Tag Archives: Jon Garland

Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 05.15.11

Welcome to the last Spot Starting for the week, as always we’re trying to find that one last good start to win your head to head match up or pad your stats for the week.  The aces are out for Sunday across the league but as always we’re hunting for those guys flying under the radar but as you’ll see the picks are very tough.  Also read my Casual Sabermetrician article on SPs to buy low or sell high on based on the first quarter of the season.

For games on Sunday May 15th 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:

Kevin Correia 37% / 37% (PIT) @ MIL

Javier Vazquez 27% / 3% (FLA) @ WAS

Travis Wood 19% / 40% (CIN) vs. StL

Brian Duensing 18% / 7% (MIN) vs. TOR

Mark Buehrle 14% / 10% (CWS) @ OAK

Freddy Garcia 12% / 10% (NYY) vs. BOS

Jake Arrieta 11% / 14% (BAL) @ TB

Jason Marquis 10% / 7% (WAS) vs. FLA

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 05.14.11

Welcome to the Friday the 13th edition of Spot Starting.  Tons of depth to be had for Saturday’s games.

For games on Saturday May 14th 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:

Kyle McClellan 44% / 38% (StL) @ CIN

Anibal Sanchez 42% / 65% (FLA) @ WAS

Wade Davis 26% / 63% (TB) vs. BAL

Derek Holland 23% / 6% (TEX) vs. LAA

Chris Narveson 16% / 10% (MIL) vs. PIT

R.A. Dickey 14% / 4% (NYM) @ HOU

Erik Bedard 12% / 8% (SEA) @ CLE

Tyson Ross 3% / 2% (OAK) vs. CWS

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 05.12.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  Small slate of games on Thursday as per usual, so we need to dig deep, let’s see what we can find out there.  Many are day games, so set your rosters early then enjoy some afternoon baseball at work, what could be better?

For games on Thursday May 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:

Jordan Zimmermann 48% / 49% (WAS) @ ATL

Jon Garland 10% / 6% (LAD) @ PIT

Ivan Nova 8% / 5% (NYY) vs. KC

Charlie Morton 6% / 4% (PIT) vs. LAD

Jason Vargas 3% / 0.3% (SEA) @ BAL

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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: 04.27.11

The pickings were slim yesterday and yet another great start was made by a pitcher on absolutely no one’s radar as Phil Humber pitched a gem against the Yankees taking a no hitter into the 7th inning.  Humber is owned in 1% of Yahoo! leagues and a slim 0.1% of ESPN (basically his dad owns him).  You just never know when a great start will come out of nowhere, but we can look at the match ups and stats and continue to do our best.

For games on Wednesday April 27th 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 34% / 23% (TEX) vs. TOR

Anibal Sanchez 33% / 40% (FLA) vs. LAD

Jeremy Guthrie 33% / 17% (BAL) vs. BOS

Josh Tomlin 26% / 27% (CLE) vs. KC

R.A. Dickey 20% / 5% (NYM) vs. WAS

Mark Buehrle 15% / 10% (CWS) @ NYY

Bartolo Colon 8% / 3% (NYY) vs. CWS

Sam LeCure 4% / 3% (CIN) @ MIL

My Pick: Anibal Sanchez vs. Dodgers

Alternate: Josh Tomlin vs. Royals

Deep League Special: Bartolo Colon vs. White Sox


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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 04.25.11

Well it was a good first full week for us here at Spot Starting, couple bumps in the road but overall a good week.  Hopefully the picks were able to help you in your head to head matches.   Starting off Monday we have an abbreviated schedule which is common for Mondays throughout the season, but let’s see if we can sneak in a good pick with these very very slim pickings.

For games on Monday April 25th 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:

Chris Narveson 49% / 40% (MIL) vs. CIN

Jon Garland 9% / 3% (LAD) @ FLA

No other available starters even rate a mention

My Pick: Jon Garland @ Marlins

Alternate: Chris Narveson vs. Reds

Deep League Special: none

Garland is heading into his 3rd start of the season after starting on the DL, in his last outing he threw a CG gem against the Braves.  Garland is 3-0 lifetime at Sun Life Stadium with a 2.13 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and .227 BAA.  Those numbers were even better last year as he went 2-0 with 14K in 12.2IP, 1.42 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, .171 BAA.  The Marlins were cooled off Saturday and I think they are ready to come back down to earth after a fast start.

Narveson is our only other legitimate choice today as the picking are extremely slim.  And being the first day of the week even Narveson should only be picked up if you think you’ll have a hard time meeting your league minimum IP for the week as he hasn’t been as sharp his last two outings.

Deep League Special will return tomorrow.

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2011 National League West Previews: Dodgers

Today’s Focus: Los Angeles Dodgers

2010 Record: 80-82, 4th NL West

In 2010 the Dodgers struggled to an 80-82 overall record but they were 40-32 against the NL West. The Dodgers ended 2009 in first place but, in 2010 they finished in 4th place even though they had nearly the same team. Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, and Jonathan Broxton were arguably their best players in 2009 but they struggled mightily at times in 2010. Will they be able to rebound in 2011? Read more of this post

2011 National League West Previews: Padres

Today’s Focus: San Diego Padres

2010 Record: 90-72, 2nd in NL West

The Padres shocked the baseball world last year by finishing 2 games behind the San Francisco Giants in the West and 1 game behind the Atlanta Braves for the wild card spot. Their 90 win season can be attributed to their strong pitching and solid defense. Will they be able to shock us again?

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