Friday all the MLB teams are back in action after a slightly lighter Thursday schedule. The top series include the Yankees visiting the Angels, the Giants taking on the Braves, and several divisional clashes as well. If you’re looking for a spot or streaming starter, here are four to consider that are available in over half of ESPN leagues:
Bronson Arroyo-Cincinnati Reds: (32.9%) The Reds send Arroyo to the mound against Milwaukee at Great American Ballpark. He started against the Brewers in Cincinnati earlier this year and went 6 2/3 shutout innings allowing just five hits ans striking out five. In his last six starts, he’s allowed two earned runs or less in four while going 4-1. At home this year he has gone 5-1 with a 2.68 ERA while holding opponens to a .238 average.
Eric Stults-San Diego Padres: (7.3%) Stults has been solid over the past month and a half in the Padres rotation. He’s gone 3-2 since May 2, but has six quality starts in his eight starts since then. On the year he’s 5-5 with a 3.53 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. He’ll be at home in pitcher-friendly Petco Friday as he and the Padres take on Arizona.
Jake Westbrook-St. Louis Cardinals: (8.1%) Westbrook returns from the DL and jumps right into a good matchup against the Miami Marlins. He was pitching well before his injury and comes in 2-1 with a 1.62 ERA. The Cardinals lineup is putting up runs so with a decent outing he should be able to get a W in this start based on his matchup. It’s a tricky call with a pitcher straight off the DL, but I’m ok with it since Miami’s offense had been so inept.
Stephen Fife-LA Dodgers: (0.1%) If you need a long shot option for deep leagues, Fife has been good in his two starts since coming back up to the Dodgers. He’s 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 12 innings. He hasn’t been dominating, allowing a .318 average, but he’s been able to pitch his way out of trouble. On Friday, he’ll start in Pittsburgh against A.J. Burnett.