Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, September 3

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Kyle Gibson

ZACH’S PICKS

Samardzija @ Gibson – Samardzija cannot be trusted right now. Favorable matchup for Gibson as White Sox rank last in AL in runs and OPS.

Wisler @ Zimmermann

Liriano @ Jungmann – Jungmann due for regression but I’ll go for it here nonetheless.

Boyd @ Volquez – Pitch Volquez at your own risk.

Vogelsong @ Rusin

Latos @ Rea – Latos over his last three starts: 8.10 ERA, 1.73 WHIP.

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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, September 2

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Kevin Gausman

CORY’S PICKS

Conley @ Jackson

Iglesias @ Hammel – Iglesias has been shovin’ it lately.

Heaney @ S. Gray

Tanaka @ Owens

E. Ramirez @ Gausman – Gausman has been outstanding (2.19 ERA) at home.

Bauer @ Dickey – I don’t want any non-ace in Toronto right now.

Nola @ Harvey

Scherzer @ Wacha – Gotta ride Scherzer, recent struggles notwithstanding.

Wolf @ Ventura – Yordano is tempting but do you trust him?

Locke @ Davies

Rodon @ Milone – Rodon on a nice run now, and Milone is at home.

Walker @ Kazmir – High risk/high reward on Walker.

Ch. Anderson @ J. Gray

Leake @ Kershaw – Dodgers aren’t scoring much lately so Leake is worth a shot.

Hamels @ Kennedy – Kennedy has a 2.32 ERA since All-Star?!

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, September 1

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 8/31 

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Yovani Gallardo

CORY’S PICKS

Corbin @ Flande (Gm 1)

R. De La Rosa @ Kendrick (Gm 2)

Smyly @ Tillman

Co. Anderson @ Estrada

Nicolino @ Banuelos

Pineda @ Porcello

Harang @ Niese – Gotta like Niese at home, even vs. resurgent Phillies.

DeSclafani @ Haren

Sale @ Duffey

Verlander @ Cueto Verlander has allowed only 1 ER in his last 4 starts!

Cole @ Nelson

Elias @ Feldman

J. Ross @ Gonzales – Ross only has 2-3 more starts before being shut down.

Shoemaker @ Martin – Shoemaker’s last start doesn’t convince me.

Bumgarner @ Greinke

Gallardo @ Cashner – Good matchup for Gallardo, poor K-BB notwithstanding.

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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, August 29-31

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 8/31 

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Jeff Samardzija

ZACH’S PICKS

SATURDAY

Farmer @ Hutchison – Hutchison has been better lately but I still don’t trust him.

Kelly @ deGrom

Lynn @ Vogelsong

Medlen @ Odorizzi – Medlen a must-add in all leagues if still available.

Rusin @ Happ

Koehler @ Zimmermann – Only pitch Koehler at home.

Rea @ Morgan

Sampson @ Garza – Garza struggling lately.

Fiers @ Pelfrey

Richards @ TBD (CLE)

Severino @ Wisler

Iwakuma @ Samardzija – Samardzija continues to tease us, but I’m giving up on him.

Jimenez @ M. Perez

Doubront @ Chacin

Lester @ Latos – Latos is a ditch until further notice.

SUNDAY

Simon @ Buehrle – Buehrle is the ultimate chasing wins pitcher. I’ll give it a shot.

Miley @ Syndergaard – Miley too unpredictable and Mets offense is hot.

Duffy @ Karns – I’ve lost a lot of confidence in Karns.

Weaver @ Kluber – Weaver a toss-up but he hasn’t been good on the road and Indians are swinging the bats well of late.

J. De La Rosa @ Morton – Morton is 5-1 with a 2.82 ERA in eight home starts this year.

Hand @ Strasburg

Eovaldi @ Teheran – Eovaldi coming off his best start of the season. Teheran going for his sixth straight quality start, and he’s 7-1 with a 2.55 ERA at home.

Shields @ Williams

Lamb @ Peralta – Decent matchup for Peralta but he’s been way too inconsistent lately.

McCullers @ Big Erv – McCullers a bit risky though.

Montgomery @ Quintana

M. Gonzalez @ Holland – Benching Holland one more time in not so great matchup.

Garcia @ Heston – Heston has been out of whack recently.

Chavez @ Ray

Arrieta @ Al. Wood – Not overly confident in Wood, but I’ll pitch.

MONDAY

Nova @ E. Rodriguez – Taking a break from Nova.

Archer @ W. Chen – Chen has been pitching well enough to trust vs. Rays.

Salazar @ Price

Narveson @ Miller

Eickhoff @ Colon – Eickhoff isn’t 12-team mixed league material just yet. Favorable matchup for Colon, who dominated Phils on Wednesday.

Lorenzen @ Hendricks

Nuno @ Keuchel

G. Gonzalez @ Lackey – Gio a borderline call here, but for PoD purposes I’ll pass.

Ray @ Bettis

Santiago @ Doubront – Santiago has been very shaky lately.

Peavy @ B. Anderson – Peavy a viable option in deeper leagues though as Dodgers offense has been ice cold this month (13th in NL in runs).

Lewis @ T. Ross – Lewis could pitch well here, but I’ll never fully trust him.

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 8/31

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Chris Bassitt

Hey everyone,

My latest two-start pitcher article is now up on the site, so as is the custom on Fridays, here’s a sampling. For the complete version, click on the link at the bottom of this post. Note that all stats are accurate through Wednesday.

Need to upgrade your fantasy starting rotation? Or maybe gaining ground in wins and strikeouts are your primary goals? Then consider these pitchers, who are scheduled to make two starts each in Week 22.

12-team mixed leagues

Chris Bassitt (vs. LAA, vs. SEA)

Bassitt’s streak of seven consecutive quality starts came to an end on Wednesday, but he was facing a Mariners lineup that ranks 4th in the AL in runs scored this month. While he does have to face the Mariners again next week, Bassitt will also go up against an Angels club that ranks last in the Majors in runs scored in August. The 26-year-old righty has also been a far more effective pitcher at home (1.83 ERA) than on the road (4.34 ERA) this season, a fact that bodes well for next week.

Deeper mixed leagues

Bartolo Colon (vs. PHI, @MIA)

Over the past month, Colon has alternated strong outings with mediocre at best outings, so he is tough to fully trust. That said, coming off Wednesday’s gem in Philadelphia, the 42-year-old has a good chance to make it two or maybe even three straight strong outings. Colon will again face the Phillies before going up against a Marlins club that he has dominated this season to the tune of a 2.83 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in four starts.

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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, August 28

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Raisel Iglesias

ZACH’S PICKS

J. Gray @ Liriano – Hard to trust Gray coming off blowup vs. Mets.

Conley @ Scherzer

Kennedy @ Nola – Kennedy is 4-2 with a 2.27 ERA since the All-Star break.

Boyd @ Dickey

Owens @ Harvey

Volquez @ E. Ramirez

Heaney @ Bauer – Giving Heaney a pass for his last start since it was vs. Blue Jays.

Tanaka @ W. Perez

Gausman @ Hamels – Gausman a bit risky but he’s been solid lately.

Iglesias @ Jungmann – Five straight quality starts for Iglesias. Jungmann fading of late.

Kazmir @ Gibson

Walker @ Danks – Who knows what to expect from Walker. I’ll pass.

S. Gray @ Ch. Anderson

Hammel @ Kershaw

Wacha @ Leake – Nice matchup for Leake in his Giants home debut.

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, August 27

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Tommy Milone

CORY’S PICKS

Greinke @ DeSclafani

Shoemaker @ Wolf

Estrada @ Gallardo – June seems like so long ago for Gallardo.

Tillman @ Ventura – Risk/Reward with both, play to your standings.

Haren @ Bumgarner

Niese @ Harang – Phils have been tough since All-Star but Niese is usually solid.

Cashner @ J. Ross

Milone @ Smyly – Don’t like Milone on the road and Rays hit LHP better than RHP.

Cole @ Nicolino

Elias @ Rodon – Three straight excellent outings for Rodon.

C. Martinez @ R. De La Rosa – Rubby having a strong second half.

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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, August 26

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Chris Bassitt

CORY’S PICKS

McHugh @ Pineda – McHugh 2.60 ERA in 7 GS since All-Star.

Bassitt @ King Felix – Bassitt 2.31 ERA in 9 GS!

Colon @ Eickhoff

T. Ross @ G. Gonzalez

Santiago @ Verlander – Santiago 4.62 ERA in 7 GS since All-Star.

Flande @ Miller

B. Anderson @ Holmberg – Reds are scuffling but can hit lefties.

Nelson @ Co. Anderson – Nelson 2.15 ERA in 7 GS since All-Star.

Duffey @ Archer

Locke @ Narveson

Price @ Lewis

W. Chen @ Cueto – KC is tough at home but not as good vs. LHP.

Porcello @ Sale

Lackey @ Corbin – Corbin too erratic to trust vs. good offenses.

Hendricks @ Peavy

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, August 25

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Article – Week of 8/24

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Josh Tomlin

ZACH’S PICKS

Keuchel @ Nova – Astros rank 14th in AL in both runs scored and OPS in August.

Syndergaard @ Williams

Shields @ Strasburg

Weaver @ Simon – Weaver pitching well since return.

Bettis @ Foltynewicz

Al. Wood @ Lamb – Wood no sure thing but Reds rank last in NL in runs scored this month.

Peralta @ Tomlin – Peralta coming off poor performance. I’ll play it safe here. Tomlin has been impressive so far and Brewers offense is middle of the pack at best.

Big Erv @ Karns – Erv is too risky. Karns is worth a shot.

Morton @ Hand – Morton is back on track.

Buehrle @ Holland – I don’t like the matchup for either.

M. Gonzalez @ Duffy

Miley @ Quintana – Miley a decent deep league option in favorable matchup.

Garcia @ Ray

Chavez @ Montgomery – I still don’t fully trust Chavez.

Arrieta @ Cain

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 8/24

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Charlie Morton

Hey everyone,

Time for another installment of my two-start pitcher series. As usual, here’s a portion of the latest article. For the complete version, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Looking to improve your fantasy starting rotation? Need to gain ground in wins and strikeouts? Then consider these pitchers, who are each scheduled to make two starts in Week 21.

12-team mixed leagues

Charlie Morton (@MIA, vs. COL)

Coming off a shaky showing at home against the Dodgers, Morton bounced back nicely his last time out, limiting the Mets to two earned runs on four hits across 6 1/3 innings to go along with a season-high nine strikeouts. His matchups next week are quite favorable, as the Marlins rank 12th in the NL in runs and 11th in OPS while the Rockies’ offense has struggled away from Coors Field, ranking 13th in the Senior Circuit in both runs and OPS. If available, Morton is a quality addition to any 12-team mixed league roster.

Deeper mixed leagues

Derek Holland (vs. TOR, vs. BAL)

Making his first start since early-April and just his second of the season, Holland pitched well on Wednesday, tossing 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball against the Mariners while striking out six. Considering the extended layoff, there’s a possibility that Holland is on the waiver wire even in deeper mixed leagues. That will not be the case for much longer, so owners in need of starting pitching help should look to add him, regardless of league format. That said, he’s a risky play for next week, the matchup against the Blue Jays being particularly challenging. In mixed leagues of 12 or fewer teams, I’d play it safe and leave him benched. But if he gets through next week in good shape, I would fully trust him going forward. In his last DL-free season back in 2013, the Rangers southpaw registered a 3.42 ERA to go along with 189 strikeouts, so he’s already proven himself to be a reliable mid-rotation fantasy starter.

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