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July 10, 2013

Sporer Report

Home-Cooking Starters

by Paul Sporer


A couple of weeks ago, I started to take a look at the 2014 first round, discussing what we’ve learned so far in 2013 and how it might impact the early part of drafts next March. I also mentioned a second part next time out. The “Sporer Report” was off last week for the holidays, and though it’s obviously back this week, I’m tabling part two for a little while to cover a topic a bit more useful for the here and now as you charge toward your 2013 league pennants.

There is nothing new about streaming pitchers as it relates to fantasy baseball. It’s a viable strategy with known pros and cons. It is often a matchup-based decision, but today we are going to look at some guys who are useful candidates for the other primary factor when deciding on streamers: venue. Depending on their team’s ballparks, some pitchers perform markedly better at home or on the road. I have 10 such pitchers, five for each side, whom you can maximize by deploying them only on their plus side. Let’s start with the homebodies.

PLAYER

H/A

IP

ERA

WHIP

K%

BB%

SO/BB

Eric Stults, SD

home

56.3

2.56

0.91

19%

4%

4.6

away

64.7

4.31

1.39

12%

6%

2.1

The first one is kind of easy, as virtually all Padres fare well at home, but Stults has been particularly sharp in Petco while turning in an unspectacular line everywhere else. He added a complete game, four-hitter against the Rockies to his ledger on Tuesday night, allowing just one run while walking three and striking out five. Though no one is surprised to learn that a Padres pitcher has home success, that doesn’t mean it is being taken advantage of properly: Stults is rostered in just 13 percent of ESPN leagues and 27 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

His next outing will be at home against the Giants just before the break. After that, the Padres can shuffle their rotation however they choose, but if they are smart, they will throw Stults in St. Louis immediately after the All-Star break so they can maximize him with a pair of home starts between July 29 and August 7. The Padres don’t play in a particularly friendly road park until September, when they hit PNC Park in Pittsburgh for four.

PLAYER

H/A

IP

ERA

WHIP

K%

BB%

SO/BB

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