Wednesday's Recommended Starter - Rick Porcello - 6.2 Innings Pitched - 4 Strikeouts - Win - 2.70 ERA - 1.35 WHIP
Cumulative Starters' Stats - 460.1 Innings Pitched - 330 Strikeouts - 6.45 K/9 - 28 Wins in 73 Starts - 3.56 ERA - 1.22 WHIP
Cumulative Starter Spreadsheet Viewable Online Here
Porcello picked right back up where he left off before the Red Sox beat him up, delivering 6.2 innings of strong ERA and WHIP and picking up a win. The strikeout numbers weren't great, but they were solid enough. Strikeouts in general have been harder to come by than they were at the beginning of the year, as most of the strong strikeout pitchers have been rostered at this stage of the year. The ERA and WHIP have been solid for a while, so going to look to pick up extra strikeouts going forward.
If you went with alternate recommendation Brian Matusz off the DL on Wednesday, you didn't pick up a win, but you had even better ERA and WHIP. Matusz should be good to go from here on out and is worth rostering in mixed leagues. If you went with Chris Capuano in your deep league, you would have had a strong start if they didn't leave him in to start the seventh inning. When they did, Capuano let up five straight singles, and all of them made it across home plate, ruining an otherwise awesome start.
As always, looking to do better today than I did yesterday. Recommendations are, as always, available in more than 50% of leagues. Travel Thursday recommendations coming up...
Thursday's Recommended Starter - Bud Norris - Houston Astros at San Diego Padres - 10:05 PM ET - 45.0% Owned in ESPN Leagues
It's a weak options day because there are just seven games going on Thursday. That's why I'm going with Bud Norris when I would usually look for a less owned option. He's still available in 55% of leagues and is the only real available starter option here on Thursday night. It's really simple. He strikeouts more than a batter per inning and has the third best run scoring team in the league backing him up. His matchup is in Petco Park against the 28th ranked scoring offense that has struck out the third most of any team in the league. I shouldn't even have to recommend him here, when you see Bud Norris at San Diego it should really be automatic. He'll get at least five or six strikeouts while cruising for around seven innings.
That's it for today folks. It's a weak Thursday. Look for more help tomorrow if you need it.
-Fred "Big Derf" Tobin