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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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05.16.11 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

Adrian Gonzalez

Last 7 games: .387 Avg, 9 R, 6 HR, 12 RBI, 0 SB

Call: Buy

Now don’t expect Adrian (I call him that because we are tight) to hit for this kind of average all year, but the power is legit. He’s back on track for a 40 homer season which looks about right with some line up protection for Gonzalez.

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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: 05.05.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting, due to being under the weather we were away for a few extra days, so let’s get right back to finding some waiver wire spot start gems.

For games on Thursday May 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:

Brandon Beachy 35% / 46% (ATL) vs. MIL

Bruce Chen 12% / 11% (KC) vs. BAL

Homer Bailey 7% / 0.2% (CIN) vs. HOU

Rick Porcello 5% / 4% (DET) vs. NYY

Joel Pineiro 5% / 10% (LAA) @ BOS

Jason Hammel 3% / 3% (COL) @ ARI

My Pick: Brandon Beachy vs. Brewers

Alternate: Rick Porcello vs. Yankees

Deep League Special: Jason Hammel @ D Backs

Beachy is the pretty clear choice here.  He has 3 straight quality starts including 19Ks in 19 IP.  His excellent K/BB rate has led him to have a sparkling 0.99 WHIP the first month of the season.  His last start against the Brewers was his first of the season and he pitched well enough to win but got a ND with a 6 I, 4 H, 1 ER, 7 K, 1 BB line. Read more of this post

Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 04.30.11

Not a great night for pitchers around the majors last night, lots of blow outs and big innings.  For myself, I was too giddy being a Ben Zobrist owner to care much.  We have some good options heading into the weekend for all of you trying to win your head to head games.

For games on Saturday April 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:

John Lackey 45% / 32% (BOS) vs. SEA

Randy Wolf 39% / 60% (MIL) @ HOU

Tim Stauffer 35% / 3% (SD) @ LAD

Brandon Beachy 26% / 23% (ATL) vs. StL

Brian Duensing 20% / 10% (MIN) @ KC

Jonathan Niese 10% / 1% (NYM) @ PHL

Rick Porcello 4% / 3% (DET) @ CLE

My Pick: John Lackey vs. Mariners

Alternate: Randy Wolf @ Astros

Deep League Special: Rick Porcello
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Killin’ the Odds & the Regular Season

Saturday , 4/2/11

Minnesota Twins (-113) @ Toronto Blue Jays (+103) My Pick: Twins Straight Up -113

The Jays’ outburst yesterday helped lower the price today. It’s a pretty good deal for a Liriano-Drabek matchup and Liriano doesn’t give up many long-balls. Expect the Twins to be patient with Kyle Drabek and make him throw strikes. I also give the edge to the Twins’ bullpen.

Chicago White Sox (-125) @ Cleveland Indians (+115) My Pick: White Sox Straight Up -125

The White Sox scored 15 runs yesterday but don’t blame it all on Fausto Carmona. It doesn’t look like they will repeat their dreadful April from 2010. The White Sox are far superior to the Indians which makes this an easy pick at -125.

Boston Red Sox (+105) @ Texas Rangers (-115) My Pick: Rangers Straight Up -115

Ian Kinsler, Nelson Cruz, Josh Hamilton and Michael Young have hit John Lackey hard in their careers. I think it will be another short day for Lackey in Arlington. The current Red Sox haven’t had much success with Cobly Lewis. With the Rangers being at home, take them to cover the Run Line of -1.5 (+165) if your feeling a little frisky.

Disagree? Light me up in the comments.

Brian “Killboy” Kilpatrick is currently up +662 imaginary dollars in 2011.