The fantasy baseball finals are finally here and some starting pitchers have really been dealing over the final weeks of the season. Here are the top starting pitchers that have earned their paychecks over the last couple weeks.
Charlie Morton, Pittsburgh Pirates – Morton was dealing start after start heading into the fantasy playoffs and the right-hander has continued to frustrate hitters throughout the finals weeks of the season. In his two postseason starts, Morton has a sizzling 0.68 ERA and has picked up two wins.
Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins – This may be the first appearance in the fantasy playoffs for Fernandez, but the rookie has looked like veteran out there. In his two trips to the hill in the playoffs, Fernandez has pitched 13 innings, while striking out 17 batters and allowing just two earned runs. He may have a 1-1 record, but he has pitched outstanding in the fantasy playoffs this year.
Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies – The veteran had a career fantasy campaign at 35 years old and is probably coming off one of the best starts of his tenured career. In the second round of the playoffs, Lee completely shutdown the Atlanta Braves. The left-hander threw eight innings in the win, while allowing just two total hits and one earned run. He even struck out a jaw-dropping 10 batters in the outing.
Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox – In his first start in the playoffs, Lester allowed three earned runs in six innings of work. He was tagged for a loss and struck out just four batters. However, the southpaw was on fire in his last outing. Lester struck out nine batters in seven innings of work, while allowing just one earned run and eight hits. He may have been knocked around a little in his first start, but the lefty rebounded nicely in the second round of the fantasy playoffs.