Welcome back to Spot Starting. Sorry for the short hiatus, drying out from Irene on the eastern Seaboard (I love that term). Really was an odd weekend to have so many teams sitting on the sidelines.
For games on Tuesday August 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:
Edwin Jackson 45% / 22% (StL) @ MIL
Javier Vazquez 42% / 29% (FLA) @ NYM
John Lackey 29% / 18% (BOS) vs. NYY
Bronson Arroyo 27% / 32% (CIN) vs. PHL
Doug Fister 24% / 17% (DET) vs. KC
Charlie Morton 20% / 13% (PIT) @ HOU
Zach Stewart 1% / 0% (CWS) vs. MIN
My Pick: Javier Vazquez @ Mets
Deep League Special: Zach Stewart
Vazquez has made 2 starts at Citi Field and given up only 1 ER in 13 IP (0.69/0.77/.163). He has a very solid career line against the Mets in general – 27 starts, 10-10, 3.25/1.12/.236, 152K, 177 IP.
Don’t even think about the other guys on the list – Arroyo for example is 1-6 against the Phils with a 7.13/1.68/.324 slash line. Ouch.
Stewart got rocked his last time out, but he pitched very well against the Twins the last time he faced them. You’d have to be in a real deep league and need an extra start to risk it though.
Results from 8.24.11:
Derek Lowe @ Cubs – L, 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 6 K, 4 BB…besides the 4 walks, Lowe pitched well enough to win most games but was undone by an unearned run and a lack of run support.
Season Results (my pick only):
69 GS, 31-15, 435.1 IP, 406 H, 162 ER, 327 K, 119 BB, 3.35 ERA, 1.21 WHIP
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