Get ready for another great weekend of Major League Baseball as all the weekend action gets started tonight. Many teams are playing division rivals highlighted by Rays-Red Sox tonight at Fenway, the Tribe visiting the ChiSox, the Tigers facing the Twins, and Nats-Braves down in Hot-lanta.
Jon Lester, Cliff Lee, Clayton Kershaw, Josh Johnson and Johnny Cueto are some of the aces on the mound, but there’s plenty of value on the waiver wire as we check out the probable pitchers for tonight.
Anthony Bass – SD: (owned in 20.8% of ESPN leagues) The Padres’ Bass will take the mound tonight at Citi Field as the Padres take on the Mets for the second game of their four-game set. Bass has allowed two or fewer runs in six of eight starts and has a solid 2.89 ERA through his first 53 innings. He contributes in strikeouts (51) and WHIP as well, but it’s hard to expect many wins with the Pads struggling offense. He’s 2-4 on the year and will face off with Dillon Gee (3-3, 5.44 ERA) tonight looking for his third win of the year.
Jeanmar Gomez – Cle: (0.7%) Like most of the rest of the Indians, Gomez is unknown and therefore underrated. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last two starts while going 13.1 innings striking out six and allowing six hits. In his seven starts, he’s only given up three or more runs twice. His not-too-shabby 3.19 ERA would be even lower if he hadn’t given up eight runs in one of his starts (he still managed to go six innings). His 1.09 WHIP and .216 BAA indicate his 3-2 record and solid start to the season is no fluke. He isn’t going to rack up K’s but still is a nice spot-start option against the White Sox tonight as he tries to get revenge for them roughing him up the last time he faced them.
Lucas Harrell-Hou: (0.3%) While he isn’t going deep into games yet, Harrell is looking strong in his recent outings. His last time out he limited the Rangers to one earned run on five hits with six strikeouts to improve to 3-3. His last three starts he’s allowed one or two earned runs while pitching into (but not finishing) the sixth inning. He’ll start for the Astros tonight in the pitcher-friendly confines of Dodger Stadium, but he does have to face the LA lineup which hasn’t had any problems putting runs on the board despite playing without Matt Kemp. Harrell’s a risky start, but the third best option widely available for tonight’s games.
Last night, Ryan Vogelsong and Eric Stults picks up wins for the spot starter selections and Jason Vargas pitched well despite a first-inning bomb to Pujols. The “staff” ERA will look a lot better in a few days when some of the higher numbers roll off the bottom of the week-chart.
For more of our picks check our archive, and you can see the past week’s results below:
|Ryan Vogelsong||24-May||6 1/3||3||4||7||3||1||0|
|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|