I love guys who pitch so the infielders can help. I don’t know how many people keep up with the GO/AO (Ground out/Air out) stat, but it has been beneficial to me when I’m in a coin toss scenario for spot starts. The list has a smattering of fantasy studs, but has some shockers, as well. This free piece of advice is brought to you by the letter G, the number 8 and pinwheels. So back on point, week 5 has a dual purpose. Obviously to show you who pitches twice and their effectiveness with keeping it on the floor. So here’s the two start pitchers for this week in fantasy baseball:
Mike Leake (NYM vs. Perez) (Cubs vs. Gorzellany)
Kid’s got appeal. Gets 2 home starts. The only caveats are that he walks too many and the Mets are hitting their stride right now. Keeps ball in the infield to a tune of 2.92 GO/AO. A must grab in most formats for this week or any week moving forward as a back end of the rotation guy.
Jaime Garcia (@ Phil vs. Hamels) (@ Pitt vs. Karstens)
Gets a tough first start in a hitter’s park, but if you look closer he is the clubhouse leader in GO/AO with 4.45. Anyone who pitches against Pittsburgh has to be a favorite. Number one pick up this week; run faster than you did to go get Leake
Livan Hernandez (Atl vs. Kawakami) (@Fla vs. Sanchez)
Another great 2 start option this week. 3 ER in last 31 innings; yeah, that’s getting it done. May K less than 2 per game as he pitches to contact at a 1.25 GO/AO rate. I don’t care how old he is or if throws 50 mph… He is pitching effectively, plain and simple.
Kevin Correia (Col vs. Jimenez) (Hou vs. Oswalt)
This is what you get as the ace of a bad pitching staff: you match up against two studs. Still has Petco watching his back though. If you’re sleepin’ on him, your team is prolly vacated. GO/AO is 2.6 and vs. two great SPs he needs to be efficient.
Luke Hochevar (@CHW vs. Floyd) (@ Tex vs. Feldman)
Starting to get some juice in mixed leagues, though still plays in Siberia. Two road starts is a downer. A stellar 1.8 GO/AO rate is nice, having a shaky infield is not so good. Late flyer good for 7-9 K’s for the week.
Carl Pavano (Det vs. Willis) (Bal vs. Matusz)
Gets some home cooking against some free swinging teams. GO/AO is 1.15 which is eh, but not horrendous. Maybe on the best team in the central right now. Doesn’t walk anyone, so low WHIP is a good bet. My 2 win pick of the week.
Paul Maholm (Chc Vs Dempster) ( StL vs. Wainwright)
Nightmare on Clemente Street. Could pitch well enough to keep his team in it for 5 innings, not consecutively though. GP/AO 1.4 is well above average. Not liking the matchups, but there are way worse options.
Anibal Sanchez (SF vs. Wellemeyer) (@ Was vs. Hernandez)
Gets pretty good matchups considering. Gives up way too many hits for my liking. GO/AO is sitting at 1.15. Is going to alternate good/bad starts and I think he’s somewhere in between this week. Pitches well enough to win.
Joe Blanton ( StL vs. Wainwright) (Atl vs. Kawakami)
If he can stay healthy, he may be the one overlooked guy this week. I shy away from anyone’s first start back from the DL. Career GO/AO is 1.08, and 2 games at home (albeit in the homer dome east). Though that offense behind him is comforting.