Tag Archives: Carl Pavano

Fantasy MLB Spot Starting 08.15.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  As you saw the partial standings in Mike’s post this morning, my chances of making the playoffs in our league are pretty much over.  Guess there’s always next year.  (I am the Cubs of our league).  I can at least hope to help my loyal readers out in their playoff push.

For games on Tuesday August 16th  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:

Jeff Niemann 49% / 79% (TB) @ BOS

Derek Holland 46% / 38% (TEX) @ LAA

Erik Bedard 46% / 51% (BOS) vs. TB

Jonathon Niese 37% / 18% (NYM) @ SD

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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: 06.22.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  There is a very short slate of games for tomorrow but luckily we have some decent options anyway.

For games on Wednesday June 23rd 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:

Jason Marquis 15% / 7% (WAS) vs. SEA

Brian Duensing 8% / 1% (MIN) @ SF

Chris Capuano 5% / 2% (NYM) vs. OAK

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Killin’ the Odds & the Regular Season

Welcome back to Killin’ the Odds & the Regular Season! In the “Today’s Games” section, you will see my picks to win for the day. I will post either the “Money Line” or the “Run Line”. The money line is always a “straight up” bet which means your team will never need to win or lose by a specific amount of runs. The money line odds represent what amount has to be wagered or what can be won. For example, if there is a minus sign (-) next to an amount, you have to wager that amount to win 100. If there is a plus sign (+) next to an amount, you will receive that amount for every 100 wagered. When you see a “Run Line”, that means a spread is involved. In Baseball, the spread is always 1.5 runs but you can find alternate run lines on some websites. When I post a run line of -1.5, that means our team must win by two runs. When you see a run line of +1.5, that means our team can lose by one run and still win the wager. Listen to our show from April 5th, 2011 for more explanation and tips.

Killin’ the Odds & the Regular Season

Welcome back to Killin’ the Odds & the Regular Season! In the “Today’s Games” section, you will see my picks to win for the day. I will post either the “Money Line” or the “Run Line”. The money line is always a “straight up” bet which means your team will never need to win or lose by a specific amount of runs. The money line odds represent what amount has to be wagered or what can be won. For example, if there is a minus sign (-) next to an amount, you have to wager that amount to win 100. If there is a plus sign (+) next to an amount, you will receive that amount for every 100 wagered. When you see a “Run Line”, that means a spread is involved. In Baseball, the spread is always 1.5 runs but you can find alternate run lines on some websites. When I post a run line of -1.5, that means our team must win by two runs. When you see a run line of +1.5, that means our team can lose by one run and still win the wager. Listen to our show from April 5th, 2011 for more explanation and tips.

Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 06.07.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  We had a great 4th and Home night at Citizens Bank Park last night watching Cliff Lee dominate the Dodgers and Matt Kemp to the tune of 10 Ks in a 3-1 victory.

For games on Wednesday June 8th 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:

Bud Norris 44% / 40% (HOU) vs. StL

Bronson Arroyo 37% / 38% (CIN) vs CHC

Randy Wolf 23% / 21% (MIL) vs NYM

Carl Pavano 21% / 5% (MIN) @ CLE

Jason Vargas 9% / 7% (SEA) @ CWS

Carlos Villanueva 7% / 3% (TOR) @ KC

Zach Duke 5% / 4% (ARI) @ PIT

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 06.02.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  We’re starting to see some new names show up on the list of readily available starters as teams are starting to call up prospects or are dipping into their 6th/7th men to fill injuries.  The rookies of course, make for much more fashionable pickups than the ole journeyman but are they really your best bet, let’s take a look.

For games on Friday June 3rd 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:

Bronson Arroyo 38% /  40% (CIN) vs. LAD

Josh Collmenter 26% / 21% (ARI) vs. WAS

Randy Wolf 24% / 24% (MIL) @ FLA

Carl Pavano 22% / 6% (MIN) @ KC

Mark Buehrle 17% / 12% (CWS) vs. DET

Jonathon Niese 11% / 3% (NYM) vs. ATL

Danny Duffy 3% / 1% (KC) vs. MIN

Josh Outman 2% / 1% (OAK) @ BOS

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05.09.11 Fantasy Baseball Hot & Cold List

Have a player who’s playing out of his mind or drastically underachieving? Keep reading right here and get our advice on some of the hottest and coldest players in the majors.

HOT

Jose Reyes

Last 7 games: .419 Avg, 3 R, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 4 SB

Call: Buy

A new Jose sits atop the list this week! While the out of his mind batting average won’t continue, the steals will and he should generate some solid run production. If he stays healthy, he should have been a value pick in the draft.

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 05.01.11

Not a great showing for Spot Starting last night, but as I’ve said before, sometimes the stats and research let you down and that’s why the game is played on the field and not on paper.  Can’t promise we can salvage the week or win your head to head match up with one of these picks though as the pickings are quite slim.  Some of our recent picks like Carl Pavano and Chris Narveson are not recommended this go ’round.  Chris Young is coming off the DL with a dead arm and has a very poor match up today against Halladay and the Phillies who’s bats have awoken.  But as you’ll read all is not lost as there are two good plays to be had.

See you again on Monday when Spot Starting returns with picks for Tuesday.

For games on Sunday May 1st 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:

Carl Pavano 42% / 16% (MIN) @ KC

Chris Narveson 28% / 20% (MIL) @ HOU

Chris Young 23% / 11% (NYM) vs. PHL

Bud Norris 20% / 5% (HOU) vs. MIL

Jon Garland 10% / 7% (LAD) vs. SD

After this, it gets down right ugly, trust me folks.  Doesn’t mean someone can’t pull a good start out of their you know what, but we don’t have a crystal ball, just good hard stats.

My Pick: Bud Norris vs. Brewers

Alternate: Jon Garland vs. Padres

Deep League Special: Garland
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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 04.21.11

If I slept through Tuesday, woke up and you told me the Twins and Phillies games were both shutouts, I would certainly would have assumed Roy Halladay and Carl Pavano had good nights, but that’s baseball as they say and that’s why they play 162. For the second straight day my alternate pick (Randy Wolf) turned in an excellent start while my main pick got hit around.

For games on Thursday April 21st 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:

Jeremy Guthrie 39%/32% (BAL) vs. MIN

Kyle Lohse 23%/22% (StL) vs. WAS

Scott Baker 22%/5% (MIN) @ BAL

Josh Tomlin 14%/17% (CLE) @KC

J.A. Happ 14%/6% (HOU) @ NYM

Jeff Niemann 6%/0.4% (TB) vs. CWS

Brandon McCarthy 6%/3% (OAK) @ SEA

My Pick: Scott Baker at Orioles

Alternate: Jeremy Guthrie vs. Twins

Deep League Special: Brandon McCarthy vs. Mariners

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