Major League Baseball’s Best and Worst Pitchers in July

Jul 1, 2010

My handicapping database closely tracks how individual pitchers perform on a month-to-month basis as it provides valuable information to a sports investor.  While some starting pitchers start the season in good form, many others begin to demonstrate elite command and control after the All-Star game.  In order to obtain the most relevant information, I only used pitchers with a minimum of ten starts.  Please find below a detailed list of the best and worst pitchers in July:

Pitchers Worthy of a July Investment

  1. A.J. Burnett (New York Yankees): 9-2
  2. Aaron Cook (Colorado Rockies): 12-6
  3. Jorge De La Rosa (Colorado Rockies): 11-5
  4. Cole Hamels (Philadelphia Phillies): 12-4
  5. Dan Haren (Arizona Diamondbacks): 12-4
  6. Josh Johnson (Florida Marlins): 8-2
  7. John Lackey (Boston Red Sox): 14-3
  8. Jon Lester (Boston Red Sox): 10-1
  9. Derek Lowe (Atlanta Braves): 10-5
  10. Roy Oswalt (Houston Astros): 10-2
  11. Joe Saunders (Los Angeles Angels): 9-3
  12. Javier Vazquez (New York Yankees): 10-5

Pitchers Who Should be Avoided in July

  1. Zach Duke (Pittsburgh Pirates): 2-9
  2. Zach Greinke (Kansas City Royals): 2-8
  3. Rich Harden (Texas Rangers): 4-9
  4. Manny Parra (Milwaukee Brewers): 3-7
  5. Todd Wellemeyer (San Francisco Giants): 4-8

Investing on those pitchers who excel in certain months has proven to be a profitable handicapping angle, and I will continue to provide a list of those money-making pitchers as we progress through the baseball season.  For the month of July, it looks like both the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are well positioned with Burnett, Vazquez, Lester and Lackey all making the profitable list.