June 13, 2014
This picture of Justin Verlander may be awesome, but he has not been awesome for his fantasy owners.
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So what should his owners do with him? After all, he's given up at least five runs in five of his last six starts, which is unacceptable for any pitcher -- let alone one who was pretty expensive in fantasy drafts. There's always the chance he could turn things around and be great again, and for what it's worth, he did turn in a fantastic postseason last year, despite his inconsistent regular season play. Still, there's something off with his numbers, and if Verlander can come away from his next outing with the Royals unscathed, his owners might want to leverage that and aim at finding him a new home, while his name still carries a certain amount of weight.

Edinson Volquez has given up only eight earned runs in his last five starts.
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• Kevin Gausman did good work against the Blue Jays, allowing one run in six innings and securing his second win of the season. The 23-year-old is one of the top-ranked pitching prospects in baseball and has been significantly better since his first start, when he gave up five runs to the Tigers. Gausman's numbers don't jump off the page at all: a 3.71 ERA with an 11:6 strikeout-to-walk ratio. But given his growth potential, he's a nice player to take a flier on after back-to-back solid quality starts.

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