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SP Dillon Gee, New York Mets
Gee's stock clarified
An awful start to this campaign prompted a warning from his skipper about his tenuous hold on his job in the rotation. Gee possessed a 6.34 ERA after 10 starts. Jeremy Hefner, the Johan Santana fallback plan, was making Gee expendable once the Metropolitans promoted their next prized pitching prospect.
Gee has likely flipped the table on Hefner by allowing only one run in each of his last three starts (21 innings), including his 6 2/3 superb innings on Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals. He's fanned 26, with only three walks, in that span.
The righty reported that he's been dealing with tendonitis near his wrist all season, but apparently he's learned to deal with it. He may not be the best long-term solution. He certainly isn't Wheeler. But Gee throws strikes -- plenty of them -- and his marks are due for some more improvement.
2B/3B Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
The excitement surrounding his promotion last week was no doubt muted by a few factors. Among them may be the uncertainty about his stay, his solid but unspectacular marks (six hits, including a double, in 25 at-bats, with an RBI and five walks) in his initial exposure to big-league pitching and his lack of experience above Class AA ball.
Rendon, 23, wields a major league-quality bat and a more than MLB-ready understanding of the strike zone. He's posted a .307/.452/.575 in the minors this season. He's in D.C. as a potential part of the solution to the Nats' offensive woes. And if he doesn't have eligibility at second base yet in your league, he will in a few days.
Since his return to the parent club (six games, 24 at-bats), he's collected nine hits, including four doubles. If Rendon keeps hitting, Danny Espinosa's health and performance won't matter much.
SP Shaun Marcum, New York Mets
Avert your eyes from his 4.96 ERA. An inflamed nerve in Marcum's neck and shoulder didn't allow him much of a spring training. He returned to an MLB mound relatively quickly, so it's no surprise that he was off for a few weeks to open his 2013 campaign.
In his last five games (four starts, 34 1/3 innings), Marcum has posted a 3.41 ERA, with 33 strikeouts and four walks. Citi Field's fences have moved in, but the fly-ball pitcher's current home environs are still a better place to call home than Miller Park was. Now, all he needs is some run support.
In the long run, Marcum should turn out to be a better fantasy addition than Gee, for however long he doesn't end up on the disabled list in the near future. Marcum is probably a little closer to his top form than his results suggest. This is a pitcher who should be owned once it's clear that he's healthy, for however long that lasts.
Seriously, did you ever think you'd see three starting pitchers from the Mets qualify as good fantasy pickups ... especially at the same time?
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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