Five pitchers to get, five to avoid
For all the talk about the major league baseball trade deadline this weekend, and all that it entails and who it will affect, the games are still going on. We'll be here to break down the big trades and what they mean for those players and others getting or losing opportunities, but let's get back to basics as the season's fourth full month comes to a close. Here are readily available starting pitchers I would invest in this weekend and perhaps beyond, and others that fail to excite.
Rick Porcello, Detroit Tigers: I guess I'm easily convinced, because I've been skeptical of the 22-year-old for more than a calendar year. But he is 4-0 in July with a 3.33 ERA and 1.19 WHIP, and nary a home run allowed. There's a reason we keep talking about the guy, waiting for the good stuff.
Edwin Jackson, St. Louis Cardinals: He makes his team debut Friday after the big Colby Rasmus trade, and although I'm not a fan of Jackson for the duration of the season -- he's been lit up in the NL before -- I like the matchup against the Chicago Cubs. It's certainly not a strong lineup, and Jackson has held current members of the team to a .217 batting average against. I'd use teammate Jake Westbrook on Sunday Night Baseball as well, as he gets the same offense, and his 1.05 WHIP in July is strong.
Freddy Garcia, New York Yankees: He's won nine games with a 3.23 ERA and usable 1.30 WHIP, and all but one of his past eight outings have been, by definition, quality starts. No, he's not an ace, but on this team, he's probably winning 15 games. He's still out there in 75 percent of ESPN standard leagues.
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