Paulino @ Porcello – Not a good matchup for Paulino. I’ve given up trying to figure out Porcello so I’ll pass.
Diamond @ Peavy
Harden @ Jimenez – Giving Harden a mulligan for last start as it was @NYY.
Alvarez @ Reyes
Hughes @ Beckett – I totally don’t trust Hughes here.
Shields @ Ogando
Haren @ King Felix
LeBlanc @ Lilly – LeBlanc not worth the risk.
Lopez @ Bumgarner
Volstad @ Capuano – Can’t possibly sit Capuano coming off two-hit shutout.
Lee @ Willis
Lannan @ Lowe
McDonald @ Happ – McDonald very impressive lately.
Westbrook @ Wolf
Rogers @ Collmenter – Tough test for Collmenter, but he’s rebounded nicely from mini-slump.
First, I’d like to offer my condolences to any of you who lost your playoff matchup because you owned too many players on the teams that got their games rained out this past weekend. Stats from the rescheduled games should really be added to this week’s total, but unfortunately it doesn’t work that way. And I know, it’s very unfair. Just another reason why I’m not a big fan of head-to-head leagues.
Well, enough griping. Let’s get to Pitch or Ditch.
Francis @ Fister
Cahill @ TBD (CLE) – Cahill extremely inconsistent of late but I’ll throw him out there vs. below average Indians’ lineup.
Cecil @ Guthrie – I expect Cecil to bounce back.
Sabathia @ Lackey – Don’t be fooled by Lackey’s 12 wins. He’s had a miserable season.
Hellickson @ Feldman
Swarzak @ Stewart – Stewart an intriguing AL-only play but too risky for mixed leagues.
Williams @ Vasquez
Vazquez @ Pelfrey – Vazquez: 3.51 ERA 1.07 WHIP and more than a strikeout per inning since All-Star break.
Halladay @ Arroyo – Bronson’s on a nice roll but no way am I pitching him here.
Livan @ Jurrjens
Morton @ Sosa
Jackson @ Marcum – I don’t trust Edwin vs. dangerous Brewers’ lineup.
Cook @ Miley
Stauffer @ Kuroda
Garza @ Vogelsong
This should be a pretty interesting weekend here on the East Coast with Hurricane Irene wreaking havoc on the baseball schedule. Part of today’s show dealt with how daily league owners should manage their rosters in light of all the postponements, and all I can say to you weekly leaguers is “Sorry.” Simply put, there’s nothing you can do. And one word of advice to those of you expecting to be hit by the storm: set your lineups for the entire weekend as soon as you can as there’s a chance you can be left without internet connection for a period of time.
Well, here’s Pitch or Ditch for the weekend. Keep in mind that this list of probable starters is very much subject to change.
***NOTE: The Mets/Braves games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday have both been postponed due to Hurricane Irene.
Moscoso @ Lester (Gm 1)
TBD (OAK) @ Bedard (Gm 2)
Nova @ Matusz (Gm 1)
F. Garcia @ Britton (Gm 2)
Niemann @ Perez – Tough matchup for Niemann but he’s earned the nod.
Verlander @ Pavano – I don’t see much upside in pitching Pavano here.
Duffy @ Carmona – Duffy cannot be trusted in mixed leagues.
Pineiro @ Wilson
Danks @ Pineda – Pineda no longer a must-start but home ERA is 2.86
An. Sanchez @ Halladay (Gm 1) – Playing it safe and passing on Anibal.
TBD (FLA) @ Lee (Gm 2)
Jurrjens @ Dickey – Dickey on a nice roll.
Millwood @ Billingsley – Billingsley maddeningly inconsistent but he’s been excellent at home.
Karstens @ Carpenter
Dempster @ Gallardo – Dempster working on six straight quality starts.
Detwiler @ Leake – Detwiler strictly an NL-only play for this unfavorable matchup.
Harang @ Saunders – This could be 10-9 or 3-2…I’ll say either pitch both or ditch both.
Myers @ TBD (SF) – Myers should rebound from Coors Field pounding.
Chen @ Masterson – Chen a decent gamble in deeper leagues if you have innings to spare.
Price @ Morrow
Colon @ Simon – Colon not the same pitcher he was in first half.
Penny @ Duensing – Nice matchup for Penny.
Floyd @ Vargas – Vargas fading. I don’t trust him.
Weaver @ Lewis
Minor @ Gee – I’ll give Minor a shot…love the K’s!
Zimmermann @ Cueto
Coleman @ Greinke
Lincoln @ Lohse – Not a fan of Lohse, but it’s the Pirates.
Norris @ Cain
Chacin @ Eovaldi
Luebke @ Kennedy
Hochevar @ Scherzer
Sabathia @ Guthrie
McCarthy @ Huff – Taking a chance on McCarthy.
Davis @ Romero – I don’t trust Davis quite enough to pitch him here.
Slowey @ Buehrle
Big Erv @ Beavan – Strangely enough, Beavan has fared better on the road (3.00 ERA) than at home (5.12 ERA).
Vazquez @ Pelfrey (Gm 1)
Volstad @ TBD (NYM ) (Gm 2)
Hamels @ Bailey
Ohlendorf @ Wandy
White @ D. Hudson
Latos @ Kershaw
Wells @ Lincecum – Wells decent in August (3-0 4.26 ERA 1.07 WHIP).
Paulino @ Jimenez – Paulino should be OK since he’s not facing BOS or NYY… Ubaldo, notsomuch
Burnett @ Hunter – guh
Shields @ Alvarez – I like Alvarez but he’s not ready for the big boys yet
Gonzalez @ Wakefield – Gio hasn’t had a good start on the road in months; play it safe here
Haren @ Holland
Porcello @ Swarzak
Peavy @ Furbush
Hensley @ Oswalt
T. Hudson @ Capuano – Cappy fading fast, play it safe
Wang @ Willis
Lopez @ Wolf
McDonald @ Westbrook – J-Mac a risk/reward pick at this point
LeBlanc @ Collmenter
Rogers @ Lilly
Happ @ Bumgarner
How about that Astros’ lineup? Not too long ago, we were making fun of this group, doubting if they could even score seven runs in a week, let alone seven runs in a game like they did this past Saturday. J.D. Martinez has done a nice job since being inserted into the everyday lineup, Jose Altuve is batting .317 through 30 big league games and even Brian Bogusevic is making a contribution (3-for-4 with a homer last night). Look, the Houston offense is still very weak, but since the beginning of August they rank a respectable 9th in the NL in runs scored. Just something to think about.
Now let’s get to Pitch or Ditch.
King Felix @ Tomlin
Beckett @ Harrison – Harrison hasn’t handled a good team in a long time
Cahill @ Sabathia – Cahill has a 13.50 ERA in four career starts vs. Yankees
Hochevar @ Romero
Scherzer @ W. Davis
Guthrie @ Slowey
Stewart @ Weaver
Marcum @ TBD (PIT)
Pelfrey @ Kendrick – Kendrick excellent in spot starts this year
Kuroda @ J. Garcia
Wandy @ Cook – Wandy has handled Coors in his career
D. Hudson @ Livan
Arroyo @ Vazquez
Lowe @ Wells
Stauffer @ Lincecum
Beavan @ Masterson (Gm 1)
TBD (SEA) @ TBD (CLE) (Gm 2)
McCarthy @ Colon – still riding Colon at home vs. weak A’s
Chen @ Morrow
Penny @ Price
Lackey @ Lewis – Lewis en fuego, Lackey “not”
Simon @ Duensing
Buehrle @ Big Erv – Buehrle’s earned it
Estrada @ Ohlendorf
Niese @ Worley
Cueto @ Nolasco – Nolasco is pre-disastered
Minor @ Coleman
Kershaw @ Lohse
Norris @ White – I trust Norris, even here
Latos @ Cain – the most likely 1-0 game of the night
Huff @ Fister
Burnett @ Liriano – I wouldn’t pitch Burnett against anyone. Period.
Wakefield @ Paulino – Wakefield not a bad gamble vs. KC but now is the time for conservatism.
Furbush @ Hellickson
Ogando @ Danks – Losing patience with Ogando but CWS lineup not too scary. I’ll be bold and take a chance on Danks.
Hunter @ Pineiro – Nice matchup for Hunter.
Alvarez @ Gonzalez
Willis @ Morton – D-Train let me down last time out so I’ll pass. Morton solid of late but this matchup scares me.
Lilly @ Rogers – Can’t sit Lilly right now despite rough matchup.
Wolf @ Capuano – Capuano a bit risky though as he’s been mediocre lately.
Jackson @ Garza – Jackson’s move to STL hasn’t gone as well as expected but I’ll pitch him.
Kendrick @ Lannan
Bumgarner @ Lyles – Ditch Lyles even against Giants. 7 ER allowed in each of his last 2 starts.
Miley @ Beachy
Hensley @ Harang – Hensley intriguing if you’re feeling lucky, but more of an NL-only play.
Jimenez @ Porcello – Porcello not instilling a whole lot of confidence in me these days.
Pineda @ Shields – Sitting Pineda here is understandable but I haven’t jumped ship yet.
Lester @ Duffy
Nova @ Blackburn – Nova should rebound here.
Holland @ Floyd – Holland so unpredictable but six of his last eight starts have been strong. Floyd not trustworthy at this point.
Matusz @ TBD (LAA)
Perez @ Moscoso – Playing it safe and sitting Moscoso.
Gallardo @ Dickey – Dickey has earned the nod but if you’re running out of innings don’t waste them on this start.
Collmenter @ T. Hudson – Collmenter’s last two starts encouraging but the wheels could fall off again at any moment.
Leake @ McDonald – Great matchup for Leake…not the case for McDonald.
Halladay @ Wang – Remember when this was a battle between two AL East aces?
J. Sanchez @ Sosa – Sanchez questionable for this start.
Billingsley @ Millwood – This could get ugly for Billingsley.
An. Sanchez @ Luebke – Anibal surprisingly effective @COL. Now he gets rewarded.
Westbrook @ Lopez
Vargas @ Carmona – Fausto a PoD special!
Verlander @ Niemann
Bedard @ Wilson – Bedard not great since trade to BOS. I’m ditching him here in tough matchup.
Britton @ Pavano
Narveson @ Karstens (Gm 1)
Greinke @ Lincoln (Gm 2)
Saunders @ Detwiler – Saundo cannot be trusted in mixed leagues.
Gee @ Lee
Jurrjens @ Dempster
Eovaldi @ Carpenter
Myers @ Chacin – Disaster alert for HR prone Myers.