Streaming starting pitchers can be one of the most effective strategies in fantasy baseball. Here are four starting pitchers you should consider spot-starting on July 7, 2014.
Mike Leake vs. Chicago Cubs
Leake’s been solid this season. He has a 3.47 ERA to go with a 1.18 WHIP and 88 strikeouts in 114 innings, including a 2.08 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 22 strikeouts in his last three starts. On Monday, he takes on a Cubs offense that’s 28th in baseball with a .289 wOBA against right-handed pitching and 29th with a .288 OBP.
Charlie Morton at St. Louis Cardinals
Dating back to his first start last season, Morton has a 3.28 ERA to go with a 1.26 WHIP and 174 strikeouts over 222.1 innings. Pretty good numbers if you ask me. On Monday, he takes on a Cardinals team that’s struggled a bit against right-handed pitching this season; their .302 wOBA against righties is 23rd in MLB and their .113 ISO is dead last.
Jake Odorizzi vs. Kansas City Royals
Odorizzi is ninth in baseball with a 26.4 percent strikeout rate and to go with it, he has a 3.41 FIP. Since May 9, Odorizzi has a 2.97 ERA to go with a 1.14 WHIP and 75 strikeouts over 60.2 innings. Monday, he takes on a Royals team that’s been middle of the road against right-handed pitching all season, and they’ve hit for no power; their .114 ISO against righties is 29th in MLB.
Daisuke Matsuzaka vs. Atlanta Braves
In a standard, 10-team league, I’m not touching Matsuzaka with a 10-foot pole. In deeper formats, though, he’s a guy I’d consider on Monday. Matsuzaka hasn’t been terrible this season and the Braves really struggle with right-handed pitching; their .295 wOBA against righties is 26th in baseball and their .124 ISO is 24th. The Braves put up five runs against Daisuke last week, and I have a feeling he’s going to exact revenge on Monday.