In writing this article, I find most enjoyment in my Deep League Special pick. It’s what we fantasy baseball geeks really love, digging deep for the sleeper, the high upside. Last night, my sleeper pick, Bartolo Colon was the toast of baseball as he dazzled the White Sox over 8 very strong innings picking up his second straight win. Tons of guys on the waiver wire to be had for Friday’s starts, grab one to help you win your match up or pad your stats.
For games on Friday April 29th 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:
Javier Vazquez 34% / 4% (FLA) @ CIN
Scott Baker 33% / 25% (MIN) @ KC (Start was pushed back from Thursday)
Clayton Richard 28% / 4% (SD) @ LAD
Travis Wood 27% / 51% (CIN) vs. FLA
Kevin Correia 23% / 24% (PIT) @ COL
Daisuke Matsuzaka 22% / 16% (BOS) vs. SEA
Bruce Chen 15% / 17% (KC) vs. MIN
Freddy Garcia 11% / 12% (NYY) vs. TOR
Mike Pelfrey 7% / 1% (NYM) @ PHL
Joe Blanton 4% / 2% (PHL) vs. NYM
Jason Marquis 3% / 3% (WAS) vs. SF
Jake Arrieta 2% / 1% (BAL) @ CWS
Armando Galarrago 2% / 2% (ARI) vs. CHC
My Pick: Daisuke Matsuzaka vs. Mariners
Yesterday’s Pick (pushed up to today): Scott Baker @ Royals
Deep League Special: Freddy Garcia vs. Jays
Dice-K might be the hottest pitcher in baseball allowing 2 hits over his last 15 IP, sure he’s painful to watch pitch and he walks a ton of guys but he’s holding them to a paltry .198 BAA. He is going to regress to the Dice K of the past couple years but ride him while he’s hot and against a terrible offense like the Mariners (.231/.311/.335 team slash line) who are not a threat to hit homeruns.
Baker’s start was pushed up to Friday due to Pavano’s illness. He gets an even better match up against the Royals who aren’t nearly as hot as the Rays are.
I was going to make Richard my alternate pick based on his 2-0 record and 2.21 ERA at Dodger Stadium, but you scratch a surface just a little and see how hollow those numbers are. He gave up 18 hits and 5 walks, .321 BAA. He must have been pretty lucky on those 2 starts. His last two outings have been shaky including 4 walks against the Phillies. The Dodger’s lineup is scary this year, stay away from Richard for now
Keeping with my recent trend, the Deep League Special is one of the Yankees under the radar former star pitchers, Freddy Garcia. Based on Colon yesterday and what Garcia has done so far, this could be the best pick of the 3. Yes, I am ignoring the fact that his start against the Jays last year was one of his worst of the year. New year, new Freddy.
Results from Wednesday 04.27.11:
Anibal Sanchez: ND, 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 K, 1 BB…After taking a no-hitter into the 9th in his last start the Marlins took a more conservative approach and removed Sanchez in the 5th on a hot Florida day game and as result his line is underwhelming. But he didn’t do anything to keep me from looking at him again in 4 days.
Josh Tomlin: W, 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 K, 1 BB, 2 HR… Tomlin moved to 4-0 with another understated outing where he threw 100 pitches – 73 for strikes, 2 he wishes he had back.
Bartolo Colon: W, 8 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 6 K, 1 BB… Colon was the story of the night turning in a very impressive outing against the White Sox. His 2 seamer was absolutely filthy. It might not last all season, but Colon looks for real right now, get on board now before someone else does.
Season Results (my pick only):
70.1 IP, 5-3, 68 H, 33 ER, 56K, 19 BB, 4.22 ERA, 1.24 WHIP
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