Jhoulys Chacin
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Having ace pitchers is very important to your success in fantasy baseball, which is why the top pitchers always go early in the draft. At this point in the season, finding an ace is almost impossible, but it can still be done. If you enjoy betting on baseball and fantasy sports, check out the MLB odds that affect fantasy baseball.

 

One thing you have to understand at this point of the season is the fact that you won’t be picking up the likes of Clayton Kershaw, David Price, Stephen Strasburg, or any other big name pitchers unless they suffer season ending injuries.

 

Even though you can’t sign the guys mentioned above, you can still sign some really good pitchers that are often overlooked because they are on terrible teams.

 

One of those pitchers is San Diego’s Jhoulys Chacin. Chacin was available in many fantasy leagues earlier in the season because he struggled a lot. In his first 12 starts of the year, Chacin was 4-5 with a 5.65 ERA. Opponents were also hitting .277 against him at the time.

 

Since his horrible start, Chacin has turned things around and is currently one of the hottest pitchers in the league. In July, Chacin was 4-0 in five starts with a 2.51 ERA. Opponents were hitting .207 against him as well.

 

In his last nine starts, Chacin is 6-2 with a 2.05 ERA. While his numbers improved as the season went on, he is still not a very reliable pitcher on the road, but his numbers on the road have also improved as well. Chacin hasn’t allowed more than three runs in his last four road starts.

 

The best part about picking up Chacin right now is he is approaching the months in which he has historically been at his best.

 

In 28 career appearances in August, Chacin is 12-9 with a 3.31 ERA. In September, he is 8-10 with a 3.37 ERA.

 

The interesting thing about Chacin is he is currently owned in only 28 percent of Yahoo and ESPN fantasy leagues, which means he is probably available right now.

 

While he isn’t expected to be your top pitcher, he will get you a lot of points and help you win games because he is pitching really well right now. If you can get past the fact that he pitches for the Padres, you will have a valuable asset on your team.

 

Here are a few other pitchers that can help you out.

 

Patrick Corbin, Arizona Diamondbacks

 

Corbin is 4-3 in his last nine starts, and while that might not jump out at you, you have to consider the fact that he hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of those games. Additionally, Corbin is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA since the All Star break and has pitched very well at Chase Field this season with a 6-3 record and a 3.14 ERA.

 

Luis Castillo, Cincinnati Reds

 

Castillo is 1-4 with a 4.05 ERA, which aren’t impressive numbers. However, the rookie is striking out 10.1 batters per nine innings and leaving 81 percent of batters stranded on base.

 

James Paxton, Seattle Mariners

 

Paxton was 1-3 with a 7.20 ERA in June, but he rebounded nicely in July, going 5-0 with a 1.62 ERA.


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