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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, July 4-6

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Cody Anderson

ZACH’S PICKS

SATURDAY

Bumgarner @ Strasburg – Excellent!

Karns @ Pineda – Karns very impressive of late.

Dickey @ Price – Dickey – Dickey 3 ER or less in each of his last six starts but this matchup scares me.

McHugh @ Buchholz – McHugh on a roll lately and Red Sox offense is no longer elite. Tough to bench Buchholz right now but this matchup is equally tough.

Tillman @ Samardzija – Tillman has been a mess this year but coming off strong outing and this matchup is ultra-favorable. Worth considering in deeper leagues.

Despaigne @ C. Martinez

King Felix @ Graveman – Graveman has a 1.93 ERA and 1.19 WHIP over his last six starts.

Co. Anderson @ Locke – Gotta go with Anderson following near perfecto.

Pelfrey @ Blanton

Correia @ Al. Wood

Cosart @ Roach

Nelson @ Smith – Nelson too unpredictable to trust right now.

Harvey @ Greinke – Highlight matchup of the weekend.

Santiago @ Wandy – Santiago very quietly putting together outstanding season.

Hale @ Corbin – Wait and see on Corbin.

SUNDAY

E. Ramirez @ Nova – Erasmo a decent play in deeper leagues but this matchup isn’t ideal.

Estrada @ Verlander – The roller coaster ride continues for Estrada.

Jungmann @ Leake – Jungmann tempting but I’m not going to chance it in hitter’s park.

McCullers @ E. Rodriguez – Bench but don’t cut Rodriguez.

Hamels @ Miller

Salazar @ Cole

B. Norris @ Sale

Big Erv @ Duffy – Big Erv! Not so fast.

Kennedy @ Lynn – Kennedy has yet to get into a groove. At this point, I don’t know if he ever will this year.

Latos @ Hendricks – Latos has looked a lot better recently but I still don’t trust him in a 12-team mixed.

Montgomery @ Bassitt – Back-to-back shutouts for Montgomery. How could you bench him?

Matz @ Bolsinger – I’d pitch anyone against the Mets right now.

J. De La Rosa @ R. De La Rosa – Battle of the De La Rosa’s Part Deux!

Wilson @ Lewis – Lewis will always scare me.

Vogelsong @ Zimmermann

MONDAY

DeSclafani @ Fister – Sticking with Fister despite inconsistency.

Shields @ Burnett

Keuchel @ Carrasco

Lackey @ Lester – Lackey has bounced back nicely from early-June blowup at Coors.

Buehrle @ Rodon – Favorable matchup for the red-hot Buehrle.

Odorizzi @ Volquez – Always risky pitching someone fresh off DL but Royals lineup has gone cold recently.

Wisler @ Lohse – Need to see a bit more from Wisler.

M. Gonzalez @ Hughes – Still a fan of Gonzalez but playing it safe here.

Simon @ Walker – Simon has gotten roughed up three straight times now.

O’Sullivan @ Frias – Frias warrants consideration in deep mixed/NL-only leagues though.

Niese @ Heston – Five straight quality starts for Niese. Heston a strong play with Mets offense being nonexistent these days.

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 7/6

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Chris Heston

Hey everyone,

Another Friday means it’s time for another two-start pitcher article! Here’s a sampling. Click on the link at the bottom of this post to read the full version.

12-team mixed leagues

Chris Heston  (vs. NYM, vs. PHI)

From a matchups standpoint, this is about as good as it gets, as the Mets and Phillies rank next to last and last respectively in the NL in runs scored. Heston has allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his last five outings, the first of those starts being his no-hitter, which happened to come against the Mets. Heston needs to be in all active lineups for next week, even in shallower formats.

Deeper mixed leagues

Miguel Gonzalez  (@MIN, vs. WAS)

If not for his shaky recent performance (9.65 ERA, 2.04 WHIP over his last two starts), I would be tempted to pitch Gonzalez even in 12-team mixed leagues. We cannot ignore those starts, however, and we certainly cannot ignore the looming matchup against the Nationals, a top-tier lineup that ranks 3rd in the NL in runs scored, 4th in homers and 5th in batting average. Still, the Baltimore righty has shown us enough this year to prove that he is worthy of consideration in deeper leagues for two-start weeks, even when at least one of the matchups is challenging. The good news is that the Twins lineup is middle of the pack at best and Gonzalez will be facing the Nats at home, where he has registered a 3.25 ERA, this compared to a 4.97 ERA away from Camden Yards.

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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, July 3

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Julio Teheran

CORY’S PICKS

Koehler @ Hammel

Peavy @ G. Gonzalez – Hard to trust Gio at this point, particularly vs. a good offense.

Bauer @ Morton – Sticking with Morton at home.

Archer @ Tanaka – A bad start here will get me MUCH more worried about Tanaka than I am right now.

Hutchison @ An. Sanchez

Straily @ Masterson

Fiers @ Lorenzen

Morgan @ Teheran – If you won’t start Teheran vs. the Phillies, cut him.

Richards @ C. Gonzalez

Jimenez @ Danks

Milone @ Guthrie – There’s risk here but Milone is on a tear.

Cashner @ Wacha

Happ @ Chavez

Kendrick @ C. Anderson

Syndergaard @ Kershaw – The Dodgers can hurt ya, but gotta go for it with Thor.

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, July 2

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Jose Fernandez

CORY’S PICKS

Kluber @ Moore – I’d wait and see on Moore before using him.

Cain @ Fernandez – Not waiting on Fernandez though…he goes right in.

Liriano @ Ryan

Arrieta @ deGrom

Garza @ Billingsley

Gallardo @ Gausman – Not fully trusting Gallardo in this matchup, but recent results demand pitching him.

Miley @ Boyd

Scherzer @ Banuelos – Perfect game alert on DEFCON3 vs. depleted Braves.

T. Ross @ Cooney

Gibson @ Young

Rusin @ Hellickson

Elias @ Kazmir

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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, July 1

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Vincent Velasquez

CORY’S PICKS

May @ Cueto

Porcello @ Buehrle

Bettis @ Hahn

Walker @ Shields – Impressive turnaround by Walker.

Lohse @ Harang

Eovaldi @ Shoemaker

N. Martinez @ W. Chen

Burnett @ Simon

Lester @ Colon – Lester hasn’t been good this year, but it’s the Mets.

Carrasco @ Colome

Heston @ Haren – Have to pitch Heston vs. Stanton-less Marlins.

Fister @ Wisler – Have to pitch Fister vs. Freeman-less Braves.

Volquez @ Velasquez – Velasquez still risky but his K upside is enticing.

Quintana @ Lackey

B. Anderson @ Ray – Not trusting Ray vs. Dodgers’ thump.

***ZACH SAYS “I’d pitch Haren. The matchup isn’t great, but prior to his last start, which was far from terrible, he had allowed 3 ER or less in each of his previous seven outings. He also pitched very well against the Giants earlier this season (7 IP, 2 ER). Agree on rest.”

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, June 30

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Kyle Hendricks

CORY’S PICKS

Jungmann @ Hamels

Lewis @ M. Gonzalez – Lewis has been better of late but the O’s offense is too tough.

E. Rodriguez @ Estrada

Cole @ Verlander

Hendricks @ Niese – Pickin’ on the feeble Mets offense.

Salazar @ E. Ramirez – Hang with ‘em on Danny, but not trusting Erasmo in a tougher matchup.

Hughes @ DeSclafani

Vogelsong @ Latos – Keep an eye on Latos though…velocity is back up, new splitter.

Zimmermann @ Miller – Yeah!

Duffy @ Keuchel

Sale @ Lynn – Yyyeahhh!!

Frias @ R. De La Rosa – Rubby handled Coors but can he tame the Dodgers? I’ll sit this one out.

J. De La Rosa @ Bassitt – Gray scratched from start.

Nova @ Heaney

Montgomery @ Kennedy – Why not?

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 6/29

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Hey everyone,

You know the drill by now. Here’s a portion of my latest two-start pitcher article. For the complete version, click on the link at the bottom of this post. Stats are as of Friday.

Kendall Graveman

12-TEAM MIXED LEAGUES

Kendall Graveman (vs. COL, vs. SEA)

Graveman’s strong performance this spring earned him a spot in the A’s opening day starting rotation, but his April struggles resulted in a demotion to the Minors. Since being recalled, however, the 24-year-old righty has registered six quality starts in seven tries, and he’s been particularly sharp of late, pitching to a 2.31 ERA through five June starts. Next week’s opponents, the Mariners and Rockies, rank 25th and 28th respectively in the Majors in runs scored on the road.

DEEPER MIXED LEAGUES

Nathan Karns (vs. CLE, @NYY)

The matchup on the road against the Yankees would scare me off from Karns in 12-team mixed leagues, but in deeper formats, I think he’s worth the risk for this two-start week. Karns still needs to learn how to pitch deeper into games, as he’s averaging only 5 2/3 innings per start. On the whole, however, his first full big league season has been an overwhelming success. Plus, the Indians offense has been quiet lately, with Cleveland ranking 14th in the AL in runs scored this month.

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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, June 27-29

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Steven Matz

ZACH’S PICKS

SATURDAY

Gallardo @ Redmond – Gallardo very impressive so far this year but I’m not chancing it in this matchup.

Gibson @ Garza – Gibson tempting here but low K rate limits his upside.

G. Gonzalez @ Morgan – Gio coming off strong bounce back outing.

Young @ Kazmir – Losing faith in Young and this is a tough matchup.

Teheran @ Morton – This one could be 2-1 or 10-9. I’ll go for it.

Rusin @ Lincecum – Tiny Tim has struggled lately.

Danks @ Ryan

Tanaka @ Oberholtzer

Lorenzen @ Harvey – Favorable matchup makes Lorenzen worth considering in deeper formats.

Kershaw @ Koehler – Koehler has been dominant at home (1.52 ERA) but I’ll play it safe versus Dodgers.

Miley @ Andriese

Co. Anderson @ Tillman

Happ @ Richards

TBD (CHC) @ Wacha

Hellickson @ Cashner – Cashner too inconsistent to trust, even at Petco.

SUNDAY

C. Gonzalez @ Hutchison – Nightmare matchup for Chi Chi. Still wary of Hutchison.

Samardzija @ Price – Samardzija over his last three starts: 3.00 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 21 K in 21 IP.

Smith @ Matz – Pitch Matz in his big league debut? Sure, why not?

Greinke @ Urena

Masterson @ Archer

Bauer @ Jimenez – Both are too risky for my liking.

Strasburg @ Correia

Al. Wood @ Locke – Pirates having a tough time scoring runs lately.

Milone @ Fiers – Still a believer in Fiers.

Pineda @ McHugh – McHugh’s overall numbers are mediocre, but he is coming off one of his better outings of the season.

King Felix @ Santiago – Santiago continues to get it done.

Guthrie @ Chavez – Chavez boasts a 1.75 ERA at home this season.

Kendrick @ Bumgarner

Ch. Anderson @ Despaigne – Anderson has dominated the Padres this year (2.08 ERA, 1.23 WHIP over two starts).

Hammel @ C. Martinez

MONDAY

Wandy @ B. Norris

Nelson @ O’Sullivan – Fresh off gem vs. Mets, Nelson is rewarded with another favorable matchup.

Buchholz @ Dickey – Not trusting either in this matchup.

Pelfrey @ Leake – Twins offense has been dismal on the road (28th in Majors in runs scored).

Co. Anderson @ Karns

Blanton @ McCullers – Challenging matchup for McCullers, but I think he’s up for it.

Bolsinger @ Webster

Sabathia @ Wilson – Wilson worth using in deeper leagues but he is a blowup risk here.

Hale @ Graveman – Graveman’s ERA in June is 2.31 and the Rockies can’t hit on the road.

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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, June 26

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Rockies Phillies Baseball

CORY’S PICKS

Kluber @ W. Chen – Indians can hit lefties but Chen is pretty reliable.

Scherzer @ Harang – Perfect game alert!

W. Perez @ Liriano

N. Martinez @ Buehrle – Not trusting either in this matchup.

Quintana @ An. Sanchez – Anibal should continue rolling, and Quintana is a hang with ‘em.

Cueto @ Syndergaard

B. Anderson @ Nicolino – Marlins actually handle lefties well, but I trust Anderson.

Porcello @ Colome

May @ Lohse

Eovaldi @ Velasquez – Velasquez hasn’t gotten deep enough into games to make his K’s worthwhile.

Arrieta @ Lackey – Lackey has his blowups but is reliable overall.

Walker @ Shoemaker – Five straight QS for Taijuan.

Volquez @ Hahn

Ray @ T. Ross

Bettis @ Hudson – Tough matchup for Bettis but try him away from Coors.

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, June 25

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Chris Heston

CORY’S PICKS

Rodon @ Simon Rodon’s control problems scare me away from this matchup.

M. Gonzalez @ E. Rodriguez

Gray @ Lewis Lewis has recovered well from the Cleveland debacle.

deGrom @ Jungmann

Frias @ Lester

R. De La Rosa @ J. De La Rosa – Zero De La Rosa’s for me in Coors.

Shields @ Heston Heston at home vs. a lesser offense, sure.

Wisler @ Fister

DeSclafani @ Burnett

Lynn @ Haren

Warren @ Keuchel – Warren is risky but he’s avoided blowups.

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