Each and every week FFLockerRoom will be here to give you the players that are underachieving or getting unlucky and therefore are buy low candidates as well as those overachieving that you should market for trade! These players will have an impact on most 2014 Fantasy Baseball rosters and transactions can make or break your season. Utilizing this list along with the FFLockerRoom 2014 Fantasy Baseball Rankings will help you in making those all-important lineup or trade decisions for the coming week(s)
Mike Minor, LHP, ATL – I love lefty pitchers and Minor is no exception. He’s been a big disappointment between time on the DL and a 2-5 record, 4.73 ERA and 1.54 WHIP. So why should you buy? In his career Minor has a 4.42 ERA before the All-Star break and 3.50 after. His on base percentage against drops 28 points and his opponents slugging drops 51 points. First half WHIP of 1.32 turns into a second half total of 1.16. How much would you pay for a 3.50 ERA and 1.16 pitcher? Current pitchers with an ERA around 3.50 are David Price, Stephen Strasburg and Jered Weaver. Minor will come much cheaper than all of them. Get him before the break.
Gio Gonzalez, LHP, WAS – Uh oh, more lefty love there. Gio is currently 5-4 with a 3.93 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. Solid, but not great. What I do like is that he has an 11.5% swinging strike rate. That’s the percentage of strikes that were swung at and missed. That’s up from his career average and 2013 total of 9.4%. League average is around 8.5%. Opponents are hitting line drives at a 17.5% clip which is well below the league average. The velocity is there, he’s just getting hurt a bit on his fastball. His curve and change are both positively valued pitches. Unlike Minor, Gio’s numbers actually go up after the All-Star break but I just have a gut feeling about him this year.
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