Welcome to the triumphant return of Spot Starting. I’m back from my All Star week timed vacation. Let me tell you, if you’re a huge baseball nut and plan to be on vacation in a place with no TV or internet, All Star week is the week to do it. I feel like I didn’t miss anything (except the K Rod trade). Let’s get back in the groove of picking those spot starts.
And don’t forget to listen to the 4th and Home Show Tonight featuring Killboy and yours truly subbing for Mike who will be watching the K Rod-free Mets at Citi.
For games on Wednesday July 20th 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:
John Danks 46% / 34% (CWS) @ KC
Brett Myers 35% / 28% (HOU) vs. WAS
Aaron Harang 34%/ 24% (SD) @ FLA
Derek Holland 31% / 18% (TEX) @ LAA
Vance Worley 29% / 43% (PHL) @ ChC
Jason Vargas 25% / 16% (SEA) @ TOR
Kyle McClellan 24% / 11% (StL) @ NYM
Freddy Garcia 20% / 13% (NYY) @ TB
RA Dickey 15% / 4% (NYM) vs StL
My Pick: Derek Holland @ Angels
Alternate: Kyle McClellan @ Mets
Deep League Special: Brandon McCarthy @ Tigers
There aren’t too many hotter pitchers right now than Holland, maybe just CC who you can’t just pick up in 69-82% of leagues, so you know what you need to do.
McClellan has excellent numbers against current Mets, though this is his first career start against them.
McCarthy makes a return to our humble space based on his excellent career line against the Tigers.
Results from Wednesday 7/6/11:
Jonathon Niese @ Dodgers…W, 7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 6K, 1 BB. He also beat the Phils on 7/16 with a similar line. His K/BB rate is radically improved over his last 6 starts
Season Results (my pick only):
47 GS, 22-8, 300 IP, 262 H, 94 ER, 223 K, 77 BB, 2.82 ERA, 1.13 WHIP
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