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Facing Poor Offenses

Currently the Padres, Nationals, Royals, and Twins have the worst offenses in baseball according to OPS.  Let's find some possible spot starts against those clubs.  We'll toss the Giants in the mix as well but leave out the Indians.


  • Jair Jurrjens vs. Padres.  This is a definite start but he's probably owned in most leagues.
  • Zach Duke vs. Giants.  I just don't trust Duke right now.
  • Shawn Chacon vs. Nationals.  Borderline call.  I don't buy the .264 BABIP and lousy K/BB ratio despite his 3.32 ERA.
  • Nick Adenhart vs. Royals.  The rookie could sink or swim in his second start; too risky.
  • Gavin Floyd vs. Twins.  Floyd is like Chacon but with an even lower BABIP. 


  • Phil Dumatrait vs. Giants.  Nope.


  • Paul Maholm vs. Giants.  Normally I'd say yes but he did get bombed by the Nationals last time out.
  • Jo-Jo Reyes vs. Padres.  Intriguing.  I lean toward yes.
  • John Danks vs. Twins.  Yes.
  • Brandon Backe vs. Nationals.  Definitely not.
  • Daniel Cabrera vs. Royals.  Pass - same as Chacon and Floyd.


  • Ricky Nolasco vs. Nationals.  He's a risky one.
  • Steve Trachsel vs. Royals.  No way.
  • Jon Lester vs. Twins.  Definitely a yes.
  • Aaron Cook vs. Padres.  Yes, though he is facing Jake Peavy.


  • Jamie Moyer vs. Giants.  I lean toward yes.
  • Garrett Olson vs. Royals.  Risky - only if you're desperate.
  • Andrew Miller vs. Nationals.  Still don't trust him.
  • Ubaldo Jimenez vs. Padres.  This is a borderline call; I lean toward no.


  • Scott Olsen vs. Nationals.  A clear BABIP guy; only if you're desperate.
  • Brian Burres vs. Royals.   A shaky one; I lean toward no.
  • Mark Redman vs. Padres.  No.
  • Adam Eaton vs. Giants.  He's as ugly as the rest but I'll call him borderline.
  • Tim Wakefield vs. Twins.  I'd go for it.

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