The excellent and somewhat expected performances by San Diego Padres right-hander Tyson Ross and Miami Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler on Wednesday got me thinking about other hurlers who fantasy owners might rarely think about, but should because home cooking generally tastes pretty good. Some otherwise average pitchers, depending on ballpark and a comfort level impossible to measure, really thrive in home games, like Ross and Koehler.
Ross tossed a three-hit shutout against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, striking out nine against nary a free pass, and his home ERA stands at a stupendous 2.08 with a 0.94 WHIP. On the road, you don’t really want Ross. Then again, most Padres pitchers thrive at spacious Petco Park, where the team ERA is 2.66, second only to the Washington Nationals. San Diego's road ERA is 3.97, middle of the pack.
Koehler was also an obvious play -- as noted in this video recorded Tuesday -- against a weak Philadelphia Phillies lineup, and he delivered six shutout frames and a victory, lowering his home ERA to 2.75 with a WHIP of 0.98. Ross and Koehler aren’t worth much on the road, just like several (or more) of the following names. But I figured why not point out some of the readily available pitchers -- owned in fewer than 10 percent of ESPN standard mixed formats -- featuring interesting home/road splits, just in case the mere mention or sight of their name reminds you that there's value here. Every start counts!
Kyle Gibson, Minnesota Twins: He doesn't help much in strikeouts, and that's true of his work at Target Field as well, but among pitchers with 40 or more innings at home this season, only Julio Teheran of the Atlanta Braves and Andrew Cashner of the San Diego Padres -- guys you use everywhere -- have an ERA better than his 1.54.