Weiland @ Guthrie
Moscoso @ Porcello – Moscoso a pitch for deep/unmixed leagues
Pineda @ Cecil – great matchup for resurgent Cecil
Colon @ Hellickson – being cautious with Colon
Peavy @ Duffy – Peavy not inspiring confidence lately
Masterson @ Liriano
Ogando @ Chatwood
Leake @ Morton – Morton has turned back into a pumpkin
Stauffer @ An. Sanchez
Lohse @ Gee – could go either way on both, do you feel lucky?
Lee @ Garza
Zimmermann @ Happ
Beachy @ Jimenez – check Ubaldo’s last 9 GS vs. his first 9
Gallardo @ Enright
R. De La Rosa @ Bumgarner
Sabathia @ Romero
Weaver @ Cahill (Gm 1 of doubleheader)
Big Erv @ Harden (Gm 2 of doubleheader) – I’ll say pitch on Harden. Angels not a scary offense.
Lackey @ Shields – Still don’t trust Lackey.
Jackson @ Scherzer – This could be 2-1 or 10-9 but I’ll risk it.
Carrasco @ Simon – Carrasco testing my patience but I’m not giving up on him just yet.
Francis @ Pavano – Francis a decent AL-only option. Pavano 3 ER or less in six of his last seven starts.
Wilson @ King Felix
Vazquez @ Zambrano – Vazquez too HR prone to trust at Wrigley. I’ll sit Big Z in first start off DL.
Hamels @ Niese
Maholm @ Norris
Carpenter @ Arroyo
Lannan @ Hanson
Kuroda @ Kennedy
Greinke @ Chacin
Zito @ Luebke – If you’re not going to start Zito here, why own him?
Peavy @ Penny – Peavy very shaky of late. Bad matchup for Penny.
Hughes @ Villanueva – Hughes needs to shake the rust off.
Gomez @ Atkins
Paulino @ Duensing – I’ll roll the dice on both here.
Pineiro @ Gonzalez – Good matchup for Pineiro.
Harrison @ Beavan
Beckett @ Niemann
Kendrick @ Pelfrey
J. Garcia @ Bailey – Bailey’s career ERA vs. Cards (7 starts) is 6.03! Not good.
Gorzelanny @ Jurrjens – Gorzelanny an OK start in deep/non-mixed leagues.
Correia @ Wandy
Volstad @ Wells
Marcum @ Cook – Marcum a little risky though.
Cain @ Latos
Lilly @ D. Hudson – Dangerous matchup for fly-ball pitcher Lilly.
Carmona @ Baker (Gm 1 of doubleheader)
Burnett @ Hellickson
Red Sox @ Orioles
Buehrle @ Davies
TBD (Indians) @ Swarzak (Gm 2 of doubleheader)
Willis @ McDonald – Far from an ideal matchup for the inconsistent McDonald.
Hensley @ Capuano – Capuano 2 ER or less in six of his last seven starts.
Lee @ Lopez
Marquis @ Lyles – Both are solid NL-only starts but too risky in mixed.
Lowe @ Hammel – Hammel much better on the road (3.40 ERA) than at home (4.92 ERA).
Wolf @ Duke – Regarding Wolf, see Lilly, Ted.
Billingsley @ Vogelsong
Floyd @ Verlander – Floyd just too blow-up prone for my tastes
Tomlin @ Arrieta – Neither have stats to support the W-L records
F. Garcia @ Morrow – Chase K’s, not wins
Miller @ TBD
Hochevar @ Blackburn
Haren @ McCarthy – McCarthy has been awesome at home
Lewis @ Fister – Fister has been awesome at home
Nolasco @ Dempster – Dempster 3.25 ERA since May 1
Worley @ Dickey – Worley a nice NL/deep gamble
Westbrook @ Cueto
Livan @ T. Hudson
Karstens @ Myers – PoD “easy matchup” special
Narveson @ Nicasio
Kershaw @ Saunders
Lincecum @ Moseley
No setting lineups and no checking box scores. I’m sure the past few days have been very strange for all of you. And they have been very strange for me too, but I’ve kind of enjoyed it. I know that many “fantasy experts” say to use this time to evaluate your roster and think about potential trades, but it’s also nice to simply take a breather. On Monday morning, I challenged myself to avoid even looking at any of my teams until tonight, but thanks to the Mets’ decision to trade Francisco Rodriguez to the Brewers, I found myself staring at my computer screen a little after midnight last night trying to decide whether or not Jason Isringhausen was worth a pickup. Ultimately, I decided against it as I had very little roster room and already owned Bobby Parnell, but if you can it’s not a bad idea to grab both of these guys. Isringhausen has the closing experience but Parnell has the upside and the Mets might as well give him a look if they are truly raising the white flag on this season. It also wouldn’t surprise me if Izzy gets dealt. I think it’s safe to drop K-Rod if there’s someone on the wire who can help you now. The Brewers aren’t going to let Rodriguez reach the 55 games finished mark and John Axford has been doing a solid job this year. If you’re desperate for saves, maybe hang onto K-Rod as he might register a handful of them by season’s end. But otherwise, cut bait.
Now back to business. Here are our Pitch or Ditch picks for Thursday.
Masterson @ Guthrie – Despite favorable matchup, Guthrie awful of late.
Colon @ Reyes – Colon coming off poor outing vs. TB but he’s earned this one.
Chen @ Liriano – Erratic Liriano not an automatic start but I’ll give him a go for this one.
Holland @ Vargas – Coming off CG SHO, Holland an intriguing play, but only in deeper leagues. Good test for Vargas.
An. Sanchez @ Garza
Gallardo @ Jimenez
Bumgarner @ Harang – Great situation to pitch Harang.
Price @ Burnett
Duensing @ Buehrle – Duensing coming off CG SHO but I’m not risking it here.
Morrow @ Tomlin – Morrow always risky but this is a good matchup for him.
Simon @ Lackey – When you look up DTM in the dictionary, you’ll see a picture of John Lackey.
Furbush @ Hochevar
McCarthy @ Lewis – I like McCarthy but definitely not here.
Pineda @ Pineiro – I’ll give Pineiro a try here.
Hanson @ Lee
Harang @ R. De La Rosa – DLR-lite a decent option in deeper leagues.
Dempster @ Correia – Don’t particularly trust Correia but the results have been there.
Jimenez @ Marquis – I’ll pitch Ubaldo despite inconsistency.
Cueto @ Marcum
Myers @ Nolasco – Shelled last time out, Myers a risky start. I’m passing.
D. Hudson @ Carpenter
Capuano @ Lincecum – Giants can’t hit. It’s that simple.
Cecil @ Carrasco – Cecil worth a look in AL-only leagues.
Shields @ Sabathia – Matchup of the weekend!
Atkins @ Aceves
Swarzak @ Peavy – Peavy very erratic lately but I like the matchup.
Verlander @ Francis
Cahill @ Harrison – It’s OK to sit Cahill here if you want to conserve some innings.
King Felix @ Haren – Matchup of the weekend Part II.
Wandy @ Volstad
Chacin @ Zimmermann
Lowe @ Hamels
Ortiz @ Maholm – Take advantage of Maholm before it all falls apart.
Willis @ Wolf – D-Train? No thanks.
Duke @ J. Garcia
Stauffer @ Lilly – Padres’ lineup might be just what Lilly needs to get back on track.
Pelfrey @ Cain – I don’t trust Pelfrey…even for this one.
Hellickson @ F. Garcia
Reyes @ Talbot
Britton @ Beckett *Britton scuffling enough that I stay away.
Gonzalez @ Wilson
Porcello @ Davies
Blackburn @ Floyd
Beavan @ Big Erv *Go ahead, say it with me.
Beachy @ Halladay *Beachy hearts Ks.
Lopez @ McDonald
Hammel @ Marquis
Lyles @ Vazquez *Javy building confidence.
Leake @ Greinke *Leake a little risky but has shown he can hang with big lineups and be decent.
Kennedy @ Lohse
Latos @ Billingsley
Dickey @ Vogelsong *You mean All Star Ryan Vogelsong, watch out for those red hot Mets though.
Niemann @ Colon
Villanueva @ McAllister – Villanueva a good gamble in deep/unmixed leagues
Arrieta @ Miller
Harden @ Holland – not risking Harden in Texas
Scherzer @ Duffy
Pavano @ Humber
Fister @ Weaver
Nicasio @ T. Hudson
Garza @ Livan
Happ @ Hand
Bailey @ Narveson
Saunders @ McClellan
Gee @ Kershaw
Luebke @ Zito
C – Alex Avila
1B – Lance Berkman
2B – Danny Espinosa
3B – Ryan Roberts
SS – Asdrubal Cabrera
OF – Melky Cabrera
OF – Jeff Francoeur
OF – Brennan Boesch
SP – Phil Humber
SP – Ryan Vogelsong
CL – Fernando Salas
C – Geovany Soto
1B – Adam Dunn
2B – Dan Uggla
3B – Pedro Alvarez
SS – Hanley Ramirez
OF – Carl Crawford
OF – Alex Rios
OF – Vernon Wells
SP – Ubaldo Jimenez
SP – Francisco Liriano
CL – Matt Thornton
C – Brian McCann
1B – Adrian Gonzalez
2B – Robinson Cano
3B – Jose Bautista
SS – Jose Reyes
OF – Matt Kemp
OF – Ryan Braun
OF – Jacoby Ellsbury (by a hair over Curtis Granderson)
SP – Justin Verlander
SP – Jered Weaver (by a nose over Roy Halladay and James Shields)
CL – Joel Hanrahan
W. Davis @ Liriano – don’t trust Davis
Chen @ Jackson – don’t trust EJax
Penny @ Chatwood – don’t trust either… sense the theme?
Vargas @ Moscoso
Hughes @ Masterson – wait and see on Hughes
Romero @ Wakefield
Guthrie @ Ogando
Collmenter @ Gallardo – the Collmenter era has ended
Wells @ Gorzelanny – gamble on Wells vs. weak-hitting Nationals
Norris @ Morton
Cook @ Jurrjens
Kendrick @ An. Sanchez
Arroyo @ Westbrook
Niese @ Kuroda
Moseley @ Bumgarner
***SIANO SAYS “Pitch on E-Jax. He is bueno at home. I’ll defer to Cory on Wells…seems ambitious ;-). Agree on rest.”