Week 15 of the Fantasy Baseball season is coming to a close. If you need starting pitching this weekend I have 5 pitchers for you to consider so let's get started!
Jesse Chavez and the Oakland Athletics travel across the Bay to play the Giants in a Friday night contest. Over his past 4 starts Chavez is 1-3 with a 4.30 ERA, 20 strikeouts, 6 walks and 3 bombs over 23 innings pitched. Average 1.35 WHIP and very similar 3.93 FIP and 4.05 xFIP over those same 23 innings. Since the All Star break the Giants are slashing a .273/.333/.390/.723 line and over the entire season have a 22 percent strikeout rate, .166 ISO. .313 BABIP, wOBA of .314 and a wRC+ of 101. Chavez seemed to straighten things out in his last start against Minnesota and this could be a good source for strikeouts and decent numbers in every other scoring category including a win on Friday.
Tim Cooney and the St Louis Cardinals have a Friday night home matchup with the Atlanta Braves. Over his past 4 starts Cooney is 0-0 with a 2.45 ERA, 21 strikeouts, 9 walks and 2 bombs over 22 innings pitched. Good 1.14 WHIP and while his 3.70 FIP and 4.10 xFIP are a bit on the high side it's still tolerable. Since the All Star break the Braves are slashing a .200/.291/.320/.611 line. The Braves have struck out 24 percent of the time it faces lefties and while their .224 ISO, .342 BABIP, .377 wOBA and wRC+ of 141 looks daunting I'm looking forward to possibly double digits in strikeouts and hoping for the best in the other scoring categories on Friday.
Taylor Jungmann and the Milwaukee Brewers travel to Arizona to play the Diamondbacks in a Saturday evening contest. Over his last 4 starts Jungmann is 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA with 20 strikeouts, 9 walks and 1 bomb over 30 innings pitched. Awesome 0.87 WHIP and average 3.26 FIP and a bit higher 4.06 xFIP. Since the All Star Break the Diamondbacks have slashed a .277/.323/.446/.769 line and for the season they have a 20 percent strikeout rate, .165 ISO, .310 BABIP, wOBA of .326 and wRC+ of 96. The struggling Diamondbacks are going to have their hands full with the red hot Jungmann and I look for good numbers straight across the board on Saturday night.
Marco Estrada and the Toronto Blue Jays are in Seattle for a Saturday afternoon contest against the Mariners. Estrada is 2-2 over his last 4 starts Estrada has posted a 2.45 ERA with 11 strikeouts, 6 walks and 2 bombs over 22 innings pitched. Decent 1.18 WHIP and deceptively high 4.06 FIP and 5.67 xFIP. The reason it's deceptively high is that most of the mess happened on June 30th and since then Estrada has been relatively solid. He'll face a Mariners team that has slashed a .212/.278/.341/.619 line with a 21 percent strikeout rate, .146 ISO, .269 BABIP, wOBA of .295 and wRC+ of 85. Estrada should produce good numbers in each of the scoring categories as well as a win as his counterpart J.A. Happ is a leftie and we all know what the Blue Jays do to left handed pitching.
Wei-Yin Chen and the Baltimore Orioles head to Tampa Bay for a Sunday afternoon contest. Chen is 1-2 over his last 4 starts with a 2.86 ERA on 17 strikeouts, 4 walks and 4 bombs over 29.1 innings pitched. Great 1.02 WHIP and manageable 4.08 FIP and 4.12 xFIP. With numbers like Chen has posted you'd think he'd have been 4-0 wouldn't you? He'll face a Rays team that since the All Star Break has slashed a .191/.235/.338/.573 home line with a 16 percent strikeout rate, .120 ISO, .307 BABIP, wOBA .325 and wRC+ of 114. By the way those latter sabermetric numbers are season long and this Rays team isn't the same team today as they were two months ago. If the Orioles can score a run or 2 Chen should score well in all the categories including a win on Sunday.
Good luck this weekend Fantasy Baseball owner!