Now a full week into the month of May, we’re seeing some guys that began the season on the disabled list get into the action. Included this week we’ve got a trio of starting pitchers that have kicked off the month by putting together strong back-to-back performances. These are the kind of players that are worth rostering, and in deep leagues don’t be afraid to drop them into your starting lineup and ride them while they are hot.
Let’s get right into this week’s edition …
On the Field
SS Eric Aybar, Los Angeles Angels
He’s on an absolute tear, with 13 hits in his last seven games, which would surely be a boost to a fantasy team’s middle infield. Five stolen bases and also five runs knocked in during that same time span translates into a viable fantasy starter. He’s still available in many leagues, but that won’t be the case for very long.
1B Eric Hosmer, Kansas City
I recommend a pickup and hold on Hosmer. First base is a deep position, but you don’t want to be caught short should injury strike. The Royals are consistently playing the youngster, and to this point he has responded with decent numbers. I’d like to see some more production before considering him for a starting lineup spot, but for deep leagues, he is worth owning.
C John Buck, Florida
He’s owned in about 50 percent of the online leagues, so he’s still available in many. He started the month of May extremely hot and has cooled somewhat of late. He’s worth rostering in all formats as he’s a guy that won’t hurt you at the catching position while giving you some average numbers.
On the Mound
Homer Bailey, Cincinnati
Grab him before he goes viral. He is coming off two stellar starts after spending the first month of the season on the disabled list. Both were wins, and he only allowed a single earned run in 13 innings. He won’t be available for long if he is on your league’s waiver wire.
Tom Gorzelanny, Washington
Another guy that is coming of two great performances, Gorzelanny picked up wins in his most recent starts against the San Francisco Giants and Florida Marlins. Going a full eight and seven innings, giving up only two earned runs in total over the two games. Don’t let his subpar win-loss record scare you away. Gorzelanny is getting hot and can jump directly from the waiver wire into a starting lineup right now.
Joel Pineiro, Seattle
In keeping with the trend, we talk about another pitcher recently off the disabled list and recently putting together back-to-back solid outings. Pineiro shut out the Boston Red Sox over 5.2 innings in picking up a win, then came back against the White Sox and grabbed another win going 7.2 innings only allowing a pair of earned runs. He’s another guy that can go from the waiver wire to starting lineup.
Tyson Ross, Oakland
For those leagues that differentiate, he likely also qualifies at reliever. He has been filling in for Dallas Braden’s open slot in the Oakland rotation and he has not disappointed. Only three earned runs allowed over the three starts (19 innings pitched) and a win over the Kansas City Royals this past week. Middle-of-the-road strikeout numbers (10 strikeouts in the three starts) so he won’t hurt you in that category.
Jake Arrieta, Baltimore
Arrieta is on a bit of a roll for the Orioles, winning three times in his last four starts. He’s had some trouble finding the plate (10 walks in those four starts, 24 innings pitched), but he continues to keep runners from scoring (seven earned runs in his last four games). Baltimore is committed to running him out there every five games, so fantasy owners would be wise to take a chance on the youngster.
Mark Melancon, Houston
With Brandon Lyon set aside on the disabled list, the Astros have turned over closing duties to Melancon. He has done well this season and was flawless in his first save opportunity.