Streaming starting pitchers can be one of the most effective strategies in fantasy baseball. Here are three starting pitchers you should consider spot-starting on June 10, 2014.
Jose Quintana at Boston Red Sox
Jose Quintana owns a 3.51 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP over 448.2 career innings; he has a 3.20 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 112.1 innings in 2014. It absolutely astounds me every time I look up his ownership percentages to find that he is owned in fewer than 50 percent of fantasy leagues. Quintana is a quality 25-year-old starting pitcher, yet he gets absolutely no love from fantasy owners. The left-hander has given up just three runs total over his last four starts and over that stretch, he has a 0.94 ERA to go with a 0.91 WHIP and 31 strikeouts over 28.2 innings.
Bartolo Colon vs. Atlanta Braves
Colon has been roughed up a bit in each of his last two starts (five earned runs in each), but he has a respectable 4.04 ERA to go with a solid 1.18 WHIP this season and he’s facing a Braves offense that simply can’t hit right-handed pitching. Atlanta is 27th in baseball with a .294 wOBA against right-handed pitching this season; they’re 26th with a .121 ISO and 26th with an 85 wRC+ (meaning they have created 15 percent fewer runs against right-handed pitching than the league average).
Edinson Volquez at St. Louis Cardinals
Volquez has been a pleasant surprise so far this season. He owns a 3.88 ERA to go with a 1.24 WHIP and he’s allowed just two runs total over his last three starts (and he’s allowed one run or fewer in four of his last five starts). Volquez gets to square off against a Cardinals offense on Thursday that’s struggled a bit against righties, and absolutely can’t hit them for power. The Cardinals’ .301 wOBA against righties is 21st in baseball and their .113 ISO is dead last; yeah, even worse than the San Diego Padres.