Sunday is closing time in most weekly formats meaning it’s time for fantasy baseball owners to make their last moves to get the wins they need. If you need starting pitching help to get you there, here are some widely available scheduled starters for Sunday that you can plug-and-play for Sunday:
Jeff Locke-Pittsburgh Pirates: (8.3% owned) Locke and the Pirates host the Astros Sunday in what is oddly an interleague game between former division-rivals. Locke has been locked in lately allowing three earned runs or less in five starts in a row with four quality starts during that time. He had one of his less successful outings his last time out allowing three runs in six innings to the Brewers in a no-decision. His numbers have been very solid all year and he comes in with a 3.15 ERA and a 3-1 record. Houston is a favorable matchup, and Locke is atop our list because of it.
Jonathan Pettibone-Philadelphia Phillies: (2.0%) Pettibone hasn’t given up more than three earned runs in any of his five starts with the Phils this year and has started 3-0 with a 3.41 ERA. He doesn’t pile up strikeouts (just 17 in 29 innings), but has cooled off the Indians and Giants in his last two starts. Sunday he faces the Reds who are also swinging well as of late. He’s at home but it’s not an awesome matchup which is why he’s just behind Locke, but still a solid option for Sunday.
A.J. Griffin-Oakland Athletics: (27.5%) Griffin has recovered from a couple bad outings to run off three quality starts. He was impressive as he shut down the Rangers in his last start allowing just one run on six hits in seven innings while striking out eight and issuing zero free passes. He improved to 4-3 with the win and dropped his ERA down to 3.48. His 1.16 WHIP is an indicator he’s keeping people off the bases which should bode well as he starts Sunday against the Royals. He’ll be opposed by Luis Mendoza (1-2, 6.00ERA) which should give him a chance to get a win if he can turn in another quality outing.
John Gast-St. Louis Cardinals: (2.9%) Gast was impressive in his first Major League outing going five shutout innings before giving up four runs in the sixth. The final line wasn’t great, but he definitely showed his potential and gets another look on Sunday. He’ll face former-Cardinal Kyle Lohse and the Brewers. Lohse has already lost to St. Louis twice this year and hasn’t won a start in his last four outings as his ERA has climbed to 3.49. Gast should get a chance to move to 2-0 if he can successfully avoid the big inning that cost him last time out.
Andrew Cashner-San Diego Padres: (7.4%) Cashner is a bit risky as he faced the Nats on Sunday, but he’s been excellent in his last two starts allowing just one earned run total in 14 2/3 innings. The hard-throwing righty gets the start at pitcher-friendly Petco which is always a plus, but he’s been erratic at times this season, so proceed with a bit of caution.
Here’s how my picks have done the last week: