harang
8. Jason Vargas