Streaming starting pitchers can be one of the most effective strategies in fantasy baseball. Here are three guys who are widely available that you should consider spot-starting on July 28, 2014.
Bartolo Colon vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Colon has a 2.81 ERA to go with a 1.01 WHIP, 2.78 FIP and 8.67 K/BB ratio this season when he’s pitching at home. On Monday he gets to face a Phillies offense that is one of the worst in baseball, especially against right-handed pitching. Philadelphia is 28th in baseball with both a .293 wOBA and .661 OPS against right-handed pitching; and 27th with both a .118 ISO and 83 wRC+ (meaning they’ve created 17 percent fewer runs below the league average).
Jake Odorizzi vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Since May 9, Odorizzi has a 2.96 ERA to go with a 1.18 WHIP and 98 strikeouts in 79 innings. Over that stretch he’s held opposing hitters to a .215 average and his ERA is backed up by a 2.95 FIP and a 3.29 xFIP. I’d use Odorizzi against almost any opponent at this point and you should definitely consider deploying him if your roster is typically light on strikeouts. If he’s available in your league he may be worth a roster spot beyond Monday’s start.
Chase Anderson @ Cincinnati Reds
Anderson has given up just three runs to go with 13 strikeouts over his last two starts (12 innings) and he has a 3.58 ERA to go with a 1.39 WHIP and 52 strikeouts over the first 60.1 innings of his major league career. Anderson faces a Reds offense on Monday that has been below average this season against right-handed pitching. Cincinnati’s .302 wOBA against righties is 21st in MLB, their .133 ISO is 19th and their 87 wRC+ is 24th.