May 3, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey (34) pitches during the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Spot Starter Selections-May 8


Hopefully your Monday got off to a solid start with your starting pitchers. If you’re looking to fix what went wrong yesterday on the waiver wire for today, you’ve come to the right spot. If you’re looking for streaming starters or just need an emergency add after an ugly outing, every day at FantasyCPR we give you our top three options of starting pitchers who are scheduled to pitch and are available in over 50% of ESPN leagues. (Percentage ownership in ESPN leagues included in parentheses).

May 3, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Joe Blanton (56) pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Today’s probable pitchers are mostly set up for a two-start week, so as you look around check out guys you can double-up on by holding the rest of the week. Here’s my top three options:

Joe Blanton-Phi: (5.9%) Blanton has been up-and-down this year allowing six runs in San Diego three starts ago, but dominating the Braves in Atlanta his last time out. Tonight, he’ll face the visiting Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Overall, he’s been solid at home with a 1.88 ERA in two home starts with 11 strikeouts. The Mets knocked Blanton around last year, but he wasn’t pitching at this level. The Mets will send Miguel Batista to the mound as a fill-in for the injured Mike Pelfrey. Batista is 0-1 on the year with a 6.92 ERA.

Homer Bailey-Cin: (3.5%) Bailey has had a loss and three no-decisions in his last five starts in which he went at least six innings giving up three runs of fewer. Overall, his record of 1-2 doesn’t reflect the quality starts he’s been turning in. He has a 3.77 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. He’s recorded 20 strikeouts in 31 innings to start the year. The Reds play the Brewers in Milwaukee at 8:10 tonight and Bailey will be matched against Yovani Gallardo. Gallardo got crushed 2 starts ago and then improved but still lost at Petco his last time out. Bailey may be catching the Brewers at an opportune time after the loss of Alex Gonzalez on top of injuries to Carlos Gomez and Mat Gamel.

Jeff Suppan-SD: (0.1%) Suppan’s spot-start was exceptional as he threw five shutout innings against the Brewers. If you need a win, he’s got a favorable matchup against Alex White who was getting knocked around in Triple-A before Colorado recalled him. Grabbing spot starters pitching in Petco is always a nice thing too.

Yesterday, my starters did pretty well. Drew Pomeranz didn’t last long in San Diego (although he did hit a home run), but my other starters both looked good. Jeff Samardzija sported the Inigo Montoya look while pitching the Cubs to a win and Carlos Zambrano pitched a complete game shutout. Both those starte definitely help my numbers for the past week which you can check out below. Tomorrow will help too unless one of my picks get shelled since I get to remove the ugly A.J. Burnett line from the bottom of the results sheet.

Starter Date IP ER K H BB W L
Carlos Zambrano 7-May 9 0 9 3 1 1 0
Jeff Samardzija 7-May 7 1 7 5 2 1 0
Drew Pomeranz 7-May 3 3 2 5 3 0 1
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
ERA WHIP
Totals: 113 2/3 55 81 126 47 6 6 4.35 1.52

Tags: Fantasy Baseball Additions Homer Bailey Jeff Suppan Joe Blanton Spot Starters Starting Pitchers Streaming Starters Waiver Wire