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 July 11, 2014.
Jeff Locke @ Cincinnati Reds
Ever since he gave up six runs in his season debut back on May 5, Jeff Locke has been excellent, allowing three runs or fewer in each of his six starts (including five starts of two runs or fewer). Since June 8 (his first start since that May 5 debacle), Locke has a 2.23 ERA (3.34 FIP) to go with a 0.86 WHIP and 25 strikeouts in 44.1 innings. On Friday, he gets to take on a Reds team that has struggled to hit, and score, against left-handed pitching. The Reds are 26th in baseball with a .299 wOBA against left-handed pitching, ninth with a 22.1 percent strikeout percentage and 26th with an 86 wRC+ (they’ve scored 14 percent fewer runs against lefties than the league average).
Zack Wheeler v Miami Marlins
Wheeler hasn’t been the second coming of Matt Harvey like many New York Mets fans had hoped, but he’s been useful as of late and I think he’ll be useful on Friday as well. The last time Wheeler faced the Marlins (June 19) he threw his first career complete game shutout while allowing just three hits and one walk to go with eight strikeouts. This time he gets to face the Marlins at Citi Field and Miami has been a significantly worse offense on the road this season than at home. Their .300 wOBA one the road is 20th in baseball, their .122 ISO is 23rd and their 88 wRC+ is 19th.
Jesse Hahn @ Los Angeles Dodgers
Hahn has simply been too good over his first six career starts to overlook. He owns a 2.34 ERA (backed up by a 2.71 FIP and a 2.74 xFIP) to go with a 1.04 WHIP and 41 strikeouts over 34.2 innings. Over his last five games, Hahn has a 1.45 ERA to go with a 0.90 WHIP and 36 strikeouts over 31 innings. The Dodgers are a very good offense and they’ve had a great deal of success against right-handed pitching this season, but at this point Hahn has simply been too good to pass up.