Streaming starting pitchers is one of the most effective strategies in fantasy baseball. Here are three starting pitchers you should consider spot-starting on July 9, 2014.
Marcus Stroman at Los Angeles Angels
Stroman has been untouchable lately. He’s allowed three runs or fewer in each of his last seven starts and over that stretch he owns a 2.08 ERA to go with a 1.02 WHIP and 39 strikeouts in 43.1 innings. The Angels are no joke of an offense; their .326 wOBA against right-handed pitching is seventh in baseball. But Stroman hasn’t just been getting it done against inferior teams, he’s given up just three runs over his last three starts and they’ve been against the Oakland Athletics, Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees, all top 15 offenses in terms of wOBA. At this point Stroman should be owned in many more leagues than the 13.6 percent of ESPN leagues he’s owned in, and if you own him you should be starting him no matter who the opponent.
Dillon Gee vs. Atlanta Braves
Gee is returning from the disabled list on Wednesday to make his first start since May 14, and it couldn’t be coming against a better team. The Braves are 26th in baseball with a .295 wOBA against right-handed pitching, 24th with a .124 ISO and 29th in runs scored. Gee owns a 2.73 ERA to go with a 1.06 WHIP through 52.2 innings this season, and those ratios should continue to sparkle after tomorrow.
Roenis Elias vs. Minnesota Twins
Elias has struggled a bit in each of his last two starts (five earned runs in each), but I think he should be able to bounce back on Wednesday against the Twins. The Twins are 22nd in baseball with both a .305 wOBA against left-handed pitching and a .122 ISO. Also, the Twins are the second-worst team against change-ups so far this season, and Elias has an effective change-up that he throws often.