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Brantley valuable during hitting streak

Updated: June 14, 2012, 12:52 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

Major league baseball on Wednesday night was pretty much about the starting pitching. As you might have heard, Matt Cain made history, R.A. Dickey came close and it's hard to believe that Lance Lynn has fanned 23 hitters in his past two outings. Like Cain and Dickey, he is on pace for 200 strikeouts. Of course, that wasn't enough; Stephen Strasburg became the first to reach 100 strikeouts this season, Felix Doubront remains the Boston Red Sox's top pitcher according to the Player Rater, and Matt Harrison and, um, Jason Marquis joined Lynn in winning 1-0 games.

But let's focus on a hitter, shall we? How about Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley? I know, I know, how does Michael Brantley belong in any discussion with a guy that threw the 22nd perfect game in big league history? Well, fantasy baseball isn't merely about the fellows that throw the ball for a living. There are many pitchers thriving this season, and I haven't seen or heard anyone in my many leagues whining about finding decent pitching. It's everywhere. I do see, however, owners desperate to upgrade the likes of Logan Morrison or Mark Reynolds, or clinging to hope Brett Gardner and Lance Berkman will return soon. There isn't nearly enough offense, at least in games not played in Denver.

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