Welcome back to Spot Starting. Sorry for the long break between posts but I was out in beautiful San Fran. Didn’t make it to a game this time out, but I froze my butt off there last July! Without further ado, let’s get back into the groove of finding awesome spot starts off your league’s waiver wire…we’ll ease into things with a short schedule Thursday.
For games on Thursday June 2nd 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:
Bud Norris 45% / 45% (HOU) @ SD
Tim Stauffer 35% / 5% (SD) vs. HOU
Matt Harrison 32% / 21% (TEX) @ CLE
Mike Pelfrey 6% / 2% (NYM) vs. PIT
My Pick: Bud Norris @ Padres
Alternate: Matt Harrison @ Indians
Deep League Special: Mike Pelfrey vs Pirates
Slim pickings as we would expect on a Thursday slate. Norris, Stauffer and Harrison have been familiar names in this space all season but all have seen their production fall off of late. Stauffer has poor numbers against the Astros in 2 starts. Norris has seen his K/9 and K/BB plummet which is not promising but he’s our best option due to his excellent career line against the Pads (17 IP, 19 K, 2.12 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, .164 BAA).
Results from May 21st:
Jeremy Guthrie… W, 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4K, 1 BB
Season Results (my pick only):
28 GS, 10-5, 176.2 IP, 160 H, 61 ER, 145 K, 47 BB, 3.11 ERA, 1.17 WHIP
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