Saturday, May 14, 2011

Fantasy Baseball Spot Starter Pickups For Saturday 5/14/11

Friday's Recommended Starter One's Stats - Fausto Carmona - 7.2 Innings Pitched - 2 Strikeouts - No Decision - 4.69 ERA - 1.04 WHIP
Friday's Recommended Starter Two's Stats - Philip Humber 6.0 Innings Pitched - 1 Strikeout - Win - 4.50 ERA - 1.00 WHIP
Week 5 Starters' Stats - 35 Innings Pitched - 20 Strikeouts - 5.14 K/9 - 2 Wins in 6 Starts - 5.40 ERA - 1.54 WHIP
Cumulative Starters' Stats - 323.1 Innings Pitched - 247 Strikeouts - 6.88 K/9 - 19 Wins in 52 Starts - 3.90 ERA - 1.22 WHIP
Starters' Stats Spreadsheet Viewable Online Here

First a quick note for those looking... The regular pickup column is just going to run Monday to Friday.  The Spot Starter column would be on the same schedule, but they are actually most important for those players chasing stats on the weekends.  Also, Blogger going down messed up the 5/12/11 entries' posting and their tagging so I've deleted them.  The spot starter information is available on the spreadsheet and the pickup column said to drop Jorge Posada and had Chris Iannetta as a pickup

It was a decent double start day today. Carmona didn't help your ERA, but you can see by his WHIP that he didn't pitch poorly. He just gave up a pair of bad home runs. Humber delivered six innings of no run ball, but then was left in to start the seventh inning and taking credit for three earned runs and taking four extra hits to spoil a .33 WHIP. For those in the deep leagues, Gee gave you the strikeouts and should have had one earned over five innings, but they also got greedy and left him in to start the sixth inning. A pair of better starters coming up here for Saturday to help those chasing in head to head leagues...

Saturday's Recommended Starter One - Chris Narveson - Milwaukee Brewers vs Pittsburgh Pirates - 4:10 PM ET - 9.8% Owned in ESPN Leagues

Narveson was a hot pickup before he ran up a few bad starts in a row, but even after the rough patch he's sporting a 4.38 ERA and 1.38 WHIP while averaging just under a strikeout per inning. He looked strong in his last start against the Cardinals and the Pirates aren't the Cardinals. Pittsburgh is 25th in the majors in runs scored, and have struck out the second most times of anyone in the league. Narveson should be able to deliver a strong start here and rack up a bunch of Ks. He's your best chance at strikeouts of anyone available and is one of the best options for good ERA and WHIP and a chance at a Win.

Saturday's Recommended Starter Two - Tyson Ross - Oakland Athletics vs Chicago White Sox - 4:05 PM ET - 2.4% Owned in ESPN Leagues

Ross has been great all year but has done it quietly after going from middle reliever to starter for the As. He has pitched three great starts in a row including the last two against the powerful Indians and Royals lineups. Chicago's offense has shown signs of life after being stagnant for a while, but Ross has been lights out in his last three starts. Look for more of the same here on the cheap. He'll go six low run innings and grab a handful of strikeouts in the process.

Deep League Starter - Alex White – Cleveland Indians vs Seattle Mariners – 1:05 PM ET – 0.7% Owned in ESPN Leagues

White hasn't been great so far on the year, but he's been good enough to grab a win in one of his two starts and has shown the strikeout potential you need from a starter. In deep leagues he's the answer here. The WHIP might be ugly, but he's got the ability to strike guys out in a weak Mariner lineup and has the offense backing him up to have a run at a win here on Saturday.

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