Who is the best pitcher in baseball? Is it Roy Halladay, Justin Verlander, or Clayton Kershaw? I know its crazy to think, but take a look at the numbers and you will find that R.A. Dickey is the best pitcher in baseball right now. So much so that Dickey is the triple crown leader for pitchers. His ERA is down to 2.00, tied for the major league lead with Brandon Beachy. His 11 victories are the best in baseball, and his 103 strikeouts were tied with Verlander until Verlander threw on last night. Dickey has allowed one run in his last five starts and that run was unearned. He has gone 42 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run with 63 strikeouts . All Dickey does is throw a knuckleball and to do what he is doing right now is absolutely amazing.
So will a regression strike Dickey? It’s definitely possible, just as it would be for any pitcher off to an equally unexpected hot start to the season, but I would not being selling high like some fantasy experts are preaching. Dickey should remain among the upper tier of fantasy starters this year and unless you have some other glaring need, don’t create a new one by trading Dickey.
In other fantasy news…..
- John Axford blew his third save since June 13 in Tuesday night’s lose to the Blue Jays and now carries a brutal 5.60 ERA. On the flip side, Francisco Rodriguez has allowed no runs in his last five relief appearances. We all know he has experience in the ninth-inning role and is capable of being the closer again if the Brewers allow him to do it. If K-Rod happens to be avaliable, go get him.
- Jeremy Hellickson was placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder fatigue. The Rays are hoping that Hellickson will miss only two starts before returning to the rotation. Hellickson said he feels no pain or discomfort in the shoulder, so owners should be optimistic – at least for now.
- Logan Morrison had a career game Tuesday against Boston, going 3-for-4 with a homer, two doubles and five RBI.
- Colby Rasmus hit two solo home runs Tuesday night and has a .470 BA in his last four games. His 12 home runs and 35 RBI to date is respectable production for someone that had a .208 batting average May 8th. His batting average now sits at .259.
- A notoriously slow starter, Aramis Ramirez is heating up in June – again. Last night, Ramirez hit a grand slam and has homered in back-to-back games against the Blue Jays. Last year, he hit two home runs in April & May. He finished with 26 HR and 93 RBI – enough said.
- Carlos Gonzalez is planning to be back today against the Phillies. The Rockies are reeling right now and desperate for Cargo to return, however is he 100% healthy?
- Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-4 with a home run and a stolen base in Tuesday’s victory over the Twins.
- Michael Morse hit his first home run of the season on Tuesday evening against the Rays. Morse is beginning to heat up after missing most of the first half of the season on the disabled list. He is getting his timing back and like Aramis Ramirez, Morse has a track record of being a slow starter and then going on a tear.