This is it, fellas and three girl readers. The last train is leaving the station. The giddy has just about got up and went. It’s your last chance and I’d throw every single pitcher, not just the ones I have listed here if it meant the difference in my league. You need to do what you do. The line for last week was 5.02 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, 57 Ks and 5 Wins in 77 IP. Um, that’s hideous. If I were to remove Eveland, Huff and Lincoln, ERA would drop to 3.52. So most the damage was done by three guys. Still, blech. Let’s see if I can avoid recommending Lincoln for a third week! To recap, these aren’t guys I’d drop anyone worthwhile to get, these starters are meant for streaming purposes and all of their ownership in ESPN is under 50%. These streamers are in no particular order. Also, in the final days of the season, managers juggle their lineups more, so there’s no guarantee all of these guys are listed on the right day. Anyway, here’s some borderline starters for this week in fantasy baseball:
Friday, September 23rd
Carl Pavano – Against the Indians this year, he’s been a Pava…yes. See what I did there? Spectacular!
Rick Porcello – The deal right now, in these last few days of September, is go big or go home or don’t go big and don’t go home. In other words, you have to decide if you need to start a whole mess of guys to try and win, or if you can coast like the Phils. Don’t fully trust Porcello but he’s better than some other schmohawks.
R.A. Dickey – He hasn’t been bad in two months and he gets the playoff-bound Phils. I do tend to shy away from knuckleballers with Dickey being one. (Must’ve been so hard for him growing up with a name like Dickey and being a knuckleballer. I imagine it’s hard for anyone under the age of 45 to be a knuckleballer. Knuckleballers don’t exactly pull the girls. Or maybe they don’t pull girls so that’s why they become knuckleballers. Deep thoughts with Grey Albright.)
Brett Myers – I nearly put Drew Pomenranz here too (his opponent). One million ways to stream, choose one.
Aaron Harang – A few pitchers I liked for today were left off because they were just above 50% owned. Basically, every pitcher on this Friday is a good spot start.
Saturday, September 24th
Cory Luebke – As good as Friday was for spot starters, Saturday’s that bad. For full disclosure, I nearly suggested Jerome Williams, but then I thought about Jerome Williams and I decided nah. Not a capital nah or a no way, just a small quiet nah.
Sunday, September 25th
Mike Minor – Not great matchups today either. I mean, there’s some good pitchers going but they’re owned in more than 50% of leagues. Minor’s at least good for some Ks. BTW, this start could change if the Braves have already clinched. Then Detwiler’s start vs them wouldn’t look as bad.
Edwin Jackson – Gave me a pretty lousy start last time he appeared in the borderline starter post (5 IP, 5 ER), but I’m a glutton for punishment. Not gluten, gross.
Monday, September 26th
Randy Wells – Only because he goes against the Padres in Petco. On a related note, what are the Cubs doing in San Diego at the end of the season? I can only imagine how well this would’ve went down if the Cubs were in the playoff chase… Okay, as hard as that is to imagine.
Brandon McCarthy – He’s only listed here because he was under 50% owned when I wrote this up. I imagine by Monday he won’t be under 50% anymore. He might not even be by today.
Jason Vargas – Him and McCarthy go against each other. I don’t stream two pitchers in the same game, but chances are McCarthy will be gone and Vargas could throw a decent game, as well.
Tuesday, September 27th
Jeanmar Gomez – Sounds like a Swedish Latino, doesn’t he? Swexicano? Not the greatest of matchups with Gomez going against the Tigers if it wasn’t for the fact the Tigers will be resting for the playoffs.
Wednesday, September 28th
R.A. Dickey – Look at me, double dipping on Dickey this week. That’s what she said! Though I’m not sure why she would say that. It’s not like it would reflect well on her.
Eric Surkamp – Unlike previous years, the Rockies folded up their blankets and checked out in August. If Surkamp’s gone, I’d look at his opponent, Pomeranz, simply because the Giants aren’t that good.
Brett Myers – The last day of the season is actually a great day to stream pitchers. Hitters take the last day off, managers bring in Triple-A hitters just to give them a chance to play, people check out, basically.
Brad Peacock – Thankfully, he’s not facing Dickey on the last day of the season because then my head would’ve exploded. The one on my shoulders.