Los Angeles Dodgers left hander Ted Lilly is a pitcher who has been mentioned in this space many times before. Despite his knack for gaining strike outs…
Now that the calendar has officially turned to September, baseball’s final month is upon us. And in this final and most important month — as any longtime fantasy owner will tell you — players that can contribute during September are even more valuable than normal to the owners fighting in their league’s playoff races.
So, this week, we’ll look at some of the players known for their play throughout the month of September and note some of the September call-ups to add to your lineup.
Los Angeles Dodgers left hander Ted Lilly is a pitcher who has been mentioned in this space many times before. Despite his knack for gaining strike outs, he always seems to be a fantasy afterthought, likely because of his inconsistency. That said, he’s typically his best during the month of September and he’s currently owned in just 72 percent of leagues. Owners looking for starting pitching help should note Lilly’s impressive 3.59 ERA and even-more impressive 1.08 WHIP. He has eight wins and 125 strikeouts.
Freddy Garcia of the Chicago White Sox is another solid pitcher during the month of September and he is available in 90 percent of leagues. Garcia does have 11 wins on the season but his four-plus ERA and hefty 1.43 ERA sure do scare off plenty of fantasy owners.That said, given the fact that he’s owned in only 10 percent of leagues, give Garcia a chance as a ‘spot starter’ on your staff. If you choose the right matchups for the right hander, you may just find yourself moving up in pitching categories.
He seems to be a mainstay in this space, but Bronson Arroyo continues to improve his stock and could certainly help out a fantasy owner in need of pitching help this September. With 14 wins, a 3.82 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP, the Cincinnati Reds righthander sure can add a handful of numbers to your team. What he won’t do, though, is help you in strikeouts — just 96 on the season. That said, Arroyo can help out in your rotation and is owned in just 61 percent of leagues.
Ervin Santana is yet another pitcher known for his solid Septembers. Owned in just 70 percent of leagues, the Angels hurler has 14 wins and 141 strikeouts. His 4.05 ERA and 1.33 WHIP, however, are a bit high. Look for those numbers to drop over the next few weeks. If you need a start, too, give him a chance.
As for offensive players, why not take a look at Manny Ramirez. The newest Chicago White Sock can catch fire in an instant and be a big help to any fantasy owner. Owned in just 81 percent of leagues, Manny has eight home runs, 40 RBI and a .312 batting average in limited action this season. That said, if he gets hot, watch out.
Finally, the Baltimore Orioles have caught fire recently and Nick Markakis has been a big reason why. Owned in just 82 percent of leagues, Markakis now has eight homers, 46 RBI and a .287 average.
Looking at September call-ups, a number of newbies have already started making an impact.
Zach Britton is one of the top prospects in the Baltimore Orioles organization and after being called up, big things are expected, even if they’re just for September. At Double A Bowie, Britton went 7-3 with a 2.48 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 14 starts.
We certainly can’t forget about Aroldis Chapman. The Cuban phenom was recently recorded throwing 105 miles per hour and he’s owned in only 36 percent of leagues, despite his reputation. It’s unclear just how many innings he’ll get for the Cincinnati Reds as they sit in first place in the National League Central, but even if he gains you a few points this year, Chapman is a player you’ll want to keep for next year, if possible.
Brandon Allen was recently called up to the Arizona Diamondbacks and has already made an impact. The outfielder and first baseman hit a grand slam and made a run-saving catch in the D-Backs’ 5-2 win over San Diego Wednesday.
And lastly, San Francisco Giants prospect Darren Ford was the hero in his first game, stealing a base and scoring the winning run in a win over Colorado.
Ben Larsen is a fantasy baseball columnist for Rotoinfo.com. ¬†If you have any questions or comments feel free to email him at email@example.com.
Tags: Fantasy, Fantasy Baseball, MLB, Rotoinfo, Ted Lilly, waiver wire, weekly rundown