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Vicente Padilla, SP (TEX): Maybe if I keep writing about Vicente Padilla, some people will start owning him. Listen, we all know his track record. On the whole -- in fantasy or reality -- he hasn't been a good pitcher throughout his career. But he's in a contract year, which means that little flickering light bulb inside your head should light up consistently.

His numbers in June might be his worst from the first three months of the season, but you're still getting a 3-1 record with an acceptable ERA of 3.96. His strikeouts are OK and his 1.37 WHIP is also decent, but the 10 wins will really help your team.

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The Rangers really back him up when he steps to the mound. They are 13-3 in games that he's started this year and are supporting him with 6.75 runs per game. If that keeps up, he might be a 20-game winner -- yes, I said it.

Jair Jurrjens, SP (ATL): Jair Jurrjens was dropped like a bad cell phone call after posting three consecutive disappointing outings from May 26 to June 5. But realistically, even those three starts weren't that bad.

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He allowed 14 earned runs in 15 innings pitched and still earned a win in one of the starts.

He's a pretty good pitcher and is worth owning. Here's what the rest of his season looks like without that bad stretch:

75 IP, 19 ER (2.28 ERA), 56 K, 28 BB, 1.12 WHIP.

Everyone goes through a rough spell. Jurrjens is worth owning in 12-team leagues and worth a good look in smaller leagues too.

Kyle Lohse, SP (STL): How tempting is it to add Kyle Lohse to your team? Many teams didn't want his services in the offseason, but the St. Louis Cardinals and genius pitching coach Dave Duncan were willing to take a chance. Duncan's strategy has changed Lohse completely. He now keeps the ball low in the strike zone and tries to induce more ground balls. Instead of trying to strike everyone out, he's putting more balls in play and trusting his defense.

His ground ball-to-fly ball ratio is 1.54, which is the best ratio of his career. The ripple effect has also translated into less home runs. For his career (not including this season), Lohse has allowed 1.2 home runs per nine innings pitched. This year, he's only given up six home runs in 94.1 innings pitched, which translates into 0.57 home runs allowed per nine innings pitched. He looks like a good long-term solution. He's only allowed 10 earned runs in his past 43 innings pitched.

Mark Buehrle, SP (CHW): Mark Buehrle, who is owned in 31.2% of ESPN leagues, is having his best month of the season. We know that he's capable of being an ace, but we haven't seen it up until this month. He's only 5-6 with a 4.04 ERA this season, but in June he has performed significantly better. This month, he is 3-0, with a 1.89 ERA, 20:6 K:BB ratio and a 0.97 WHIP. It's hard to judge whether Buehrle is a good long-term investment because he was wildly inconsistent last year. For now, ride out his good stretch.

Francisco Liriano, SP (MIN): Just an update to keep an eye on Francisco Liriano. He's still in the minors pitching his way back up to the major leagues -- and the call-up is still far away -- but don't forget about him. He's posted a 3-0 record with a 2.79 ERA this month, so it may not be too much longer before he gets the call.

Seth McClung, SP (MIL): Taking a trip to scrub city, let's take a look at Seth McClung. He's seemingly righted the ship and is now relevant in fantasy terms. In four June starts, McClung is 3-1 with an ERA of 2.55. He doesn't look like more than a pitch-and-ditch candidate in a deep league, but that might be enough value for you. Milwaukee is cruising right now, so owning one of their pitchers likely will translate into some wins. However, I don't have much faith in McClung as a long-term addition.

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