Well it was a good first full week for us here at Spot Starting, couple bumps in the road but overall a good week. Hopefully the picks were able to help you in your head to head matches. Starting off Monday we have an abbreviated schedule which is common for Mondays throughout the season, but let’s see if we can sneak in a good pick with these very very slim pickings.
For games on Monday April 25th 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:
Chris Narveson 49% / 40% (MIL) vs. CIN
Jon Garland 9% / 3% (LAD) @ FLA
No other available starters even rate a mention
My Pick: Jon Garland @ Marlins
Alternate: Chris Narveson vs. Reds
Deep League Special: none
Garland is heading into his 3rd start of the season after starting on the DL, in his last outing he threw a CG gem against the Braves. Garland is 3-0 lifetime at Sun Life Stadium with a 2.13 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and .227 BAA. Those numbers were even better last year as he went 2-0 with 14K in 12.2IP, 1.42 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, .171 BAA. The Marlins were cooled off Saturday and I think they are ready to come back down to earth after a fast start.
Narveson is our only other legitimate choice today as the picking are extremely slim. And being the first day of the week even Narveson should only be picked up if you think you’ll have a hard time meeting your league minimum IP for the week as he hasn’t been as sharp his last two outings.
Deep League Special will return tomorrow.
Results from Saturday 04.23.11:
Kevin Correia: Start pushed up to 04.24.11 due to rain out Friday
Tim Stauffer: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 7 K, 1 BB… Stauffer out-dueled Blanton and kept the Phils in check as I predicted but his team’s woeful offense couldn’t get the big hit to get him a win.
Joe Blanton: 7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 3K, 2 BB… Blanton gave up a bunch of base runners but the Padres went 1-7 with RISP and had 8 LOB to spare Blanton a decision.
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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