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For games on Thursday August 11th 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 46% / 43% (NYY) vs. LAA
Jeff Niemann 44% / 73% (TB) vs. KC
Mark Buehrle 37% / 32% (CWS) @ BAL
Cory Luebke 33% / 34% (SD) @ NYM
Brett Myers 32% /26 % (HOU) @ ARI
Joe Saunders 14% / 13% (ARI) vs. HOU
My Pick: Jeff Niemann vs. Royals
Alternate: Mark Buehrle @ Orioles
Deep League Special: none
Niemann has been racking up the Ks over his last 4 starts (33 in 29.1 IP), while not giving up a lot of base runners. He’s also won 5 straight decision, not having lost since before he went on the DL with a back strain. He allowed 4 ER his last start, but he’s given up 2 or fewer in 7 of his last 9. He’s also pitching right in line with his xFIP and tERA. His 9/9 is above his career average but he showed in the minors that he could K 8-9/9.
Buehrle hasn’t given up more than 3 ER since April 22nd – that’s a span of 17 starts. In those 17 starts, he’s only failed to go 6 innings, once – 5.1 on June 21st. That’s consistency. Of course, you’re only going to get a few K’s.
Season Results (my pick only):
59 GS, 26-12, 362.1 IP, 340 H, 135 ER, 272 K, 99 BB, 3.35 ERA, 1.21 WHIP
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