Wednesday April 15th
1. Aaron Laffey CLE - Road vs. KC (Sidney Ponson)
-By Request. Laffey is a soft-tossing lefty so it's unlikely he'll ever have the kind of strikeout numbers to make him a fantasy asset. But the weather is cold in KC right now, the balls aren't going anywhere. I like him for a QS against a KC who are really struggling to find a groove.
-Prediction- W, 6IP, 6h, 2ER, 1BB, 2k
2. Joe Blanton PHI - Road vs, WAS (Shairon Martis)
-The win factor alone makes this worthy of a spot start. Blanton pitched poorly in his first start but he's a league average pitcher so he'll bounce back. On an unrelated note: Is there a worse color-commentator in the major leagues than Rob Dibble? It's not even the homer-ness I can't stand it's the dreadful use of "we" as if he is part of the team. Or unnecessarily criticizing the other team's players. Yuck, this franchise does nothing right.
-Prediction- W, 6IP, 7h, 3ER, 2BB, 4k
3. Ross Ohlendorf PIT - Home vs. HOU (Mike Hampton)
-You have to ride the Houston thing while it's cold and tomorrow should give us an indication if it's just lefties they can't hit, or righties as well. Either way as Bull Durham said, "You don't mess with a streak." I think I'll withhold my love-making until after Houston scores more than 7 runs. It could be a long dry spell.
-Prediction- ND, 6.1IP, 6h, 2ER, 1BB, 3k
Jarrod Washburn is option 4 but he probably got picked up by a few idiots after his last start.
Forget the man crush. I drop what I'm doing to watch Zack Greinke pitch.