Thankfully there’s more than 16 starting pitchers to chose from today in the Big Leagues. Yesterday, the pool was pretty shallow with just 8 games on the schedule, but today we’re back to a full slate of 15 games and 30 probable pitchers.
While some starters are close to sure things, like Roy Halladay and Clayton Kershaw, those guys probably aren’t available for you to add in fantasy baseball. What I try to do in our daily spot starter selections is point out to you the 3 best options who are available in over half of ESPN leagues (percentages included) and let you know why you should think about adding them for a spot start or as part of your overall “streaming starter” strategy. I’ve included my results for the last week at the bottom of the page. Hopefully this will help you out if you need starters as we head into the weekend…. Let me know your feedback in the comments and for more addition ideas check out our daily Sleeper Central.
Here’s my 3 picks for today:
Ross Detwiler-Was: (28.0%) Detwiler has been a pick here his last couple times out and has delivered for the most part. He hasn’t gotten into the 7th inning, but has only allowed 1 earned run in 3 starts. His ERA is 0.56 and WHIP is 0.94. He has 15 K’s in 16 innings and opposing hitters are hitting just .193. He’ll face the Dodgers tonight who have cooled off offensively. Matt Kemp is still a scary proposition and he’s being opposed by Clayton Kershaw so he probably won’t get a ton of run support either. In his favor, Dodger Stadium is a pitcher-friendly park and Washington has the best record in the Majors. I expect a solid start, but perhaps no W from Detwiler in tonight’s start.
A.J. Burnett-Pit: (9.2%) Burnett will face a tough test tonight in Atlanta in just his second start back from the DL. If it’s like his first start though, he’ll definitely be worth the add. He threw 7 shutout innings on Saturday against St. Louis in getting the win while allowing 3 hits, giving up 2 walks, and striking out 7. He’ll face Tommy Hanson tonight at 7:35 in his 2nd start in his return to the National League.
Joe Saunders-Ari: (10.8%) Saunders took a tough-luck loss while allowing just 2 ER to a hot-hitting Braves team his last time out. He’s pitched 7 innings in each of his 3 starts and has giving up 0, 1, and 2 earned runs. He’s had 14 K’s in his 21 innings with a WHIP of exactly 1 and an ERA of 1.29. Tonight he’ll face the Fish and Carlos Zambrano in Marlins Park which so far looks to be a pitcher-friendly park. I think he’ll have at least another solid start and possibly a great one.
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