Will These Fallen Aces Rise Again after the All-Star Break?

Jul 11, 2013


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The All-Star Break is a time to reflect on the happenings of the first few months of the season. It’s also a time to catch your breath in the biggest marathon of fantasy sports. Rather than resting on our laurels though, let’s take a look at some pitchers that got off to a rough start and see if they will rebound in the second half. Click here to see the batters’ edition.
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Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants
Cain has been struggling this year going 5-6 with a 5.06 ERA. The bright spot has been his 1.18 WHIP. Cain has been better in the second-half throughout his career, sporting a 3.14 ERA and 1.13 WHIP compared to 3.59 and 1.21 before the All-Star Game. He has been terrible in two July starts so the break could not have come at a better time. He should be better after the rest.
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R.A. Dickey, Toronto Blue Jays
Dickey is 8-10 with a 4.69 ERA. He has allowed six or more runs in seven starts this year. He has been terrible at home, sporting a 5.83 ERA. Toronto just isn’t a good fit for Dickey. I don’t think he’ll turn things around.
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Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies
Hamels is 4-11, but his ERA (4.11) and WHIP (1.24) aren’t terrible. He has been dominant in his last two outings, allowing two earned runs in 15 innings. His ERA after the All-Star break for his career is 3.08, compared to 3.63 prior. He should continue to turn things around.
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Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee Brewers
Gallardo looked like he figured things about before allowing 17 runs (15 earned) over 13 innings in his past three starts. He is currently 7-8 with a 4.85 ERA and 1.46 WHIP. As inconsistent as he has been, I don’t expect him to dominate in the second half.
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Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox
After winning his first six decisions, Lester has gone 2-5. His ERA and WHIP have climbed to 4.60 and 1.37 respectively. His ERA after the break throughout his career are 33 points higher than his pre-break numbers. I don’t see a strong finish for Lester.
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One Response so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Ryan Flynn
    July 18th, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    Look for Hamels and Cain who have been great pitchers in the career to bounce back for sure, I am all about getting them in a fantasy trade if you are into that kind of thing. Those teams might be hard pressed for wins but these pitchers will lead the comeback.

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