Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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

Tuesday's Recommended Starter Stats - Kevin Correia - 6.1 Innings Pitched - 2 Strikeouts - Loss - 5.69 ERA - 1.58 WHIP
Cumulative Starters' Stats - 300.1 Innings Pitched - 235 Strikeouts - 7.02 K/9 - 18 Wins in 49 Starts - 3.67 ERA - 1.19 WHIP

Correia laid a bit of an egg on Tuesday, but a look at the play-by-play shows why you can't kill him.  One of the four earned runs came on a two out single by Andre Ethier, and then the other three came on a homer by Matt Kemp in the next at bat.  Ethier has hit successfully in all but two games to start the year, and Kemp has been as hot as anyone to start the year.  Sometimes you just get unlucky.  If you took Correia you weren't missing much with Jason Hammel, who let up four earned runs to the Mets.  Those in deeper leagues had Rick Porcello pitch a good game for them.  Not a lot of strikeouts, but ERA, WHIP and a win.  Starters for Wednesday coming up...

Wednesday's Standard League Recommendation - Tim Stauffer - San Diego Padres at Milwaukee Brewers - 1:10 PM ET - 10.1% Owned in ESPN Leagues

This is going to mark the third straight turn in the rotation that I recommend Stauffer.  The last two were both great.  He picked up 13 strikeouts and 13.1 innings of 1.35 ERA and 0.75 WHIP ball.  However, because he hasn't picked up a win in either start, no one seems to have noticed and he's available in almost 90 percent of leagues.  It's not pitching at Petco, but Stauffer has been solid enough to recommend him here against the struggling (save Tuesday) Brewers' offense.  He can't keep pitching this well and not pick up a win even playing in San Diego, so look at the 0-1 record as a reason to start him, not one to avoid him.

Alternate - Jake Peavy - Chicago White Sox at Los Angeles Angels - 10:05 PM ET - 36.3% Owned in ESPN Leagues

If you can't get Stauffer in your league, then it's probably a good idea to roll the dice with Peavy here in his first start coming off the DL.  He's looked good so far in his rehab starts, but that should go without saying against minor leaguers.  You're not going to get the same career 8.93 K/9 and 3.50 FIP guy pitching in the AL Central instead of Petco, but you'll still get quality strikeout numbers to go with solid all around numbers.  He's a decent second option here and should be rostered either way if you have the space, because his ownership percentage will skyrocket if he has a good start.

Deep League Starter - Phil Coke - Detroit at Minnesota - 1:10 PM ET - 0.7% Owned in ESPN Leagues

Spot starters are all about matchup plays, especially when it comes to deeper leagues.  Porcello showed yesterday how nice it is to pitch against the team ranked last in the majors in runs at the hitters park that is Target Field, and Coke should go longer into the game on Wednesday than Porcello did Tuesday.  The ERA might not be clean, but it should be tolerable enough with the strikeouts and a solid shot to pick up a win.

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