April 19, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joe Wieland (43) throws during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Spot Starter Selections-April 30


As we’re headed into the new week, hopefully your pitching staff is in solid shape and trying to figure out what to do with a abundance of talent, like the Red Sox rotation, and not a mess to to injury and ineffectiveness, like the Yankees. If you do need some stopgaps for the week or if you are going to implement the “Streaming Starters,” check back daily for more players who make good additions or pickups. Also make sure to swing by our Sleeper Central daily as well as our  archive feature.

April 25, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher James McDonald (53) throws a pitch against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of the first game of a doubleheader at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Yesterday, my picks were solid but not spectacular as you can see in our week’s result table at the bottom of the post. Here’s the 3 guys who will join that list tomorrow.

James McDonald-Pit:(0.4%) McDonald actually carryied a no-hitter into the 6th his last start out.  He has yet to give up more than 3 runs in any start and last time out he left after 7, 1-hit innings. He reamins 0-1, though, since his bullpen has blown them all for him and his owners. Today, McDonald and the Pirates are still in Atlanta as they close out their series against Mike Minor and the Bravos.

Duane Below-Det: Below will get his first start of the year for the Tigers today against the visiting Royals. He was knocked around a bit last year, but so far this he’s year pitched 12 innings and has yet to give up a run. He has 9 K’s in those 12 innings and will be facing the Royals he should make him a nice option in the short-term for the Tigers until Doug Fister returns form injury.

Joe Wieland-SD: (0.0%) Wieland is 0-3 with a plus 4.5 ERA which explains his availability. However, his last 2 starts have actually been wp;od. One of the reasons they’ve been better is that they’ve taken place in Petco. He’s gone 6 in both starts giving up 1 run to the Phillies and 2 to the Nationals. Today he’ll pitch at home again as the Padres host the Randy Wolf-led Brewers. Wolf is off to a rough start and unless he turns it around in a major way could allow Wieland to grab a W with a solid performance. If he does get the win, it will be win #1 for him on the season and in his MLB career.

Starter Date IP ER K H BB W L
Wade Miley 29-Apr 6 1/3 0 6 1 2 1 0
Kevin Correia 29-Apr 4 1/3 2 0 4 5 0 1
Jason Vargas 29-Apr 6 2 4 4 3 0 1
Dillon Gee 28-Apr 7 3 7 7 2 1 0
Wei-Yin Chen 28-Apr 7 1 4 6 2 1 0
Bruce Chen 28-Apr This game was rained out.
Ross Detwiler 27-Apr 6 3 4 5 2 0 1
A.J. Burnett 27-Apr 6 2 8 6 3 0 1
Joe Saunders 27-Apr 9 0 4 3 2 1 0
Felix Doubront 26-Apr 6 3 2 5 3 1 0
Josh Tomlin 26-Apr 4 2/3 4 1 8 2 0 1
Ryan Vogelsong 26-Apr 6 4 5 7 2 0 0
Jason Hammel 25-Apr 7 0 7 4 1 1 0
Bronson Arroyo 25-Apr 5 1 2 9 1 0 0
Trevor Cahill 25-Apr 5 1/3 4 3 6 2 0 1
Vance Worley 24-Apr 6 1 6 5 1 1 0
Tommy Milone 24-Apr 8 0 5 3 0 1 0
Kevin Correia 24-Apr 6 2 4 4 0 0 0
ERA WHIP
Totals: 105 2/3 32 72 87 33 8 6 2.73 1.14

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