Spot Starter Selections, May 1

Depending on how your Monday started, you may be in need of some fantasy baseball starting pitching. If you get off to a bad start with a high ERA you need to get some innings, and the best way to do that is by a strategy called “streaming starters.” The idea is using the same roster spot to pick up and drop starters after using them for just that matchup on that day.

Apr 26, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront (61) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at US Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

Each day throughout the season, I’ve given you 3 selections as my spot starters for that day. Yesterday, my picks did well with K’s but my ERA rose a little since Joe Wieland got knocked around a little. You can see all my results from the past week at the bottom of the page below these 3 picks for today.

Felix Doubront-Bos: (2.6% ownership in ESPN Leagues) Doubront will go against the A’s in Fenway tonight backed by a rolling Red Sox lineup. He’ll face off against prospect Jarrod Parker of Oakland.  Parker was expected in his Oakland debut shutting down the White Sox, but the Sox offense is crushing everything right now and have provided Doubront with 9 runs of support in each of his last 2 starts. His last home start was definitely his most impressive as he limited the Yankees to just a run on 4 hits in 6 innings while striking out 7. He followed that up with his first win of the season as he led the Red Sox past the White Sox in Chicago. I think he’ll most likely get the W and have another solid outing tonight in Fenway.

April 26, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jerome Williams (57) throws a pitch in the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Charlie Morton-Pit: (0.0%) Morton allowed just a run in 7 innings his last time out against the Rockies and will look to build on that success as the Pirates open their series in St. Louis. He’s coming off of hip surgery this past off-season and has a 2.65 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, .254 BAA, and a 1-1 record through his first 3 starts. Morton will be opposed by Adam Wainwright who has been getting hammered so far this season.

Jerome Williams-LAA (0.1%) Williams will face the Twins as the Angels try to build on their momentum from winning yesterday. Williams last 2 starts have been solid after getting crushed in NY in his first start of the season. He’s pitched into the seventh in both outings against the Orioles and Rays, while striking out 6 in each outing and allosing a total of 5 runs. The Twins lineup isn’t that ferocious so look for a third consecutive quality start from the native of Hawaii in his 4th start of the year.


Starter Date IP ER K H BB W L
James McDonald 30-Apr 7 2/3 3 10 7 2 1 0
Duane Below 30-Apr This game was rained out
Joe Wieland 30-Apr 5 5 8 5 2 0 1
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
Totals: 98 1/3 37 75 87 36 7 7 3.39 1.25

Topics: Charlie Morton, Fantasy Baseball Help, Felix Doubront, Jerome Williams, Spot Starters, Starting Pitchers, Streaming Starters, Waiver Wire

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