Bits: Erik Bedard, Mat Latos look sharp


Seattle Mariners left-hander Erik Bedard tossed six shutout innings at Target Field on Wednesday, allowing six hits and striking out four. Bedard has lowered his season ERA in seven consecutive starts and is now sitting at 3.48. Bedard walked 11 hitters his first four starts. Since then, he's issued seven walks in five starts. He's back. Own him.

San Diego Padres right-hander Mat Latos got his second win of the season, allowing one run over eight innings Wednesday. As unhappy as Latos owners might be, this potential ace has usable peripheral numbers -- 4.08 ERA, 1.26 WHIP -- and nearly a strikeout per inning. If you can still buy low, do so.

Latos outdueled beleaguered Chris Carpenter, as the St. Louis Cardinals right-hander remains stuck on one win. Carpenter tossed seven excellent innings at Petco Park, then lost it in the eighth. Still, stick with him. Carpenter's hit rate seems inflated by a high BABIP, and he's capable of running off a winning streak at any time.

Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered for the fourth time in six games Wednesday at Cleveland, and he's raised his batting average 40 points in two weeks. Perhaps the Red Sox will upgrade at catcher, but Saltalamacchia can silence those talks if he keeps hitting. Those in deep leagues should consider him.

Baltimore Orioles right-hander Jake Arrieta didn't have his best stuff Wednesday, but he threw six innings of two-run ball to earn his sixth win. Arrieta struck out seven and walked three, rebounding from last week's rough outing. He might not post a great ERA or WHIP this season, but the strikeouts are legit, and he's available in nearly 75 percent of leagues.

Three frustrating Arizona Diamondbacks hitters showed signs of improvement Wednesday, albeit at Coors Field. Second baseman Kelly Johnson singled and doubled, raising his batting average to .204, and he stole his seventh base. Outfielders Justin Upton and Chris Young each knocked in runs and stole a base. Buy low on all three options, especially Upton. One of these years he could go 30/30. Perhaps this year?