Saturday, March 17, 2012

Starting Rotations AL Central

The AL Central has worked in cycles over the past few years. White Sox had a World Series win, the Indians had a moment, and the Twins had a couple of divisional titles and the Tigers seem poised to dominate the division for the next few years. When each team shined in a particular year it was due to their pitching. Those days are gone. Excluding Verlander this division boasts no #1 starters that can put fear into opposing teams.  For fantasy purposes I would not draft anyone other than Verlander to be the anchor of my staff. There are some interesting stories to watch like former Cy Young winner Peavy, Ubaldo putting all together like he did in Colorado, can former 1st round selection Hochevar guide the Royals to over a .500 record, will anyone on the Twins post double digit wins? From the group as a whole I like Masterson at his current ADP which is directly behind Fister and Danks.  At best this particular division gives you no more than a 3rd tier SP for your fantasy team. Useable, needed but not going to WOW you in any category.

1. LHP John Danks
2. RHP Jake Peavy
3. RHP Gavin Floyd
4. LHP Chris Sale
5. RHP Phil Humber

1. RHP Justin Masterson
2. RHP Ubaldo Jimenez
3. RHP Josh Tomlin
4. RHP Derek Lowe
5. RHP Kevin Slowey

1. RHP Justin Verlander
2. RHP Doug Fister
3. RHP Max Scherzer
4. RHP Rick Porcello
5. RHP Jacob Turner

1. RHP Luke Hochevar
2. LHP Jonathan Sanchez
3. LHP Bruce Chen
4. RHP Felipe Paulino
5. LHP Danny Duffy
1. RHP Carl Pavano
2. RHP Scott Baker
3. LHP Francisco Liriano
4. RHP Jason Marquis
5. RHP Nick Blackburn

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