A full-strength Stealthy Ninjas column will release into the wild tomorrow, but for now there’s an interesting situation to discuss looking ahead to tomorrow’s games around Major League Baseball.
A whopping two games fill out the schedule — Angels at Giants and Brewers at Indians.
While the pitching matchups are hardly headliner material, you may need to pick somebody up for a spot start in your fantasy baseball league. I recommend picking up Indians starter Carl Pavano. He’s at the top of the list, and feels like the only real Ninja of the bunch:
1. Carl Pavano, CLE (owned in 25% of Yahoo leagues) vs. MIL
Pavano faces Milwaukee’s Dave Bush in Cleveland, that means the DH is in play. Even still, Bush is meh, but Pavano was soaring before his last start. He’ll get back on the horse and pitch like he has in the last month: 31Ks in 39 IP, 3 W, 4.38 ERA, 1.15 WHIP.
Out of the four pitchers going tomorrow, he’s got the most Ks, wins and IPs, the best WHIP and the second best ERA over the last month.
2. Barry Zito, SF (owned in 12%) vs. LAA
The last outing wasn’t stellar, but Zito’s got a decent ERA (4.35), 2 W and 23 Ks in the last month.
Because it’s in an NL park, Zito will likely face Angels starter John Lackey a couple times, and maybe another pitcher or two. That should boost his stats.
3. John Lackey, LAA (owned in 90%) at SF
Lackey’s been ugly of late. His last win was May 18, and he only lasted 5 innings and gave up 5 runs, 4 earned. He’s had two losses and two no-decisions since then.
In Lackey’s defense, he did pitch well in the no-decisions. But he only has 18 Ks in his last 31.1 IP.
4. Dave Bush, MIL (owned in 17%) at CLE
Still trying to figure out why he’s owned in 17% of leagues and Pavano’s only owned in 25%.
Bush’s last four games: loss, loss, no-decision, loss. In those games he allowed 16 runs in 21 innings, gave up 6 homers, walked 13 and allowed 24 hits. Those are bad numbers. Add him at your own risk.
Like I said, full Stealthy Ninjas tomorrow. For now, go grab Pavano and Zito for some extra stats.
Are you going to pick up either of these guys? Did they help? Let us know in the comments or go start a conversation in our forums.