Today, we look at the best available pitchers, starting or relief, that you can pick up for fantasy baseball, as staying on top of who’s hot can get you ahead in your league.
David Peterson (SP) – New York Mets
David Peterson is the highest-ranked starting pitcher from last week who should be even remotely available to add. He is owned in 36 percent of leagues and went off last week in two starts. He pitched 12.1 innings, allowed just two earned runs, struck out 15, and won one of the games while his team got walked off in the other one.
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Something to look for in starting pitchers is the ability to go deeper into games because that will help you also get more strikeouts, especially with a strike-thrower like Peterson. He is stepping up in a strong rotation and behind a very good team in the New York Mets, so he will have his opportunity to get more wins.
Tanner Rainey (CP) – Washington Nationals
Tanner Rainey, closing pitcher for the Washington Nationals, went 3-for-3 in save opportunities last week without giving up a run against the Baltimore Orioles and the Texas Rangers twice. Every opponent he faces won’t be as easy as them, but he does have 10 saves on the season and a 3.00 ERA (earned run average) with a 1.29 WHIP (walks+hits per inning pitched).
The Nationals won’t be in very many situations where they are blowing out opponents, so it’s likely when they are in a position to win, Rainey will get called to the mound to close out the game. Closing pitchers who can get consistent wins are hard to come by, and while he is owned in 43 percent of leagues, that will rise as he pads his stats.
Tanner Scott (CP) – Miami Marlins
Tanner Scott is another pitcher who can close games, but this time on a better team. The Miami Marlins often win by small margins, so their pitching is important. That being said, along with seven saves, this relief pitcher has also gotten three wins which is a luxury.
Owned in 40 percent of leagues, Scott was ranked 23rd in all of baseball fantasy last week due to his win, two saves, seven strikeouts, 0.00 ERA, and 1.00 WHIP in three appearances. The Marlins face the Nationals four times to end the week, so it looks favourable and like this relief pitcher will get some work and a chance to build off of his impressive week.
Roster percentages courtesy of Yahoo.
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