Fantasy Baseball: 2 Start Pitchers: Week of 7/4
This article aims to recommend sleepers, and find some spot starts to help you week to week. I’m only looking at 2 start pitchers, so I’m looking for cheap wins, and good stats to boost your staff.
The purpose of this article is to secure quality two start pitchers for the upcoming week. The 50% limit is based on ESPN leagues. This article is assuming Mon – Sun week.
What I’ll try to do is identify a top 5 starters and a top 5 *possible* sleepers (< 50% owned based on ESPN)
1. Justin Verlander (@LAA, @KC) – Verlander has become the top pitcher in fantasy. He’s always had the potential, and now he’s bringing it every start. (ERA: 2.32, WHIP: .86)
2. Tim Lincecum (SD, NYM) – Lincecum has had a rough month of June, but in facing weak bats of Padres and maybe a Reyes-less Mets, there isn’t much to be scared of. (ERA: 3.04, WHIP: 1.18)
3. Matt Cain (SD, NYM) – Read above. (ERA: 3.02, WHIP: 1.09)
4. Felix Hernandez (@OAK, @LAA) – King Felix, despite a rough last start vs. the Braves should rebound nicely vs. two AL west offenses not named the Rangers. (ERA: 3.35, WHIP: 1.19)
5. Jon Lester (TOR, BAL) – Lester showed off a 2.31 ERA in June with 3 wins including vs. the Phillies/Yankees/Blue Jays. He faces TOR again along with the struggling O’s. (ERA: 3.43, WHIP: 1.24)
1. Ryan Dempster (@WAS, @PIT) – After a horrible start to the season, Dempster has rebounded well (9.58 ERA (Apr), 3.08 (May), 3.13 (June)), he looks to be the pitcher of old, and is worth the pickup. (ERA:4.99, WHIP: 1.41).
2. Brett Myers (@PIT, @FLA) –Over the last 3 years, he’s 4-0 in July with 1.81 ERA. Myers should use this to provide a strong 2nd half for your team. (ERA: 4.60, WHIP 1.30)
3. Derek Lowe (COL, @PHI) – He’s had Highs & Lowes all season, but is a solid pitcher on a team that can get you W’s this week and 2nd half. (ERA: 4.16, WHIP: 1.36)
4. Mark Buehrle (KC, MIN) – Home ERA of 2.68 and two games vs. cellar dwellers in the AL central foes are must wins for the White Sox as the 1st half ends. (ERA: 3.65, WHIP: 1.31)
5. Charlie Furbush (@LAA, @KC) – With Phil Coke’s demotion to the bullpen, Furbush gets a chance in the rotation. In his one start this year against the Red Sox, he pitched 5 scoreless innings in a no decision. (ERA: 2.49, WHIP: 1.29)
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