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Jeff Karstens, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates
The Bucs needed a strong outing from a starter. Karstens gave them that Monday. He allowed just two runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings and struck out four. Of course, he walked four.
Pittsburgh has a need for a starter for the time being. Their starters this season have a league-worst 8.29 ERA. Karstens has another start Sunday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. It's not the best chance to use him; LA has smoked righties this year (.849 OPS - tops in MLB) and has hit well at home (.872 OPS - third).
Karstens added a sinker to his repertoire. Given the state of the Bucs' rotation, a regular spot in it might not be far away. Just don't expect many outings like Tuesday's; he's not the safest pickup (4.92 ERA as a starter, lack of dominance).
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Pass
LaTroy Hawkins, RP, Milwaukee Brewers
The Trevor Hoffman watch is on. No, not for his 600th career save; rather, whether or not he'll survive as Milwaukee's stopper. Hoff blew his fourth save - second in a row - Wednesday. One problem: He hasn't been able to get ahead of hitters, leaving him unable to make use of his changeup.
Hawkins would likely be next in line for saves. His 7.71 ERA has been inflated by two horrid outings (seven runs in two innings). Other than that, he has performed reasonably well (one run in 7 1/3 innings). His strand rate is an atrocious 42.9 percent - way off his career rate of 70.6. Plus, he has the experience edge (87 career saves) over any bullpen comp.
It's a pre-emptive move. Milwaukee can't keep sending out Hoffman to blow saves if they want to stay in the division race, can they?
Shallow mixed: Watch
Deep mixed: Watch
About Bryce McRae
Bryce McRae is a Managing Editor with KFFL and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1999. He joined KFFL as a volunteer writer in March 2005 before becoming a Hot off the Wire Analyst in March 2006. He began working in his current capacity in September 2008. His work has appeared on fantasy sports sites such as Yahoo! and CBS Sportsline as well as in print. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2008 with a B.A. in History and U.S. Studies.
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