Monday’s the start of a fresh week in fantasy baseball and the right starting pitching pickup can help you start with a bang on June 17. Starters who go on Monday typically start again either Saturday or Sunday at the end of the week two creating a double pile of points for those with weekly roster locks. Each day, we look at starting pitchers (archive here) who are available in 50% or more of ESPN leagues and can give you a boost in their scheduled start. Here’s my pickups for Monday:
Bud Norris-Houston Astros vs Chicago White Sox: (7.4%) Norris has allowed more than three earned runs in only one of his last ten starts. At home, he’s 3-2 with a 2.28 ERA in his eight starts. He’ll face the White Sox who are in the bottom five in the league in runs, batting average, OBP, and slugging percentage. Houston took the first two games of this four-game set and Norris will look to close it strong as they finish on Monday with Chicago.
Andrew Cashner-San Diego Padres @ San Francisco Giants: (9.2%) In his last start, Cashner held the Braves to two runs on six hits in eight innings picking up his fifth win of the year and lowering his ERA to 3.52. He’ll face the Giants who he’s thrown 10 innings against this year allowing three runs in ten innings, giving up seven hits, and going 1-1. The whole Padres rotation is clicking right now while the Giants lineup remains a bit depleted by injury.
Dillon Gee-New York Mets @ Atlanta Braves: (3.5%) In his last three starts, Gee has allowed a run in each while pitching 21 innings. He’s been effective against the Yankees, Nats, and Cardinals, so facing the Braves lineup shouldn’t be overly daunting. However, Atlanta did rough him up earlier this year so proceed with caution if Gee is your plug-and-play of the day.
Dan Straily-Oakland Athletics @ Texas Rangers: (9.7%) Straiy has faced the Rangers twice this season getting hammered at home his first time out, but then breaking through in his next outing allowing no runs and two hits in seven innings. He’ll face them in Arlington again Monday. Including that start against Texas, he’s allowed just eight runs in his last five starts while going 3-0 with a 2.20 ERA. The Rangers are never an easy lineup to face, but I think Straily will again be up to the task.