Saturday's Recommended Starter One's Stats - Chris Narveson - 6.0 Innings Pitched - 5 Strikeouts - Win - 1.50 ERA - 1.33 WHIP
Saturday's Recommended Starter Two's Stats - Tyson Ross - 7.1 Innings Pitched - 8 Strikeout - Win - 2.46 ERA - 0.95 WHIP
Week 5 Starters' Stats - 48.1 Innings Pitched - 33 Strikeouts - 6.15 K/9 - 4 Wins in 8 Starts - 4.47 ERA - 1.43 WHIP
Cumulative Starters' Stats - 336.2 Innings Pitched - 260 Strikeouts - 6.95 K/9 - 21 Wins in 54 Starts - 3.82 ERA - 1.22 WHIP
Starters' Stats Spreadsheet Viewable Online Here
The two best start since Travis Wood on Monday, here on Saturday night. Took a pair of solid spot pitcher choices here, and both paid off with great pitching perfomances and were lucky enough to pick up a win. Narveson just gave up just one run that the Pirates sacrificed two batters to get across the plate, and Ross rolled with eight strikeouts and just let up a two run home run to the red hot Paul Konerko. If you went with Alex White in your deep league, he caught a rain delay, and I can't be held responsible for the weather. Going for another pair of strong starters on Sunday for all those chasing in head to head leagues...
Sunday's Recommended Starter One - Carlos Zambrano - Chicago Cubs vs San Francisco Giants - 2:20 PM ET - 45.1% Owned in ESPN Leagues
Big Z wasn't great in his last start, but that came up against the Cardinals. Zambrano's inability to shut down teams like the Cards is why he's below the fifty percent owned line. Here though you have to start him with his great matchup against the Giants. The Giants have won eight of their last ten, but haven't score more than four runs in any of them. Zambrano is 4-1 on the year and won't kill you in the ERA or WHIP departments even if it's not his best start. He'll get you a solid number of strikeouts, and shouldn't have a problem on a cruise here towards a win.
Sunday's Recommended Starter Two - Mark Buehrle - Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics - 4:05 PM ET - 10.2% Owned in ESPN Leagues
Buehrle only gets my recommendation when circumstances around him conspire to make me pick him. Travis Wood, Ervin Santana, Jake Arrieta, Freddy Garcia and even Jason Marquis all have bad matchups. I don't trust Kevin Correia after he just got roughed up by the Dodgers. Jason Hammel's matchup looks good against San Diego, but the Padres have scored 37 runs over their last four games. That all leaves Buehrle. He has been good over his last three starts, and has had extra rest because of the Sox' six-man rotation. Getting to play at Oakland against the As is only gonna help. He should give you seven or eight innings with a shot at a complete game and a handful of strikeouts in the mix.
Deep League Starter - Chris Capuano – New York Mets at Houston Astros – 2:05 PM ET – 0.2% Owned in ESPN Leagues
Capuano is all gut call here in the deep leagues. He got off to a rocky start at the beginning of the year, but has turned it around in his last two starts. He let up just two earned runs in each of his last two starts, and gave you four strikeouts in one and five in the other. The biggest thing driving me is that he held the Astros to just one run over seven innings at home on April 21st at home at Citi. It's not Citi Field, but expect almost as good numbers here on Sunday.