Found August 29, 2013 on 643ball:
NotThatBobJames Buy or Sell isn’t just about picking up players to add to your roster. It’s also about finding players on your roster that have been collecting dust and getting them back out there. Let’s take a look at a couple of pitchers you might have on your roster, but have forgotten about. Dan Haren got off to a slow start for the Nationals this year, is it time to knock the cobwebs off him and put him back out there? Ricky Nolasco wasn’t exactly setting the world on fire either. Let’s buy or sell Haren and Nolasco… Dan Haren | WAS Dan Haren is 8 - 11 and his record is starting to look very reminiscent of last year. Throw in a 4.66 ERA and it definitely seems like Groundhog Day. He started to get it together in July posting an ERA of around 3.00 and winning one game and losing two. Pitching for the Nationals this year isn’t going to help anyone’s win loss record, just ask Stephen Strasburg. Dan Haren really has it rolling now, though. In the month of August he has an ERA of 2.12, three wins, and a save. If you haven’t been running Haren out there very week, you might want to start. I think he’s got 5 more wins headed his way before the year is out. BUY Waiver Wire Additions Ricky Nolasco | LAD Nolasco hasn’t been terrible this year. 10-9 with an ERA of 3.42 is pretty good. He has been unbelievable in the month of August. After starting five games in August, he has posted a record of 4-0 with an ERA of 2.08. In July he was 2 -1 with an ERA of 3.00, not bad. The month of June is what really sunk his win loss record, and he actually pitched pretty well with an ERA of 3.57 and 40 Ks. That was before the Dodgers became the ’27 Yankees and Nolasco came out of June with 1 win and 4 losses. Yikes. There’s a chance Nolasco’s cumulative stats have kept him on your bench. Time to get him back in your rotation. BUY Two Start Pitchers Heath Garrison Follow Heath on Twitter @hgarrison643

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