I really cannot believe how little owned Rick Porcello is this far into the season. Have fantasy players not been watching as his K rate has dramatically risen, and he pitches gem after gem? Remember, all the starting pitchers listed below are owned in les than 50% of leagues, thus are frequently available for streaming purposes.
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Remember my mantra, be ever vigilant, as these match ups can change at the drop of a hat. Weather, injuries and managerial decisions all can effect the best laid plans.
Felix Doubront BOS @ NYY CC Sabathia
Miguel Gonzalez BAL vs DET Max Scherzer
Chad Jenkins TOR @ SD Jason Marquis
Corey Kluber CLE vs TB Alex Cobb
Shaun Marcum NYM @ MIA TBA
Nick Tepesch TEX vs KC Wade Davis
It is not often that I get to feature 6 SPs for one day. Enjoy the riches. Doubront has a poor match up, but he can give you Ks and generally keeps his team in the game. Plus, you just never know what happens when the Red Sox and Yankees face off. Gonzalez likewise has a horrible match up, but I would target him for a permanent roster position if you need to add a SP. His skills are worth a season's worth of starts. Jenkins has been very good in limited usage in Toronto. Pitching at Petco is a plus and with the Blue Jay offense waking up, I like his chances for a QS. Kluber has been a revelation, and the Cleveland staff, at least the top three of Masterson, McAllister and Kluber are all worthy of a permanent roster slot in 12 team or more leagues, certainly in AL only leagues. Marcum faces Miami, and that should mean good things for him here. Likewise, Tepesch against the sub-par KC offense.
Mark Buehrle TOR @ SD Clayton Richard
Sorry about the paucity of options this day, but only Buehrle meets the criteria of a streaming option worth rostering. Pitching in Petco is a nice perk, and he will generally keep his team in the game. After Friday's bounty, don't be greedy.
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Jeanmar Gomez PIT vs CIN Mat Latos
Jordan Lyles HOU @ LAA Joe Blanton
Tyler Lyons StL vs SF TBA
Rick Porcello DET @ BAL Kevin Gausman
Gomez is benefiting from the Pittsburgh renaissance, but make no mistake, he knows how to pitch. Not many Ks, but his ability to change speeds makes him a very good option most outings. Lyles is one of the better Houston SPs, and while I know that doesn't smack of high praise, he has held opponents to 1 ER in his last 3 starts. The Angels are getting more offensive production of late, but pitching at Anaheim is better than Lyles home park. The Cards just seem to keep rolling out these top notch rookies to win games. Lyons is the most recent, but keep your eye on Wacha who is being called up this week, too. Lyons is prolly due for a correction as the league catches up to his fastball heavy offerings, but while he is putting up good numbers, why not take advantage? Finally, as I said in my intro, you need to grab Porcello immediately and lock him into your rotation. It seems to me, watching him here in Detroit, that he has finally "gotten it," as far as being a Major League pitcher. Really...roster him.
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