June 15, 2012
One start in for most of last week’s Weekly Planner picks and there have been some bumps in the road for American League hurlers: Brandon Morrow succumbing to injury, Felipe Paulino hitting the DL before the week even got started, and Josh Beckett, Wei-Yin Chen, and Alex Cobb all getting batted around. While they weren’t necessarily difficult choices, I was pleased to have led you down the right path with the AL sits.
Bud Norris, who is clearly ailing with a bum knee, was the only failure in the NL starts. There were some sits who had palatable outings, but they were wait-and-see (Chris Young) or prove-it-to-us (Randall Delgado) guys anyway. Josh Johnson did not disappoint in his return to “auto-start” status.
Three studs here, though Sabathia’s ERA has been a tick higher than expected, especially in light of his excellent skills, which include a career-high 9.0 K/9. Peavy has been a tad wobbly of late, but it’s nothing to panic about.
I have never been much of a believer in Buchholz, but he has been excellent of late, so I checked out his last two starts and saw some really nice things. He has a 2.61 ERA in 41 innings over the last calendar month, and that includes a five-earned-run outing in five innings at Baltimore. He shut them out on June 7, however, as a nice little payback.