The person that is late to this party is me. How has Jerome Williams, SP for the Angels, kept off my radar? Not sure, but he’s on it now.
The 31 year old righty has been doing a very nice job for Angels this year. He has started 8 games this year and has a quality start in 7 of them – the one non-quality start was against Texas, somewhat understandable.
Williams has a couple of nice/decent years with the Giants in 2003 and 2004, but has not started more then 6 games in any season since then, until this year. Williams has the ‘journeyman’ label all over him. Regardless, he’s making the most of his time so far.
On the year, Williams is 5-2 with a 3.81 ERA. Don’t forget, the Angels struggled to start the year, so Williams record could be even a little better. With quality start after quality start (including a complete game shutout vs. the Twins), Williams keeps his team in games. With an offense that the Angels have (especially now that Pujols is back to being Pujols), Williams should reap some nice rewards.
The only real downside with Williams is that he is not a big strikeout guy. He has 38 Ks in 59 innings – not terrible, but nothing to write home about.
For fantasy, Williams is a good pitcher on a good team. He is a nearly a must-own in deep leagues, he should be owned in medium leagues, and can be argued for a spot in shallow leagues – the lack of Ks hurts him here.
I may have been late to the party, but I”m in full party-mode now.