Fantasy MLB Spot Starting 08.12.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.

For games on Saturday August 13th  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:

Jake Peavy 41% / 35% (CWS) vs. KC

Derek Lowe  39% / 27% (ATL) vs. ChC

Kevin Correia 36% / 32% (PIT) @ MIL

Phil Hughes 35% / 22% (NYY) vs. TB

Javier Vazquez 35% / 13% (FLA) vs. SF

Homer Bailey 13% / 7% (CIN) vs. SD

Luke Hochevar 9% / 10% (KC) @ CWS

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting 08.11.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  If you have to stay home to babysit your kids when they are sick, it’s not too bad to do it on a Thursday when you have a half dozen games to watch.  Watching my new favorite team, the Royals face yesterday’s Spot Start pick Jeff Niemann.  They now have 11 rookies on their roster including past Deep League Special Danny Duffy…keep the faith Royals fans the future is now.

For games on Friday August 12th  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:

Carlos Zambrano 43% / 19% (ChC) @ ATL

Bud Norris 41% / 34% (HOU) @ LAD

Dillon Gee 40% / 32% (NYM) @ ARI

Bronson Arroyo 28% / 32% (CIN) vs. SD

John Lackey 27% / 16% (BOS) @ SEA

Brandon McCarthy 22% / 14% (OAK) vs. TEX

Carl Pavano 20% / 6% (MIN) @ CLE

Paul Maholm 14% / 7% (PIT) @ MIL

Mike Minor 5% / 1% (ATL) vs. ChC

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting 08.10.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.

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

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting 08.09.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  Sorry for the minor disruption in service as I covered for Mike in our flagship column Box Score Breakdown.  We’re going insane here at Spot Starting, read below to see why.

For games on Tuesday August 10th  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:

Derek Holland 47% / 43% (TEX) vs. SEA

Philip Humber 40% / 22% (CWS) @ BAL

Aaron Harang 34% / 18% (SD) @ NYM

Josh Collmenter 30% / 19% (ARI) vs. HOUS

Randy Wolf 24% / 17% (MIL) @ StL

Rick Porcello 22% / 25% (DET) @ CLE

Mike Leake 20% / 9% (CIN) vs. COL

Ivan Nova 20% / 40% (NYY) vs. LAA

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08.07.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Welcome back to Box Score Breakdown.  Again today, I’ll be guesting for Mike.   Quite a weekend of baseball.  The Phillies took 3 of 4 from the Giants in an NLCS rematch/possible preview but had their win streak snapped at 9.  The Pirates continue to slide out of the playoff race as their losing streak reaches 10, what a nightmare.  The Yanks and Red Sox also gave us a taste of October with a great match up and great back drop to write this to.

4th and Home Player of the Day: Prince Fielder 3/4, 4 R, 2 RBI, HR, BB.  Prince gonna get paid.  .304/26/85.  Brewers 3 up on the Cards.

The Bats:
Albert Pujols – 2/4, 3 R, RBI, HR, BB…Homers in 3 of his last 4 games, now at 27 and batting .282.  Amazingly has re-entered MVP talk if he can get the Cardinals the Division title.

Matt Holliday – 2/4, 1 R, 3 RBI, BB…Along with Berkman, just an awesome 3,4,5 punch.  Back to back multi-hit games raises his avg to .318.  10 hits and 10 rbi this week.

Drew Stubbs – 2/3, 2 R, RBI, BB, HR, SB…BSFU!  Snaps out of a mini slump

Marlon Byrd – 3/3, R, 2 RBI, BB…Avg back up to .310 – but where is the power?  Cubs are just playing out the string – there’s always next year Chicago.

Logan Morrison – 1/4…Writing not about the 1/4 but to say, is this all?  Morrison is starting to become a real disappointment.  He’ll have quick short bursts of power then zzz through a week like this one.

Jason Heyward – 1/2, 2 R, 1 RBI, HR, BB…Speaking of disappointments…Heyward was benched for the last 2 games and responded by crushing a home run in his first AB.   He went on a tear to end 2010 and his graphs are trending that way again.

Jose Constanza – 2/3, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR, BB, SB…BSFU!  Has now hit in 8 of his first 9 MLB games including 7 in a row.  If you saw this coming from the 27 year old rookie, go you!  He also took out Met’s Daniel Murphy on a hard SB slide, possibly ending his season.

Dan Uggla – 1/5…Continues the ugliest (pun unintentional) hitting streak in recent memory.  Has raised his average 42 points….to .220!!

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08.04.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Welcome to a special edition of Box Score Breakdown featuring your favorite Spot Start picker, me.  Mike is off to Pittsburgh as he continues his mini stadium tour.  Speaking of, I watched the ESPN special where they had the 2 FDNY Firefighters do the tour of all 30 MLB parks culminating in the All Star Game in Phoenix.  That has to be every true baseball fan’s dream come true.  On to it…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Cliff Lee – W, CG, SHO, 9/7/0/8:0… Lee pitched a masterful game shutting down the Giants including giving post season hero Cody Ross the golden sombrero.  The Phillies exact some revenge on the Giants and continue to roll on, 7 wins in a row, 8.5 game lead.  

The Bats:
Michael Young – 2/5, R, RBI…Batting .335, 3rd in MLB, 74 RBIs (11th).  Remember when he was falling off your draft radar because he would have no position?

Jose Bautista – 1/4, R, HR, RBI, 2 BB… Number 33 tied the game in the 8th.  Remember when you thought he couldn’t possibly repeat last year?

Casey Kotchman – 2/3, R, 3 BB… keeps up his .331 average, ups his OBP to .394.  Career Year.

Desmond Jennings – 3/6, R, RBI, HR… This guy is a star, Carl who?

Albert Pujols – 3/4, 3 R, RBI, HR, BB… Nice bounce back from the 0/5 yesterday with his 25th bomb.  He good.

Matt Holliday – 1/3, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR, BB… Putting together an awesome season – imagine if he hadn’t missed so much time.

Robinson Cano – 2/3, 2 R, RBI, HR, BB… Average back over .300 for first time since May 6th.  He’s always a strong finisher.

Alex Gordon – 4/5, 2 R… Batting .311 – 9th in AL.  34th double puts him tied for MLB lead.  Royals will not be push overs for much longer.

Billy Butler – 2/5, 2 R, 2 RBI… 27th double.  Just a solid across the board producer.

Troy Tulowitzki – 3/4, 2 R, 1 RBI, HR… 21st bomb.  This guy is a 2nd half killer, just sit back and enjoy.

Ryan Zimmerman – 3/4, 2 RBI, BB… 2 doubles, 13 game hitting streak (including 8 multi hit games).  He is finally healthy and showing why he is an elite third baseman.

Mark Trumbo – 2/4, 2 R, 4 RBI, HR… Trumbo’s 21st and now up to 62 ribbies.

Hunter Pence – 3/4, R, 2 RBI, HR… Pence has hit in every game as a Phillie and hit an absolute bomb for his 12th.  Working his way back to keeper status.  Batting .311, 8th in NL.

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting 08.04.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  Yankees-Red Sox showdown in Boston this weekend and the Phillies seek revenge in San Francisco in an NLCS rematch – that’s some good baseball.  Spot Starting will return next Tuesday as I slide over and fill in for on the Box Score Breakdown while he is out of town.

For games on Friday August 5th  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% /  46% (NYY) @ BOS

Derek Holland 46% / 41% (TEX) vs. CLE

Jeff Niemann 35% / 54% (TB) vs. OAK

Aaron Harang 35% / 19% SD) @ PIT

Josh Collmenter 34%/ 26% (ARI) vs. LAD

Mark Buehrle 28% / 22% (CWS) @ MIN

Mike Leake 20% / 10% (CIN) @ ChC

Juan Nicasio 5% / 3% (COL) vs. WAS

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 08.03.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  Slim pickings as usual for Thursday so we reach a bit deeper.

For games on Thursday August 4th  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:

Erik Bedard 48% / 47% (BOS) vs. CLE

Philip Humber 45% / 25% (CWS) vs. NYY

Zach Britton 14% / 19% (BAL) @ KC

James McDonald 12% / 5% (PIT) vs. ChC

Brett Cecil 10% / 4% (TOR) @ TB

Ivan Nova 5% / 3% (NYY) @ CWS

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 08.02.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  Tomorrow, three pitchers who were moved at the deadline are pitching for their new teams, read on to see if any will help your team this week.

For games on Wednesday August3rd  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 47% /  40% (StL) @ MIL

Dillon Gee 41% / 32% (NYM) vs. FLA

Randy Wolf 25% / 19% (MIL) vs. StL

Carlos Carrasco 17% / 9% (CLE) @ BOS

Charlie Morton 16% / 7% (PIT) vs. ChC

Jason Marquis 13% / 7% (ARI) @ SF

Doug Fister 13% / 4% (DET) vs. TEX

Dontrelle Willis 3% / 1% (CIN) @ HOU

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 07.29.11

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

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