Apr 8, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

Spot Starter Picks-April 19-Starting Pitchers


12 games on the MLB schedule today with 4 this afternoon and 8 tonight. If you’re streaming starters get your selections in before rosters lock as 12:40 with the Cubs and Marlins get the MLB day started.

Yesterday, my spot starters were good, bad, and indifferent. I gave you R.A. Dickey (bad) who pitched fine and had the lead until the wheels came off in the 2nd and 3rd innings. Derek Lowe did ok for the Tribe but his high WHIP and early HR coupled with the Tribe’s lack of offense kept him from the win even though he wasn’t awful (indifferent). The best selection by far was Jake Peavy. Read more on him in our fantasy baseball sleeper central for today.

April 14, 2012; Philadelphia, PA USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Vance Worley (49) pitches during the fourth inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Normally, my spot starter picks have been part of the Sleeper Central post, but to keep it from getting too long I’m going to separate them into 2 posts.

Here’s who I think could have a nice outing today and is available in many leagues:

Vance Worley-Phi: (41.6 % owned) Worley has pitched decent in both his starts although he took the loss against the Mets his last time out. He’s gone 6 in each allowing 1 R at Pittsburgh and 4 at home against New York. He struck out 5 in each game as well. He’ll try and pick up the Phillies after losing a tough one last night after Cliff Lee pitched 10 shutout innings. He gets to go in Petco against a Padres team that is just 3-10 and Joe Wieland who enters the game sporting a 10.80 ERA. Worley is my #1 spot starter for the day.

Jeff Samardzija-ChC:  (25.7%) The former Notre Dame Wide Receiver threw 8 2/3 innings against the Nats in his first start and was through 4 shutout innings against the Cardinals before tehy got to him for 5 runs in the 5th. In his 13 2/3 innings he has 13 K’s with a WHIP of 1.47. He is 2-0 and will take on the Marlins in Miami this afternoon.

Henderson Alvarez-Tor: (2.8%) Alvarez has 2 no-decisinos but has pitched well enough to win both times before the Jays bullpen let him down. His WHIP is under 1 and his ERA 2.77. Don’t expect many K’s as he has just 4 in his 2 games. He’ll start his 3rd game at the Rogers Centre tonight against the Rays potnet lineup. He’d be higher on the list with a better matchup, but is still a solid option since he has limited fellow AL East teams the Orioles and Red Sox.

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