Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 8/8
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Hot off the press is a fresh batch of my two-start pitcher notes. And better yet, the full version is right here on the blog, so let’s get started.
Standard mixed leagues
Zach Davies (vs. ATL, vs. CIN)
The owner of a solid 3.57 ERA and 1.19 WHIP through 19 starts in his first full big league season, Davies is well deserving of a secure spot on most mixed league rosters. Unlike many young hurlers, the Brewers righty has been very consistent, allowing two earned runs or fewer in 13 of his 16 starts dating back to the beginning of May. Look for the 23-year-old to turn in two more quality performances next week, as the Reds and Braves rank 25th and 30th, respectively, in the Majors in OPS. Plus, in two starts versus the Reds this season, Davies boasts a 1.42 ERA and 0.79 WHIP.
Kevin Gausman (@OAK, @SF)
After allowing six runs over three innings in a loss to the Blue Jays on July 29, Gausman bounced back on Wednesday, limiting a dangerous Rangers lineup to two runs across seven innings while tallying seven strikeouts. Do not be surprised if the Orioles righty finds further success in next week’s Bay Area tour. Gausman will take the mound in a pair of pitcher-friendly ballparks to face a pair of teams that rank in the bottom half of the Majors in both runs scored and OPS at home.
Hector Santiago (vs. HOU, vs. KC)
Santiago’s outstanding July (6-0, 1.78 ERA) has helped to salvage what had been a disappointing 2016 season. Now pitching for the Twins, the 28-year-old southpaw was not overly impressive in his debut for his new club (5 IP, 4 ER), but the matchup was a tough one, versus an Indians team that ranks 2nd in the AL in runs scored. Santiago will be rewarded with two favorable matchups next week, as the Royals rank last in the AL in runs while the Astros rank 10th in the Junior Circuit in both runs and OPS. Santiago’s ability to miss bats (career 8.2 K/9) only adds to his two-start week appeal, and the Astros just so happen to lead the AL in strikeouts.
Deeper mixed leagues
Tyler Anderson (vs. TEX, @PHI)
At this point, it is clear that Anderson belongs in the Majors. His first ten big league starts have resulted in a stellar 3.25 ERA and 52-to-12 K/BB ratio across 61 innings. The Rockies southpaw does not have the luxury of two favorable matchups next week, as an already strong Rangers lineup was further bolstered at the trade deadline with the additions of Carlos Beltran and Jonathan Lucroy. For this reason, Anderson is more of a deep-league option. But the Phillies rank among the bottom two teams in the Majors in both runs scored and OPS. In addition, Anderson fared well in a start against Philadelphia last month, tossing six innings of two-run ball while whiffing six.
Wade Miley (@OAK, @SF)
Although inconsistency has been an issue for Miley this season, prior to his outing on Thursday, the veteran southpaw was in the midst of a strong three-start stretch during which he registered a 2.79 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 7.9 K/9 rate. And his Thursday performance was against a tough Rangers lineup. Next week’s matchups are far more favorable. The A’s rank 23rd in the Majors in OPS while the Giants place in the bottom third of the league in both runs scored and OPS since the All-Star break. The new Oriole makes for an intriguing two-start option for those in deeper formats.