Cumulative Starters' Stats - 502 Innings Pitched - 355 Strikeouts - 6.36 K/9 - 31 Wins in 81 Starts - 3.71 ERA - 1.24 WHIP
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My return to daily writing was the opposite of triumphant. Hoped to return to a great game from Blackburn to help build my credit back up with my readers, but instead got a poor performance from a guy who had been great over his last ten starts. Rather than dwell on Blackburn's bad start, I'm going to mention that alternate recommendation John Lannan was great yesterday, and move right on to Tuesday's recommendation. As always, the following player is the one I recommend most that is available in more than fifty percent of ESPN leagues...
Tuesday's Starter Recommendation - Freddy Garcia - New York Yankees vs Milwaukee Brewers - 7:05 PM ET - 7.7% Owned in ESPN Standard Leagues
Garcia's solid performances throughout the year have made him the second most important starter for the Yankees this year. Bartolo Colon has been better, but hasn't pitched in two weeks and is a big question mark for me at least, as you can't trust a big man with a hamstring injury. Garcia has become the only reliable player in the rotation besides CC Sabathia. He's been reliable enough so far this year that he's earned consideration for your fantasy baseball team. A 3.30 ERA would help a good many teams and a 1.30 WHIP isn't great, but it's not a horrible number either. He's not going to rack up the strikeouts for you, but he's good enough to rack up wins for you with the Yankee offense backing him up. He showed great command last time out holding the Reds scoreless over seven innings, and I expect him to show up with that same command Tuesday night to help him take care of business against the Brew Crew.
Tuesday's Alternate/Deep League Starter - Clayton Richard - San Diego Padres vs Kansas City Royals - 10:05 PM ET - 0.9% Owned in ESPN Leagues
A glance at Richard's ERA and WHIP might scare you away, but they don't tell the whole story. Instead click through to his home/road splits and you'll see that he has a sparkling 2.25 ERA and 1.15 WHIP and the friendly confines of Petco Park. He'll be there again Tuesday night and draws a Kansas City team that has gone just 3-9 over it's last 12 games and has been mired in a bit of an offensive slump. Richard is a good second option if you just need someone to eat up innings and deliver you with solid ERA and WHIP.
That's all for Tuesday's starters. Working on a piece on the best QBs in the NFL and also thinking about putting something out about Terrell Owens. One or both might post today, though both could easily end up slipping until Wednesday.
-Fred "Big Derf" Tobin