If you’re in trouble headed into the weekend and desperately in need of starting pitching help, there’s some options to try and salvage your week or even just to strengthen your rotation. Here’s the top three widely available options scheduled to start on Sunday.
Picks for Sunday
Franklin Morales – Bos: (owned in 2.2% of ESPN leagues) Morales has filled a number of roles for the Red Sox and will step in to make a spot start in place of a banged up Beckett on Sunday. He may be able to stick in the rotation due to the ineffectiveness of Aaron Cook, the acquisition of Craig Breslow, and the need of the Sox to see if he can fit there in their plans for next year. Morales was in the rotation earlier this season and was 2-1 in five starts with a 3.42 ERA in 26.1 innings, striking out 31 and walking just eight. He was even better than those numbers indicate since most of the damage was in one bad start. He dominated in several outings and showed he can contribute strikeouts as well as helping in WHIP, ERA, and wins. He’s a great pickup for Sunday against the Twins although he probably won’t log major innings in his first start back in the rotation.
Kris Medlen – Atl: (5.8%) Medlen probably isn’t the best pickup if you need a ton of innings since he’s still stretching out from transitioning out of the bullpen. He made his first start of the year last Tuesday and was effective allowing a run on four hits while walking one and striking out three against Miami. His July numbers were steller –0.84 ERA, .080 WHIP, 16 K, 21.1 inning– mostly out of the bullpen in long relief. He faces the Astros struggling lineup Sunday afternoon at home in the finale of Houston’s visit.
Trevor Cahill – Ari: (23.6%) Cahill worked out of jams against the Dodgers his last time out and only allowed a run in six innings as he moved to 9-9 on the year. He has been decent but not spectacular this year and enters this game with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. He’ll face off with Cliff Lee and the Phillies whose lineup has struggled all year. Citizen’s Bank Park isn’t exactly pitching friendly confines, but Cahill has fared much better away (5-4, 2.79 ERA) than he has at Chase Field (4-5, 4.87 ERA). Cahill should be able to contribute a solid start and possibly a win as well as the Snakes wrap up their trip to Philly.
Picks from the past week
Here’s how we’ve done with our selections this week. We only pick players owned in less than half of ESPN leagues the day they pitch.
|Jeff Samardzija||3-Aug||5 1/3||5||3||8||0||0||1|
|Joe Kelly||3-Aug||5 2/3||3||4||10||2||1||0|
|Mike Minor||2-Aug||3 2/3||0||1||2||2||0||0|
|Corey Kluber||2-Aug||4 1/3||6||4||9||1||9||9|
|Stephen Fife||1-Aug||4 1/3||2||4||6||3||0||1|
|Paul Maholm||29-Jul||6 2/3||1||5||4||4||0||0|