Tuesday all the teams in Major League Baseball are in action after 12 took a scheduled off-night Monday. As we head into the summer, starting rotations continue to shift and change meaning that as a fantasy baseball owner you need to be aware of opportunities to add pitchers who can give your team a boost. Whether you’ve been streaming starters all year or are just looking for a one-time plug-and-play option, here’s the top options available in more than half of ESPN leagues and a record of how my picks have fared at the bottom of the page.
Justin Grimm-Texas Rangers: (6.8%) Grimm battled to his third win in a row as he beat Arizona his last time out. He’s pitched at least six innings in his last three outings while allowing three runs or fewer. He and the Rangers head to Boston for tonight where the Red Sox offense can be hit-or-miss. The Sox do strike out a bit and Grimm has 44 K’s in his 52 2/3 innings. It’s not a perfect matchup since it is against a first place team, but Grimm has a shot at a win as the Rangers face their former teammate Ryan Dempster and the Red Sox.
Jonathan Pettibone-Philadelphia Philles: (3.3%) Pettibone takes on the Marlins in Philadelphia which would have been a great matchup until the Marlins strangely started hitting. Pettibone had a rough last start against the Red Sox but had allowed three runs or fewer in the seven starts before that. He’ll be opposed by Ricky Nolasco as he goes for his fourth win and is a solid option considering his 3.64 ERA and 1.43 WHIP against the Marlines who have struggled to score all season.
A.J. Griffin-Oakland Athletics: (39.3%) Griffin and the red-hot A’s take on the Brewers in Milwaukee as they face Kyle Lohse who comes in 1-6 with a 4.37 ERA. While the A’s have been winning, Griffin has actually struggled in his last three starts allowing three runs or more as his ERA climbs to 4.04. I think he’ll bounce back and pitch decently at Miller Park and is worth a shot. There aren’t many great options, and I think he’s the best of the bunch.
Tyler Skaggs-Arizona Diamondbacks: (0.9%) Skaggs gets another start after showing off his new curve ball in a dominating performance against the RAngers in his first start of the year. He went six scoreless innings striking out nine in that win. Things don’t get much easier since he’ll match up with the Cards in St. Louis and be opposed by yet another St. Louis pitching studd in Michael Wacha who is all the rage right now in fantasy baseball after his six-strikeout, two-hit debut against he Giants. Wacha’s a huge prospect and is worthy of the hype but he’s already 80+% owned while Skaggs is owned in less than one percent of leagues. It should be a fascinating prospect matchup in St. Louis Tuesday night.