Pitching Musings from Monday

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Detroit Tigers

Zach here,

Just a few pitching notes from last night’s games to keep you entertained until tomorrow’s big All-Surprise/All-Disappointment team podcast…

-After limiting the Mariners to one run on five hits over six innings last night, Rick Porcello is now 7-2 with a solid 3.93 ERA in 11 starts since the All-Star break. Keep in mind that he’s still just 24 years of age, pitches in a favorable ballpark for a very good team and is a former top prospect. There’s certainly room for growth here. Add Porcello to the post-hype sleeper list for 2014.

-Matt Garza began his Rangers tenure in impressive fashion, with back-to-back stellar performances against the Yankees and Angels. Since then, he’s been a headache for his fantasy owners, posting just one quality start in nine tries. Garza’s final two projected starts (@KC, vs. LAA) aren’t all that favorable, and the bottom line is that he cannot be trusted outside of deep mixed leagues. Depending on your categorical needs, I’d lean towards benching him in 12-teamers.

-Andrew Cashner’s one-hitter last night marked his fifth straight start of allowing two runs or less while pitching at least seven innings. Better yet, he’s whiffed at least seven batters in five of his last six outings. Cashner turned 27 last week, and coming off a successful first season as primarily a starter, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he delivers a career best season in 2014. He won’t be dirt cheap on draft day, but there’s still plenty of profit potential.


I locked up Cashner in two keeper leagues earlier this season. My biggest concern is health, certainly not stuff.

Hey Zach,
I noticed you have Holland benched today against TB. I’ve already dropped Garza so is dropping Holland a possibility? Cashner, Leake, Roarke, Jimenez, and Cueto are all still available.
Dexter Fowler – worth the wait? I have my OF covered with Agon, Harper, Carpenter, McLouth, and Span. Swisher, Pagan, and Rasmus are still available.
Rich D.

Sorry, but forgot to ask about Brandon Moss. He doesn’t play every day but when he does, he produces. Should I stick with him or swap him out for Matt Adams who seems to play everyday since Allen Craig is out?

Holland’s next start after tonight comes against the Astros, so I think I’d keep him around at least through that one. I think Swisher is worth a pickup and wouldn’t expect too much from Fowler from here on out with the Rockies out of the postseason hunt.
Adams over Moss. He’s playing every day and is red hot. Might as well ride it out!


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