Week 14 of the Fantasy Baseball season begins Monday July 6, 2015. If you are in need of Starting Pitching this week or looking for a spot starter the following options are widely available in all Major Fantasy Baseball leagues.
Chris Heston and the Giants are at home to take on the weak hitting Mets in a Monday evening matchup. Over his last three starts Heston is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA, a fairly decent 1.10 WHIP with 8 strikeouts, 4 walks and zero bombs in 18.7 innings pitched. Very good .309 BABIP and FIP of 3.29 and Heston's 3.39 xFIP is also quite good. The Mets on the road slash a .226/.281/.340/.621 with a wOBA of .311 and 95 wRC+. Heston is currently owned in roughly 53 percent of all major Fantasy Baseball leagues and he should be a good add on Monday.
Wei-Yin Chen and the Baltimore Orioles are in Minnesota to face the Twins in a Monday night contest. Over his past two starts Chen is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA and 1.00 WHIP with 7 strikeouts, 3 walks and 4 bombs in 14 innings pitched. Excellent 2.57 BABIP with a decent 4.28 FIP and even lower xFIP of 3.91. The Twins at home slash a .258/.313/.392/.705 line against lefties with a .296 wOBA and wRC+ of 86 while striking out 23 percent of the time against lefties.
Manny Banuelos and the Atlanta Braves travel to Milwaukee to play the Brewers Tuesday evening. In just one Big League start Banuelos has a 0.00 ERA and 0.35 WHIP with 7 strikeouts zero walks and no bombs in 5.7 innings pitched. The Brewers slash a .214/.273/.367/.640 line against lefties with a wOBA .309 and a wRC+ of 93 while striking out a whopping 24 percent against lefties at home. Banuelos is available everywhere so he might be worth a look against the Brewers on Tuesday.
Brett Anderson and the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Phillies on Tuesday night. Over his last three starts he's 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA and 1.10 WHIP with 18 strikeouts, 5 walks and one bomb over 20 innings pitched. He has a season long .320 BABIP with a 3.47 FIP and xFIP of 3.31. The Phillies slash a road line of .246/.295/.350/.645 with a .310 wOBA and wRC+ of 94 to go along with a 19 percent strikeout rate on the road.
Drew Hutchison and the Blue Jays head to Chicago for a Wednesday night game against the White Sox. Over his last three starts Hutchison is 2-1 with a 4.70 ERA and 1.96 WHIP with 18 strikeouts and 7 walks with zero bombs in 15.3 innings pitched. His .350 BABIP is kind of high but his 3.70 FIP and 3.82 xFIP are still encouraging enough to want to stream him against a White Sox team that slashes .232/.292/.357/.648 at home with a wOBA .333 and wRC+ of 103 and a 23 percent strikeout rate. Hutchison's counterpart is lefty John Danks. The Jays KILL lefties.
Kyle Gibson and the Minnesota Twins are at home against the Orioles for a Wednesday afternoon game. Gibson was 2-1 over his last three starts with a 1.83 ERA and 1.22 WHIP with 16 strikeouts, 8 walks and 1 bomb over 19.7 innings pitched. Good .287 BABIP and decent 4.19 FIP and lower xFIP of 3.96. The visiting Orioles slash a road line of .244/.300/.376/.677 with a .333 wOBA and wRC+ of 111. If his 2.55 GB/FB ratio is correct and he effectively uses his changeup like he did in his last start against the Royals he should be okay on Wednesday.
Cody Anderson and the Indians host the Houston Astros in a Thursday evening contest. In his last two starts Anderson is 1-0 with a 0.57 ERA, 0.57 WHIP with 6 strikeouts, 1 walk and 1 bomb in 15.7 innings pitched. Exceptional .143 BABIP and while Andersons 3.34 FIP and 3.93 xFIP don't seem to lineup with everything else the .250/.311/.419/.731 road slash line to go along with a .288 wOBA, wRC+ of 79 with a 20 percent strikeout rate leaves a door open I think Anderson can walk through.
Nathan Karns and the Tampa Bay Rays have a Thursday afternoon contest at Kansas City. Over the last three starts Karns is 1-1 with a 1.56 ERA and 1.38 WHIP with 16 strikeouts, 6 walks and zero bombs. Good .277 BABIP and decent 3.79 FIP and xFIP of 3.82. He'll face a Royals team that slashes a home line of .273/.325/.404/.729 with a wOBA .301 and wRC+ of 85 to go along with a 14 percent strikeout rate. I like Karns 8.91 strikeouts per nine innings and maybe a win against his counterpart Joe Blanton on Thursday.