I know I normally post options for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but problems with our writing platform have delayed publication this week and thus I am limiting this piece to your Saturday and Sunday options.
Remember, all these pitchers are owned in less than 50% of leagues, and thus may be available to you this weekend. You do need to remain vigilant, though, and make certain that weather, injury or managers don’t affect your plans.
Saturday, August 3, 2013
Erik Bedard HOU @ MIN Kyle Gibson
Chris Capuano LAD @ CHC Jeff Samardzija
Bruce Chen KC @ NYM Carlos Torres
Tyson Ross SD vs NYY Ivan Nova
Bedard continues to pitch like the Astros’ ace, but the wins just aren’t there for him, mostly due to his surrounding cast. His peripherals are good, and he’s a good K source, so as long as you aren’t penalized for losses, he is worthy of a streaming add. Capuano is not someone I would want to actually own, but he’s good when the match up is right, and while pitching at Wrigley Field can be dangerous, the Cubs are certainly not a team to instill fear in a pitcher most days. Chen has a nice venue this weekend, at Citi Field, and the Mets while occasionally dangerous, are for the most part a good match up. Like Bedard, Chen has a nice K/BB ratio over his last three outings and has been extremely stingy with the runs. Ross has a sub 1 ERA over his last 3 outings, and a 2.5:1 K/BB ratio as well. Pitching at home is a bonus despite the fact that Petco is not quite so pitcher friendly with the fences moved in this season.
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Mark Buehrle TOR @ LAA C.J. Wilson
Roberto Hernandez TB vs SF Guillermo Moscoso
Taylor Jordan WAS @ MIL Kyle Lohse
Brandon McCarthy ARI @ BOS Felix Doubront
Andre Rienzo CHW @ DET Rick Porcello
Buehrle has turned his year around nicely, going 2-1 with a 1.15 ERA over his last 23 IP. A 3:1 K/BB ratio is also worthy of note and pitching on the road in a neutral park makes me want to grab him where I need a fill in SP. Roberto Hernandez, the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona, has also found his groove lately. Pitching for the surging Rays against an unproven rookie in ‘Frisco gives me hope he will continue to provide some fantasy goodness for those who want to take a chance on him. McCarthy comes off the DL just in time to take the place of the traded Ian Kennedy. I worry about his shoulder holding up, and about his propensity to allow the ball to leave the park, but I have had good luck starting pitchers that are coming off the DL for their first start back. Not a great park to avoid the longball, and a bad match up with the way the Red Sox have been playing, but we are talking streaming options. Rienzo looked good in his first start, going 7 IP without allowing an earned run, facing the suddenly resurgent Indians, and while the Tigers form a bad match up for most pitchers, he is worth a shot to see if he can repeat his success in his second start.
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