Welcome back to Spot Starting. We had a great 4th and Home night at Citizens Bank Park last night watching Cliff Lee dominate the Dodgers and Matt Kemp to the tune of 10 Ks in a 3-1 victory.
For games on Wednesday June 8th 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 44% / 40% (HOU) vs. StL
Bronson Arroyo 37% / 38% (CIN) vs CHC
Randy Wolf 23% / 21% (MIL) vs NYM
Carl Pavano 21% / 5% (MIN) @ CLE
Jason Vargas 9% / 7% (SEA) @ CWS
Carlos Villanueva 7% / 3% (TOR) @ KC
Zach Duke 5% / 4% (ARI) @ PIT
My Pick: Bud Norris vs. Cardinals
Alternate: Jason Vargas @ White Sox
Deep League Special: Zach Duke @ Pirates
Easy choice today in the form of Spot Starting stalwart Bud Norris. He hasn’t been quite as dominant in his last 5 starts as the 5 before that, but where else are you going to find 9+ K/9, nowhere. He also has shockingly good numbers against the Cardinals in his 8 career starts against them (2.66 / 1.22 / .245).
Pavano is coming off his best start of the year but I don’t trust the guy at all, how he is still owned in 21% of leagues baffles me. Instead I’d take a chance on Vargas coming anywhere close to his last outing CG or maybe even go with the guy vs. his old team in Zach Duke.
Season Results (my pick only):
31 GS, 13-5, 196.1 IP, 175 H, 67 ER, 158 K, 52 BB, 3.07 ERA, 1.16 WHIP
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