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Don't Believe The Hype: Relievers Turned Starters Edition

ATLANTA, GA:  Jair Jurrjens #49 of the Atlanta Braves pitches to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA: Jair Jurrjens #49 of the Atlanta Braves pitches to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Felipe Paulino and Brandon Beachy are both down for the count, so it's a bit odd that they haven't been dropped in more leagues already. People dropping Jerome Williams is questionable, since he's already thrown a simulated game and is likely to go on a rehab assignment next week. You'll be picking him back up right after you dropped him, at this rate.

That's about it for the major drops this week, as it was more of a picking up kind of time. Especially if you were a reliever recently moved to starting.

Jair Jurrjens, SP (62 percent owned, +32 percent): Many owners didn't lose their faith in Jurrjens, even when he was shelled in the majors, sent to the minors, and knocked around some more. He came back to the bigs to help fill in for the injuries in the Braves rotation, though, and pitched well against a high-powered Red Sox offense. That was enough to reel owners back in.

To put it politely, Jurrjens has been terrible overall, walking more than he's struck out, giving up 1.5 homers per nine, looking extremely hittable. It's all a small sample. though, and even if he was meant to regress from his 2011, going awful in the other direction isn't how regression tends to work. I wouldn't dare start him, but if he's going to around, might as well stash him if there's room and hope there's more of the good Jair in him than the bad.

Bobby Parnell, RP (32 percent owned, +28 percent): Surges in ownership like this for a reliever can only mean one thing: Bobby Parnell is now picking up saves. Frank Francisco is on the disabled list, so it's up to Parnell to close out Mets' wins for now. He isn't likely to have the job for a lengthy time frame -- just until Francisco is back -- but if you're in need of the ole S-V, then you could do a lot worse in the short term than a dude with a K/BB of nearly four.

Andrew Cashner, RP/SP (36 percent owned, +24 percent): When he wasn't the Padres closer during Huston Street's absence, many owners lost interest in Cashner. San Diego has gone and brought him back as a starter, though, and after throwing six no-hit innings against the Astros before things unraveled a bit, he's all of a sudden getting attention again.

Cashner throws in the mid-to-high 90s, and it's never been his stuff that's been considered a barrier to his starting. His health, though, is a legitimate concern, but the Padres clearly aren't so concerned that he's going to held in the bullpen forever. This is a good thing if you're a San Diego fan, as this off-season's Anthony Rizzo swap with the Cubs makes far more sense if Cashner is a starter, rather than a reliever.

Franklin Morales, RP/SP (28 percent owned, +23 percent): Morales was even less popular than Cashner, as he had sort of fallen out of favor as a reliever in Boston, and wasn't even going to sniff a save opportunity. The Red Sox started to give him lengthier relief outings, though, and then moved him into the rotation, where he's going to stick for at least a few more weeks even now that Josh Beckett is back. With the way he's been throwing -- following Thursday's start against the Mariners, Morales finished June with 25-1/3 innings, 31 strikeouts, three walks, and a 1.42 ERA -- he won't be leaving the rotation when Clay Buchholz returns, either. Snag him now, while you can, because it's going to be one of Dice-K or Aaron Cook who gets the boot in order to keep the former elite-level starting prospect as a starter.

Cody Ross, OF (68 percent owned, +16 percent): I realize Ross missed a month with injury, but 68 percent owned? He's hitting .278/.347/.568 with 11 homers in 191 plate appearances, in the middle of a terrifying lineup, with his home games coming in a hitter-friendly division. He's eligible in not just left and right, but center field. Go! Get him!


Jeff Keppinger, 2B/3B (7 percent owned, +4 percent): Keppinger is back from the DL, and as the Rays still aren't whole and healthy, he'll continue to rack up playing time, especially against left-handed pitching. He's not the greatest, but if he's eligible at multiple positions and actually getting playing time, that makes him useful in AL-only formats.


Dallas Keuchel, RP/SP (8 percent owned, +7 percent): The 24-year-old has thrown three starts for Houston, one of which was a complete game, and has a 1.35 ERA for his efforts. Now, there's little chance that ERA is going to keep up: he has more walks than strikeouts, and while the walks aren't terrible, the punch outs are. However, he's been a little better than this in the minors, so if you're absolutely desperate for an arm, here's one. But I don't think I could even bring myself to do that, no matter how much I needed the pitching.