The second-half of the season is just underway, but if you’re already in search of some starting pitching help, there are three solid options for this coming Sunday. As we did for much of the first half, every day we’ll be selecting some of the best starting pitching options found on waiver wires on over half of ESPN leagues. Here’s the picks for Sunday.
Pickups for July 14
Carlos Villanueva – Tor: (owned in 1.9% of ESPN leagues) Against the Royals his last time out, Villanueva threw six shutout innings while striking out seven, walking none, and giving up four hits. He got the win to move to 3-0 in his 24 games this year just two of which have been starts. He’s struck out 49 in 44.1 innings and is an intriguing option if he can translate that success to a starters role. He’ll face the Indians Derek Lowe whose pitch-to-contact style may allow the Jays hitters to break out of their collective slump.
Drew Pomeranz – Col: (0.7%) In his last two starts Pomeranz has not allowed an earned run and finally got his first win his last time out against the Nationals while lowering his ERA to 3.06. His strikeout totals aren’t extremely high (27 in 35.1 innings), but he’s showing solid progress and gets the Phillies Sunday afternoon in Denver. He won’t go especially deep in the game with the Rockies limiting their starters in their four-man rotation.
Ricky Nolasco – Mia: (31.6%) Nolasco turned things around at the end of the first-half heading into the break off three solid starts. He allowed just two earned runs spanning 19.2 innings with a 14:4 K:BB. He’s a risky pick since he does blow up sometimes (nine runs in Boston June 20) but in five of his last six starts he’s allowed three earned runs or fewer while pitching at least six innings. Nolasco and the Marlins close out their three-game set with the visiting Nats and Nolasco will be opposed by Stephen Strasburg.
Come back throughout the second half to see how our picks have been fairing. We’ll post results starting Monday with our spot starter selections.