Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 6/8

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Hey everyone,

As I mentioned at the top of today’s Pitch or Ditch post, starting this week, my two-start pitcher series will come your way in article form as opposed to a blog post. The articles will consist of five Pitch choices broken down by league size, and I’ll be concentrating on pitchers who could be on the waiver wire in those leagues. Here’s a sampling from this week’s article. At the bottom, you will see a link to the full article.

Mike Leake


Mike Leake  (vs. PHI, @CHC)

Leake was outstanding on Wednesday night against the Phillies. The only problem is that very few of his fantasy owners benefited since the vast majority of them likely benched the Reds righty, who had posted a 12.86 ERA and 2.50 WHIP over his previous three starts. So, is it safe to trust Leake again? I’ll admit that my overall confidence in him is still shaky, but in a two-start week and with these matchups, I’d go for it. The Phillies have scored the fewest amount of runs in the Majors by a wide margin this season, and as mentioned, Leake is coming off a gem against Philadelphia. The @CHC matchup is a bit troubling since it’s on the road in a hitter’s park versus a young and ultra-talented Cubs lineup. But the reality is that the Cubbies, as of Thursday morning, rank in the bottom third of the Majors in both runs scored and batting average, and the lineup is a rather undisciplined one, ranking second in the Majors in strikeouts.


Mike Foltynewicz  (vs. SD, @NYM)

Allowing more than a hit per inning and having recorded only three quality starts in seven tries, Foltynewicz hasn’t been quite as consistent as fellow sophomore Mike Bolsinger, which is why I’d lean towards considering him only in deeper mixed leagues. That said, Foltynewicz is a more reliable contributor in the strikeout department than Bolsinger, and I do slightly prefer this pair of matchups, with the Mets offense fresh off a month of May in which they ranked 14th in the NL in runs scored and 13th in batting average. In short, think of him as a high-end waiver wire addition in deep mixed leagues but more of a last resort choice in standard 12-team formats.

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The format is really good and for myself I like the idea of having the waiver wire guys on point for your discussion.

One thing I might suggest? We all know we want our aces pitching no matter what. My suggestion would be to take the middle tier hurlers (Grads, so to speak) and give us a couple or so insights into maybe a tough match up, or even one you see as a cake walk. Sure, it’s putting your backside on a line a bit more, but it would be fun. Thanks!


You guys supply quality work week after week. Your insight is top notch. Thanks.

Would you trade Salazar for Cain and Kazmir?

It’s reasonable but I’d lean towards passing.


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