what are you thoughts on these spot starts this week:
Batista -AZ- (3-3, 2.87) vs. Wilson -KC- (2-0, 4.41)
Moss -SF- (6-4, 4.42) vs. Affeldt -KC- (3-3, 4.31)
Jennings -COL- (4-5, 5.38) vs. Knotts -DET- (2-4, 4.73)
Tollberg -SD- (0-1, 4.50) vs. Buehrle -CHW- (2-9, 4.60)
batista looks like a solid pick over wilson. i dont know too much about affeldt but moss has looked pretty bad lately. jennings has been fairly solid lately. buehrle hasnt won since april. i think he is due.
I maintain a fairly successful policy of picking up those starting against the Tigers. I myself will be going with Jennings this week. Batista may look good, but the Dbacks are notorious for not giving run support at times, so you just never know with them.
The only one of those that I can really recommend would be Batista, because he has pitched exceptionally well this year and has been the DBacks most consistent pitcher. Also, KC is in a bit of a funk lately so the chances of getting a win are good.
Jennings also could be a good start against the Tigers, and not at Coors, but he has been so inconsistent this year that it's risky.
I wouldn't touch Moss right now until he figures out how to not walk 6 or 7 guys every game. He started off the year hot, which is why his ERA looks way better than he has pitched lately. Using him right now is plain scary. Also, Tollberg is absolutely terrible and I would not use him under any circumstances. Last night he started and didn't even make it out of the 1st inning. The Padres are also an atrocious offense, so the chances of a win are slim to none.
thanks for the replies. i was actually interested in affeldt as opposed to moss but i hear affeldt may be scratched from his next start. i was also interested in buehrle and may pick him up depending on how he looks tonight.
after some research i have noticed that jennings has actually done slightly better at coors compared to on the road so far this year. pretty strange, but i would expect that to reverse itself as the season progresses.
If Buerhle is available, get him immeadiately. He is a far better option than any of the other spot starts that you listed, and in particular his start against SD is an extremely good start to use him for.
last night reminded me why i dumped buehlre in the first place - 8 earned in 4.3 innings. i think he will still be a solid pitcher after the break but since i have pedro, schilling, morris, oswalt, vazquez, and willis i dont think i am going to pick him for anything other than a spot start. too bad for me almost all of my pitchers are injured or are nursing injuries.
what do you guys think of jeremy gonzalez of tampa bay vs. ryan dempster. althought the devil rays have lost quite a few in a row gonzalez is a lot better than dempster. dempster has just been getting shelled lately (era of 12 in june). gonz. might give up a few runs but i think the chances for a win good.