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Some Good Spot Starters at Home
Posted By Ben Duronio On May 22, 2012 @ 1:15 pm In Starting Pitchers | 5 Comments
Being a pitcher who focuses heavily on command while limiting home runs, Milone is the near perfect pitcher for spot starting in Oakland. He only has 30 innings pitched in Oakland this year, but he has a very nice .179 wOBA against at home. In leagues with inning caps or where you can afford using a starter in only about half of his starts, Milone is the near optimal pitcher to use as a spot starter in home starts only.
Richard’s 4.28 FIP and 4.63 ERA are less than desirable for fantasy leagues, and he certainly does not strike out enough hitters to be extremely valuable in counting stats. Even so, with the vast park that is Petco Field, Richard presents a valuable home spot starter. Richard has allowed just a .230 wOBA against at home with only one home run allowed in 27.1 innings pitched. He had a nice start against he Cardinals while away from Petco, but do not get tempted to risk starting him in leagues where you can afford to use him sporadically.
Noesi has not been phenomenal at home, but he is still a solid spot starter in these situations and against the right offenses. Even though he has a pretty solid .309 wOBA against and 3.86 ERA at home, I would not start him against the Rangers or an AL East team at home, but rather against certain teams. This will likely limit the potential to use him as a home starter, but he can also be effective at Oakland or even at the Angels as they both have weaker offenses and bigger ballparks.
Burnett has only made six starts, so there is certainly the potential for him to be a full time starter in fantasy leagues, but until his 4.78 ERA starts to drop and his home run rate along with it, using him in starts only at home is the recommended option. Burnett has allowed just one home run at home compared to three away from Pittsburgh in his six starts, and his wOBA against at home is a sparkling .206. He is a good player to buy low on and start only at home for the time being, but he can potentially be more down the road.
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