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RotoAuthority League - Best Pickups Last Week

This feature is written by Jeff, owner of the Volvo Stationwagons.

Lots of good ones this week…

6/17 – RotoAuthority picks up Taylor Buchholz
Buchholz has been filthy all season, posting a 1.43 ERA and 0.77 WHIP through Saturday night.  He’s not a gaudy K/9 guy, but has had incredible command, only walking 9 batters in 37 2/3 innings.  The Rockies will likely field lots of calls about closer Brian Fuentes over the next month or so, and with Manny Corpas mostly out of the picture, Buchholz is the most likely successer to Fuentes.  A solid speculative move on Tim’s part.

6/18 – Aubrey Huff’s $34.99ers picks up… well, Aubrey Huff
This one stings.  Dropped by the Stationwagons the afternoon of June 10 as his season batting average dropped to .239, Huff proceeded to have a 4-hit game later that evening.  Including that game, Huff’s batted .435 with 5 HR since I dropped him.  Huff could be a sleeper for R and RBI in surprising Orioles lineup.

6/18 – Greek God of Walks picks up Elijah Dukes
Dukes has struggled out of the gate with injuries and ineffectiveness, but he’s finally healthy and playing every day due to a rash of injuries in the Nats’ outfield.  He’s opened June hitting .325 with 2 HR and 5 SB and offers pretty good upside – think Mike Cameron in his prime – so it’s a reasonable gamble for a team that’s in the bottom two in most of the offensive categories. 

6/20 – Ms. Behavin’ picks up Eddie Guardado
C.J. Wilson gave up 3 runs in a tie game to take the loss on Wednesday night, and was relieved by Jamey Wright with the tying run on third base (who would later score) and one out on Thursday night.  While the Rangers plan on sticking with Wilson in the short term, a speculative pickup of Guardado – who’s pitched pretty well so far – makes sense in any league.

6/20 – Los Genius picks up Alex Hinshaw
Hinshaw was a relative unknown before being featured in a Yahoo article a couple of weeks back.  He was hailed in that article as the “closer of the future” for the Giants, and that may well be the case, although it seems unlikely that he’d get first crack if Brian Wilson falters this season.  But what sticks out right now is the shiny strikeout rate so far – 21 K in 15 IP.  Like fellow closer heir Chris Perez of the Cardinals, Hinshaw’s value this season will likely primarily be based on that strikeout rate and solid ERA/WHIP.


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