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FAAB Factor-NL: Nearly Taveras Time

Jeff Erickson

Jeff Erickson

Jeff Erickson is a co-founder of and the only two-time winner of Baseball Writer of the Year from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He roots for the Reds, Bengals, Red Wings, Pacers and Northwestern University (the real NU).

Starting Pitchers:

David Buchanan, Phillies - Though Buchanan got the win against the Dodgers on Saturday, his skill set isn't particularly enticing. The 25-year old has a career 5.7 K/9IP rate over his minor league stops, with a career 3.98 ERA. In his start Saturday his fastball averaged 91.4 mph, and he threw it about 65 percent of the time, mixing in a changeup and curveball. He's filling in for Cliff Lee while Lee is on the DL - Lee is not expected to have an extended absence. Mixed: No; NL: $1.

Brandon Cumpton, Pirates- Cumpton is the first to get the ball for the Pirates in their attempt to replace Wandy Rodriguez. Cumpton has done two things right in his brief major league tenure - throw strikes (six walks in 43.1 innings) and keep the ball in the park (one homer allowed over that span). Despite throwing a fastball that's average 92.7 mph, he's had 31 strikeouts over that span, though because he's allowed fewer baserunners

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