Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fantasy Baseball Spot Starter Pickups For Thursday 5/19/11

Wednesday's Recommended Starter's Stats - Brandon McCarthy - 7.0 Innings Pitched - 1 Strikeout - No Decision - 3.86 ERA - 1.29 WHIP
Week Seven Starters' Stats - 14 Innings Pitched - 3 Strikeouts - 1.93 K/9 - 0 Wins in 2 Starts - 3.86 ERA - 1.29 WHIP
Cumulative Starter's Stats - 357 Innings Pitched - 269 Strikeouts - 6.78 K/9 - 22 Wins in 57 Starts - 3.83 ERA - 1.23 WHIP
Starters' Stats Spreadsheet Viewable Online Here

McCarthy basically gave us an identical start to what I got from Joel Pineiro on Monday, just with one strikeout instead of two.  They gave you identically average ERA and WHIP, but no strikeouts to speak of through two days.  It hasn't been any bad starts, but the starts haven't been great.  He was better than Ryan Dempster, the alternate choice, who got blown up for 9.00 ERA and 2.00 WHIP.  I told you Dempster was a bigger risk even with the higher strikeout potential, and he didn't even give you the strikeouts in this outing.  Deep league players got four innings of poor ball out of Julio Teheran, but it wasn't enough innings to really hurt your counting stats.  Another starter coming up here on Thursday, looking to deliver a great start option...

Thursday's Recommended Starter - Chris Narveson - Milwaukee Brewers at San Diego Padres - 10:05 PM ET - 10.3% Owned in ESPN Leagues

I rolled with Narveson last time around in the rotation and he delivered with six innings of one run ball with five strikeouts on his way to a win.  He draws another good matchup here on Thursday, so there is no reason not to roll with Narveson again here.  His strikeout potential is up there, striking out nearly a batter per inning so far on the year, and any matchup against the Padres in Petco requires a look.  It's a no-brainer choice here, and Narveson is even worth a pickup and play for those who don't need the start right now.  He's going to give you solid stats and strikeouts.

Thursday's Alternate - Tyson Ross - Oakland Athletics vs Minnesota Twins - 3:35 PM ET - 7.8% Owned in ESPN Leagues

Ross was also a recommendation last time he came up in the rotation, and makes a strong second option here if Narveson isn't available in your league.  Ross has strung together four straight good starts against strong offenses and only isn't the recommended starter because Narveson strikes out more batters.  Ross is no strikeout slouch though, and is definitely a strong start option if you need an extra starter here on Thursday night.

Thursday's Deep League Starter - Doug Fister - Seattle Mariners vs Los Angeles Angels - 3:40 PM ET - 0.5% Owned in ESPN Leagues

Fister was servicable for standard leagues last year, and is most definitely startable on Thursday at home against the Angels.  Fister is a strong ERA and WHIP guy and always a good option for players in deeper leagues.  He should be owned in most deep leagues , but if he's not just take a look at his stats.  3.22 ERA and 1.33 WHIP with a 5.90 K/9 is obviously an ownable player's statistics.  He won't rack up wins, but everything else you need will be there.

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