Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Fantasy Baseball Spot Starter Pickups For Tuesday 4/5/11

Monday's Starter Stats - Brandon Beachy - 6.0 IP - 7 Strikeouts - No Decision - 1.50 ERA - 0.83 WHIP

Cumulative Starter Stats - 29.2 IP - 23 Strikeouts - 3 Wins - 2.73 ERA - 1.11 WHIP

Got another great spot start yesterday out of Beachy.  He let up just one run over six innings and kept the WHIP down while racking up over a strikeout per inning.   He is someone who should be owned in way more leagues than he currently is.  The Brewers are a solid hitting team and he just made them look goofy.  Of his 88 pitches 61 were strikes and he threw first pitch strikes to 18 of the 24 batters he faced.  He's going to have a very solid overall year and can be having it for you if you scoop him up between now and his next start.  Click through the jump to find out who is available in more than 50% of standard ESPN leagues that I like tomorrow...

Gavin Floyd - Chicago White Sox - At Kansas City - 8:10 PM Tuesday 4/5/11 - 24.4% Ownership

Floyd's the most owned of anyone readily available in ESPN leagues, and sometimes it's the obvious choice that is the right choice.  He is a solid enough strike out pitcher and his FIP (fielding independent pitching) has improved in each season he has been in the pros.  He is still a young pitcher and had his strongest season last year despite poor luck and having his worst BABIP season of his career.  Floyd has a nice match-up going against Kansas City and if he has a good night he is going to be worth hanging onto because he's got good matchups coming up for the rest of April.

The rest of these guys are in the order I would pick them up if Floyd is unavailable.  ESPN Ownership is in parenthesis.

Kyle McClellan (5.7%) - St. Louis vs Pittsburgh - The Pirates have been hitting well so far this season... But they are still the Pirates.  McClellan will get you a few strikeouts and is the should pick up a win second best option on a day of not great spot starter choices.

Mike Leake (1.1%) - Cincinnati vs Houston - Leake isn't a great pitcher overall, but you take a good match-up where you can get one, and going up against the Astros is a great match-up.  He'll get you a few strikeouts on the way to a win.

This is the standard league line. Anyone below this line is recommended as a spot start for AL/NL/Deep leagues not standard 10 team mixed leagues.

Michael Pineda (16.9%) - Seattle at Texas - Pineda doesn't have a great match-up here, but neither does anyone else available that can actually pitch.  Pineda has thrown over a strikeout per inning throughout his minor league career.  Don't expect a win here, but he'll get you two handfuls of strikeouts.  If you have the roster spot, Pineda will be a better play in the future when he's got better matchups and playing at home.

Dallas Braden (8.6%) - Oakland at Toronto - Braden won't help you with strikeouts, but he should keep the ERA and WHIP down and is in line for a win going up against Jo-Jo Reyes starting for the Blue Jays.

J.A. Happ (4.1%) - Houston at Cincinnati - Happ would probably make it a little higher on this list if not for his oblique injury.  He had his start moved back and that is always a big worry.  Happ might get you a few innings of decent WHIP and ERA and a few strikeouts but he isn't gonna get a win.

Aaron Harang (0.4%) - San Diego vs San Francisco - Harang is not a great pitcher, but the San Francisco lineup isn't that fearsome.  Playing in spacious Petco Park, he's worth a spot on this list over the rest of the available starters.

Entering the rapid fire section here.  Not much to say about any of these guys.  I wouldn't be playing them personally, but gonna rank them in the order I'd  play them for anyone in a hugely deep league.

Jeff Niemann
Brian Duensing
James McDonald
Barry Enright
Andrew Cashner
Chris Young
Alexi Ogando
Luke Hochevar
Jason Marquis
Josh Tomlin
Jo-Jo Reyes

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