Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, June 30

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Kyle Hendricks

CORY’S PICKS

Jungmann @ Hamels

Lewis @ M. Gonzalez – Lewis has been better of late but the O’s offense is too tough.

E. Rodriguez @ Estrada

Cole @ Verlander

Hendricks @ Niese – Pickin’ on the feeble Mets offense.

Salazar @ E. Ramirez – Hang with ‘em on Danny, but not trusting Erasmo in a tougher matchup.

Hughes @ DeSclafani

Vogelsong @ Latos – Keep an eye on Latos though…velocity is back up, new splitter.

Zimmermann @ Miller – Yeah!

Duffy @ Keuchel

Sale @ Lynn – Yyyeahhh!!

Frias @ R. De La Rosa – Rubby handled Coors but can he tame the Dodgers? I’ll sit this one out.

J. De La Rosa @ Gray

Nova @ Heaney

Montgomery @ Kennedy – Why not?

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 6/29

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Hey everyone,

You know the drill by now. Here’s a portion of my latest two-start pitcher article. For the complete version, click on the link at the bottom of this post. Stats are as of Friday.

Kendall Graveman

12-TEAM MIXED LEAGUES

Kendall Graveman (vs. COL, vs. SEA)

Graveman’s strong performance this spring earned him a spot in the A’s opening day starting rotation, but his April struggles resulted in a demotion to the Minors. Since being recalled, however, the 24-year-old righty has registered six quality starts in seven tries, and he’s been particularly sharp of late, pitching to a 2.31 ERA through five June starts. Next week’s opponents, the Mariners and Rockies, rank 25th and 28th respectively in the Majors in runs scored on the road.

DEEPER MIXED LEAGUES

Nathan Karns (vs. CLE, @NYY)

The matchup on the road against the Yankees would scare me off from Karns in 12-team mixed leagues, but in deeper formats, I think he’s worth the risk for this two-start week. Karns still needs to learn how to pitch deeper into games, as he’s averaging only 5 2/3 innings per start. On the whole, however, his first full big league season has been an overwhelming success. Plus, the Indians offense has been quiet lately, with Cleveland ranking 14th in the AL in runs scored this month.

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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, June 27-29

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Steven Matz

ZACH’S PICKS

SATURDAY

Gallardo @ Redmond – Gallardo very impressive so far this year but I’m not chancing it in this matchup.

Gibson @ Garza – Gibson tempting here but low K rate limits his upside.

G. Gonzalez @ Morgan – Gio coming off strong bounce back outing.

Young @ Kazmir – Losing faith in Young and this is a tough matchup.

Teheran @ Morton – This one could be 2-1 or 10-9. I’ll go for it.

Rusin @ Lincecum – Tiny Tim has struggled lately.

Danks @ Ryan

Tanaka @ Oberholtzer

Lorenzen @ Harvey – Favorable matchup makes Lorenzen worth considering in deeper formats.

Kershaw @ Koehler – Koehler has been dominant at home (1.52 ERA) but I’ll play it safe versus Dodgers.

Miley @ Andriese

Co. Anderson @ Tillman

Happ @ Richards

TBD (CHC) @ Wacha

Hellickson @ Cashner – Cashner too inconsistent to trust, even at Petco.

SUNDAY

C. Gonzalez @ Hutchison – Nightmare matchup for Chi Chi. Still wary of Hutchison.

Samardzija @ Price – Samardzija over his last three starts: 3.00 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 21 K in 21 IP.

Smith @ Matz – Pitch Matz in his big league debut? Sure, why not?

Greinke @ Urena

Masterson @ Archer

Bauer @ Jimenez – Both are too risky for my liking.

Strasburg @ Correia

Al. Wood @ Locke – Pirates having a tough time scoring runs lately.

Milone @ Fiers – Still a believer in Fiers.

Pineda @ McHugh – McHugh’s overall numbers are mediocre, but he is coming off one of his better outings of the season.

King Felix @ Santiago – Santiago continues to get it done.

Guthrie @ Chavez – Chavez boasts a 1.75 ERA at home this season.

Kendrick @ Bumgarner

Ch. Anderson @ Despaigne – Anderson has dominated the Padres this year (2.08 ERA, 1.23 WHIP over two starts).

Hammel @ C. Martinez

MONDAY

Wandy @ B. Norris

Nelson @ O’Sullivan – Fresh off gem vs. Mets, Nelson is rewarded with another favorable matchup.

Buchholz @ Dickey – Not trusting either in this matchup.

Pelfrey @ Leake – Twins offense has been dismal on the road (28th in Majors in runs scored).

Co. Anderson @ Karns

Blanton @ McCullers – Challenging matchup for McCullers, but I think he’s up for it.

Bolsinger @ Webster

Sabathia @ Wilson – Wilson worth using in deeper leagues but he is a blowup risk here.

Hale @ Graveman – Graveman’s ERA in June is 2.31 and the Rockies can’t hit on the road.

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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, June 26

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Rockies Phillies Baseball

CORY’S PICKS

Kluber @ W. Chen – Indians can hit lefties but Chen is pretty reliable.

Scherzer @ Harang – Perfect game alert!

W. Perez @ Liriano

N. Martinez @ Buehrle – Not trusting either in this matchup.

Quintana @ An. Sanchez – Anibal should continue rolling, and Quintana is a hang with ‘em.

Cueto @ Syndergaard

B. Anderson @ Nicolino – Marlins actually handle lefties well, but I trust Anderson.

Porcello @ Colome

May @ Lohse

Eovaldi @ Velasquez – Velasquez hasn’t gotten deep enough into games to make his K’s worthwhile.

Arrieta @ Lackey – Lackey has his blowups but is reliable overall.

Walker @ Shoemaker – Five straight QS for Taijuan.

Volquez @ Hahn

Ray @ T. Ross

Bettis @ Hudson – Tough matchup for Bettis but try him away from Coors.

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, June 25

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Chris Heston

CORY’S PICKS

Rodon @ Simon Rodon’s control problems scare me away from this matchup.

M. Gonzalez @ E. Rodriguez

Gray @ Lewis Lewis has recovered well from the Cleveland debacle.

deGrom @ Jungmann

Frias @ Lester

R. De La Rosa @ J. De La Rosa – Zero De La Rosa’s for me in Coors.

Shields @ Heston Heston at home vs. a lesser offense, sure.

Wisler @ Fister

DeSclafani @ Burnett

Lynn @ Haren

Warren @ Keuchel – Warren is risky but he’s avoided blowups.

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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, June 24

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Marco Estrada

CORY’S PICKS

Verlander @ Carrasco – Carrasco’s peripherals are fine, keep running him out there.

Estrada @ Karns – Some risk with both but solid reward proposition.

Hamels @ Nova

Sale @ Hughes

McCullers @ Heaney – McCullers has a 46-11 K-BB ratio in 40.1 IP and only 1 HR allowed!

Miller @ Zimmermann

Leake @ Cole

Norris @ Buchholz – I don’t trust Buchholz much, especially vs. a tough offense.

Garcia @ Latos

Bolsinger @ Hendricks – Too much risk here for either.

Graveman @ Wandy

Colon @ Nelson – Bartolo’s only truly bad starts this year are vs. STL and in TOR…MIL ain’t them.

Webster @ Hale

Duffy @ Elias

Kennedy @ Vogelsong

***ZACH SAYS “I’d pitch Leake, who has performed a lot better of late and gets to face a slumping Pirates offense on the road, where his ERA this year is 3.00. I’ll say ditch on Latos. He just makes me too nervous. Agree on rest.”

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, June 23

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CC Sabathia

CORY’S PICKS

C. Martinez @ Urena

Al. Wood @ Strasburg – Hangin’ with Stras on his return.

Smith @ Locke

O’Sullivan @ Sabathia – CC’s 5-to-1 K-BB ratio is worth picking on the Phillies.

Jimenez @ Kelly

Price @ Salazar

Dickey @ Archer

Greinke @ Hammel – Matchup of the night?

Chavez @ C. Gonzalez – Every one of Chi Chi’s indicators say regression is coming soon, and hard.

Samardzija @ Pelfrey

Niese @ Fiers

C. Anderson @ Kendrick – Anderson’s been solid, but playing it safe in Coors.

McHugh @ Wilson – Wilson’s making a believer of me this year.

Guthrie @ Montgomery

Despaigne @ Bumgarner

***ZACH SAYS “Fiers has been very inconsistent this year but the Mets offense has been equally inconsistent. I’ll say pitch thanks to the K upside. I’d also lean towards pitching Niese, who is coming off three straight quality starts, versus a Brewers offense that ranks next to last in the NL in runs scored. Agree on rest.”

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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, June 20-22

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Chris Young

ZACH’S PICKS

SATURDAY

Gausman @ Buehrle – Tough matchup for Gausman in his return.

N. Martinez @ Rodon – Willing to give Rodon another chance.

Lester @ May – Not sold on May just yet.

Weaver @ Hahn – Weaver has been very erratic so far.

Liriano @ Scherzer

Lohse @ Bettis – Bettis worth consideration in deep mixed/NL-only leagues for this favorable matchup. 3.20 ERA at Coors this year. Go figure!

Lackey @ Harang – Beginning to lose faith in Harang.

E. Ramirez @ Kluber – Ramirez 2 ER or less in each of his last four outings.

Porcello @ Volquez – Not trusting either.

Syndergaard @ W. Perez – Nice matchup for Perez.

Koehler @ DeSclafani – Koehler’s home/away splits are extreme: 1.52 ERA at home vs 6.21 ERA on the road.

Simon @ Eovaldi

Hudson @ Frias – Too dangerous of a matchup for Hudson.

Keuchel @ Walker – Walker is on a roll.

T. Ross @ Ray – Sticking with Ross for the K upside. Ray not a bad option in deeper leagues but I need to see a bit more.

SUNDAY

An. Sanchez @ Tanaka – Patient Anibal owners are being rewarded.

Tillman @ Copeland

Colome @ TBD (CLE) – Colome has been too unpredictable.

Phelps @ Lorenzen – Phelps a borderline call but I’ll play it safe on the road in a hitter-friendly park.

Morton @ G. Gonzalez – Morton is a must-start right now. Still not ready to bench Gio.

Wacha @ TBD (PHI)

Gallardo @ Quintana – Gallardo: 6+ IP and no more than 2 ER in six of his last seven starts.

Miley @ Young – Going for it with Young. Red Sox rank 14th in AL in runs scored on the road.

Arrieta @ Gibson – Gibson has been solid but the upside is limited.

Richards @ Kazmir

Velasquez @ Happ – Velasquez too risky coming off rough outing on Tuesday.

Garza @ Rusin

Cashner @ Hellickson

Harvey @ Teheran – Hard to have faith in Teheran right now regardless of the matchup.

Lincecum @ B. Anderson – Tiny Tim has been effective more often than not this season, but I’ll ditch in tough matchup.

MONDAY

Correia @ Pineda

Ryan @ Bauer

Hutchison @ Andriese – Hutchison makes me nervous but I do like this matchup.

Danks @ Milone

Kershaw @ Wada – Keep an eye on Wada but he’s strictly an NL-only play for now.

Oberholtzer @ Santiago – Santiago continues to rack up the K’s and the Astros lead the Majors in whiffs.

Blanton @ King Felix

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 6/22

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Hey everyone,

Another Friday means another two-start pitcher article! Here’s a portion of the article. To read the full version, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Jesse Chave

12-team mixed leagues

Jesse Chavez  (@TEX, vs. KC)

Chavez was flat out dominant on Wednesday against the Padres, tossing seven innings of one-run ball while striking out 11 and registering his sixth quality start in his last seven outings. In 11 starts since being inserted into the A’s starting rotation, the 31-year-old right-hander has posted a 2.75 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 7.6 K/9. Both the Rangers and Royals rank in the top half of the Majors in runs, so next week’s matchups are far from easy. That said, the Royals offense has faded of late, ranking 11th in the AL in runs scored this month. All in all, however, this is a situation where I will place more importance on recent performance than quality of opponent, so I would not hesitate to pitch Chavez.

Deeper mixed leagues

Chase Anderson  (@COL, @SD)

Anderson is a risky play thanks to the upcoming start at Coors Field combined with the fact that he struggled in his one previous start against the Rockies this season (5 1/3 IP, 5 ER on April 27), which is why I would only consider him in deeper mixed league formats. Now onto the positives. Anderson has allowed two runs or fewer in eight of his last nine starts and has enjoyed considerable success in his two starts against the Padres this year, pitching to a 2.08 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. If you are in a mixed league of greater than 12 teams and Anderson is for some reason still on the waiver wire, he needs to be picked up immediately.

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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, June 19

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Colby Lewis

CORY’S PICKS

Verlander @ Warren – Warren has been solid this year, but not strong enough for the Tigers.

Burnett @ Ross

Lyons @ Aumont

M. Wright @ Estrada – Estrada in Rogers Centre vs. the Orioles…homers will ensue.

Karns @ Carrasco

Haren @ Leake

deGrom @ Wisler

Lewis @ Sale – Lewis has rebounded enough from the Cleveland debacle to trust vs. the run-starved Sox.

E. Rodriguez @ Pino

Hendricks @ Hughes

Jungmann @ J. De La Rosa

Shoemaker @ Gray

Shields @ R. De La Rosa – Rubby is erratic but should handle the righty-heavy, K-prone Padres.

McCullers @ Elias

Heston @ Bolsinger – Both have their appeal but I don’t like the risks.

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