Pitcher 6-Pack

Justin Duchscherer, SP (OAK):

I didn't think that I would have write about a former All-Star as a waiver-wire pick up, but I nabbed him in my league after I noticed he was a free agent. Justin Duchscherer stepped into the fantasy spotlight with an eight-inning, one-hit effort against the Boston Red Sox, the best hitting team in the American League. But realistically, Duchscherer should have been owned even before that. He has an ERA of 1.99 in May with 22 strikeouts and seven walks. With a WHIP under 1.00 and a nice strikeout-to-walk ratio, the numbers indicate that he'll continue pitching well enough to be owned in almost every league.


Dana Eveland, SP (OAK):

Dana Eveland was the jewel of the Oakland Athletics' side of the Dan Haren trade and production has been quite similar this season. But while Haren was drafted about 50th overall, Eveland is still on most waiver-wires even though his stats are nearly identical.


Haren: 10 GS, 63.2 IP, 5-3, 53 K, 10 BB, 3.39 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, .228 BAA

Eveland: 10 GS, 62 IP, 4-3, 44 K, 24 BB, 2.90 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, .218 BAA

Eveland is a little behind in some of the categories but again, consider the investment: one guy was drafted with an early pick whereas the other is a free agent. Haren has the brand name power, but the production from both pitchers is solid.

Taylor Buchholz, RP (COL):

Taylor Buchholz isn't a guy you should be adding quite yet, but he should be on your radar. Considering the way he's pitched so far this season, the Colorado Rockies might want to consider giving him some more responsibility. Buchholz has closer potential and with Manny Corpas blowing his way out of the role and Brian Fuentes in the process of doing the same, Buchholz could become the new closer. He's only allowed 14 hits in 28.1 innings pitched, allowing only four earned runs in that time. Fuentes blew his third save opportunity on Wednesday and that was his third in only seven chances since taking over the role. He's no longer dominant, which might open the door for Buchholz shortly.

Darrell Rasner, SP (NYY):

This is a guy that I'm not terribly excited about, but he's been doing yeoman's work for the New York Yankees right now. Regardless of whether he's this year's Aaron Small, Darrell Rasner has now pitched 25 innings in four starts, allowing a total of five earned runs. He's only walked three hitters in that time and keeping runners off base is a healthy indication of potential future success. Pitching for the Yankees typically leads to wins so if that's what you are looking for, Rasner should be a good option. In four starts, he already has three wins. Andy Pettitte, who's owned in 84% of ESPN leagues, only has four wins.

Mike Gonzalez/Rafael Soriano, RP (ATL):


The back end of the Atlanta Braves bullpen has been a mess due to injuries, but some capable bodies are on the way. Mike Gonzalez, who is rehabbing Tommy John surgery, worked in back-to-back games at extended spring training and might be back early June. Rafael Soriano, who has been out with right elbow tendinitis, pitched a couple of decent innings in Class AA and could be back any time now. Both guys are capable of closing, although it might be a committee when everyone is healthy. John Smoltz was supposed to be the chairman of that committee, but an inflamed biceps tendon and rotator cuff inflammation has kept him out. You might be able to snake some saves with Soriano or Gonzalez in the interim until Smoltz returns, so monitor the situation.

Clayton Kershaw, SP (LAD):

Let's get hyped up again for another Major League prospect as Clayton Kershaw is Max Scherzer II this year. Kershaw was recently called up and pitched six innings, striking out seven batters while allowing only two earned runs. The proposition is this: do you add a guy with crazy upside who might be inconsistent? The answer is yes. If you have some veteran pitcher who is just giving you regular steady numbers, it is worth it to drop that type of player for Kershaw's potential. Why? Because the worst case scenario is that Kershaw flops and you go back to the waiver-wire and get another steady veteran. Those guys are a dime-a-dozen. Potential studs like Kershaw are not.