Mark Hendrickson, SP (FLA): I laughed when I saw that Mark Hendrickson was the Opening Day starter for the Florida Marlins. And I probably wasn't the only one. Hendrickson is having the last laugh now since he's 5-1 so far this season. Add to that an ERA of 3.19 and a WHIP of 1.17 and it is time to start owning this guy. He hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in his last six starts and posted an ERA of 2.56 in April. In roto leagues, why not ride this guy until he says not to?

Jonathan Sanchez, SP (SF): I wrote about Jonathan Sanchez recently, advising others to pick him up, so you might be surprised to see me writing about him again after an awful outing this week. Sanchez was throttled to the tune of seven earned runs to the light-hitting Pittsburgh Pirates in 4 1/3 innings and has since been dropped in a lot of leagues. I would add him and use him in spot starts. Take a look at these splits:


Home: 1-0, 24.2, IP, 6 ER, 2.19 ERA 27:10 K:BB, 1.14 WHIP

Away: 1-2, 13.1 IP, 14 ER, 9.45 ERA, 17:9 K:BB, 1.80 WHIP

Add him, start him at home and sit him on the road.

Brett Myers, SP (PHI): I've seen a lot of people getting nervous about Brett Myers. His velocity is down and he was knocked around again on Thursday. He allowed six earned runs in five innings of work against the Diamondbacks. I own him and I'm not overly concerned. Most of his struggles have been on the road, so his stuff is still fine. My guess is he'll straighten out before long. For now, I'd do the same as with Sanchez, start him at home and bench him on the road.

Home: 2-0, 27 IP, 3.00 ERA, 25:6 K:BB, 1.00 WHIP

Away: 2-3, 22 IP, 9.90 ERA, 17:9 K:BB, 1.86 WHIP

Santiago Casilla, RP (OAK): Now it's time to do something that I rarely do: talk about a relief pitcher who isn't a closer. Santiago Casilla has been lights out for the Oakland Athletics this year -- literally. He hasn't allowed a single run -- earned or unearned -- in 17.1 innings pitched and hasn't even allowed a hit in his last five innings of work. He has a 17:3 K:BB ratio and notched a save in his most recent outing. There is the possibility that Huston Street might get dealt later this season, which would increase his value, but you still might want to consider him in deep leagues. He'll chip in across the board and none of his numbers will hurt you.

Justin Duchscherer, SP (OAK): Sticking with the A's, Justin Duchscherer is back from a strained biceps and has pitched pretty well so far in his return. In 17 innings, Duchscherer has given up five earned runs (2.64 ERA) while posting a 12:3 K:BB ratio and a WHIP of 1.12. The A's are winning and so is he. He's won both of his last starts and becomes a player you might want to pick up. Across the board, he doesn't really hurt you in any category.

Scott Downs, RP (TOR): Saves are hard to come by, which is why Scott Downs garners some attention here. He's picked up a couple of saves in two of his last four outings, but realistically, he's picking up scraps off the table. The Blue Jays don't want to overwork B.J. Ryan right now, which is why Downs is seeing some closing opportunities. But the fact that Ryan hasn't allowed a single run this season doesn't bode well for Downs long term. And even if an injury occurred, Jeremy Accardo would probably take over the full-time closing duties like he did last year. Downs is a reach.