Welcome back to Spot Starting, due to being under the weather we were away for a few extra days, so let’s get right back to finding some waiver wire spot start gems.
For games on Thursday May 5th 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:
Brandon Beachy 35% / 46% (ATL) vs. MIL
Bruce Chen 12% / 11% (KC) vs. BAL
Homer Bailey 7% / 0.2% (CIN) vs. HOU
Rick Porcello 5% / 4% (DET) vs. NYY
Joel Pineiro 5% / 10% (LAA) @ BOS
Jason Hammel 3% / 3% (COL) @ ARI
My Pick: Brandon Beachy vs. Brewers
Alternate: Rick Porcello vs. Yankees
Deep League Special: Jason Hammel @ D Backs
Beachy is the pretty clear choice here. He has 3 straight quality starts including 19Ks in 19 IP. His excellent K/BB rate has led him to have a sparkling 0.99 WHIP the first month of the season. His last start against the Brewers was his first of the season and he pitched well enough to win but got a ND with a 6 I, 4 H, 1 ER, 7 K, 1 BB line.
Results from Friday 04.29.11:
John Lackey (Pick from Friday): L, 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 4K, 3 BB… A mediocre start to be sure, but should have been enough to earn a W.
Bud Norris (Pick from Saturday): W, 7.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 11K, 3 BB…Our best pick of the season to date by far. Norris walked a few as we feared but they didn’t hurt him as he dominated the Brew Crew.
Season Results (my pick only):
94.1 IP, 6-4, 89H, 40ER, 76K, 31 BB, 3.82 ERA, 1.27 WHIP
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