Apparently I am taking this fantasy baseball thing a little too seriously. Just like my team, I am now on the DL. I have been battling vertigo since Sunday, and mostly losing. I hope this explains why this is a bit short.
We are searching for streaming starting pitchers, which often can look like the ramblings of a man who has lost his mind. So if you feel that is the case, blame the vertigo.
Streaming Starting Pitchers Week 12
Marco Estrada, TOR – at LAA · Fri Jun 22
Marco Estrada has somehow figured out how to pitch in the last two weeks. In those three starts, he has allowed 3 earned runs in 18.2 innings while striking out 19 and walking only 3 batters. Though one was against the lowly Baltimore Orioles, the other two were against the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals. Can this be true? Amazingly yes. A road trip to play the Los Angeles Angels awaits him on Friday, so grab a ride on that train while it’s rolling.
Ivan Nova, PIT – vs. ARI · Thu Jun 21
A guy I picked last week and feel that he can help you this week too is Ivan Nova. Since going on the DL, fantasy owners have avoided Nova like the sorority chick with the open cold sore. The Pirates host the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday and this is the type of matchup where he can give you 5-6 good innings, a bunch of punch outs, and maybe even a win.
Dylan Covey, CWS – vs. OAK · Sat Jun 23
Dylan Covey is a bit of a roll of the dice. He’s carrying a 2.90 ERA right now and the swinging Oakland A’s are coming to town on Saturday. Covey isn’t a strikeout pitcher, but the Athletics have a way of making everyone look like a strikeout pitcher. Covey ditched his 4-seam fastball and the new sinker approach has really helped his ground ball rate. This looks like a good play for the truly desperate.
Dereck Rodriguez, SF – vs. SD · Sun Jun 24
Here’s another guy I picked last week and feel that he can help you this week too. San Francisco’s Dereck Rodriguez is pitching pretty well since being inserted in the Giants rotation. The San Diego Padres come to town for a Sunday afternoon tilt, which bodes well for a half dozen K’s, good ratios and maybe even a win.
Paul Blackburn, OAK – at CWS · Sun Jun 24
Oakland’s Paul Blackburn isn’t as good as his 1.50 ERA suggests, but that’s what you get when you have only pitched in one game this season and you pitched well. He draws the White Sox on Sunday on Chicago’s South Side, both advantages go to Blackburn. He won’t rack up the K’s, but should give you good ratios and a good shot at the W.
German Marquez, COL – vs. MIA · Sun Jun 24
I don’t usually like Rockies pitchers at home, but the Miami Marlins are coming to town this weekend. Like most Colorado pitchers, German Marquez puts up much better ratios on the road, but how can you turn your back on a game against the anemic fish from Florida for a Sunday matchup? Marquez is striking out better than a batter per inning and has been a bit unlucky on batted balls in play and his strand rate, so he’s not as bad as his 5.13 ERA suggests. He likely won’t do your ratios any good, but K’s and a W are your target here.