Millwood winless, but still has value

Updated: May 26, 2010, 5:37 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Poor Kevin Millwood could use a break. He entered Wednesday as one of 36 pitchers to have made 10 starts this season, but he's the only one among that group with a big, fat zero in the win column. Millwood has actually pitched pretty well for the Baltimore Orioles; his 3.71 ERA and 1.28 WHIP are helpful for fantasy owners, and he's tied for 24th in baseball in strikeouts (56), with more than Matt Garza, Francisco Liriano and Johan Santana, among many others. Millwood has done a nice job; he just hasn't won a game.

Since wins are a category in most fantasy leagues -- I have two leagues in which quality starts replaces wins -- that's a significant problem. Bad luck has certainly played a role, as teammate Brad Bergesen has managed to win three of his eight starts despite a 6.10 ERA and 1.77 WHIP. Run support has been part of the problem, as Millwood ranks 124th among 127 pitchers with 40 or more innings in run-support average. What's interesting about Millwood's season is that the 15-31 Orioles have actually won four of his 10 starts. But relief pitchers have notched the wins.