Friday, July 15, 2011

Fantasy Baseball Spot Starter Pickups For Saturday 7/16/11

/8/11 Starter's Stats - R.A. Dickey - 7.0 Innings Pitched - 4 Strikeouts - No Decision - 2.57 ERA - 1.00 WHIP
Week 14 Final Stats - 35 Innings Pitched - 27 Strikeouts - 6.94 K/9 - 2 Wins in 5 Starts - 1.80 ERA - 0.86 WHIP
Cumulative Starters' Stats - 582.2 Innings Pitched - 413 Strikeouts - 6.38 K/9 - 37 Wins in 94 Starts - 3.40 ERA - 1.19 WHIP
Cumulative Starter Spreadsheet Viewable Online Here

Took some time off for the All-Star break, but I'm gonna call it start limiting myself.  ESPN Standard Roto leagues cap at 200 starts, and I'm still on pace to blow past that number.  Might announce and take another week off of start recommendations come Football ramp up.

Last start was last Friday, and Dickey continued a long hot streak of starters.  Up to twelve starts in a row of two earned runs or less.

This Saturdayday we have a pitcher likely making his second and last appearance in this column, as he'll be over the 50% owned line by his next go around in the rotation...

Saturday's Spot Starter Recommendation - Cory Luebke - San Diego Padres vs San Francisco Giants - 8:35 PM ET - 40.4% Owned in ESPN Leagues

Luebke has been fantastic so far this since he's joined the rotation.  He's let up just 2 earned runs over 17 innings in his three starts and has stuck out 21 batters to post 11.12 K/9.  As I said on twitter the other day, Luebke is looking like the new Beachy, fantasy cost vs production wise.  You still don't have to pay anything to pick him up, and he could easily give you a second half of more than a strikeout per inning.  The rest of the Padres pitchers have worth spot starts this year even with their lack of strikeouts.  With that ballpark and that strikeout potential, he's a must pickup to me.  He gets to play the Giants here, who he held to two earned runs  over six in San Francisco his last time out.  He gets them in an even better situation at Petco here.  Done deal.

Saturday's Alternate - Barry Zito - San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres - 8:35 PM ET - 19.3% Owned in ESPN Leagues

On the other side of that game is another pitcher who has been solid over his last three starts.  Since he returned from the DL, Zito has delivered three quality starts.  He does have the talent to be consistently good somewhere in there, assuming the injuries haven't robbed him of it completely.  He has the strong matchup here in Petco against the Padres, and is a strong second option for Luebke as long as you don't need strikeouts.

That's a wrap for today.

-Fred "Big Derf" Tobin

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