Last season was a break-out year for Leake despite the poor finish to the season. Many doubted whether he can replicate the form that saw him go 14-7 with a 3.37 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. But, through seven starts this season he has proved the doubters wrong with a 3.40 ERA and 1.09 WHIP, and is showing signs of improvement in the K/BB department.
Koehler will try and improve his stats against the Dodgers even though they have one of the most potent offences in the majors. In his last start against the Dodgers he went seven innings giving up no runs. Koehler has allowed just runs or less in six of his first seven starts and will look to continue to give his team a chance to win.
Smyly has been inconsistent so far this season, but once he settles into the routine of starting every five days he will perform better for the Tigers. When you look at his career thus far his numbers are actually pretty impressive. In 202 2/3 major league innings Smyly is 12-5 with a 3.24 ERA and 1.16 WHIP with 198 strikeouts. The potential is there to be a quality starter and contribute to the rotation.
Not So Key Pitchers
Tiny Tim has not looked like a Cy Young award winner this season with just two quality starts in his first seven tries this season. He’s allowed a whopping 50 hits in 35 2/3 innings. Both his starts this week will come at home against Atlanta and Miami. You might think that the start against the Marlins would favour Lincecum, but then you realize that the Marlins are second in runs scored in the National League. Not exactly a hot commodity for your fantasy team at the moment.
Buehrle is similar to Koehler because you know a regression is around the corner you are just waiting for it come. The Angels are third in the American League in runs and rank second in homers. You also have to have a bad feeling against the Rangers who are generally a team to avoid for non-elite pitchers. If he can get through this week with a win it would add to his impressive accomplishments thus far.
Lewis can be a source for strikeouts for fantasy playes. Also, he’s only given up five walks through his first 25 innings. However, he’s still rusty from his injury and is too hittable. Fantasy players should pass on him this week especially since he’ll be playing a potent Jays offence later in the week.