Last but not least: The best pitchers.


Byline: Josh Bousquet


It's really unfair that pitchers get to account for half the points in standard rotisserie scoring. It takes eight position players (and probably a DH) to account for half the points, but just because the pitcher gets to stand a little higher than everyone else, he deserves such grand treatment?

The inequity of the setup aside, that is how the game is played and we must deal with it. I, however, do get control over this weekly space and can deal with it in whatever manner I choose.

That is why, in this final weekend before baseball's regular season, I finally turn to pitchers for one column after taking six weeks to go through position players.

Call it my small protest to right the wrongs of the fantasy world. I'm like a Gandhi for the new millennium - minus that hunger strike part.

To further fight these injustices, I am including the list of my top relievers, but not discussing them in any depth. You need them for saves, yes, but there are a lot of players who get that one stat and it's not worth paying for.

So here is my look at the starting pitchers:

The guy you want:

Roy Halladay

Another reason why the importance of pitching is unfair is the unpredictability of the position. One bad outing can require a month of recovery time.

But in this mire of uncertainty, Halladay remains the game's most consistent hurler. He was even that when he pitched with Toronto, thus proving his brilliance, and all the hopes one could have for him when he went to Philadelphia have come true.

In his first year with the Phillies, Halladay posted his most wins since 2003 and his lowest ERA since 2005.

Also, his strikeout total increased for the third straight year, setting a new career high each time.

It's not often that one can say a 33-year-old is improving, especially when he was already great, but that may be what is happening here.

Better than you think:

Yovani Gallardo

Gallardo has been on the brink of greatness since his rookie campaign of 2007. Having never quite got there, though, seems to have pushed him down some draft boards.

Even if he hasn't yet reached elite status, Gallardo has been very good. He went 14-7 last year with a sub-4.00 ERA and reached 200 strikeouts for the second straight season. Getting lost in those numbers is the fact that he is only 25 years old.

So, to recap, in Gallardo you receive a pitcher who will give you around 15 wins, not hurt you in ERA, strike out 200 guys, and has the...

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