Monday there are four fewer games in the Major Leagues as eight teams take a scheduled day off to start the week. Don’t sleep on your fantasy baseball options, though, since there are some nice pickups who will be two-start pitchers this week.
If you are looking for a spot starter or a streaming starter, you can find my daily starting pitching options right here on Fansided (archive here). Here are the basic ground rules: recent results are on the final slide of this post, and my choices are always available in at least half of ESPN leagues (each player’s ownership percentage is included in parentheses after their team name). I also include a risk and reward ranking for each pick on a scale of 1-5 with five being the most risk and the most reward.
Here are the options to consider for Monday pickups:
Wei-Yin Chen-Baltimore Orioles (10.0%)
Since Drew Pomeranz is owned in over 50% of leagues he is just overqualified for this spot leaving the top option for Wei-Yin Chen to step into. The timing is right for Chen who is coming off back-to-back strong outings and in a favorable Monday night matchup.
Chen looked strong his last time out holding the Red Sox scoreless for seven innings allowing just four hits and striking out a season-high seven. He got the win improving to an impressive 7-2 and lowering his ERA to 3.76. He also had a strong outing in each of his two previous starts and his June splits (2-0, 1.45 ERA, .203 batting average against) would merit consideration regardless of his matchup.
On Monday, though, Chen and the O’s are in Tampa where he’ll face the struggling Rays who present a very favorable matchup for the Taiwanese lefty. Chen faced Tampa earlier this season holding them to one run in 6.1 innings and earning a win and last year he went 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA against the Rays. His recent form and the Rays struggles indicate he should be able to continue those trends on Monday.