Sunday, July 3, 2011

Fantasy Baseball Spot Starter Pickups For Sunday 7/3/11

Saturday's Starter One - Bartolo Colon - 6.0 Innings Pitched - 6 Strikeouts - Win - 0.00 ERA - 0.83 WHIP
Saturday's Starter Two - Doug Fister - 9.0 Innings Pitched - 7 Strikeouts - Loss - 1.00 ERA - 0.78 WHIP
Week 13 Starter Stats - 35.1 Innings Pitched - 23 Strikeouts - 5.86 K/9 - 3 Wins in 6 Starts - 2.80 ERA - 1.25 WHIP
Cumulative Starter Stats - 533 Innings Pitched - 377 Strikeouts - 6.37 K/9 - 34 Wins in 87 Starts - 3.56 ERA - 1.23 WHIP
Cumulative Starter Spreadsheet Viewable Here

Another solid day to help clean up a week that started off poorly.  Fifteen innings of one run ball will help out any ERA or WHIP.

Colon came out in his first start off the DL and turned in a strong six innings against a decent Mets lineup before being taken out after 80 pitches.  He's picked right back up where he left off before he went on  the DL and should be allowed to go deeper into his next start.  Pick him up if he's available in whatever league you are in.

Fister was robbed by his offense of a win, as the complete game of one run ball should have gotten the job done.  That's the drawback with a Mariners pitcher, can't rely on any sort of run support.  Even when Fister is great like Saturday night, he still will lose more than he wins.

Onto Sunday's starters.  Two recommendations coming right up...

Sunday's Starter Recommendation One - Freddy Garcia - New York Yankees at New York Mets - 1:10 PM ET - 14.1% Owned In ESPN Leagues

Went with Garcia on Tuesday against Milwaukee and he was solid though unspectacular, giving up just two runs over six on the way to a win.  The strikeouts haven't been great, but Garcia has more than gotten the job done in all of his starts, and is always a good candidate for a win with the Yankee offense playing behind him. He's not the best choice for strikeouts here Sunday, but he is the best overall option that's available today.

Sunday's Starter Recommendation Two - Ervin Santana - Los Angeles Angels vs Los Angeles Dodgers - 8:00 PM ET - 36.4% Owned in ESPN Leagues

Santana is a pitcher whose win/loss record has little correlation to how he's actually performed so far on the season.  A 3-8 record is not really in line with a pitcher with a 4.08 ERA and 7.50 K/9 rate.  He has a great matchup incoming here on Sunday, drawing a fairly lifeless Dodgers offense.  He is the second best option here Sunday and easily the best strikeout option.  Start freely here.

That's a rap for the Sunday.  Don't like the other alternatives.

-Fred "Big Derf" Tobin

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