With disabled list stints numbering 50% more than the previous five seasons, it is important to know what pitchers to turn to when you need to get a spot start. These four pitchers are widely available and have good matchups this week.
German Marquez – Rockies vs. Phillies (May 23rd) – Marquez has been solid to open the 2017 season, having throw quality starts in 2 out of 5 games, and was in line for a third in his last start before being pulled after five innings. His next matchup is a bad Phillies team that doesn’t have much to play for this season. While his ERA (4.34) suggest that he should be ignored, his FIP (3.32) suggests that he’s been pitching better than his ERA and looking at his game log shows that his blow ups came against two very good teams, the Nationals and Diamondbacks.
Jhoulys Chacin – Padres vs. Mets (May 23rd) – Chacin is coming off two straight quality starts with 13 strikeouts and only three walks. He gets a Mets team that is missing Yoenis Cespedes (though he does have a chance to return on the 23rd) and has lost the last 7 out of 10. Chacin is in a position to be a strong streaming option against a Mets team has struggled to get things going at home (10-12).
Eddie Butler – Cubs vs. Giants (May 25th) – Butler has only started two games this season, so the data for him is limited. In his first start against the Cardinals, he was good, not giving up an earned run over six innings. In his second start against the Brewers, he failed to make it past the third inning. Butler was pitching well in AAA before being called up, but his past seasons (all with the Rockies) suggest that Butler might be pitching over his head. Looking a little deeper, his stats do suggest that Butler was a better pitcher away from Coors. The Giants, on the other hand, are currently sitting on a 19-25 record and are just a game above .500 at home. With most of the Giants’ line-up struggling (non-pitchers have just a .656 OPS), Butler is line for a good matchup this week.
Tyler Chatwood – Rockies vs. Phillies (May 24th) – Chatwood came back last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery to put up a 3.87 ERA in 27 games started. This season, he’s off to a bad start and has a 5.09 ERA after nine starts. His xFIP suggests that he’s getting unlucky as he currently has a 28.1% HR/FB ratio alongside a 56% GB%. Although Chatwood does call Coors his home, you wouldn’t expect a pitcher with such a high GB% to give up so many home runs. Furthermore, most of the damage against Chatwood has come at home, as he has a 3.91 ERA away from Coors. The Phillies are also slumping, having lost eight of their last ten. While Chatwood does carry risk going into this matchup, there are signs that he can have a solid game against a bad Phillies team.