Closing out your week with the right starting pitching can completely demoralize your opponent and makes for a “buzzer-beater” or “hail mary” if you’re in weekly leagues. Sunday pitchers are always valuable especially as you come close to your start limits if your league used them.
Here’s the four options I like for Sunday’s starts who are available in many ESPN leagues:
Starting Pitchers to Pickup
Marco Estrada-Milwaukee Brewers: (72.2%) If you’re looking for K’s, Estrada is the top option on some leagues wires after striking out 14 over 12 innings in his first two starts. He got the win against Chicago in his last outing allowing two runs on five hits while striking out six through seven innings. He’ll face the Cardinals today show counter with Jaime Garcia. He’s not the top option if you’re looking for a W or WHIP/ERA help, but can give you K’s and a solid start Sunday in St. Louis.
Kevin Correia-Minnesota Twins: (0.6%) Correia has started the season well for the Twins and enters today with a 0-1 record but a 3.14 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. Sunday in the interleague game he’ll face the Mets and Dillon Gee who has started the year 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA. Correia isn’t going to give you K’s but could help if you need wins, WHIP, or ERA.
Nick Tepesch-Texas Rangers: (1.3%) Tepesch came out of nowhere to dominate Tampa his first MLB start throwing 7 1/3 allowing just four hits and one run. The matchup would appear easier Sunday as he faces the Mariners in Safeco. Tepesch is still high-risk until he can duplicate that first outing but does have some potential making him a decent flier for today. He faces fellow-rookie Brandon Maurer who was crushed by Houston his last time out and comes in 0-2 with an ERA of 16.20.
Kevin Slowey-Miami Marlins: (0.6%) The highest risk and longest shot of these four options Slowey leads the Marlins against Philadelphia in their series finale. Miami’s lack of ability to score runs makes him a long-shot for a win as we’ve seen in his first two starts, both of which were solid, but resulted in an 0-2 record. Last time out, he limited Atlanta to two runs in seven innings but couldn’t avoid losing his 10th start in a row. He’s pitching well, and I think he has another solid outing maybe even a win on Sunday afternoon in Miami. He won’t get you K’s but is a solid WHIP/ERA option.
Here’s how my picks have done over the past week:
|Jhoulys Chacin||7-Apr||6 2/3||1||2||6||0||1||0|
|Ubaldo Jimenez||8-Apr||4 1/3||7||4||7||3||0||1|
|Kevin Correia||8-Apr||7 1/3||3||1||8||1||0||1|
|Travis Wood||9-Apr||6 1/3||3||6||7||3||1||0|
|Jeremy Guthrie||9-Apr||6 2/3||4||2||6||1||1||0|
|Carlos Villanueva||12-Apr||7 1/3||0||3||3||1||0||0|