Starting Pitching Pickups-Spot Starter Selections-May 24

With just seven games on the MLB schedule, spot starting options are extremely limited. That fact doesn’t mean you have no options though. In fact, with only 14 probable pitchers, there’s some solid pickups available in most leagues. There’s just three AL games, but there’s plenty of action in the NL with some decent options outlined below.

As we get ready for the weekend series, there’s some great stories on our front page so check those out as well as these three picks for spot starters with the results from the past week at the bottom.

May 14, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong (32) pitches the ball against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at AT

The Picks

Ryan Vogelsong-SF: (owned in 39.5% of ESPN leagues) In his last four starts Vogelsong has allowed just three runs in 28.1 innings. He has a low 2.27 ERA with a 1.17 WHIP and a .214 BAA. Poor run support has led to a 2-2 record that doesn’t reflect how well he’s been pitching. With 34 K’s in 47.2 innings, he doesn’t have elite strikeout stuff, but he can definitely fill a need on most fantasy pitching staffss with his recent numbers. The only down-side to Vogelsong is he’s facing the red hot Marlins in Miami tonight and their underrated starter Anibel Sanchez.

Jason Vargas-Sea: (40.2% ownership) Pitching in Safeco is always a plus for a spot starter. Vargas’s 5-3 record with a 1.02 WHIP makes him even more attractive in tonight’s action against the Angels. Vargas is 6th in the AL with 64.2 innings pitched and has struck out 42 batters over that stretch. The Mariners are playing some of their best baseball or the season, but Vargas will be matched up with Dan Haren and the somewhat resurgent LA Angels.He should be in line for another quality start.

May 19, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Eric Stults (53) pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the sixth inning at PETCO Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Eric Stults-SD: (0.1% ownership) The Padres acquired Stults from the White Sox to bolster their injury-depleted starting rotation. He starts tonight against the Mets at Citi Field against a fill-in for a fill-in starter,  Jeremy Hefner who will go in place of Miguel Batista. Stults looked good in his fird Padres start going 6.2 innings allowing just two runs on four hits. He most likely isn’t going to pile up the strikeouts having just six in 13.1 innings on the year, but he hos shown the ability to get outs and keep his WHIP down so he’s worth a look on this shallow day in the Bigs.

The Payout

Here’s the results for the past week. For more info check out our archive here.

Starter Date IP ER K H BB W L
Andy Pettitte 23-May 7 2 8 7 1 1 0
Bronson Arroyo 23-May 6 2/3 1 7 4 2 0 0
Scott Diamond 23-May 6 2 4 9 1 0 1
Felix Doubront 22-May 6 2 9 4 2 0 1
Drew Hutchinson 22-May 7 6 3 7 0 0 1
Aaron Harang 22-May 4 1/3 5 6 9 0 0 0
Kyle Drabek 21-May 6 2 3 3 6 1 0
Clay Buchholz 21-May 5 1/3 5 2 6 4 0 0
Jerome Williams 21-May 6 1/3 2 2 5 5 0 1
Wade Miley 20-May 7 0 3 6 2 1 0
Anthony Bass 20-May 6 2 6 5 3 0 0
Henderson Alvarez 20-May 5 6 3 9 2 0 1
Jeanmar Gomez 19-May 6 1/3 0 4 3 2 1 0
Ryan Vogelsong 19-May 7 0 5 1 1 1 0
Christian Friedrich 19-May 5 8 3 9 4 0 1
Scott Diamond 18-May 5 1/3 3 3 8 1 1 0
Jonathon Niese 18-May 3 8 6 8 2 0 1
Jarrod Parker 18-May 2 6 0 4 4 0 1
Edinson Volquez 17-May 5 3 6 7 3 0 1
Felix Doubront 17-May 5 2/3 1 7 6 4 1 0
Zach McAllister 17-May 5 2/3 3 6 3 5 0 0
Felipe Paulino 16-May 7 0 9 5 2 0 0
Eric Bedard 16-May 6 4 7 6 1 0 1
Rick Porcello 16-May 4 6 3 6 0 0 0
ERA WHIP
Totals: 134 2/3 77 115 140 57 7 10 5.15 1.46

Topics: Eric Stults, Fantasy Baseball Additions, Jason Vargas, Ryan Vogelsong, Spot Starters, Starting Pitchers, Streaming Starters, Waiver Wire

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