StrategyJuly 11, 2009

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Double Dipper: No Dippers!

By R.J. White

It’s time for another Double Dipper, or is it? With the All-Star Game on tap, there won’t be any pitchers qualifying for use that we can talk about. And with MLB managers habitually switching their rotations around coming out of the All-Star break, I can’t even hazard a guess as to who might be a good one-start option next week. What we can do is check in with Paul and find out his best spot-start options for tomorrow.

Here is perlick29 with his waiver wire spot starters for Sunday’s action. You can follow the action daily at Perlick’s Waiver Wire Spot Starters for 2009!

1. Marc Rzepczynski, Tor – Road vs. Bal (Jeremy Guthrie)

Wow, now that is a real man’s name. I’ll call him Marc for our purposes, although his last name isn’t that hard to pronounce. Marc is a lefty who was relatively unknown before his Major League debut this week, but here’s what we do know:

Marc was a fifth-round draft pick out of the University of California-Riverside. Throughout his two-year minor league career, he’s always struck out more than a batter an inning and kept his ERA nice and low. There’s a very good track record of success here. Most importantly, as a lefty he was described by Baseball Prospectus as having a “sinker that is like a bowling ball that makes it impossible for hitters to lift in the air”. He’s also got a good assortment of a curveball and changeup, which keeps hitters off balance.

True to form in his Major League debut, Marc struck out seven in six innings, and out of the 11 outs recorded, seven came by way of the groundball. Command was an issue, but that’s to be expected with a rookie. He’s also got the unknown factor working for him, so that should help him against the Orioles on Sunday. I like this kid — he’s one to keep watching.

-Prediction- W, 6.1IP, 5H, 2ER, 3BB, 7K

2. Kyle Lohse, StL – Road vs. ChN (Carlos Zambrano)

Lohse is a lot like his teammate Joel Piniero in that fantasy owners just don’t seem to believe in him no matter what he does. I know he just went on the DL, but I was surprised to find him unowned in my league when I checked it. Admittedly, he doesn’t have great numbers against the Cubbies, but after last year’s successful season plus a good start to this season, I think he’s a good bet to continue his fantasy relevance. OK, so he’s no star, but he’s serviceable. His last rehab start in the minors reportedly went very well — he’ll hopefully go six innings after coming back from a forearm strain.

-Prediction- ND, 6IP, 6H, 3ER, 1BB, 3K

Sunday’s Hail Mary

1. Kevin Correia at Giants – I was going to recommend him but he’s owned in 50% of leagues. If he’s available, give him a shot.
2. Brett Anderson at Rays
3. Jason Hammel vs. Braves
4. Doug Davis vs. Marlins

Good luck this weekend everyone. In the meantime and in-between time, I’m Paul Erlick. Bye now.

R.J. White is a fantasy blogger at the sports site FanHouse. Check out his work both here and there, and feel free to talk to him in the forums, where he posts under the name daullaz.
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