1. Ubaldo Jimenez, SP COL: 0.88 ERA, 0.93 WHIP
Prob. Starts: 05/31 @ SF, 06/06 @ ARI
The stats speak for themselves. There isn’t a single pitcher in baseball that is pitching as dominantly as Jimenez. He has got nine wins with a chance for his tenth before we get to June and leads the league in ERA in Wins, ERA, and WHIP. If there were a triple crown for pitchers, he would be in line to win it. As it stands now, he is the obvious early favorite for the Cy Young Award and a fixture at #1 on this list for the foreseeable future.
2. Roy Oswalt, SP HOU: 2.35 ERA, 1.01 WHIP
Prob. Starts: 05/31 vs. WAS, 06/05 vs. CHC
Oswalt makes the list for the second straight week. After absolutely dominating Milwaukee last week (8 IP, 9 K, and the W), Oswalt is a two-start pitcher this week taking on Washington (vs. Luis Atlilano) and CHC (vs. Ryan Dempster). Oswalt has been absolutely dominant this season, posting his best numbers since 2006. Hopefully his team can find a way to give him some run support and he can keep the dominance rolling this week and beyond.
3. Jaime Garcia, SP STL: 1.14 ERA 1.14 WHIP
Prob. Starts: 05/31 vs. CIN, 06/05 vs. MIL
For the second straight start, Garcia did not have his best stuff and struggled against the Pads his last time out. However, it didn’t matter as he was still able to stifle their offense for six innings, lowering his ERA to a microscopic 1.14 in the process. Usually when a pitcher’s ERA & WHIP are identical it’s never a good sign, but in Garcia is an anomaly. After winning the fifth starters job in spring training, his emergence has been a pleasant delight to fantasy owners who were smart enough to draft him in the later rounds or quickly snag him off of the waiver wire. He will look to keep it going with probable matchups against Bronson Arroyo & Chris Narveson.
4. Roy Halladay, SP PHI: 2.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP
Prob. Starts: 06/04 vs. SD
Any time a guy throws a perfect game, I feel obligated to recommend him for the following week, especially when it’s Doc. Halladay has absolutely thrived with his new team in the NL and has been better than advertised. He’ll look to keep the impressive outings coming as he takes on the Pads and Mat Latos on his next turn.
5. Johan Santana, SP NYM: 3.03 ERA, 1.12 WHIP
Prob. Starts: 06/02 @ SD
Since taking a shellacking in Philadelphia about a month back (the worst of his career), Santana has settled in quite nicely atop the Mets rotation. Over his last four starts, Santana has allowed just four runs over 29 and 2/3 IP. Despite those impressive numbers, he’s just 1-0 over that same span. He’ll look to get some run support in his next outing against San Diego, but fantasy owners can’t really complain about the way he has been pitching outside of his low win total.
6. Carlos Silva, SP Cubs: 3.12 ERA, 1.10 WHIP
Prob. Starts: 06/04 vs. HOU
The best candidate for comeback player of the year by far. There is not one person on the Cubs or Mariners who thought Silva would turn it around and be 7-0 this season. Silva was only 5-18 in two seasons in Seattle. The big man allowed only two hits and struck out a career high 11 over 7 innings against the Cardinals last week. With a matchup against the Astros this week, Silva will most likely be 8-0 and a definite All-Star candidate.
7. Hisanori Takahashi, SP NYM: 2.13 ERA, 1.24 WHIP
Prob. Starts: 05/31 @ SD, 06/06 vs. FLA
Since being inserted into the starting rotation in favor of Oliver Perez, Takahashi has done nothing but throw all five of his pitches for strikes and absolutely baffle hitters. After signing a minor-league deal just before spring training, Takahashi battled Jon Niese for the fifth starter’s role and was ultimately sent to the bullpen. He could be the Mets’ best find of the season as over his first two starts he’s thrown 12 scoreless with 11 K’s while only walking a single batter. He’s 1-0 over that span and will look to pick up wins two and three against Kevin Correia and Ricky Nolasco this week.
8. Nick Blackburn, SP MIN: 4.28 ERA, 1.41 WHIP
Prob. Starts: 06/01@ SEA, 06/06 @ OAK
Blackburn’s numbers are definitely nothing to get excited about, and most casual fantasy players would never think to give him a second look. However, since you’re reading FBS we know that you’re the hardcore owner and in it to win it, so let’s take a closer look. Blackburn has won five straight starts and has an ERA just south of 2.60 over that span. He had to leave the club for a family emergency in mid-April and has credited his newfound success to the time he spent away from the game. He doesn’t strike out a ton of guys and gives up a ton of hits, but he finds a way to limit his opponent and has an uncanny ability to win games, rewarding those owners who play in leagues that have a big payoff for the W. He’s 1-0 with a 2.88 ERA in four career starts against Seattle and will look to keep it rolling on Tuesday.
9. Shaun Marcum, SP TOR: 2.59 ERA, 1.03 WHIP
Prob. Starts: 06/02 vs. TB
Marcum has been one of the best-kept secrets in fantasy baseball this season. After losing all of last season due to injury, Marcum has stepped up as Toronto’s ace after Roy Halladay’s departure. Marcum is 5-0 in his last six starts and hasn’t lost a game since April 16th. While he won’t overpower you with a high strikeout total, his low ERA and WHIP numbers indicate that he doesn’t allow many runners to reach the base paths. In Marcum’s career, he is 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA and 28 K’s in 24 IP against the Rays.
10. Justin Verlander, SP DET: 3.74 ERA, 1.12 WHIP
Prob. Starts: 05/31vs. OAK, 06/05 @ KC
Verlander struggled in his last start, allowing 5 ER in 7 1/3 IP against Seattle en route to a loss. However, usually every time Verlander struggles he bounces back with a string of dominant performances. This could certainly be the case here as he takes on a struggling Oakland lineup and then a less-than-imposing KC team. With his ability to strikeout guys at a high rate, those two free-swinging teams could be exactly what the Rotisserie doctor ordered to get this guy back on track.