A solid stream option might be the Braves’ Paul Maholm, who is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 13 strikeouts. Maholm hasn’t had the greatest win-loss record for the last three years, but he has posted under-4.00 ERAs in each of those seasons. I don’t think he’s a long-term play, but I think he’s a player who you can ride a hot streak on.
Two other names to consider are Cleveland’s Justin Masterson and, believe it or not, San Francisco’s Barry Zito. Both are 2-0, both have sub-1.00 ERA. I know some people will be skeptical on Zito because he has been bad from seemingly the moment he signed his big contract with the Giants, but Zito was surprisingly decent in 2012. He wasn’t a great fantasy pitcher, but he did post a 15-8 record. He won’t get you strikeouts, but he does have a good shot to get you wins. Masterson, meanwhile, has pitched well despite giving up more walks (7) than hits (5) thus far this season. If you can stomach his wildness, I think Masterson could provide solid value.
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