Here are the best two start pitchers for May 10 through May 16. Ownership is listed in parenthesis for Yahoo leagues.
Brian Matusz (Owned 48%) vs. SEA, vs. CLE
Over the last week, Cleveland and Seattle are 13th and 14th in the American League in runs scored and both teams are also 13th and 14th respectively in runs scored for the whole season. Matusz has a 10:1 strikeout to walk rate in two starts at Camden Yards this year.
Ted Lilly (Owned 56%) vs. FLA, vs. PIT
Lilly has been disappointing statistically in his last two starts, but in his most recent outing he did settle down and pitch well after a tough first inning. Look for him to build on that momentum against two teams in the lower third of baseball at scoring runs against left-handed pitching.
Jonathan Niese (Owned 6%) vs. WASH, @FLA
For deeper leagues, Niese has 11 strikeouts and 1 walk in his last two starts for the Mets and has only given up two extra base hits. The Nationals and Marlins are in the lower half in baseball in team OPS.
Wade LeBlanc (Owned 20%) @SFG, vs. LAD
LeBlanc has a 37 to 9 strikeout to walk rate since the start of spring training (not including minor league statistics) and will be pitching in two pitcher’s parks this week. He’s also playing for a first place team, so he is a candidate for wins.
Jake Westbrook (Owned 2%) @KC, @Balt
Westbrook has had a miserable start to the season with just two quality starts in six tries. If there was ever an opportunity for him to turn that trend around it’s this week against the 23rd and 27th best run scoring teams in baseball.
Bronson Arroyo (Owned 33%) @PIT, vs. STL
Arroyo had a three start stretch in which he allowed 5, 5 and 8 earned runs which has essentially cast him in all, but the deepest of leagues. His last two starts have been more encouraging as he has worked past the 6th inning in both. Facing the Pirates and the suddenly struggling Cards will help him get the ERA back toward the 4s.
Doug Davis (Owned 1%) vs. ATL, vs PHI
Davis is striking out more than a batter per inning in 2010, but there’s a reason he’s only owned in 1% of leagues. He is giving up a lot of hits and runs. The good news is that he hasn’t given up a home run in four starts and gets the Braves this week. With run support from the National League’s top run scoring team, Davis could have value for teams in need of strikeouts and/or wins.
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