Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 6/27

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Rays Indians Baseball

Hey everyone,

Another Friday means another two-start pitcher article! And by now, you all know the deal. Here’s a sampling. For the complete version, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Standard mixed leagues

Trevor Bauer (@ATL, @TOR)

Despite carrying ace potential, Bauer has yet to enjoy a prolonged period of success in the big leagues, and inconsistent command (3.9 career BB/9) is largely to blame. The 25-year-old has made significant progress this season, however, boasting a 3.20 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 8.4 K/9 and a much improved walk rate (2.9 BB/9) through 17 games (11 starts). The owner of a 2.96 ERA since transitioning into a full-time starting role this year, Bauer heads into a two-start week with one very favorable matchup and one challenging matchup. While the Blue Jays rank 2nd in the Majors in both runs scored and OPS this month, the Braves rank last in those two categories for the season. But the Indians righty is coming off six straight quality starts, including a dominant performance versus the Rays on Wednesday night in which he tossed a complete game while racking up 10 strikeouts. Considering his ability to miss bats along with his strong recent pitching, Bauer is worth the risk for next week.

Deeper mixed leagues

Francisco Liriano (vs. LAD, @OAK)

With only one quality start in his last six outings, Liriano might seem like a poor starting option, even in a two-start week. That said, the Pirates lefty is striking out over a batter per inning this year, and Liriano’s proven track record suggests that better results could be in store. Even more importantly, the Dodgers and A’s rank 26th and 27th, respectively, in the Majors in OPS. Perhaps those better results will come as early as next week.

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