Happy Friday and welcome back to Spot Starting. Let’s find that last pick of the week to put your team over the top.
For games on Saturday July 30th 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:
Bartolo Colon 44% / 44% (NYY) vs. BAL
Aaron Harang 37% / 27% (SD) vs. COL
Derek Holland 33% / 22% (TEX) @ TOR
Mike Leake 20% / 10% (CIN) vs. SF
Zach Britton 15% / 21% (BAL) @ NYY
R.A. Dickey 14% /4% (NYM) @ WAS
Jason Marquis 13% / 8% (WAS) vs. NYM
My Pick: Bartolo Colon vs. Orioles
Alternate: Mike Leake vs. Giants
Deep League Special: R.A. Dickey vs. Nationals
Colon pitched a gem against the O’s back on May 18th down in Baltimore (8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 7:1), he’s also coming off back to back good starts. I like him to pick up a win against the weak O’s as he continues his march to come back player of the year.
Leake also pitched a similar gem in his last outing against his Saturday opponent, the Giants back on June 11. It was the best start of his season. He’s been the hard luck loser his last 2 outings but the Reds have scored a total of 2 runs for him. I like the Reds chances of getting to Bumgarner, so Leake should come away with a W.
Results from 07.28.11:
Derek Lowe vs. Pirates…5 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 5 K, 3 BB. Disappointing outing from Lowe, but these Pirates really are tougher as they salvaged the last game of a gut wrenching series. At least he gave you a strikeout/IP.
Season Results (my pick only):
53 GS, 24-10, 336.1 IP, 308 H, 113 ER, 254 K, 85 BB, 3.02 ERA, 1.17 WHIP
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