This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
Are you heading into the fantasy season's final month with your sights set on a league title? This is a tricky time because some teams will back off on the innings pitched for key arms they want fresh for the playoffs, while other teams — especially those out of the playoff picture — will want to see what they have coming into next season. These guys are a mix of arms who could help now, or they might be deserving of your attention next spring. Some are expected to return from the injured list, (there may also be a few young arms). Let's briefly see who might be worth a look during the season's final month:
Johnny Cueto Like all of the pitchers featured below, Cueto is expected to return from an extended absence (or experience a change in roles) before the end of the season. Time is short, so making a fantasy impact is iffy for most, but they might be worth a look. Cueto is the king of deception – or perhaps it would be better described as distraction. The hitter sees his back, arms and legs going everywhere, and then, finally the baseball. It works for him and makes him entertaining to watch. Injuries, including Tommy John surgery a year ago, have wrecked the past couple seasons, but there have been very encouraging signs in his rehab. His fastball is back in the low 90s, and even more importantly, he has a 12:1 K/BB through 11 innings.