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Watching the Wire: May 9-15

May 9, 2011
Pitcher Decision IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
Norris L 7 7 3 2 9 3.85 1.28
Humber ND 7 3 2 3 4 2.57 0.85
Carmona W 8 5 1 1 5 1.12 0.75
Correia W 6 5 2 2 3 3 1.16
Jackson L 8 6 1 1 2 1.12 0.87
Total 2 Wins 36 26 9 9 23 2.25 1.02

 

Well, looky there. That was pretty fun, actually. The worst ERA was a 3.85, but Norris still struck out nine. Jackson’s two K’s weren’t too much, but he only gave up one run in eight innings.  Here are this week’s top streaming options.

Fausto Carmona – Saturday vs Seattle – Carmona will probably be a popular pick here, because he’s so inconsistent he’s not going to be owned in that many leagues. With Carmona you have to pick your spots, and that’s what I’m doing here. He’s had three good starts in a row, and in his last two he’s got 12 K’s compared to only two walks in 15 innings. Seattle ranks 24th or worse in runs, average, OBP, slugging and OPS as a team, and in their last six games the Mariners have only scored 14 runs.

Joel Pineiro – Tuesday vs Chicago – If you’re in a roto league and need strikeouts, Pineiro isn’t your guy. But if you’re looking for some ERA and WHIP help, Pineiro should be able to help you. Pineiro’s made two starts this year, both of which came against good offenses (Boston and Tampa). Yet he’s only given up seven hits in 12.2 innings. The White Sox are averaging just over three runs a game in the last week, which is just about similar to what they’re averaging on the year. They’ve underperformed all year and don’t seem to be breaking out any time soon.

Jason Hammel – Tuesday vs New York, Saturday vs San Diego – Hammel is 2-0 in his last three, racking up 12 K’s in 20.2 innings. In a start against the Mets last month Hammel went six innings, gave up only two runs and struck out three. With Hammel and Pineiro you don’t have the upside that you have in Bud Norris or Edwin Jackson, but the matchups are nice for Hammel what with both the Mets and Padres averaging four or fewer runs in May.

Mark Buehrle – Saturday vs Oakland – Buehrle shut-out the A’s last month in eight innings, only giving up two hits. As a team the A’s are only getting on base at a 28 percent clip in May, and are scoring fewer than four runs a game in this month. Buehrle’s only given up five runs in his last 21.2 innings, but his road ERA is well over five. However, in his last two road starts, with one coming against the Yankees, he’s struck out eight, walked only two, and has given up 15 hits in 15 innings.

Brandon McCarthy – Friday vs Chicago – After a solid spring, McCarthy has been quite a surprise for the A’s rotation. He hasn’t walked more than two batters in any start, has a near 4:1 K:BB, and has really only had one bad start. He’s been able to work deep into games, which will help those of you in leagues that count innings pitched. Again, the White Sox haven’t been anything near what they were projected to be in the pre-season, so I would suggest continuing to stream starters against them until they show signs of life of an offense.

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