Starting Pitchers to Consider: June 3-9, 2013

Jun 2, 2013

A.J. Griffin – Oakland Athletics

  • Griffin has been a solid investment on the road where he was 4-1 with a 2.90 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in seven starts last season.  Griffin also excels at night where he was 7-1 with a 2.34 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 2012 (4-2; 3.65 ERA this season), and he also performed exceptionally well in the month of June (1.50 ERA; 0.67 WHIP last year).
  • Griffin has a favorable matchup against a struggling Milwaukee offense that is averaging just 4.1 runs per game this season.  With an improving groundball rate, together with excellent command and control, Griffin is an excellent under-the-radar investment over the next two weeks.

Justin Masterson – Cleveland Indians

  • Masterson is enjoying a breakout season as evidenced by the fact that he is 8-3 with a 3.07 ERA and 1.15 WHIP, including compiling 51 strikeouts to just 15 walks in 49.2 innings of work.
  • Masterson has a favorable matchup against a scuffling New York lineup that has an OPS under .700 over the last three weeks.  With an elite groundball rate (54%) and the requisite skill set to continue his resurgence, Masterson is an excellent investment opportunity over the next two weeks.

Joe Saunders – Seattle Mariners

  • Saunders only presents an investment opportunity at home where he is 3-1 with a 2.41 ERA and 1.04 WHIP this season.   Saunders generally represents a fade opportunity on the road where he is 0-4 with a 9.00 ERA and 2.06 WHIP in 2013, including allowing 51 hits in 31.0 innings of work.
  • Saunders has an excellent opportunity to improve to 4-1 at home on Monday when the Mariners welcome the weak-hitting White Sox, who are batting just .239 with a .289 on base percentage this season (3.5 runs per game).  Chicago also struggles to hit southpaws and is averaging a mere 2.3 runs over the last seven games.

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