2013 Fantasy Baseball Playoffs: Start SP Ricky Nolasco This Week

By Adam McGill
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The fantasy baseball playoffs are finally here and 22 weeks of hard work is about to pay off. With the playoffs, naturally comes some very difficult decisions though. One of the tough choices to make is which pitchers to start and which ones to park on the pine.

One starter that you should absolutely have in your lineup in the first round, though, is Los Angels Dodgers SP Ricky Nolasco.

The Cookie Man is coming off his best start in LA blue. Nolasco tossed eight scoreless innings against the Boston Red Sox on Friday night. He allowed just two hits and didn’t walk a single batter, all while lowering his ERA down to a manageable 3.42. It was perhaps his best start of the entire season and his latest gem brought his record above .500 (10-9).

Nolasco has only walked 39 batters over 165.2 innings pitched this season. He has amazing command, and while his 7.06 K/9 isn’t that impressive, it seems much better without having to factor in several walks per start.

As of right now, Nolasco will host the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday of the upcoming week. Chicago has really struggled this season, as they are currently 22nd in runs scored (505) and 27th in batting average (.240). This should just be another opportunity for Nolasco to show what he can do on a winning team. I expect him to last at least seven innings and add between 6-9 K’s.

If you have Nolasco sitting at the bottom of your lineup, give him the nod this week against the Cubbies.


Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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