Fantasy Quick Pitch: Milwaukee Brewmasters

by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Apr 21st 2008 1:30AM by Will Brinson
As noted by Lackey and E, respectively, there are things happening in the Brewers’ rotation this week. Yovani Gallardo is on the way in (right now, actually) and Ben Sheets might be on the way out. Milwaukee is a stout offensive team, so you absolutely want to be concerned for who is manning their rotation from a fantasy perspective.

Yovani Gallardo
Gallardo whiffed batters at an 8+ K/9 last year but has not pitched, until today, in 2008. This means he might be undervalued already. No question about it though — if he’s available, you go pick him up ASAP. He needs to cut down on his walks and fly balls allowed from 2007, but he has all the skills to be a future ace and a dominant fantasy pitcher, as shown by his one earned run against the Reds in his first start back last night, before Eric Gag-ned it.

Ben Sheets
Even after experiencing tightness in his right triceps, Sheets is sitting quite pretty at 3-0, with 24 K’s in 28 innings and a ridiculous 0.96 ERA and 0.64 WHIP. He’s as much Mike Tyson as he is Glass Joe (he also has a .183 BABIP, fwiw), so you have to think about dealing him if you get someone interested, particularly in a 2:1 to upgrade. It’s probably best, especially in H2H leagues, to sit him this week as his status is up in the air.

Manny Parr
aParra’s stupidly undervalued right now — people were sweating him when he got run in the rotation but now that his stats are out of whack (5.40 ERA, 1.85 WHIP), everyone wants to bail on him. Realistically, he’s young, so you have to expect him to struggle some, but he’s also been unlucky in that he’s “allowing” a .361 BABIP so far in 2008. Optimistically too, he’s K’ing more than a batter per inning; he needs to get his walks down but he’s a great two start option with the Cards and Marlins on tap this week.

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