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Stauffer stuffs competition

Tim Stauffer must have thought he struck the lottery last night. He would have glady taken two runs of offensive support with the way the Padres score runs for him. The team scored seven runs in his previous seven starts going into last night. Then the Padres scored 11.

I'm sure some of you took a triple take when Stauffer was mentioned in my preseason value picks for pitchers. The Padres righthander was once a top prospect, but injuries have left him off the fantasy scene.

He was mentioned in the Sunday column recently as someone to target regardless of his lack of wins due to an anemic Padres offense. Stauffer has been shutting down teams and if he continues to throw like this, the wins will come.

Stauffer picked up his third win yesterday with an 11-2 win over the Braves. He went seven innings and allowed four hits, two runs, walked one, and struck out nine.

Stauffer is just 3-5, but his peripherals are terrific. He has a 7.45 K/9, 2.09 BB/9, 55 percent groundball rate, 3.09 ERA, and 1.21 WHIP.  The only blemish is a 3-5 record and as I stress incessantly that's not a true measure of how a pitcher is performing.

In his last four starts, Stauffer is 2-1 with a 0.93 ERA. He has pitched 29 innings during that span allowing 19 hits with a 27/4 K/BB ratio. The best part is he's not just a product of PETCO Park. He has a 2.96 ERA at home and 3.25 ERA on the road.

Make sure he's not available in your league because his ownership percentages are too low.

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