Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 9/9

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Arizona Diamondbacks

Randall Delgado  (@LAD, vs. COL)

Outside of a decent but not great strikeout rate, there’s a lot to like about Delgado’s stat line this season. There’s even more to like about his second half stat line (3-2, 3.53 ERA, 0.95 WHIP). Despite the tough matchup against the Dodgers, I’m confident enough in Delgado to give him a shot next week. Also note that he’s allowed more than four runs in just one of his 15 starts this year, so the risk of a disaster outing is minimal.

Martin Perez  (vs. PIT, vs. OAK)

6-1 with a 3.66 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in nine starts since the All-Star break. Pretty good. Oh yeah, and Perez’s ERA at home this year is 2.20 and he’s coming off a dominant performance against these same A’s. While the Pirates offense is no longer the anemic one of years past, they’re still no better than middle of the pack. In mixed leagues of 12 teams or more, I’m pitching Perez.

Ubaldo Jimenez  (vs. KC, @CHW)

Don’t get me wrong, I’m no fan of Ubaldo. He’s just so maddeningly inconsistent and it’s often tough to play the matchups with him, as he could breeze through or struggle against any lineup. But let’s give the guy some credit. We’re talking about a 2.22 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and better than a strikeout per inning in eight starts since the Midsummer Classic. The matchups aren’t ultra-favorable but they’re not terrible either. I’d lean towards pitching Ubaldo, particularly if you’re looking for a strikeout boost.

Ivan Nova  (@BAL, @BOS)

Nova’s magical season hit a speed bump last night as the Red Sox knocked him out of the game after only four innings. Although Nova’s overall numbers remain exceptional, this is about as tough as it gets from a matchups standpoint.  On the bright side, he’s had a great deal of success vs. the Orioles this season, going 2-0 with a 1.52 ERA and 0.59 WHIP in three appearances (two starts). But the @BOS start is extremely risky, in fact too risky for my liking. I’d take the conservative route and ditch, though categorical needs should play a big factor in your decision.

Zach McAllister  (vs. KC, @CHW)

I like McAllister, but the reality is that he’s coming off two straight ugly performances and I need to see a turnaround before I can comfortably slot him into my lineup. But he’s definitely someone to keep an eye on for Pitch or Ditch purposes down the stretch. And don’t forget about him in drafts next spring. He turns 26 in December.

Carlos Torres  (vs. WAS, vs. MIA)

Torres showed me a lot on Tuesday when he limited a potent Braves’ lineup to three runs over seven innings while racking up six strikeouts. The transition from reliever to starter has been a seamless one for Torres, and how about that 46-to-8 K/BB ratio! And how about that 0.92 ERA and 0.85 WHIP at home! Both of next week’s starts will be at home. And just in case you didn’t know, the Marlins are the lowest scoring team in the Majors. And it’s not even close. Pitch.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!



You like Delgado and Nova more than Cashner’s two-start week? @PHI, @ATL

I’d go with Cashner and his two-start week over both Delgado and Nova.


Hey Zach,
I hope you had a good weekend. Ok, it’s the first round of the playoffs and I get a bye. However, I have Marte, Harper, and Fowler all in the same outfield and all banged up. That leaves me Matt Carpenter, McLouth, and Crisp healthy. What are your thoughts on the first group? I know I have a week to make sure they are back. Some availables: Yelich, Moss, Leonys Martin, Brantley, Nava, Swisher, and Lake.
Rich D.

I’d stand pat, Rich. I still prefer all six of your current guys over any of those available OFs.


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