High Value SP
Joe Ross-Washington Nationals (8,500): If you don’t mind waiting until late for your fantasy baseball starting pitcher to take the hill, Ross may be the way to go as he toes the rubber at 10:40 PM ET in San Diego. Ross will face the light-hitting Padres in pitcher-friendly Petco Park and is an option I really like at this price tonight.
So far this season, Ross is just 5-4 but has a very solid 3.01 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. He has turned in three quality starts in his last four outings and struck out eight batters in a nice game in his last turn in the rotation against the Phillies. Ross has just 59 K’s in his 71.2 innings, but his ability to limit damage and pick up a win in many of his starts makes him a good option at this price tonight even though he doesn’t have the upside of Matt Harvey. ∗∗∗
Jon Gray-Colorado Rockies (8,200): Gray and the Rockies are in Miami to take on the Fish this weekend after sweeping their two-game mini-series with the Yankees. Gray will look to move to 5-2 if he can get a win tonight, and his 4.70 season ERA doesn’t reflect how well he has pitched especially lately.
Gray has allowed two earned runs or fewer in seven of his last eight starts, but his ERA is still high because he took a beating allowing nine runs to the Cardinals in just 3.1 innings back on May 19th. Since then, he has had strong outings against the Red Sox, Reds, and twice against the Padres even striking out 12 batters two starts ago in San Diego. Gray is averaging more than a strikeout per inning on the year, and if he can keep his momentum going against the Marlins tonight he’ll be an awesome buy at this price just over 8K. ∗∗∗∗
Zach Davies-Milwaukee Brewers (7,000): Davies is about as cheap as I would go with your starting pitcher tonight since the other options below him offer little upside with pretty high risk.
Davies has been effective in his last four starts which have all come at home. He has allowed a total of just four earned runs during that time while pitching 26.2 innings and picking up 25 strikeouts. He hasn’t fared as well on the road this year, but he’ll look to turn that trend around as he takes the hill tonight at pitcher-friendly Dodger Stadium. Davies is risky, but his 3.88 ERA and impressive 1.18 WHIP show he has the potential to produce a nice start at a very affordable price.∗∗∗