Friday, May 7, 2010

Fantasy baseball: Two pitchers to pick off waivers

At this stage of the season, the key to success in fantasy baseball's long six-month season is to find those diamond-in-the-rough stars to give you depth and increased production.

Good pitching is obviously a key to success and one guy who has been available in leagues on just about every fantasy Web site is Colorado's Jhoulys Chacin.
One of the top pitching prospects for the Rockies, because of injuries he got the call to the big dance earlier than expected.
On Sunday, he made his first start and got his first win with a dominating performance. He allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings. He also struck out seven and walked only three. If he follows that impressive outing in his next start on Saturday, he could find himself a fulltime member of the pitching rotation, expecially with Aaron Cook struggling these days.

Another hot pitcher available on most waiver wires is Scott Olsen of the Washington Nationals.
The guy has been dominating in his last three starts with 20 strikeouts in 20-plus innings.
On Thursday against the Braves, he allowed one earned run in 7 1/3 innings. He didn't get the decision, but he struck out eight and allowed only one walk. If he's available on your waiver wire, pick him up. His next start is scheduled for Tuesday against the Mets.