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If you still haven’t managed to win any money from a Draftstreet daily fantasy baseball league this year, don’t worry. There is still plenty of time. But you might as well start tonight. So here are some good pitchers to work around as you build your lineup for today.
Bronson Arroyo – $12,047
It took a while, but Arroyo has seemingly finally found his comfort zone in Arizona. He was rocked in his first four starts, owning an ERA of 9.50. He struggled so much through his first three that by giving up five runs in 5.1 innings in his fourth start, his ERA actually went down. But since then, things have turned around for the veteran righty. Arroyo has rattled off three consecutive quality starts, allowing just two earned runs in his last 20.2 innings. He hasn’t given up one in his last two starts, and he went at least seven innings each time. A game tonight against the Nationals has all the makings of another good one for Arroyo. Washington has scored a MLB-worst 14 runs in the last week and has lost four of six.
Ryan Vogelsong – $12,300
May is turning into a very nice month for the San Francisco righty. He is 1-0 in two starts, and his team won both of his games. In 13.1 innings pitched, he has a 1.35 ERA. Those outings follow what was an excellent way to end April, when he went seven innings, and allowed no runs and just two hits. So he is riding a three-game quality start streak. In one of those games, he faced the Braves, making it through six strong innings. Tonight, he gets Atlanta again, as they struggle to find any offensive rhythm. Their 17 runs in the last seven days is second-worst in baseball. And they have managed to score more than three runs just twice so far this month. Things look up for Vogelsong tonight.
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Vidal Nuno – $10,925
The Yankees need someone on the starting staff to step up, so it might as well be Nuno. Outside of Mashiro Tanaka, Yankees starters have been terrible. In 30 starts made by anyone other than the Japanese import, New York pitchers have only 11 quality starts and an ERA of 4.96. That’s not to mention that Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda, and C.C. Sabathia are all on the disabled list. So it’s a rough state of affairs in the Bronx, and Nuno needs to step up. A cursory glance at his statistics might not provide optimism, but they are not as bad as they appear on the surface. Nuno’s season ERA is 5.47, but that includes an outing against Baltimore in April in which he gave up seven earned runs in 3.1 innings. Take that out of the equation, and he’s at 3.38. In his last start against the Angels, he gave up one run on four hits in 6.1 innings. Tonight, he’ll try to keep that going against the Mets, who have the Majors’ third-worst offense in baseball in the last week.
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