Welcome back to Spot Starting. Hope many of you took my advice and started Jeff Niemann last night, he did something no other pick has done this year. Read on…
For games on Thursday August 18th 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:
Javier Vazquez 47% / 50% (FLA) @ SD
Philip Humber 35% / % (CWS) vs. CLE
Bronson Arroyo 27% / % (CIN) @ WAS
Brian Duensing 9% / % (MIN) vs. NYY
Mike Minor 5% / % (ATL) vs. SF
My Pick: Javier Vazquez @ Padres
Alternate: Bronson Arroyo @ Nationals
Deep League Special: Mike Minor vs. Giants
Slim pickings as usual for Thursdays but I like Vazquez against the Pads. In 4 career starts at Petco he is 3-1, 3.38/0.99/.218 with 23 K in 29.1 IP. He is coming off a 10 K, quality start against the Giants.
Arroyo is usually solid against the Nats and in his start in Washington last year he went 8 innings for the win.
Minor is striking out 1 per IP over his last 3 starts and has kept his BB rate down. I like him to continue that against the weakest offense in the NL.
Results from Tuesday 08.16.11:
Jeff Niemann @ Red Sox: W, CG, 9 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 10 K, 1 BB…Hard to believe but that was the first CG W in all my 64 picks this year. Shows you how hard it is to get that kind of start off the waiver wire. Niemann was outstanding in the night cap of a double header winning his 7th straight decision.
Season Results (my pick only):
64 GS, 29-12, 397 IP, 373 H, 13 ER, 301 K, 108 BB, 3.24 ERA, 1.21 WHIP
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