Hopefully your week in fantasy baseball gets off to a great start on Monday, but if your starters start you off in the hole there’s plenty of time to right the ship and get the results your after. The key to rebounding may be hitting the waiver wire, so let’s take a look at some Tuesday pickups if your in need of a spot starter or are streaming starters all season long (click here for how to stream successfully). All the recommendations in this daily post are available in over half of ESPN leagues.
Here’s my picks for Tuesday, and a look at how my previous pitchers fared:
Starters to Add for 4/9
Jeremy Guthrie-Kansas City Royals: (7.3% owned in ESPN leagues) Guthrie and the Royals host the Twins on Tuesday night. Guthrie will be opposed by Mike Pelfrey who was solid in his first start and got the win. Guthrie got a win in his first start as well going six innings and allowing a run on five hits along with a walk and nine strikeouts. That outing was against a solid White Sox lineup on the road, making it even more impressive. Last year, Guthrie went 4-2 with a 2.40 ERA at Kauffman Stadium, and he’s a great option if you need a starter to plug in on Tuesday.
Travis Wood-Chicago Cubs: (1.1%) Wood came through in his first start in Pittsburgh for my spot start picks and the Cubs. He went six innings and only allowed one hit while striking out four and walking two. Tuesday he faces the injury-depleted Brewers lineup as the Cubs play their sencond game of the year at Wrigley. When it’s warmer the ball flies out in Chicago, but it’s still too early for that to be a concern. He’s another great option if your looking for a spot starter for Tuesday.
James McDonald-Pittsburgh Pirates: (9.4%) If you can’t get Wood, go with the pitcher he beat in his first start-James McDonald. McDonald only allowed a run on two hits while striking out four and walking two against Chicago, but ultimately he took the hard-luck loss. Tuesday he faces the D-Backs in Arizona which isn’t a great matchup, but he’ll be opposed by Brandon McCarthy who didn’t look good in his first start which is reason for hope if the Pirates can provide some run support.
Brandon Maurer-Seattle Mariners: (1.1%) Maurer had a rough outing his first time out giving up six runs in six innings to the A’s in his MLB debut. He’s still a big-time prospect, though, and at home against the weaker-hitting Astros he’s a decent flier. He’ll be facing former-Mariner Erik Bedard who will make his first start of the year. Maurer in Safeco against the ‘Stros is about as good of a matchup as you’ll get for the rookie.
Results of the Picks so Far
|Rick Porcello||4-Apr||5 1/3||3||2||6||2||0||1|
|Miguel Gonzalez||4-Apr||6 1/3||2||4||5||2||1||0|
|Dan Straily||5-Apr||6 2/3||2||11||5||0||1||0|
|Kyle Kendrick||5-Apr||5 2/3||5||3||8||2||0||1|
|Jhoulys Chacin||7-Apr||6 2/3||1||2||6||0||1||0|