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2013 Fantasy Baseball: Week 13 Pitcher Streaming

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2013 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Streaming Options

2013 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Streaming Options
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The art of the spot start is an important factor in fantasy baseball leagues.

Fantasy teams have their handful of set starters ready to go each week, but getting that extra quality start and strikeouts each week without hurting your ERA or WHIP can make a huge difference in both rotisserie leagues and head-to-head matchups.

There are a few factors that go into finding the right guy on the waiver wire to grab for the spot start. Owners obviously need to look at how that pitcher has been performing, but there are other things to look at as well. Matchups are key, as certain weak offenses usually yield solid fantasy starts from the opposing pitchers. Home and away games are also important as some pitchers do better in home games as opposed to away games. Also, there are obvious pitchers parks and some notorious hitters parks that factor into success.

We are now 13 weeks into the fantasy baseball season and owners certainly know by now what they need to do to maintain or improve their standing. Plenty of lesser name starters have been snatched up after hot streaks while other starters that were drafted have found their way to the wire thanks to their struggles.

A few pitchers available in most leagues have quietly begun streaking and have favorable matchups against some of the weaker offenses in baseball. Scour your leagues wire for some of the following names that may be able to give you a solid spot start or two this week.

Rich Arleo is a fantasy sports expert with Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Rarleo, ‘Like’ him on Facebook and add him to your networks on Google.

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Edwin Jackson, Chicago Cubs (Tuesday @ MIL)

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After a rough start to the season, Jackson has improved a bit of late and faces a scuffling Milwaukee Brewers lineup Tuesday.

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Kevin Correia, Minnesota Twins (Tuesday @ MIA)

Kevin Correia, Minnesota Twins (Tuesday @ MIA)
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Correia has allowed more than four earned runs in only one start this season and matchups don’t get much easier than Miami

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Esmil Rogers, Toronto Blue Jays (Monday @ TB)

Esmil Rogers, Toronto Blue Jays (Monday @ TB)
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Since entering the starting rotation, Rogers has given up four earned runs in 17.2 innings pitched. The Tampa Bay Rays have been hitting well this season but Tropicana Field is still a pitcher’s park and Rogers has shut down top offenses in his past two starts.

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Jake Westbrook, St. Louis Cardinals (Tuesday @ HOU)

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Westbrook has pitched well since returning, allowing three runs in 12 innings pitched. He doesn’t strike out many batters at all, but those looking for a quality start would be wise to grab Westbrook for his matchup against Houston.

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Joe Blanton, Los Angeles Angels (Saturday @ HOU)

Joe Blanton, Los Angeles Angels (Saturday @ HOU)
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Blanton has twirled two straight quality starts and has now recorded a QS in five of his last six. The last time he faces the Astros he pitched eight innings of three-hit ball while striking out 11.