Pitch or Ditch for Friday, May 27

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Robbie Ray

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Morgan @ Lester

Garcia @ Scherzer – Garcia was terrible his last time out but he deserves a mulligan.

Kelly @ Ar. Sanchez

M. Wright @ Bauer – I don’t trust Bauer.

Urias @ deGrom – Let me first see one quality start from Urias.

Tanaka @ Archer – I’ll continue to stick with Archer, though benching him is totally understandable.

Conley @ W. Perez – Conley should get back on track here.

Niese @ Hamels – Niese has been solid of late but I don’t like this matchup.

Lamb @ Davies – Keep an eye on Lamb going forward.

Rodon @ Ventura – Rodon’s last two starts have been encouraging. Playing it safe with the inconsistent Ventura for now.

Cain @ Chatwood – Starting to believe in Cain’s resurgence but I’ll pass at Coors.

Friedrich @ Ray – Ray has a 2.25 ERA and 1.17 WHIP over his last two starts and Padres rank 27th in Majors in runs and 29th in OPS.

Fulmer @ Manaea – Fulmer was very good in his last start but I’m not fully convinced yet.

Fiers @ Shoemaker – Both are intriguing options in deeper leagues though.

Dean @ King Felix

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, May 26

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Lance McCullers

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Corbin @ Cole

Fernandez @ Smyly

Happ @ Sabathia – Happ coming off solid bounceback performance and Yankees offense has been inconsistent thus far.

Leake @ J. Ross – Tough matchup for Leake but he’s now allowed a combined 2 ER over his last three starts (21 IP).

J. Gray @ Buchholz – Scary matchup for Gray and I don’t trust Buchholz.

Peralta @ Wisler – Wisler has been very impressive.

Gausman @ McCullers – Playing it safe with McCullers for one more start as he continues to shake off the rust. Also note that the Orioles rank 2nd in the AL in OPS.

M. Gonzalez @ Duffy – Let’s hope that the Royals at least let Duffy finish five innings this time.

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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, May 25

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Colby Lewis

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Matz @ Roark

Gee @ Duffey – Duffey a decent option in deeper leagues though.

Nola @ An. Sanchez – Anibal not 12-team mixed league worthy but still deserves consideration in deeper formats thanks to the matchup.

Arrieta @ C. Martinez

Santiago @ Lewis – Six straight quality starts for Lewis and the Angels rank in the bottom half of the AL in both runs and OPS.

Kluber @ Quintana

Shields @ Peavy

R. De La Rosa @ Locke – Rubby pitching well lately but I don’t like this matchup.

Estrada @ Nova

Bettis @ S. Wright – Not a great matchup for Wright but I’ll go for it.

Nicolino @ Andriese – Andriese coming off shaky outing but I still have confidence in him.

Guerra @ Foltynewicz – Ideal matchup for Guerra.

T. Wilson @ McHugh – McHugh too risky here.

Straily @ Kazmir – Tough to bench Straily right now. Sticking with Kazmir.

Neal @ Iwakuma

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, May 24

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Ervin Santana

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Odorizzi @ Koehler – Koehler an intriguing play in deep mixed/NL-only leagues.

Miller @ Liriano – Liriano has been inconsistent this season but I still trust him.

Harvey @ Strasburg – Call me crazy but I’ll give Harvey one more chance, despite tough matchup.

Dickey @ Eovaldi – Not liking this matchup for Eovaldi.

Hammel @ Wacha

J. De La Rosa @ Price

Nelson @ Teheran

Hellickson @ Verlander – I’m not a big believer in Hellickson and this is a challenging matchup.

Chacin @ M. Perez – Perez a decent deep-league option.

Tillman @ Fister

Tomlin @ Sale – Tomlin has been impressive but I’m still skeptical.

Volquez @ Big Erv – I’ll never fully trust Volquez. Big Erv coming off strong outing vs. Blue Jays and Royals are surprisingly tied for last in the AL in runs scored.

D. Wright @ Bolsinger

Graveman @ Karns

Cashner @ Samardzija – Taking a wait and see approach with Cashner in his return from the DL.

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 5/23

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Jimmy Nelson

Happy Friday everyone!

My latest two-start pitcher article has been posted on the site, but just to get you in the mood, here’s a sampling. Click on the link at the bottom of this blog post to read the full version.

12-team mixed leagues

Jimmy Nelson (@ATL, vs. CIN)

Nelson entered the 2016 campaign as a popular breakout pick. Seven weeks into the season, the Brewers righty is showing why he deserved the attention. Nelson heads into next week’s two starts boasting a 3.07 ERA and 1.18 WHIP, having allowed a combined two runs over his last two starts (15 1/3 innings). Expect the strong pitching to continue, as the Braves rank last in the Majors in runs and OPS while the Reds rank 19th in runs and 24th in OPS.

Deeper mixed leagues

Nathan Eovaldi (vs. TOR, @TB)

Eovaldi’s ability is undeniable. However, consistency has been the 26-year-old’s main obstacle throughout his major league career. The Yankees righty seems to be making progress in that area this season, especially of late. Following Wednesday night’s dominant performance against the Diamondbacks at hitter-friendly Chase Field (6 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K), Eovaldi now sports a 2.84 ERA and 0.89 WHIP over his last three starts. The Blue Jays offense is still dangerous, but after leading the Majors in runs scored last season, Toronto ranks in the bottom half of the league in both runs and OPS so far in 2016. As for the Rays, they rank 22nd in the Majors in runs.

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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, May 21-23

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Cardinals Angels Baseball

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SATURDAY

Duffy @ M. Gonzalez – Keep an eye on Duffy though.

Happ @ Dean – Happ should bounce back here as he’s facing a Twins offense that ranks last in the AL in both runs scored and OPS.

W. Perez @ Morgan

Ray @ Leake – Ray has been too inconsistent to trust while Leake sports a 1.29 ERA and 1.00 WHIP over his last two starts.

Bauer @ Kelly – Not chancing it with Bauer at Fenway.

Chatwood @ Niese

Tanaka @ Manaea – Manaea a bit too risky for my liking.

Davies @ deGrom

King Felix @ Lamb

Smyly @ Fulmer

Lester @ Cain – Cain has been dominant lately but this is a tough matchup.

Ramos @ Fiers

J. Ross @ Fernandez

Gausman @ Shoemaker

Wood @ Vargas – Vargas still worth holding onto in NL-only leagues.

SUNDAY

Ch. Anderson @ Syndergaard – Anderson is one more quality start away from getting back into my good graces.

Miley @ Simon – Miley has been solid of late but Reds rank 1st in NL in runs scored at home.

Archer @ Zimmermann

Scherzer @ Conley – Playing it safe with Conley in challenging matchup.

TBD (ATL) @ Eickhoff – Seriously, what are the odds that Eickhoff struggles twice in a row versus Braves?

Salazar @ Porcello

Bettis @ Nicasio – I’m not overly confident in either.

Ventura @ Rodon – Rodon bounced back nicely his last time out.

Hamels @ Keuchel – Sticking with Keuchel despite his inconsistency.

Stroman @ Hughes

Greinke @ Garcia

Jimenez @ Weaver – Slugfest alert!

Pineda @ Hahn – I’ve lost all faith in Pineda.

Maeda @ Rea

Hendricks @ Bumgarner

MONDAY

Lyles @ Vogelsong

Clevinger @ Latos (Gm 1)

Co. Anderson @ E. Johnson (Gm 2)

Colon @ G. Gonzalez – I’ll pass on Colon, who has struggled lately.

Velasquez @ Pelfrey

Moore @ Chen

Tropeano @ Holland – I need to see a little more consistency from both.

Kennedy @ Nolasco

Lackey @ Wainwright – Wainwright’s last outing was encouraging.

Hill @ Walker – Walker not as sharp of late but he still deserves the nod here.

Finnegan @ Kershaw – Not a good matchup for Finnegan.

Pomeranz @ Cueto

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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, May 20

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Matt Wisler

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Wisler @ Nola – Wisler holds a 1.93 ERA and 0.90 WHIP over his last three starts and Phillies rank 29th in Majors in runs scored.

Butler @ Cole

Kluber @ Buchholz

Andriese @ An. Sanchez – Tough to bench Andriese right now. Anibal a borderline call, but I do like this matchup.

Iwakuma @ Straily – Straily a decent play in deeper formats though.

Peralta @ Matz

Roark @ Nicolino – Roark just got roughed up by these very same Marlins but he’s been impressive overall. Nicolino just got roughed up by these very same Nationals and I don’t trust him.

Gee @ Quintana

Ar. Sanchez @ Duffey – Not concerned about Sanchez. Duffey an intriguing option in deeper leagues but this is a scary matchup.

Lewis @ McCullers – Waiting for McCullers to shake off the rust.

Corbin @ C. Martinez – Corbin has been shaky at times this season and he struggled versus Cardinals last month.

Sabathia @ S. Gray – Sticking with Gray.

M. Wright @ Santiago – Santiago a little risky here but I’ll go for it.

Arrieta @ Peavy

Kazmir @ Friedrich

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, May 19

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Jon Gray

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Karns @ T. Wilson – Four straight quality starts for Karns.

Hammel @ Guerra

Foltynewicz @ Locke – Foltynewicz should be owned in all NL-only leagues though.

Tomlin @ Adleman – Tomlin a decent deep-league option but there isn’t much to get excited about here.

Strasburg @ Harvey

J. Gray @ Wacha – Gray is on a roll but I don’t like this matchup. Cards rank 1st in NL in OPS and 2nd in runs scored.

McHugh @ Sale – McHugh is tough to trust right now.

Estrada @ Big Erv – Challenging matchup for Erv. I’ll play it safe.

Samardzija @ Shields

Stripling @ Chacin – I’m not a big believer in Chacin.

Nova @ Graveman

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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, May 18

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Jake Odorizzi

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S. Wright @ Kennedy (Gm 1) – The regression process for Wright has already begun but Royals surprisingly rank last in AL in runs scored. Kennedy coming off his worst outing of the season, so I’ll sit him here.

Price @ Volquez (Gm 2) – Dangerous matchup for Volquez.

Koehler @ Hellickson – My confidence level in Hellickson is low, regardless of the opponent.

Nolasco @ Verlander

M. Perez @ Hill – Perez has been solid for the most part.

Teheran @ Liriano

Walker @ Tillman

Odorizzi @ Dickey – Tough matchup for the inconsistent Odorizzi but he’s had success versus Blue Jays this season (1.42 ERA, 0.79 WHIP in two starts).

Clevinger @ Finnegan – Finnegan too erratic to trust right now in 12-team mixed leagues.

G. Gonzalez @ Colon – Colon a little risky though.

Lackey @ Nelson – I’ll pitch Nelson, but he’s far from a sure thing in this matchup.

Fister @ Latos – Latos is fading. I’ll pass.

Rusin @ Wainwright – Wainwright testing my patience but I still have some patience left.

Eovaldi @ Miller – I don’t like the matchup for either.

Bolsinger @ Tropeano

Cueto @ Pomeranz

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, May 17

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Carlos Rodon

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Simon @ Salazar

Blair @ Nicasio – Blair strictly an NL-only option until further notice. Great matchup for Nicasio.

Chen @ Velasquez

Miley @ Jimenez – Miley has been decent lately but this is a tough matchup.

Archer @ Stroman – Archer continues to disappoint but if you own him, you still have to play him.

Hughes @ Pelfrey

Scherzer @ Syndergaard – Strikeouts galore!

Hendricks @ Ch. Anderson

Keuchel @ Rodon – Close call on Rodon but Astros lead the Majors in strikeouts, so I’ll go for it.

Porcello @ Ventura

Bettis @ Garcia

Pineda @ Greinke

Hamels @ Hahn

Weaver @ Kershaw

Bumgarner @ Rea

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