Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fantasy Baseball Spot Starter Pickups For Wednesday 5/25/11

Tuesday Starter's Stats - Kyle McClellan - N/A
Cumulative Starters' Stats - 400.2 Innings Pitched - 293 Strikeouts - 6.58 K/9 - 25 Wins in 64 Starts - 3.68 ERA - 1.21 WHIP
Starter Spreadsheet Viewable Online Here

Writing this on Tuesday afternoon because I don't think I'll have time to do it late tonight, so will update with McClellan's stats either late tonight or tomorrow morning.

Wednesday there are many options available, but they aren't all pretty.  Picking out the good options from the bad for your Wednesday needs...

Wednesday's Starter Recommendation - Erik Bedard - Seattle Mariners at Minnesota Twins - 1:10 PM ET - 23.6% Owned in ESPN Leagues

Bedard is coming off eight shut out innings against the Padres and draws a similarly great matchup here against the Twins.  The Twins still have the worst offense in the league, and Target Field is clearly a pitchers park even though it's still fairly new.  Bedard's K/9 is great for his career and is up at 8.08 again this year coming off a pair of nine strikeout games.  The Mariners won six straight heading into Tuesday night, including games where there pitching hasn't been good.  Bedard should amount to the complete package here on Wednesday night, as he should deliver great ERA and WHIP with plenty of strikeouts and a strong chance to catch the offense to pick up a win.

Wednesday's Alternate - Ervin Santana - Los Angeles Angels vs Oakland Athletics- 10:05 PM ET - 29.8% Owned in ESPN Leagues

Santana is coming off a complete game shut out of the Braves, but I don't trust him fully here even against the As.  He was beat up the previous two starts and has only had three starts on the year where he let up less than two runs.  Now that I've beat him up sufficiently, it has to be mentioned that I still think he should be a solid second option to Bedard here on Wednesday.  The Athletics pathetic lineup shouldn't give him too much trouble.  Just wanted to make sure you weren't over excited about his last outing.

Wednesday's Deep League Recommendation - Mike Minor - Atlanta Braves at Pittsburgh Pirates - 12:35 PM ET - 0.4% Owned in ESPN Leagues

Minor was blown up in his first major league appearance this year, but that was up against a tougher Milwaukee lineup.  Wednesday night he draws a better matchup up against the Pirates, and that will make him worth a start here. He's been striking out more than a batter per inning all year in the minor leagues, and projects to have the arm to do the same in the Majors.  If he can deliver a strikeout per inning he'll be more than useful in your deep leagues.

-Fred "Big Derf" Tobin

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