Thursday Major League Baseball plays a limited schedule with 11 games on the slate with eight teams getting travel days before the weekend series. Even with those teams idle, there are some nice starting pitching options if you need some help from the waiver wire.
Whenever you want to see some available starting pitching options, you can find my top picks here on Fansided each afternoon (archive here). If you want to see how my selections have done recently, check out the chart on the final slide of this post. My choices are always available in at least half of ESPN leagues when I pick them, and 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’s my picks for Thursday
Henderson Alvarez-Miami Marlins (45.4%)
Alvarez has seen his ownership plummet over the past week after taking a liner off his shin in his last start and leaving his game against the Giants after just 2.2 innings. It was his first start since the All-Star break and in his last start before the break he took a beating from the Mets.
He’ll be looking to bounce back in this outing and return to the form that saw him added to the All-Start team as a late addition. Before his July 11 struggles against New York he had turned in nine straight starts allowing two runs or fewer. All those outings are reflected by his 2.64 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and his 6-5 record.
He should be in a good place to bounce back as he takes on the Braves in Atlanta. He’s been better at home than on the road this season, but even on the road I think he’s the top option for Thursday.