Spot Starter Options for Wednesday, June 20

It was a rough night Monday for starting pitchers in general, especially for those that were mostly unowned. I told you my picks were high-risk and unfortunately, they didn’t pay high-rewards just high-ERA. If you need to recover from a rough start to the week, follow this link for Tuesday’s picks and check below for four pretty solid options from Wednesday’s games.

Jun 15, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes (65) throws in the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

The Picks

Phil Hughes – NYY: (45.2% owned in ESPN leagues) Hughes has won his last three starts allowing a total of four earned runs in 24.1 innings. The Yankees are on a role and host the Braves in the final game of their three-game set in Yankee Stadium at 1:05 in the afternoon. Hughes has a less-than-lovely 4.50 ERA  as a results of his early season struggles, but has been on his game as of late.

Nate Eovaldi-LAD: (1.9%) Eovaldi has allowed one run in 12 innings his last two outings and has a nice 1.82 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 18 K’s in 24.2 innings over four starts since being called up to the Dodgers. Wednesday he’ll face the A’s in Oakland as the Dodgers continue their interleague set.

June 9, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Vin Mazzaro (32) throws a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Francisco Liriano – Min: (12.2%) Liriano has been solid since returning to the rotation and is a good option for K’s as he faces the Pirates on the road Tuesday. He ended up giving up three runs on just one hit in six innings his last time out and has three of four solid starts since his readjustment time in the ‘pen.

Vin Mazzaro – KC: (0.2%) Mazzaro shut out the Cardinals in St. Louis for six five-hit innings his last start. He’s been solid in his four starts this year and enters Wednesday’s scheduled start with a 3-1 record and a 2.57 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 13 K’s in 21 innings. He will face the Astros offense which is in the lower half of the league in almost every major category. The game is a 2:05 getaway game as they wrap up their series in Texas.

The Payoff

Monday was a rough night, but Sunday’s solid performances still balance them out. Here’s our results for this week:

Starter Date IP ER K H BB W L
Aaron Harang 19-Jun
Scott Diamond 19-Jun
Mike Leake 19-Jun
Derek Lowe 18-Jun 5 7 2 11 1 0 0
Hector Noesi 18-Jun 6 5 5 9 2 0 1
Jake Arrieta 18-Jun 7 4 4 6 1 0 1
Garrett Richards 17-Jun 8 0 5 4 4 1 0
Jose Quintana 17-Jun 8 0 6 5 0 0 0
Franklin Morales 17-Jun 5 2 9 4 0 0 0
ERA WHIP
Totals: 39 18 31 39 8 1 2 4.15 1.21

Topics: Fantasy Baseball Additions, Francisco Liriano, Nate Eovaldi, Phil Hughes, Spot Starters, Starting Pitchers, Streaming Starters, Vin Mazzaro, Waiver Wire

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  • fantasyCPR

    Mazzaro has been flipped in the rotation with Bruce Chen so Chen goes today against the Astros. Mazzaro will pitch Friday against the Cardinals. He still makes a decent option for Friday, but I’d avoid Chen for today.

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