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

Jul 11, 2013

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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  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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