Friday night is another jam-packed night of Major League Baseball. With the Wrigley afternoon game with the Cubs and Reds the only pre-7:00 game most of the action will be under the lights. If your starting pitching this week has left you in the dark and you need to make a move to get back into your week’s matchup, there’s three starting pitchers you should check out who are scheduled to start on Friday and are available in over half of ESPN leagues.
Brandon McCarthy – Oak: (46.2% owned in ESPN leagues) McCarthy is more of a long-term pickup instead of just a one-start wonder. He is coming off the DL to make his first start since mid-June as the A’s visit his former team the White Sox. He was 6-3 in his 12 starts before hitting the DL and had won three starts in a row lowering his ERA to 2.54 and his WHIP to 1.21. For any owner in need of starting depth he’s a great pickup for the rest of the season.
Homer Bailey – Cin: (30.5%) Bailey was rolling right along before his las two starts. He has been knocked around pretty good at home giving up 10 runs in 8.1 innings. Fortunately for Homer, he gets to go on the road for this next start and face the Cubs. He should be able to right the ship against them as he makes his third start of the year against Chicago. He’s 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA in 13 innings against Chicago this year, and in his one previous Wrigley start he allowed a single earned run in seven innings. Bailey is a risky pick given his recent record and the way the ball can fly out of Wrigley, but he should be in line for a W if the Reds can rediscover their offense and he can have a solid start. Overall on the year he is 9-7 with a 3.98 ERA.
Miguel Gonzalez – Bal: (0.8%) For deeper leagues, take a look at Miguel Gonzalez. He’ll face the Royals in Baltimore in game two of the Royals-Orioles series. He shut out Tampa Bay in seven innings his last start allowing just two hits. He’s been solid in his other six starts as well with the one exception a seven run-2.2 innings performance. He has a 3-2 record and a 3.80 ERA on the year and will face off with the inconsistent Luke Hochevar who goes for KC.
Over the last week, our results have been solid. Clayton Richard was magnificent on Wednesday which helped out since Chris Young got pasted by the Marlins. Here’s how they look:
|Chris Young||8-Aug||4 1/3||7||4||7||3||0||1|
|Kris Medlen||5-Aug||5 1/3||1||6||4||2||0||0|
|Scott Feldman||4-Aug||7 2/3||2||4||6||1||1||0|
|A.J. Griffin||4-Aug||1 2/3||0||0||1||0||0||0|
|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|