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Facing Weak Offenses

Last week's recommendations worked out surprisingly well, so let's do it again.  I like to stick to the NL for my spot starts, so we'll focus again on the Padres, Giants, and Diamondbacks' opponents.  By the way, don't have the knee-jerk assumption that the Nationals can't hit.  This year they are third in the NL with 5.02 runs scored per game.

  • Tuesday: Braves rookie Kris Medlen takes on the Giants, but unfortunately draws Tim Lincecum.  Medlen's debut against the Rockies did not go well, but he's a decent gamble.  The Padres and D'Backs face off on Tuesday.  Max Scherzer will be owned, but you could try San Diego's Kevin Correia again.  He's quietly tossed three quality starts in a row.
  • Wednesday: The D'Backs will use Billy Buckner against the Padres.  He had a strong start against the A's, and his last few in Triple A were good too.  Worth considering.  The Braves send Kenshin Kawakami against the Giants, and I'd definitely use him the way he's been throwing this month (2.63 ERA, 24 Ks in 24 IP).
  • Thursday: Nothing for you; the Braves are using Derek Lowe against San Francisco and the other two teams are off.
  • Friday: Kyle Lohse takes on the Giants coming off an excellent effort against the Royals.  Lohse can handle weak offenses typically.  The Padres are at Coors against Jason Marquis; I'd pass.
  • Saturday: It's Joel Pineiro against the Giants; he's on a roll and is worth trying.  Jason Hammel takes on the Padres, and I'd pass again with the game being at Coors.


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