2013 Fantasy Baseball: Start Any Pitcher Facing the Miami Marlins or Houston Astros

By Brian Fischler
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Most people will tell you that the Miami Marlins and Houston Astros have no value in fantasy baseball. Quite the contrary. Instead of looking at these two teams for players who might help you, you need to be checking to see which pitchers will be facing them every week.

The Philadelphia PhilliesRoy Halladay, who has been absolutely dreadful this season, didn’t just remember how to pitch over night. Instead he got to face a Marlins Triple A lineup without a Giancarlo Stanton. The Marlins’ roster is so unbelievably offensive, and I’m not talking about batting.

It is such a sham that MLB is letting the Marlins and Astros put these lineups on the field. The only thing more offensive is that other teams will actually have to be paying these two teams a luxury tax. It is one of the more disgraceful things I have seen in sports.

Unlike the Marlins, the Astros do have two players in the every day lineup with fantasy value in Jose Altuve and Chris Carter. You still need to be checking the waiver wire to see which pitchers will be facing them. The Astros strikeout as often as players hit home runs in the 1990s. So while you can never chase wins, you can load up on pitchers who will be facing them every week and get a ton of strikeouts.

Coming up this week, the Marlins will be facing the Washington Nationals and the Cincinnati Reds. The Astros will be facing the Oakland A’s and Cleveland Indians. So check your league waiver wire for the available starting pitchers, and you should secure a quality start, some strikeouts, and most likely a win.

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