Thursday, June 19th is a travel day for six MLB teams but the other 24 teams are in action in a far-ranging schedule which starts early with the Reds and Pirates starting at 12:35 and won’t wrap up until the Red Sox and A’s finish in Oakland well after midnight Eastern. Make sure to get your lineup changes in early including any starting pitching adjustments you need to make to your starting rotation.
Whenever you find yourself in the market for a pitching upgrade by shopping for a spot starter or a streaming starter, you can find my daily 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 when I pick them (each player’s ownership percentage is included in parentheses after their team name). I also include a risk and reward ranking for each selection on a scale of 1-5 with five being the most risk and the most reward.
Here are my top options for Thursday:
Danny Duffy-Kansas City Royals (5.2%)
Duffy has been dealing lately allowing just three runs total in his last three starts, and he’s worth a look even against the Tigers in Detroit with the Royals on a roll.
Duffy started the season strong, had two bad outings, and has returned to form lately giving him a 2.83 ERA on the season in his 14 games. He’s 4-5 on the year with a 1.11 WHIP and 42 K’s in 54 innings. His last start was one of his best of the year as he held the White Sox to just five hits in seven shutout innings while picking up nine strikeouts.
He did face the Tigers earlier this season holding them to one run on two hits in four innings of work. There’s risk because of the matchup, but Duffy is worth considering if what you need is a win since the Royals have been one of the hottest teams in baseball.