Sunday, May 22, 2011

Fantasy Baseball Spot Starter Pickups For Sunday 5/22/11

Saturday Spot Starter One's Stats - Clayton Richard - 5.0 Innings Pitched - 2 Strikeouts - Loss - 5.40 ERA - 1.60 WHIP
Saturday Spot Starter Two's Stats - Mark Buehrle - 7.0 Innings Pitched - 1 Strikeout - Win - 2.57 ERA - 1.00 WHIP
Week Seven Starters' Stats - 39.1 Innings Pitched - 15 Strikeouts - 3.43 K/9 - 1 Win in 6 Starts - 2.75 ERA - 1.12 WHIP
Cumulative Starters' Stats - 382.1 Innings Pitched - 281 Strikeouts - 6.61 K/9 - 23 Wins in 61 Starts - 3.72 ERA - 1.22 WHIP
Starter Stats Spreadsheet Viewable Online Here

One good and one bad start combine for an average day here Saturday.  Clayton Richard got beat up by Seattle in a surprise of a start.  It wasn't long enough or bad enough to kill your ERA or WHIP, but there weren't enough strikeouts  to make up for it.  Luckily, Buehrle gave a solid start with basically exactly what you've come to expect from him.  You can't bank on him for strikeouts, but his ERA and WHIP are passable on the year and good against certain matchups and he picks up a decent amount of Wins with the White Sox.  Not enough strikeouts to own him regularly, but hes always good in matchups.

Week Seven has been a slow strikeout week, but we've been churning along the ERA and WHIP.  Have a pair of guys going with more strikeout potential on Sunday coming up...

Sunday's Spot Starter One - Rick Porcello - Detroit Tigers at Pittsburgh Pirates - 1:35 PM ET - 9.3% Owned in ESPN Leagues

If you look at Porcello's ERA and WHIP on the year, they are solid enough at 3.67 and 1.39 respectively.  Then if you look at his game log, you'll notice that he got blown up two starts in a row to begin the year, and has since settled down considerably.  He's not an overwhelming strikeout pitcher, but he has an above average lineup backing him up and hasn't let up more than two runs since April 10th.  He has drawn the Pirates here on Sunday, who are in the bottom third of the league in runs scored.  The only worry here is an extended layoff between starts, but I'm not worried.  Bank on strong ERA and WHIP with a good chance to pick up a win.

Sunday's Spot Starter Two - Edwin Jackson - Chicago White Sox vs Los Angeles Dodgers - 2:10 PM ET -19.9% Owned in ESPN Leagues

Edwin Jackson had delivered a pair of great starts before he got fouled up by the Rangers.  I'm going to give him a pass for that here, because he has the highest potential for a great start of anyone available on Sunday.  The Dodgers offense has been fairly awful on the year outside of Kemp and Ethier.  Jackson has the stuff to give you a great start when he has his command, and he strikes batters out.  He might lay an egg, but the potential for seven innings and more than a strikeout per inning is definitely there with the offense behind him to pick up a win even if he lays an egg.  Play Jackson here and don't flinch.

Sunday's Alternate - Tim Stauffer - San Diego Padres vs Seattle Mariners - 4:05 PM ET - 5.7% Owned in ESPN Leagues

Stauffer was cruising before he got roughed up in his last two starts, but even when he got roughed up he managed to strikeout over a batter per inning.  He seems to still have his command, so he should be strong against the Mariners here at home.  He would be a recommendation, but the problem is he has almost no shot to pick up a win.  There is no way the Padres are going to be able to do anything against Felix Hernandez on Sunday.  Stauffer is also as close as I'm going to make to a deep league recommendation today.  Everyone more available I don't particularly like.  You are chasing stats and sacrificing ERA and WHIP at that point.

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