Welcome to Spot Starting for Easter Sunday. Sunday Spot Starts can be the difference between winning and losing your head to head matchup so we must choose wisely. We have quite a few decent options today.
For games on Sunday April 24th these selected pitchers might be had in your league (less than 50% owned in Yahoo! or ESPN) with percent owned Yahoo/ESPN, (team), and opponent:
Carl Pavano 47% / 20% (MIN) vs. CLE
John Lackey 43%/ 25% (BOS) @ LAA
Kevin Correia 27% / 31% (PIT) vs. WAS
Brandon Beachy 18% / 8% (ATL) @ SF
Bruce Chen 16% / 16% (KC) @ TEX
Randy Wolf 12% / 19% (MIL) vs. HOU
Freddy Garcia 6% / 5% (NYY) @ BAL
My Pick: Brandon Beachy @ Giants
Alternate: Kevin Correia vs. Nationals (main pick from yesterday pushed up)
Deep League Special: Randy Wolf vs. Astros
Brandon Beachy is my pick against a Giants team that has been scuffling and hasn’t seen him before. His K rate of 9.26/9 is tasty against a Giants team that K’s a lot. The walks and limited IP are a small concern but I think Beachy will come away with a W and at least 8 Ks while giving up no more than 2 ER.
Correia’s start was pushed up a day due to a rain out Friday so I still like him as I wrote yesterday.
Wolf is coming off two straight 0 ER outings and is striking out more than 1 per IP which is a good play against an Astros team that also K’s a ton.
Garcia is another possibility as he has reinvented himself of something of a junk baller which will be a good play against the fastball happy O’s sluggers who have yet to click this year. I am not touching Pavano because he’s been too erratic, and the same can certainly be said about Lackey – just too risky on a day you need to pick up a W.
Results from Friday 04.22.11:
Scott McClellan W, 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2K, 3 BB… McClellan waited out a 2 hour rain delay to beat the Reds, nothing remarkable but a win is a win though he didn’t help our Ks or WHIP much.
Clayton Richard L, 7.1IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4K, 4 BB… Richard pitched well but paid for his 4 walks and one hanging changeup to Ryan Howard and Cole Hamels pitched a gem as the Phils blanked the Friars 2-0.
Mark Buehrle L, 5.2IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 5K, 1 BB… Buehrle got hit around hard by the Tigers.
Season Results (my pick only):
47 IP, 5-2, 43 H, 19 ER, 38 K, 16 BB, 3.64 ERA, 1.26 WHIP
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