Walden warriors wrote:Jarod Washburg,
Batista, Miguel (SP, RP-Ari)
Pavano, Carl (SP, RP-Fla)
Soriano, Rafael (SP, RP-Sea)
Escobar, Kelvim (RP, SP-Tor)
Washburn, Jarrod (SP-Ana)
Perez, Odalis (SP-LA)
Trachsel, Steve (SP-NYM)
Thomson, John (SP-Tex)
Suppan, Jeff (SP-Bos)
Lohse, Kyle (SP-Min)
Leiter, Al (SP-NYM)
May, Darrell (SP, RP-KC)
Kinney, Matt (SP-Mil)
Ortiz, Ramon (SP-Ana)
Well, there's a lot of decent options here, so much so that I'd consider subbing these guys in on a start by start basis based on matchups rather than going with one pitcher for the whole playoffs.
First, here are the ones I'd avoid:
Suppan: has been horrible since coming to the AL and is being skipped in the rotation
Soriano: is in long relief and probably will stay there with Garcia pitching better lately
Thomson: I would never trust a Texas pitcher given the park they pitch in
Kinney: was good early in the season but came back to earth quickly
Ortiz: too many homers and walks given up, hurts your WHIP and ERA usually even when he gets a win and gets really shellacked from time to time.
Pavano: too erratic to trust. Follows a couple good start by absolutely putrid ones (ie 8 ER in 0 IP at Boston)
Here are some options you might want to look at using on spot start basis:
1. Leiter and Trachsel: Very hot lately (2.16 and 2.10 August ERAs). However, they have a tough schedule with divisional play in a brutal division with the Braves, Phillies, Marlins and Expos and the Mets ability to give run support for wins could be suspect.
2. Escobar: He's great on the road and awful at home (6.18/2.18 home/road ERA splits). Good start on the road against probably every AL team except Yanks and BoSox.
3. Perez: opposite of Escobar; great at home and terrible on the road (3.03/5.82). He also tends to throw a great game when he's on and if he is could win you a week.
4. Washburn: Has been solid in August (3.29 ERA). He gives up alot of HR so he is probably a good start against teams that don't have alot of great power hitters (ie Oakland and Seattle), but to be avoided against teams like Texas.
5. Batista: Very streaky but has been remarkably solid all year. (3.00 first half ERA/3.00 second half ERA). DBacks offensive support is a problem, but I would start him against all but the strongest offenses. He hasn't given up more than 5 ER in a game this year, and has given up more than 3 ER only 6 times in 31 games.