The end of a another week of head to head match ups rolls around, and it's that time to see if there are any worthies to consider adding to our rosters to get those last few Starting Pitching stats that will allow us to emerge victorious. As always, any player listed below is owned in 50% or less of leagues as of publication.
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Thursday, May 10, 2012
Derek Lowe CLE @ BOS Josh Beckett
So long as the Indians continue to win, there is no good reason not to trust Lowe. Aside from the horrible K/9 and K:BB ratios, of course, but he has a sub 2.50 ERA and 4 wins, so don't quibble.
James McDonald PIT vs. HOU Bud Norris
Felipe Paulino KC @ CHW Gavin Floyd
McDonald has allowed only 5 ER in his last three starts, and has also kicked in with 25Ks over that time as well. That, and facing the Astros, against whom he has pitched well in 6 career starts, makes this an easy suggestion. Even his team's offense seems to be picking up.
Paulino is a nice strikeout option, as he puts up nearly a K/IP. The opponent is not a world beater, either, and the Royals play better on the road than at home.
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Felix Doubront BOS vs Josh Tomlin
J.A. Happ HOU @ PIT Charlie Morton
Aaron Harang LAD vs. COL Juan Nicasio
Jerome Williams LAA @ TEX Matt Harrison
Doubront is beginning to win me over with his strikeout potential. His problem is that he doesn't pitch deep into games, although his last start lasted 6.1 innings. As with Pittsburgh, the offense in Boston is heating up, too.
Happ has had good success against Pittsburgh in his career, or at least the four times he squared off against the Pirates last season. He has good K potential, but needs to bring his ERA and WHIP down to be considered for a full-time fantasy roster spot in mixed leagues.
Harang just keeps plugging along. He's only allowed 3 ER over the past 11.2 IP he has pitched, racking up 7 Ks during that period as well. Pitching at home against the Rockies is in his favor, too, as opposed to taking the mound at Coors Field.
Williams is a pitcher that flies under the radar, but in his starts this season, he is putting up a very good K/BB rate of 23:9. Not a great match up, I confess, especially given that he's facing Texas at their hitter-friendly park. Use with caution or if desperate.
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Bronson Arroyo CIN vs. WAS Edwin Jackson
A.J. Burnett PIT vs. HOU Wandy Rodriguez
Jarrod Parker OAK vs DET Justin Verlander
Arroyo is the type of pitcher that keeps his team in the game, by limiting the amount of damage the opponent can do. He can get the big K when necessary, having put up a 27:4 K/BB rate over 39.1 IP this year. Lucky is a nice quality to find in a SP.
Burnett is hot and cold to an extreme. Since his last outing against the Nationals was extremely good, I have some trepidation about this go-around. Still, he's at home, facing the Astros, who while not as bad as many feared, are not at all great. Again, as with Jerome Williams on Saturday, use caution.
Parker has been impressive in his early MLB career. In his first two starts, he showed good command and control, putting up a 9:3 K/BB ratio; of course, he skewed that to the wrong side of the fence when he walked 5 and struck out two in his last outing against Toronto. Not the best of match ups, facing the Tigers' ace, but he is at home and his stadium should help him out. Despite his control problems in the Blue Jays game, he still has only allowed 4 ER in 20 IP. I would suggest that if you pick him up, you consider finding a roster spot for him beyond Sunday's start.
Good luck and godspeed in your fantasy endeavors. If you have any starting pitching questions, I can be reached at email@example.com. And thanks to those readers who've contacted me this week with lineup questions. Always willing to offer my opinion.
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