This article is part of our MLB FAAB Factor series.
This FAAB article is in addition to the AL and NL FAAB articles that run Sunday. Bids are based on a $100 FAAB budget. Throughout the season, this column will have two goals:
1. Identify FAAB targets for fantasy managers in leagues with Thursday FAAB.
2. Offer a preview of FAAB targets ahead of Sunday's columns.
Several pitchers have earned increased save chances recently and could be in line to take over as their team's primary closer, while there have been plenty of position players performing well recently with injuries piling up around the league.
Luis Garcia, Astros: Garcia had a shaky start to May by allowing three runs in each of his first two starts, but he bounced back to post a 1.96 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in 23 innings in his last four starts, all wins. The right-hander had his longest appearance of the year by lasting seven innings Tuesday, and he's been consistently effective recently. FAAB: $5
Tarik Skubal, Tigers: Skubal has been slightly less consistent than Garcia early in the season, and he also has fewer chances for wins while pitching for the Tigers. However, the southpaw earned two wins in his last three starts and posted a 2.25 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 26:6 K:BB in 16 innings in that time. Skubal has seven losses in nine starts, so he has less fantasy potential in leagues that score losses. However, he's turned things around recently and warrants some fantasy consideration. FAAB: $3