12 Jun Fantasy Baseball: Week 11 SP Spot-Starts
By: Mike Stromme
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Here are your Week 11 SP spot-starts.
Ty Blach, San Francisco Giants:
After a rocky start to the season, Blach has settled-down as of late. He’s gone at least 7 IP in five of his last six starts and has allowed three or less in each of those outings. In Blach’s last five starts at AT&T Park, he’s allowed no more than two runs.
He now sits on the waiver wire of nearly 70% of ESPN.com leagues with a 3.46 ERA and 1.15 WHIP and eagerly awaits the Kansas City Royals and their .236 BA vs LHP on the season.
Not only is Blach a decent spot start this week, but a guy you should be looking to hang onto going forward.
Josh Tomlin, Cleveland Indians:
There isn’t a pitcher in MLB that embodies the spirit of “pitch to contact” more than Josh Tomlin. He’s the definition of a “pitch to contact” type of hitter. While he doesn’t strike out many, he rarely issues walks either; he’s walked just TWO hitters in his last 10 starts (59.2 IP).
Now, when a guy like Tomlin “doesn’t have it”, things can go sour really quick. In his last start against the White Sox,
he allowed 9 hits and 4 runs (3 earned) over just 2.2 IP before getting the hook. Fortunately for Tomlin, the Indians and anybody looking to add a spot-start this week, Tomlin gets the Los Angeles Dodgers at home.
While the Dodgers have some guys who can swing the bat with the best of them, they’re in a bit of a funk right now. As a unit, they own a league-worst .266 wOBA vs RHP over the last two weeks.
Expect “vintage Tomlin” next Thursday, he’s is widely-available on ESPN.com at just 9.4% ownership.
Randall Delgado, Arizona Diamondbacks:
Once a highly-touted pitching prospect in the Atlanta Braves system, Delgado’s career has been a bit of a roller coaster. Between the majors, minor and trips to the bullpen; it’s been hard for the Diamondbacks to find a permanent role for the 27-year-old.
Delgado was moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation on May 24. Since then, he’s registered a 20:4 K:BB ratio, 1.80 ERA and 1.08 WHIP over 20 IP. Not bad, Randall. Not bad at all.
His next start comes on Sunday vs the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizen’s Bank Park. The Phillies own a 23.4% K% vs RHP this season (24th in MLB). Over the past two weeks, the Phillies have struck-out in 28.4% of at-bats vs RHP.
Delgado is just 6.1% owned on ESPN.com and is in a terrific situation for an owner looking to beef-up in the strikeout category at the end of the week. Not a bad idea to stash him now, if you’re looking for strikeouts.