Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 7/4

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Gio Gonzalez

Hey everyone,

An all-new two-start pitcher article is up on the site, so keeping with the weekly routine, here’s a sampling. For the complete version, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Standard mixed leagues

Gio Gonzalez (vs. MIL, @NYM)

Although the chances of Gonzalez being available on the waiver wire in any league are slim, the Nationals southpaw is no longer a must-start regardless of the matchup. Over his last seven starts, Gonzalez is 0-6 with a 8.44 ERA and 1.71 WHIP. That said, he remains a reliable source of strikeouts (9.2 K/9 this season), and his 3.66 FIP and .335 opponent’s BABIP suggests that poor luck has contributed to his current 4.73 ERA. As for next week’s matchups, the 30-year-old has registered only one quality start in three combined outings versus the Brewers and Mets this year. But the two clubs rank 12th and 14th, respectively, in the NL in runs scored. Starting Gonzalez is worth the risk.

Deeper mixed leagues

James Shields (vs. NYY, vs. ATL)

For the first time since May 25th, Shields finally turned in a quality start on Wednesday, holding the Twins to one run over 6 2/3 innings. But even after this stellar showing, the veteran righty’s ERA through five starts since joining the White Sox sits at 11.07. Expect that number to significantly decrease next week, as the Yankees and Braves rank 23rd and 30th, respectively, in the Majors in runs scored and 29th and 30th, respectively, in OPS on the road. Shields remains strictly a deep-league option for now, but considering his accomplished track record, it might not be long before he resurfaces on the standard mixed league radar.

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