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Fantasy Notes: O-Kei Do-Kei?

June 17, 2007 | By Tim McLeod | comment on this post
New York Yankees starter Kei Igawa deserves a second look.
Kei Igawa failed badly in his first go-round with the Yanks, but could be a good pickup in his next opportunity, expected to occur very soon with Tyler Clippard struggling.

Scouring the waiver wires this morning, I came across some names that could be of interest to those of us playing in deeper formats. Pitching is always a struggle as you get into the larger formats and these guys might be able to help fill those three to five slots.

Kei Igawa, NYY: It looks like Kei is heading back to the Big Apple for Round Two. He seems to have found that missing change up and some confidence, to boot. At Scranton, Igawa posted an ERA of 1.80, a WHIP of 1.05 and 21 Ks over his past three starts. Keep a close watch on this situation over the next couple of weeks.

Brian Bannister, KC: The former Met has found some success lately in KC. He’s cut back on the free passes and this is a big factor in his recent success. He’s certainly put up more than decent numbers with an ERA of 2.91 and a WHIP of 1.13 in 55 IP.

Hong-Chih Kuo, LAD: This hard-tossing lefty looks like he’s back for the duration of the season. He could provide a nice lift in both Ks and wins while pitching for a strong Dodger team.

Micah Bowie, WAS: Okay, this one is a bit of a reach, but the guy has been pitching very well lately. An ERA of 3.89 heading into today with a 1.13 WHIP are both very solid numbers for an overachieving Nats team.

Shaun Marcum, TOR: Since being inserted into the rotation May 13, he’s been very effective, highlighted by an 11-K effort this past Saturday. Who ever saw that one coming? Marcum’s WHIP of 1.10 is starting to look awful attractive.

Julian Tavarez, BOS: Okay the overall numbers are not great, but we are looking at very deep situations here. Tavarez has been keeping his team in the game and pitching for the BoSox every fifth day should guarantee you a decent shot at some wins.

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