With a full week plus in the books, it is now a proper time to look at some streaming options in your leagues. Especially if you had Greinke or Weaver as your SP1/2, then you need some help. So without further ado (well, maybe a tiny bit of ado) here are some pitchers you might want to pick up for a start this weekend.
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Remember, although this article is up to date as of time of publication, many factors can affect a pitcher's opportunities, such as weather, injury or managerial hi-jinks. Also, remember these guys are all owned in less than 50% of leagues, so if you run with them, you takes your chances.
Jhoulys Chacin COL @ SD Edinson Volquez
Scott Diamond MIN vs NYM Matt Harvey
Jeff Locke PIT vs CIN Johnny Cueto
Zack McAllister CLE vs CHW Chris Sale
Joe Saunders SEA vs TEX Alexi Ogando
Garrett Richards LAA vs HOU Lucas Harrell
Of this bunch, I think I like Chachin best of all, based on the match up and the park. Always have been a fan of Chacin, but will avoid starting him at home. Diamond has a bad match up in terms of the opposing pitcher, but I don't worry so much about the Mets roughing the kid up too much. Locke is worth a shot, if you are desperate, pitching at home, albeit against a strong offense. McAllister is someone I predict I will be featuring in these articles frequently over the season. He is a steady if unexciting SP, and I like the Indians better this season offensively than in 2012. Speaking of steady but unspectacular, step right up Mr. Saunders. Facing Texas at home is certainly better than squaring off at Arlington, but the Rangers' offense is not as powerful as it once was, thanks to the loss of Hamilton. Richards is going to get opportunities to start with Weaver out, but do you really want to take a risk on him? I add him here because he is available, not necessarily because I would trust him. Of course, he is facing the Astros and that should be a good thing for his potential K totals.
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Kevin Correia MIN vs NYM Dillon Gee
Jorge De La Rosa COL @ SD Clayton Richard
Philip Humber HOU @ LAA C. J. Wilson
Brandon Maurer SEA vs TEX Nick Tepesch
Clayton Richard SD vs COL Jorge De La Rosa
Kevin Slowey MIA vs PHI Roy Halladay
Nick Tepesch TEX @ SEA Brandon Maurer
Correia is not a great option, mainly because of his team and his mound opponent. Still, he could provide a QS, and the attendant stats that go along with such a performance. If desperate, he's worth a one game shot. De La Rosa, especially because he is pitching at Petco, is worth a pick up. it will probably be hit or miss with him for most of the season, as he comes back from his injury, but pitching against the Padres in their park is a good recipe for success. Humber could give you a few Ks and possibly a QS, but I wouldn't bank on much more, especially facing the Angels. Maurer's spot in the Mariner rotation appears safe for now, but I am not sure why. He can't possibly be as bad as he has looked early on, but I am not so certain he will be a lot better very soon. High risk, low reward, not for me but in an AL-only or deep 14+ team mixed, he might be worth a gamble. Richard is one of those Padre pitchers I will trust on the road, but in this weekend's game, you get him at home which is a good thing. As noted above, I like both SPs in this game for streaming purposes. Slowey has always been a good pitcher, but the move to Miami will not benefit him for the most part. Still, Halladay hasn't been lighting it up so far, and thus, this is a decent option to get some nice numbers from a Marlin SP. Just like with the SD/COL game, you have an option to go with both sides of the Seattle/Texas match up. I prefer the Texas SP, obviously based on recent performance, but anytime you run a young pitcher out there, it's boom or bust for the most part.
That's it for the first edition of Pitch and Ditch in 2013. Check back weekly for more advice concerning streaming options. If you ever have a question about Fantasy Baseball, whether it be starting pitching or any other aspect of the game, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try to get back to you within 24 hours. Please put FantasyAlarm in the subject line so I can locate your message with ease. Good luck and godspeed in your fantasy endeavors.
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