This is no way related to the Field and Stream magazine, but we will be doing some hunting and fishing for free agent Probable Pitchers. We had a rough go on Day 1 with Scott Olsen and company, but we all know Pimpin Streaming Ain't Easy. With that let's check out the field of Probable Pitchers who are owned in less than 60% of Yahoo! leagues and take arms against a sea of Wins and Ks. It's time to sign someone to a 1 day contract. "If you pick him up, the stats will come."
Kris Medlen @PIT (8% owned) I don't get it. How is Kris Medlen owned in only 8% of Yahoo! leagues? Medlen was a well hyped prospect and he has been lights out this year: 1.16 WHIP, 2.45 ERA, 7.98 K/9, 1.53 BB/9. It's not like he's been lucky, his BABIP is .314 and Fangraphs has his xFIP at 3.40. He is throwing his Curveball less often this year (8.4%, down from last year's 19.5%), even after leaving the bullpen to start (6.3% while starting). I don't think anyone fears the Pirates, they have scored the second fewest Runs in the league and have a .234 Team Batting Average. Medlen faces off against Zack Duke and his 1.69 WHIP. This one is too easy.
"Go the distance."
Matt Latos @SEA (51%) Another well hyped prospect who has been pitching well, Latos tries to defend my honor after Wade LeBlanc failed us all. Latos is another pitcher who should be owned in more leagues, but do take note of the .239 BABIP. When that eventually levels out, I expect his WHIP (0.99) to settle in around 1.19 or so. He has allowed only four ER in his past four appearances and Safeco is still a pitcher's park. The Mariners have a terrible offense, they rank 28th in Runs Scored and limp in with a .237 Team Batting Average. Latos faces off against King Felix, so while this appears to be another layup, getting the W will be tough.
Carl Pavano vs MIL (42%) Pavano does one thing well, he throws strikes. His 1.25 BB/9 leads all SP and his 68.9% First Strike Percentage trails only Carlos Silva. You have to love pitchers who throw strikes. You also have to love free agents pitchers who don't hurt you in Ks (6.44 K/9) and have a 1.21 WHIP. The Twins always seem to beat the Brewers in interleague play and Manny Parra is coming to the Twin Cities. Plus I put a curse on the Brewers for benching Hoffman! This is one of those layups where you use two hands and don't actually leave the ground. Update: Parra is entering the game in the 11th inning, not sure who will start tomorrow's game.
Kevin Millwood @WAS (22%) Nope, I don't like Millwood either, but you can't ignore the numbers. He pitched well in TEX last year and his 7.01 K/9, 2.19 BB/9, 1.26 WHIP and 3.65 ERA are pretty darn good. That being said, the WAS offense isn't too shabby either, but they do rank 21st in Runs Scored. Millwood faces off against John Lannan who has been battling elbow issues, but seems to be past them. Streaming Millwood is not for everyone and he should not be picked up by women who are pregnant. Side effects may include upset stomach, insomnia, sweating, hair loss and increased blood pressure.
"Hey ump, how 'bout a warning? Sure, kid. Watch out you don't get killed."
Homer Bailey @CLE (David Huff)
John Lannan vs BAL (Kevin Millwood)
Rick Porcello @LAD (Hiroki Kuroda)
Ben Sheets vs SF (Jonathan Sánchez)
Carlos Silva @TEX (C.J. Wilson)
Bud Norris vs TB (David Price)
Freddy García vs FLA (Josh Johnson)
Aaron Cook @KC (Zack Greinke)