Last week’s ERA was 2.44. That’s 22 earned runs in 81 innings. The WHIP was 1.28. That’s 104 baserunners. Had 5 Wins and 58 Ks. (That’s minus Thursday’s Westbrook start because, well, it’s Thursday.) Not too shabby on the ERA considering the schmohawks I recommended last week. Obviously, I’m just as unlucky with Wins with these borderline starters as I am in my real leagues. This offseason September Grey is going to Hawaii to see if he can find the Tiki idol that is cursing his win karma and seeing if he can’t fix this problem. 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 month 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 17th
Nick Blackburn – As I keep recommending him, I’m probably pushing my luck — or my Bluckburn — but he gets the A’s and has an under 2.00 ERA in his last 31+ IP.
Carlos Carrasco – Be impressive if I get out of this day without one blow up, but I continue to impress myself every day.
Wade Davis – All of these guys are risky so far, but that’s the nature of borderline starters, I suppose. Here’s hoping when Davis goes against the Angels, Scioscia decides to bench all his best hitters. Start Mathis at DH, get his bat in the lineup!
Ian Kennedy – If these were in any sorta order, Kennedy would be number one for this day.
Randy Wolf – Has had some success vs. the Giants (really, what pitcher hasn’t?) and coincidentally that’s who he faces on Friday.
Saturday, September 18th
Jhoulys Chacin – Didn’t look terrific in his last start vs. the Diamondbacks, but he gets Ks. Some teams need those sorts of things.
Tommy Hunter – Facing the M’s in the aptly named stadium, Safeco.
James McDonald – A capable strikeout pitcher going against the Diamondhacks.
Kevin Slowey – I was thinking it’s kinda sad that he’s not owned in 50% of ESPN leagues, then I thought about how he’s pitched this year and that made me sadder.
Sunday, September 19th
Joe Blanton – Besides a game in Coors, where you wouldn’t have started him anyway, he hasn’t been hit in over a month.
Derek Lowe – Not a huge fan of Lowe, but goes to Metco. That’s a decent gamble, no relation to Rudy.
Chris Narveson – Was solid in last year’s 2nd half, goes against the Aints and has been racking up Ks.
Monday, September 20th
Brian Duensing – Has been lucky and doesn’t get many Ks, but does go against the Indians in this start.
Bud Norris – Risky but the reward could be huge with Ks.
Tuesday, September 21st
Mark Buehrle – Pretty much the polar opposite of Bud Norris. I can guess Buehrle’s line: 7 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks.
Jake Westbrook – Hasn’t had one bad start since he was traded to the Cards. Forget Annie Sullivan, Dave Duncan’s the miracle worker.
Wednesday, September 22nd
Nick Blackburn – Yes, I recommended Blackburn twice in this post. So shoot me.
Anibal Sanchez – Has alternated good start with bad start for a while now. This start vs. the Mets falls in the good.