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Fantasy Baseball 2014: 15 Starting Pitchers to Consider Streaming this Weekend

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Weekend Spot Starters, July 5/6

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Happy Fourth of July weekend! Few things are more American than baseball. Here are 15 starting pitchers you should consider spot-starting on Saturday and Sunday this weekend.

15. 7/5 Bartolo Colon VS. Texas Rangers

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15. 7/5 Bartolo Colon VS. Texas Rangers

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Colon's had a fine season so far in 2014. The big fella has a 3.88 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP over 16 starts and those ratios are backed up by a 3.60 FIP and a 3.70 xFIP. On Saturday he takes on a Rangers team that hasn't been all that great against right-handed pitching this season. Their .301 wOBA against righties and their .680 OPS are both 22nd in baseball, and their .115 ISO is 28th.

14. 7/5 Jose Quintana VS. Seattle Mariners

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14. 7/5 Jose Quintana VS. Seattle Mariners

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Quintana is just 25 years old, has a 3.57 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP over 441 career innings… and somehow gets no love. The young White Sox lefty is at it again this year, posting a 3.44 ERA (strongly backed up by a 3.02 FIP) to go with a 1.28 WHIP and 90 strikeouts in 104.2 innings. Saturday he takes on a Mariners team that's really struggled against left-handed pitching. Their .291 wOBA is 29th in MLB and their .106 ISO is dead last.

13. 7/5 Andrew Heaney @ St. Louis Cardinals

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13. 7/5 Andrew Heaney @ St. Louis Cardinals

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Heaney hasn't been great in three starts since getting his call to the bigs (5.29 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP over 17 innings) but he's still an elite prospect with an extraordinary amount of potential. His 3.68 xFIP highlights the fact that he's been the victim of a high 17.6 percent home-run-to-fly-ball rate. The Cardinals have been so-so at best against left-handed pitching (.303 wOBA and .123 ISO against southpaws are both 22nd in MLB).

12. 7/5 Jorge De La Rosa VS. Los Angeles Dodgers

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12. 7/5 Jorge De La Rosa VS. Los Angeles Dodgers

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It's always a risk starting any pitcher at Coors field but in a deep NL-Only league De La Rosa is a guy I'd consider on Saturday. De La Rosa has actually pitched much better at home (3.09 ERA) than on the road (4.28 ERA) over the past three seasons and he faces a Dodgers team Saturday that has struggled against lefties. Los Angeles' .298 wOBA against southpaws is 25th in baseball and their .307 OBP is 24th.

11. 7/5 Edinson Volquez VS. Philadelphia Phillies

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11. 7/5 Edinson Volquez VS. Philadelphia Phillies

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Volquez has been a little up-and-down this season but his overall numbers are fairly decent, he owns a 4.07 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP over 95 innings and he's given up just one run over his last 14 innings. On Saturday he takes on a Phillies offense that is pathetic against right-handed pitching, their .288 wOBA against righties is 29th in baseball (beating out only the historically pathetic Padres) and their .115 ISO is 27th.

10. 7/6 Danny Duffy @ Cleveland Indians

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10. 7/6 Danny Duffy @ Cleveland Indians

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Since the start of June, Duffy owns a 1.69 ERA to go with a 0.91 WHIP and 31 strikeouts in 37.1 innings. On Saturday he faces an Indians offense that has mashed right-handed pitching, but really struggled against the lefties so far in 2014. Cleveland's .296 wOBA against southpaws is 26th in baseball and their .108 ISO is 29th.

9. 7/6 Zack Wheeler VS. Texas Rangers

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9. 7/6 Zack Wheeler VS. Texas Rangers

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Wheeler's been up and down all season long but if you need an upside play with strikeout potential on Sunday he's a guy you should consider. Wheeler's 3.38 FIP suggests that he's actually pitched much better than his 4.25 ERA indicates and he's striking out just under a batter per inning (8.97 K/9). I've already touched on how the Rangers have struggled against righties this season; if you need a home run play on Sunday, consider Wheeler.

8. 7/6 Nick Tepesch @ New York Mets

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8. 7/6 Nick Tepesch @ New York Mets

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In an AL-Only league, Tepesch is someone you should consider on Sunday. The young Rangers pitcher has held his own so far this season; he has a 3.65 ERA to go with a not-good-but-not-disastrous 1.35 WHIP and he gets the pleasure of facing the New York Mets. The Mets are 26th against righties this season with a .294 wOBA and their 25th with a .121 ISO.

7. 7/6 Kevin Gausman @ Boston Red Sox

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7. 7/6 Kevin Gausman @ Boston Red Sox

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The Red Sox were one of the worst offenses in baseball since the start of June, slashing just .237/.305/.352 since June 1. On Sunday they'll square off against the Orioles' human yo-yo, Kevin Gausman, who owns a 3.86 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP over 28 innings this season.

6. 7/6 Jeff Locke VS. Philadelphia Phillies

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6. 7/6 Jeff Locke VS. Philadelphia Phillies

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Locke has actually been really good since being recalled to the Pirates. So far in six starts he has a 3.46 ERA (backed up by a 2.92 FIP) to go with a 1.01 WHIP and his command has been impeccable; he's allowed just five walks in 41.2 innings.

5. 7/6 Taijuan Walker @ Chicago White Sox

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5. 7/6 Taijuan Walker @ Chicago White Sox

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Taijuan Walker is an elite prospect; if he's available in your league still you should pick him up and use him if you need a start on Sunday. If you don't need the start, you should pick him up anyways and if he performs well against the White Sox you should start to feel comfortable using him no matter who his opponent is.

4. 7/6 Henderson Alvarez @ St. Louis Cardinals

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4. 7/6 Henderson Alvarez @ St. Louis Cardinals

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Alvarez has a 2.33 ERA to go with a 1.27 WHIP this season and those ratios are backed up by a 3.04 FIP. He hasn't been as dominant on the road (3.43 ERA) this season as he has been at home (1.56 ERA), and he doesn't strike out a ton of guys so he wouldn't be the first guy I'd look to stream. But he's facing a below-average offense and he should offer some quality innings if you need to bring down some high ratios.

3. 7/6 Drew Hutchison @ Oakland Athletics

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3. 7/6 Drew Hutchison @ Oakland Athletics

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I don't love streaming a pitcher against the Athletics but on Sunday, desperate times can call for desperate measures, and in an act of desperation, you can do much worse than Hutchison. Hutchison has a 3.81 ERA to go with a 1.23 WHIP and a 21.4 percent strikeout percentage this season, and he's coming off of a seven inning gem (three hits, one run, two walks, ten strikeouts) against a strong Milwaukee Brewers offense.

2. 7/6 Jesse Hahn VS. San Francisco Giants

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2. 7/6 Jesse Hahn VS. San Francisco Giants

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Hahn has been absolutely superb for the Padres through his first five starts. He has a 1.95 ERA (2.75 FIP) to go with a 1.05 WHIP and 36 strikeouts in 27.2 innings. He's facing a Giants team on Sunday that's 24th in baseball with a .298 wOBA against right-handed pitching and 25th with a .298 OBP.

1. 7/6 Tim Lincecum @ San Diego Padres

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1. 7/6 Tim Lincecum @ San Diego Padres

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Look, I'm not buying into Tim Lincecum and after his start on Sunday I'd urge you to sell high, if it's even possible. That being said, I'll start almost any pitcher against the Padres, especially one who's thrown two no-hitters against them.