The second half of the 2014 baseball season is underway. Owners prepared during the All-Star Break by tinkering with their rosters and making some improvements. Owners should look to New York Yankees starting pitcher Shane Greene as a streaming option on July 21 to improve pitching stats.
The Yankees rotation has been plagued with injuries all season. Michael Pineda, C.C. Sabathia, Ivan Nova and Masahiro Tanaka are all dealing with injuries. This has forced the Yankees to pull some guys from the bullpen and call up pitchers who may have not been ready. Greene is one of those call ups.
In the minors, Greene didn’t have the greatest stats. In 13 starts with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he went 5-2 with a 4.61 ERA and 1.58 WHIP. Something must have changed with the call up because he has won his first two major-league starts. In those two starts, he pitched in 13.1 innings, giving up two earned runs with 11 strikeouts, a 1.35 ERA and .174 opponent batting average.
Greene makes his next start on July 21 against the Texas Rangers. The team ranks sixth in batting average, 15th in RBI and 27th in home runs. This will Greene’s first start at home, so an increase in ERA may happen, but the Rangers aren’t showing any power.
Greene is owned in just 17 percent of ESPN.com leagues. He isn’t an everyday starter in a standard leagues. As a streaming option, however, Greene should be added in all leagues. He is entering his third start coming off a decisive win over the Baltimore Orioles. Greene has shown the skills to win at a major-league level.
In a year where every pitcher is dealing with one injury or another, owners should take a chance on Greene.