June 25, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood (30) pitches in the third inning against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Starting Pitcher Pickups-Spot Starters for July 1


Finish your fantasy baseball week and start the month of July off right with soem good starting pitching you can find on the waiver wire in most leagues. As the MLB continues to push toward the All-Star break, every team is in action across the country which means there are plenty of good pitching matchups where the starter is owned in less than 50% of ESPN leagues. Here’s the picks for Sunday with the ownership percentage from ESPN in parentheses.

June 20, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (47) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fifth inning of an interleague game at PNC Park. The Minnesota Twins won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

The Pickups

Francisco Liriano – Min: (23.7%) Since returning to the rotation Liriano has allowed zero or one run in four of six starts. He got the win over the White Sox last time out improving to just 2-7 and helping his ERA to 5.30 with a 1.46 WHIP. In June though, He’s has a 2.87 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 31 innings. He seems to be back on track and facing the light-hitting Royals will only help him continue his resurgence.

Felix Doubront – Bos: (48.2%) Despite his recent struggles, Doubront makes a good pickup before he faces the Mariners in Safeco. Aaron Cook and Franklin Morales have looked great against Seattle and Doubront will look to get things turned back around after getting battered by the Blue Jays his last start. In 15 starts this season, the first-year starting pitcher sits at 8-4 with a 4.54 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. He does average just over a strikeout per innings as well if you are on the K-hunt.

Travis Wood – ChC: (0.8%) In his eight starts, Wood has been credited with five quality starts and has an ERA of 3.54 with a 1.20 WHIP. His strikeout numbers are typically low (35 in 48 innings), but the Cubs host the Astros who have been struggling to score and Wood has been efficient lately. His last two starts have covered 13 innings while he’s allowed just one earned run and nine hits while picking up 11 strikeouts. Wood is a player you can grab in almost any format but he’s becoming a viable fantasy option.

Joe Blanton – Phi: (9.4%) Making his third start of the year against Miami, Blanton brings a 7-6 record and an unseemly 4.87 ERA into Sunday’s game. He matches up with Ricky Nolasco who has been taking a beating lately and could be in line for a win if he can manage damage control. In two of his last three starts he’s allowed two earned runs or fewer. He has been giving up home runs and not dominating, but he’s in a good matchup and could turn in another solid outing like last time against the Pirates or when he pitched a complete game against the Twins June 14. He’s an option if you need a W and can take a little hit in WHIP and ERA.

The Payoff

Here’s the results of the picks for the past week. Click here for Saturday’s picks

Starter Date IP ER K H BB W L
Ross Detwiler 29-Jun 6 2/3 4 1 5 1 0 0
Mike Leake 29-Jun 9 1 4 9 1 1 0
Bud Norris 29-Jun 6 4 1 7 1 0 1
Jose Quintana 29-Jun 6 6 5 8 3 1 0
Franklin Morales 28-Jun 7 0 7 3 2 0 0
Jair Jurrjens 28-Jun 5 2/3 2 0 6 3 0 0
Chris Young 28-Jun 6 1/3 2 6 6 0 1 0
Jonathon Niese 27-Jun 7 1 6 8 1 1 0
Joe Kelly 27-Jun 6 2 3 5 2 0 0
Trevor Cahill 27-Jun 5 4 3 4 4 0 1
Travis Blackley 26-Jun 7 2 3 5 1 0 0
Eric Bedard 26-Jun 6 4 3 8 2 0 1
Dillon Gee 26-Jun 5 4 6 9 2 0 1
Chris Archer 26-Jun 5 2/3 3 7 4 1 0 1
Travis Wood 25-Jun 7 0 6 5 1 1 0
Nate Eovaldi 25-Jun 5 8 1 10 1 0 1
Garrett Richards 24-Jun 6 2/3 3 5 9 2 0 0
Mike Leake 24-Jun 8 2 5 5 0 0 0
Jose Quintana 24-Jun 8 0 4 6 0 0 0
Franklin Morales 23-Jun 6 2 8 7 1 1 0
ERA WHIP
Totals: 129 54 84 129 29 6 6 3.77 1.22

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