- Eric Karabell, ESPN.com Senior Writer
The first Oakland Athletics pitcher chosen in ESPN average live drafts prior to this season was not one of the current members of the stellar rotation or closer Grant Balfour. It was brittle left-hander Brett Anderson, who is trying to recover from his latest malady, a stress fracture in his right foot. Meanwhile, one A's hurler after another continues to shine, contributing to the team's first-place status in the AL West.
On Wednesday night, right-hander Dan Straily held the New York Yankees to three singles and two runs over 6 2/3 innings, earning his fourth win and lowering his WHIP to an impressive 1.07. A night earlier, longtime fantasy punching bag Bartolo Colon earned his fifth consecutive win, permitting nary a run for the third time in four outings to stymie the Yankees. On Thursday, Jarrod Parker, one of the top rookies from 2012, will aim to lower his season ERA for the ninth consecutive start. Sure, it was elevated to begin with, but that's still quite a feat. And there's also right-hander A.J. Griffin and lefty Tommy Milone thriving. None of these five pitchers is owned in more than 85 percent of ESPN leagues, but over the past month-plus, each has been terrific.
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Dan Straily worked up the minor league chain quickly and appears to be settling in at the big league level.