Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 7/21

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at New York Mets


Jacob deGrom (@SEA, @MIL)

Over his last five starts, deGrom boasts a 1.65 ERA and 1.16 WHIP to go along with 38 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings. Next week, he gets to face a Mariners team that ranks in the bottom half of the Majors in runs scored, home runs and batting average in a pitcher-friendly park. The @MIL matchup is a challenging one, but deGrom’s recent performance has convinced me to pitch him.

Ryan Vogelsong (@PHI, vs. LAD)

Although Vogelsong’s 2014 stat line doesn’t exactly jump off the page, he’s usually a safe bet for a quality outing. The Phillies rank 11th in the NL in runs scored and 13th in batting average and while the vs. LAD matchup is a little scary, note that Vogelsong’s ERA at home this year (3.04) is more than two full runs lower than his road mark (5.18).


Collin McHugh (@OAK, vs. MIA)

There’s a small chance that McHugh won’t make the @OAK start, but all indications are that he will be activated from the DL in time. Regardless, I’d be very wary of pitching him next week, as the A’s and Marlins both rank in the top-4 in their respective leagues in runs scored and McHugh hasn’t been nearly as dominant as he was during the early part of the season. In a league with daily lineups, I might consider pitching him against the Marlins if he does well against the A’s. But in a weekly, I think you’re better off ditching.

Shane Greene (vs. TEX, vs. TOR)

Greene has no doubt been a nice story, but let’s not overlook the fact that his entire big league body of work spans a mere 13 2/3 innings and his career minor league numbers are really nothing special. The bottom line is that I need to see a lot more before I can trust Greene in any mixed league and I don’t like these matchups at all. I wouldn’t be surprised if in a few weeks, the tale of Greene looks a lot like that of Chase Whitley. The wheels could fall off in a hurry.


In an NL only keeper league would you do this trade?
Get: Shelby Miller (9 dollars)
Give: Ryan Vogelsong (6 dollars)
I’m looking to make a run at first place and this trade is to the first place team. I am in second place.

Vogelsong has simply been the better pitcher this year, so I’d pass if you’re playing to win this season.


I need help. I need to drop 2 players so that I can pick up 2 pitchers. I currently have Pablo Sandoval and Kyle Seager at 3rd and Elvis Andrus and Jose Reyes at s/s. Who should I drop in each position to get more pitchers. In our league we have more categories on the pitching side than on the batting side. Thanks.

If this is a 12-team mixed, none of those hitters should be dropped. Not sure why you “need” to pick up 2 pitchers, and the names of those 2 pitchers are a little important! But generally speaking, I’m not a fan of dropping players that shouldn’t be dropped for nothing in return if there is a trade possibility out there.


I play in a yahoo league and am looking at my projected games for position players. I am on pace to fully consume 1B, 2B, 3B, and OF by the end of the year but am curious about the OF position.

For pitchers I know I can pitch dozens of innings on the last day as long as I have .1 innings remaining. Is that the same for the OF position? If I have 1 game remaining will I still be able to play 3 players that day or will I be limited?

Thanks for the help,

Yup, the same applies for the hitting positions. You’ll get credit for all of your OF’s through the end of that day.


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