A great SP sits waiting to be scooped up in some leagues. Many fantasy prognosticators do not advocate running a SP out there for their first start coming off a major DL stint, but this late in the season it’s time to take chances and move up the leader board. So who am I talking about…Shaun Marcum.
Marcum has not pitched since mid June and was having a decent season before his injury. The elbow now seems fine according to all accounts. Even if it was a little sore I feel Marcum would be on the mound to showcase his talents over his last 5 starts of the season. The reason…contract for next year. His 5-3 record and 3.39 ERA should be enough to bring many suitors but a strong finish with no injury should come close to netting him a 10MM+ yearly contract.
So we have a contract showcase and the best part for Marcum owners is the relatively easy schedule going forward. Yes many games will be on the road but his career road record is superb. He has a 28-18 career record on the road with a stellar 3.54 ERA. His match ups include @PIT, @CHC, @MIA, @STL, and NYM at home. He could easily pick up 3-4 wins and 30Ks down the stretch. So if you are in one of the leagues where he still available or you have been stashing him on your DL for the last 60+ days, feel confident in running him out there today and the rest of the year.