Unread for 7/24
Who will be better the rest of the way in a standard league taking all categories into account, Shaun Marcum, or Matt Cain?
Also, do you think Victor Martinez will have any value this year?
I’ll take Marcum. I know he looked awful in his last outing against the Orioles, but considering it was his first start off the DL, you’ve got to chalk it up to rust. Marcum very quietly has pitched dominantly all season, posting a 3.05 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and an 89 to 30 K/BB ratio. In fact, before Tuesday, Marcum had allowed two or fewer runs in 11 of 15 starts. Although I’ve always been a big fan of Cain, who has performed much better of late (2.67 ERA 1.26 WHIP in July), he’s failed to show the kind of consistency you’d like to see from an upper echelon starter. The good news for Cain is that he’s striking out close to a batter per inning (126 K in 132 1/3 IP). But as long as you’re not desperate for strikeouts, I’d go with Marcum due to his all around dependability.
As for V-Mart, he’s said to be making progress in his rehab, but has yet to resume baseball activities. Figure it’ll be at least a month before Victor returns. I view this situation a lot like Travis Hafner’s. With the Indians out of contention, don’t be shocked if they eventually decide to shut these guys down. That said, if you have an open DL spot, stash Martinez until further notice. But keep your expectations in check.