Fantasy Baseball Slow Starters – Pitchers
Now let’s take a look at some Pitchers that typically start off slow. Some of these guys could be good Buy Low candidates.
Johan Santana – It’s pretty much common knowledge that Johan takes a little while to heat up. I can’t post about slow starting Pitcher though and not mention him, even if it’s highly unlikely he’ll come available. Before the All-Star break Johan was 8-7 with a 2.84 ERA and after the break he was 8-0 with a 2.17 ERA. He posted ERAs of 3.24 & 3.74 in April and May. For his career he is 26-19 with a 4.01 ERA before June and 83-32 with a 2.75 ERA after it.
Roy Oswalt - Roy started off really slow going 4-5 with a 5.45 ERA before June. He was a sizzling 9-2 with a 1.96 in August and September. For his career he is 62-44 with a 3.32 ERA before the break and 67-20 with a 2.89 ERA after it. He’s not as high profile as Johan so if he starts slow, maybe you can wrestle him away from the competition.
Derek Lowe - Lowe had a great season last year, but he did register a 0-4, 6.11 ERA May. He was 7-8 with a 3.85 ERA before the break and 7-3 with a 2.38 ERA after it. That has been the trend for his career as he is 64-66 with a 3.91 ERA before the break and 62-41 with a 3.54 ERA in the second half. Lowe is great buy low candidate if he struggles early.
Ted Lilly - Lilly is in the same category is Lowe. He’s a prime candidate to pluck if he struggles early. Last year he was 5-4 with a 5.54 ERA in April and May and 12-5 with a 3.42 ERA the rest of the way. Historically Lilly is 50-46 with a 4.42 ERA before the break and 41-29 with a 4.37 ERA after the break.
Jesse Litsch – Litsch is another one that could be had if he struggles early. Last year he was 8-6 with a 4.16 ERA before the break and 5-3 with a 2.60 ERA after the break. He displayed a similar trend in 2007 as he went 1-3 with a 4.74 ERA before the break and 6-6 with a 3.54 ERA after it.
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