I don’t usually post on Saturday, but I owe you all some spot starter picks! I fell asleep early and was out like a light last night. I finished my top 30 picks, then focused in entirely on my Tigers against the White Sox and wasn’t awake to see the end of the 6-4 loss. So let’s get these out quickly and you still might be able to make a move:
Doug Fister (SEA v. TB) – I never bought in on Fister last year and was eventually proven right as he ended the season with a 4.11 ERA. He just didn’t strikeout enough guys for my liking. He has changed that so far this year with 6.0 K/9 in May and 6.2 for the season. Combine that with a strong 2.0 BB/9 and this is an appealing skill set. The M’s are somehow smoking the Rays early on in this series and it doesn’t get easier for the Rays facing Fister.
Dillon Gee (NYM v. ATL) – Not much is going right for the Mets this year, but Gee has been a bright spot for the Mets rotation and I like him at home (2.20 ERA in Citi) against the Braves.
Ryan Vogelsong (SF v. COL) – The strikeouts are on the decline a bit in his last three starts, but he has a 0.38 ERA at home despite 5.3 K/9. He amps up the punchouts on the road (8.6) so if you need Ks, the trends say this might not be the best spot for him, but for a quality outing I’d go with him.
Erik Bedard (SEA v. TB) – His swan song on Trolling the Wire as his ownership rates continue to climb because owners are finally catching on.
James McDonald (PIT v. PHI) – He was positively brilliant in May (2.86 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 9.0 K/9, 3.5 K/BB in 35 IP) and I think he can hold his own against the Phillies, especially at home (2.55 home ERA/6.49 road). His offense faces Roy Halladay so a win might be tough to come by, but we don’t chase wins.
Results (need to rally this weekend!) and Week 10 picks tomorrow…