Thursday April 9th
1. Brett Anderson OAK - At LAA (Jered Weaver)
-At first I was going to recommend Weaver, but really it came down to which pitcher I like the most of the two. And that is Anderson by a good enough margin that I'll recommend the rookie pitcher. I find with 1st year starters they are very prone to inconsistency. You rarely see the impact rookie starter as opposed to impact rookie hitters. Anderson is a future all-star but temper your expectations in non-keeper leagues.
-Prediction - W, 6IP, 5h, 2ER, 2BB, 3k
2. Manny Parra MIL - At SFG (Matt Cain)
-Biggest problem for Parra: Pitch effeciency. Parra needs to work on using less pitchers per inning. But on the flip side there is talent here and it's someone who can be effective for the 5 innings he's in there. I'd expect he needs to learn more this year but if he starts out hot I'd pick him up on the chance he's ready to succeed.
-Prediction- ND, 5IP, 5h, 2ER, 3BB, 4k
The other possible guys:
Rick Porcello - but again rookies are hard to predict. This one has tremendous potential, but I'd rather wait one start to fully analyze
Ross Ohlendorf - You can probably do better with Brett Anderson.
Kyle Davies - a usable spot start guy, he's the best of this group for this start.
Forget the man crush. I drop what I'm doing to watch Zack Greinke pitch.