After a travel day or get-away game, all 30 MLB teams are back in action Friday night as they start their weekend series all across the country. We’re getting to the “value” part of most rotations as far as fantasy baseball is concerned and many of the probable starters make nice Waiver Wire additions if you’re in need of a spot start or are using streaming starters (click here to learn what that means).
Here’s the pick ups I like available in over 50% of ESPN leagues that are schedule to start on Friday:
Starters to Consider Adding
Jose Quintana-Chicago White Sox: (0.8%) The White Sox turn to Quintana as they host the Mariners for the first game in their second series of the season. Quintana was a nice mid-season call up for Chicago last year finishing with a 6-6 record with a 1.35 WHIP and a 3.76 ERA. He faded toward the end of the season hurting those numbers after starting his time in the Bigs much more effectively. Friday, he is matched up against Blake Beavan and the Mariners. Beavan struggled on the road last year and the M’s new-look lineup still isn’t all that intimidating making Quintana a good matchup play at home on Friday.
Dan Straily-Oakland Athletics: (0.1%) The lineup that’s looked the worst so far this season is without doubt the Astros. Expect plenty of starters to appear here throughout the season when they match up with Houston. For Friday, that means taking a look at Dan Straily of the A’s. He didn’t have a great spring, but led the minor leagues in strikeouts last year and made seven starts down the stretch for the playoff-bound Athletics going 2-1 with a 3.89 ERA. He’s expected to head to the minors after this start with Bartolo Colon being activated, but if you need a one-start option with a great matchup and a possibility of big strikeout numbers, Straily is a plug-and-play option.
Kyle Kendrick-Philadelphia Phillies: (0.9%) The Phils host the Royals in their home-opener in an interleague matchup that hurts the Royals by taking away their DH. It’s an afternoon game which is also a good sign for Kendrick whose ERA was half a run lower last season during day games. KC hasn’t had much success at the plate in their first two games against Chris Sale and Jake Peavy and Kendrick will try to parlay his successful second half (9-4, 2.87 ERA) into a strong start to his 2013 campaign.
Jeremy Hefner-New York Mets: (0.1%) Hefner is only an option when he has a good matchup and preferably in the pitcher-friendly confines of Citi Field. Friday’s start qualifies since he’s at home to face the Marlins who failed to score a single run in their first two games of the season. Granted, those games were against Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez of the Nats, but the Fish lineup definitely lacks punch making Hefner a fill-in option for Friday.
As results for previous picks become available I’ll post them below: