Spot Starter Selections-May 7

Monday’s a new week in fantasy baseball, and you’ve come to the right place if your starting the week looking for starting pitching help or are trying the streaming starter technique. Each day I’ll give you my top 3 picks that are available in over half ESPN leagues that are scheduled to start in favorable matchups and in line for good games.

Here’s who I like for today:

May 2, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) pitches during the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark. The Cubs defeated the Reds 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Jeff Samardzija-ChC: (23.7% owned in ESPN Leagues) Opening the season with an awesome performance may have hurt Samardzija in the long-run since his next two starts were not very good. His last two starts, one against St. Louis and one at Cincinnati, have shown his potential. The former Fighting Irish Wide Receiver will take the ball tonight against the Braves at Wrigley. He’s allowed just a single run on seven hits in his last two starts lasting 14.1 innings and striking out 16. He’s 3-1 on the year with a 3.41 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.

Carlos Zambrano-Mia: (8.4%) Zambrano takes the mound tonight against the Astros for Miami in Houston. He faced the Astros eralier this year and got a no-decision after allowing just a run in 6 innings. In three of his five starts he’s given up zero or one earned run including his last start where he went seven shutout innings in San Francisco. He has a 1.19 WHIP and a 2.53 ERA and is still looking for his first win of the season. Houston’s lineup isn’t horrible, but big Z is a good pick for tonight.

May 2, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies pitcher Drew Pomeranz (13) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field.Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

Drew Pomeranz-Col: (0.9%) Since his rocky debut when he gave up five runs in 4.1 innings against Arizona, Pomeranz has giving up two or one earned run in each of his following three starts. His strikeout numbers have been there with 18 in 20 innings, but his walks and hits allowed are keeping his WHIP high (1.60) and his pitch count elevated. He needed 113 his last time out against LA. It was the deepest Drew has made it into a game pitching 6.2 innings with just 4 hits and one run allowed. He’ll look to continue his quick transition to the Rockies rotation tonight as they visit the pitcher-friendly confines of Petco. He’ll face Edinson Volquez who has been pitching well, so he may not get the win, but he should have another solid start as he continues to develop into the ace of the future for Colorardo.

Yesterday, I knew my Buchholz pick was risky and it came back to haunt me as Clay got pounded by the O’s. Thankfully, my top 2 options did decently and kept my overall numbers livable. I can’t wait to get the Burnett start off this chart, but it includes all my picks from the last week, even the not-so-successful ones.

Starter Date IP ER K H BB W L
Jerome Williams 6-May 6 2/3 2 4 8 1 1 0
Trevor Cahill 6-May 7 3 2 5 2 0 1
Clay Buchholz 6-May 3 2/3 5 4 7 4 0 0
James McDonald 5-May 6 1/3 1 7 6 2 1 0
Chris Capuano 5-May 7 0 7 3 2 1 0
Kyle Drabek 5-May 5 5 2 8 5 0 1
Derek Lowe 5-May 6 2 1 9 2 0 0
Aaron Cook 5-May 2 2/3 6 0 8 1 0 1
Jason Vargas 4-May 6 1/3 1 5 4 2 0 0
Wade Miley 4-May 6 4 4 7 2 0 0
Drew Smyly 4-May 6 2 7 7 0 0 0
Ross Detwiler 3-May 6 1/3 1 2 3 3 1 0
Ryan Vogelsong 3-May 7 1 5 8 4 0 1
Homer Bailey 3-May 6 3 4 9 1 0 0
Barry Zito 2-May 3 2/3 1 1 2 7 0 0
Joe Saunders 2-May 6 1/3 2 6 7 2 0 0
A.J. Burnett 2-May 2 2/3 12 2 12 1 0 1
Jerome Williams 1-May 9 0 6 3 1 1 0
Felix Doubront 1-May 4 5 8 6 2 0 1
Charlie Morton 1-May 4 1/3 5 5 8 2 0 1
ERA WHIP
Totals: 112 61 82 130 46 5 7 4.90 1.57

Topics: Carlos Zambrano, Drew Pomeranz, Fantasy Baseball Help, Jeff Samardzija, Pitching Probables, Spot Starters, Starting Pitchers, Streaming Starters, Waiver Wire

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