Ok gamers, time is running out, and if you’re pitching staff has one dependable arm like mine, you are scrambling. I hate the spot start game, but I am currently playing it and doing well. My staff consists of Sale, Paxton, Rich Hill and Tanaka, with both Paxton and Tanaka on the mend. Tanaka is back in, leaving me with just him, Hill and Sale and spot starting the rest. What happened to my pitching you ask?
Earlier in the season I found a pitching starved manager, and traded Cole Hamels and Jason Vargas for Corey Seager. I needed a short stop so I had to do it, and it’s worked out minus the spot-starting thing. Rich Hill has been great, as in a no hitter broken up in the 10th inning great… but again I have three two stud starters (Sale and Hill) and Tanaka who’s not matchup proof, which forces me to spot start to compete in my ROTO league and get as close to my innings CAP as possible. Here are spot start options, which in some cases, pitchers you could add that could contribute for the stretch run.
Patrick Corbin – has been a top 25 pitcher this month with four wins, a K rate better than a K/inning and decent but not quite bragworthy ratio stats. I don’t like the ballpark he pitches in, and his first 10 starts make me think Corbin is fools gold. Fake or not he’s been great and he’s been a road warrior. I’m still watching out for matchups though.
Hyun-Jin Ryu – what’s not to like about Ryu, who is another top 25 starter over the past 30 days. His one win is surprising given he plays for the Dodgers, but his ratio stats and K-rate are sublime for a pitcher still available in 35% of fantasy leagues.
Zach Davies – available in 45% of Yahoo leagues his soft K rate is off-set by exceptional ratio stats. I like Milwaukee’s lineup, so if I have a chance to spot start a good pitcher behind that offense I will likely do so. Beware of other serial spot-starters, and plug in Davies if the time is right.
Dinelson Lamet – was not named by Mr. Miyagi, but he has been crane-kicking opposing hitters to the tune of a 3/2.86/0.95 line with 32 punch outs in 28 innings. Still available in over 40% of leagues I love Padre pitcher at home vs away. This guys has a bit of everything, but at some point you will be indicted for stat chasing. Eventually this string will run out, but stash him if you can.
Tevor Bauer and Dylan Bundy – both pitchers are starting to dry up from the FA market, and both have similar stats over the past month. Both are also more household names as well. I love Bundy in any other ballpark in the majors, but he has been holding it down even in Camden. There’s a good chance he’s gone, but worth a stash. If he finishes strong for you congrats, because that AL East is full of boppers. Bauer has the easier schedule moving forward by far, but you need to act fast, and still play matchups with both – don’t let them fail you. Good Luck Gamers