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.
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.
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.
Here’s the results for the past week. For more info check out our archive here.
|Bronson Arroyo||23-May||6 2/3||1||7||4||2||0||0|
|Aaron Harang||22-May||4 1/3||5||6||9||0||0||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|
|Jeanmar Gomez||19-May||6 1/3||0||4||3||2||1||0|
|Scott Diamond||18-May||5 1/3||3||3||8||1||1||0|
|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|