Two-Start Pitchers – Week of 6/18

Hey everyone,

To help all you weekly leaguers, here are my thoughts on seven of the tougher calls for next week. Be sure to listen to today’s podcast when it comes out this afternoon as Cory will discuss some of these guys.

-Zach

                                                                                                                                                           Mat Latos  (@CLE, vs. MIN)

Yeah, Latos has been wildly inconsistent this season but he’s coming off a dominant performance vs. these same Indians and the Twins rank near the bottom of the AL in runs scored on the road. They’re also batting a lowly .230 in road games. I’ve been very down on Latos of late but I’m slowly starting to trust him again. Pitch.

Wade Miley  (vs. SEA, vs. CHC)

Miley shocked us all by throwing a gem @TEX and now gets to face an awful Mariners lineup along with a Cubs offense that ranks 14th in the NL in runs scored. In case you haven’t noticed, he now sports a 2.39 ERA and 1.04 WHIP for the season! In mixed leagues of 12 teams or more, he’s a pitch.

Mark Buehrle  (@BOS, vs. TOR)

Buehrle always seems to fly under the radar but he’s very quietly enjoying life in the NL. That said, next week is a time to consider sitting him as he’ll be facing two of the better offenses in baseball. He doesn’t strike out a lot of guys so you’re basically counting on strong ratios. I don’t see it happening. Ditch.

Jerome Williams  (vs SF, vs LAD)

Williams has struggled of late but check out those home/road splits! 5-1 with a 2.93 ERA in six home starts this year and I’m still picking on the Giants’ lineup despite their 10-run outburst on Wednesday night. He’s a worthy play in deeper formats.

Aaron Harang  (@OAK, @LAA)

He’s had a few poor outings here and there but on the whole Harang has been very solid this season. He’s on a nice roll right now (2-0, 1.89 ERA over his last three starts), but don’t overlook his mediocre road numbers (4.37 ERA, 1.48 WHIP). I love the @OAK matchup and the @LAA matchup is a decent one, but in 12-team mixed leagues I’d take the conservative route and ditch. He should only be considered in NL-only and very deep mixed leagues.

Tommy Milone  (vs. LAD, vs. SF)

It’s very simple with Milone. You ditch him on the road (7.42 ERA, 1.67 WHIP) and pitch him at home (0.98 ERA, 0.85 WHIP). Two home starts (one of which is against the Giants) = Pitch.

Derek Lowe  (vs. CIN, @HOU)

Lowe has been a big tease this year, dominating in some starts but getting shelled in others. His 3.78 ERA is fine but he doesn’t strike anyone out and his 1.53 WHIP is ugly. These aren’t the toughest matchups in the world but the risk easily outweighs the reward. Ditch.

2 Comments

Plse help me understand why the Mariners are constantly referred to as a bad offensive team. They are #1 in runs scored on the road in all of MLB & when they face Miley, not only is this a road game for the M’s , but in the hitter friendly home park of the d-backs. I shy away from pitching most pitchers vs Mariners when they are on the road, & it has served me well. Am I crazy?
Thx, guys

Jim,

A great point, but they do rank near the bottom of the league in runs scored this month and are batting just .231 as a team this month. All in all though, I’m just not scared of anyone in that lineup. Miley’s been pitching too well this year to sit in a two-start week against non-elite offenses.

Zach

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