It’s been an interesting week. A few of the picks were knocked around while others excelled and perhaps excelled enough to keep the weekly totals strong. We’ll see after the week. Some things got bumped around this week including Scott Baker getting pushed to start against Kansas City instead of Tampa Bay which was beneficial since he got to avoid the white-hot Ben Zobrist. Jason Hammel didn’t start yesterday and is instead starting today. I guess he will count for a Saturday pick.
I’ll give another Saturday pick, but it is academic at this point since games have already started. I meant to post them yesterday, but I passed out early last night after a week of not getting much sleep. The last thing I saw for the night was Carlos Santana’s walkoff home run against my Tigers… what an awful way to fall asleep.
Chris Tillman (BAL @ CHW) – The White Sox just aren’t playing up to their ability. Tillman has had two good and two bad starts so far. He can feast on lesser teams so I’ll give him a shot against Chicago.
Jon Garland (LA v. SD) – Some like him, some don’t, but he performs. He has been especially reliable in the National League despite an unimpressive strikeout rate almost every year (just once above 4.8 since 2004). The Padres offense is downright abysmal making him an easy start. In fact, several lesser starters would be a start against this offense. It’s just sooo bad.
Bud Norris (HOU v. MIL) – What does this guy need to do to get his ownership rates up? All he has done is strikeout six or more in each of his five starts and allow just three runs in his last three starts totaling 18 innings. He has really cut down his walks from 4.5 BB/9 last year down below to 3.0 at 2.9. He isn’t just picking on trash, either. His last start came against the St. Louis Cardinals when he allowed 0 ER in six innings.
Look for the week’s results and the week 5 picks on Sunday.