Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers Report (Week 15): Waiver Wire Pickups, Streamers, Injury Updates & More

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Daniel Shirey/Getty Images. Pictured: Miami Marlins starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara.

The Miami Marlins have the seventh-best starting rotation, according to pitching WAR. Pitchers like Sandy Alcantara and Pablo Lopez were known commodities heading into 2021, but the emergence of Trevor Rogers and Zach Thompson have made the Marlins an interesting watch.

The rotation has been this good without Sixto Sanchez and Elieser Hernandez. xFIP does not paint a pretty picture for the team’s 3.34 ERA, but it is an indicator if management decided to contend in the near future, it has a pitching foundation to do so.

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Joe Ross — Washington Nationals 

Yahoo: 34%, ESPN: 28%

Ross went on a hot streak with the increase of use in his sinker and slider. It has led to a 3-1 record with more strikeouts than innings pitched over his last four starts. They have been his best two pitches and he needs to continue to utilize them to be fantasy-relevant.

Merrill Kelly — Arizona Diamondbacks

Yahoo: 13%, ESPN: 15%

The 32-year old has pitched the best stretch of his season over his past three starts, logging 20 innings and allowing four earned runs with 15 strikeouts. Kelly gets the Rockies at home in his lone start this upcoming week.

Jon Gray — Colorado Rockies

Yahoo: 26%, ESPN: 26%

Adding Gray is as much about his strong first half as it is the potential of getting traded. He has a 3.22 ERA at Coors this season and despite an ERA over five on the road, will benefit from pitching at the backend on a contender.

Drew Smyly — Atlanta Braves

Yahoo: 32%, ESPN: 27%

Smyly did not allow more than three runs in a start in June and increased his innings pitched from 4 1/3 June 2 to six-plus in his final two outings. The strong pitching continued July 2 with 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball. The southpaw has four consecutive wins.

Jake Odorizzi — Houston Astros

Yahoo – 55%, ESPN: 58%

Odorizzi found his footing in June and went three starts without allowing an earned run. It also does not hurt being attached to one of the best offenses in baseball for run support.

Injuries

Zac Gallen was placed on the 10-day IL with a grade one hamstring strain. It is not considered serious.

Mets lefty David Peterson is out approximately eight weeks with a strained right oblique.

Two-Start Pitchers

This is a projected list. Starts are subject to change and not all starters have been named.

Kwang Hyun Kim (STL) — at SF, at CHC

Walker Buehler and Tony Gonsolin (LAD) — at MIA, vs ARI

Trevor Rogers (MIA) — vs LAD, vs ATL

Chase De Jong and Chad Kuhl (PIT) — vs ATL, at NYM

Dylan Cease (CHW) — at MIN, at BAL

Brandon Woodruff (MIL) — at NYM, vs CIN

Wily Peralta and Jose Urena (DET) — at TEX, at MIN

Kolby Allard (TEX) — vs DET, vs OAK

Matt Moore and Aaron Nola (PHI) — at CHC, at BOS

Zach Davies and Jake Arrieta (CHC) — vs PHI, vs STL

There is no guarantee Arrieta makes one or both starts. He is a candidate to be demoted to the bullpen.

Vladimir Gutierrez and Luis Castillo (CIN) — at KC, at MIL

Jose Suarez (LAA) — vs BOS, at SEA

Framber Valdez (HOU) — vs OAK, vs NYY

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