Wire Watch- Colon/Worley

Bartolo Colon allowed 5 earned runs in 6 innings pitched in his last start against the Pirates. Prior to that bad start he had pitched seven consecutive games without allowing more than 3 earned runs. Vance Worley is now three starts into his 2014 campaign and he already has 2 wins with a 1.74 ERA.

Analysis: Bartolo Colon is the 42nd best fantasy starter this season. Over the last month of the season Colon has been the 12th best fantasy starter. He has a 3.88 ERA, 3.70 xFIP and a 1.16 WHIP. His 1.16 WHIP is good for 19th best in baseball, his 5.27 K/BB rate is 7th and his walk rate is 3rd best in baseball. Colon is available in 20-40% of fantasy leagues.

Vance Worley is one of the most interesting pitchers on the wire right now. He does have a 1.74 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP but his xFIP is a pedestrian 4.14. His 4.00 K/BB rate would be 21st in baseball but he only has 20.2 innings under his belt thus far. The twenty-six year old Worley has a career 3.92 ERA, 3.98 xFIP and a 7.1 K/9 rate. He is not a fantasy savior but he is certainly worthy of some attention over his next few starts. Worley is available in 85-95% of fantasy leagues.

Last Call On Vance Worley

Vance Worley now has two impressive outings in three starts for the Philadelphia Phillies this year. In 19.0 innings of work Vance has a 1-1 record with a 2.37 ERA and 21 K’s.

Analysis: Worley was a huge surprise last year after posting an 11-3 record with a 3.01 ERA. Flash forward to this year and you have yourself a legit right hander. Despite some questions concerning Worley’s game he did sport a 3.32 FIP in over 130 innings in 2011. His fastball may top out at 91-92 MPH but his slider and curve give him three plus or very close to three plus pitches. Offensive support will be a problem for the righty with the injury concerns to Howard and Utley but he seems to be doing quite fine at the moment.

Vance Worley is also very consistent in the WHIP department as well, he posted a 1.23 WHIP last year. Despite not being a flamethrower, Worley still strikes out eight batters per nine innings and only walks three batters per nine. I would not expect his WHIP to finish over the 1.37 mark this year. He is still available in about half of leagues and he doesn’t give you much to dislike about his game.

Lester To DL, Possible Replacements

Jon Lester is heading to the disabled list with a lower lat strain suffered Tuesday night against the Blue Jays.

Analysis: We do not yet have a clear time table on Lester’s return but one thing is certain- there are huge holes on fantasy squads nationwide as a result of the injury. If you feel like riding a hot streak you may want to pick up Phillie starter Vance Worley. In just eight starts this year Worley is 4-1 with a 2.22 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Worley isn’t this talented, his FIP suggests a regression but his slider is the truth. Worley will make his next start the first game after the All-Star break against the New York Mets. San Diego starter Tim Stauffer is on a hot streak of his own and certainly merits a mention. Stauffer hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in his last six starts while winning three games in that span. Add in the Petco park factor and he is a pitcher on the rise. The veteran righty is finally putting it all together and his walk rate just keeps dropping(2.09BB/9). Stauffer’s FIP is just a shade over three so he is the real deal this year. Stauffer is scheduled to make his next start Sunday against the Dodgers.