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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, August 11

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 8/10

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Yovani Gallardo

CORY’S PICKS

Graveman @ Hutchison – Rogers Centre is a no-fly zone for PoD.

W. Perez @ E. Ramirez

S. Wright @ Nicolino

Rusin @ Harvey

Severino @ Carrasco – Good second test for Severino after impressive debut.

Jungmann @ Haren

An. Sanchez @ Ventura – Sounded good on Opening Day, buuuuttt…

Santiago @ Rodon

Gallardo @ Gibson – Gallardo’s K-BB rate is a hard ditch right now.

Locke @ C. Martinez

Buchanan @ Hellickson

Tillman @ Walker – I’ll say pitch on both, but not watch the game.

Lorenzen @ Rea

J. Ross @ Greinke

Kazmir @ Bumgarner – Stay up late!

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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, August 8-10

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 8/10

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Ervin Santana

ZACH’S PICKS

SATURDAY

Price @ Nova – Nova has been solid but Blue Jays offense is too hot right now.

McHugh @ Chavez – McHugh 3 ER or less in eight of his last nine starts but I’m still skeptical.

Cain @ Hendricks – I’ll take a chance on Hendricks here.

Latos @ Liriano – Five straight quality starts for Latos.

M. Perez @ Montgomery

Syndergaard @ Karns – Mets are hot but Karns is quietly getting the job done.

Flande @ Strasburg – Favorable matchup for Strasburg in his return.

Miley @ Simon

Big Erv @ Bauer – Erv has been decent enough to trust versus mediocre at best offenses like the Indians.

Samardzija @ Guthrie – Samardzija has been maddeningly inconsistent but I’ll give it a shot, even against tough KC lineup.

Garcia @ Peralta – Pitch Garcia as long as he’s healthy. Taking a break from Peralta after 6 ER meltdown.

Koehler @ Foltynewicz – Koehler has pitched well against the Braves this year but he’s coming off two straight poor performances. Pitch only in deep mixed/NL-only leagues.

Sampson @ Ray – Ray a borderline call but he’s been much better on the road (2.18 ERA) than at home (4.44 ERA).

Morgan @ T. Ross

Jimenez @ Richards – I will never trust Ubaldo.

SUNDAY

Estrada @ Tanaka – Estrada has impressed this year but I don’t like this matchup at all.

Owens @ Verlander – Keep an eye on Owens though. Verlander tempting in deeper leagues.

Hughes @ Kluber – Hughes a bit too risky for my liking.

Colon @ Archer – Don’t ask me why I’m pitching Colon. I guess I just really like the matchup.

Butler @ Scherzer

Quintana @ Duffy – Quintana is on a roll.

Lackey @ Nelson – Ditto for Nelson.

Peavy @ Arrieta – Not completely sold on Peavy but you have to respect the results.

Tillman @ Shoemaker – Tillman is 2-0 with a 0.38 ERA in three starts since the All-Star break. Shoemaker’s second half line is even better (19 IP, 0 ER, 27 K).

Fiers @ Bassitt – This game could be 2-1 or 10-9. I’m feeling lucky.

Lewis @ King Felix – Lewis too combustible.

Williams @ Cashner

DeSclafani @ Corbin – Corbin coming off rough outing but the Reds rank next to last in the NL in runs scored on the road.

Hand @ Miller

Al. Wood @ Morton – Morton is 4-1 with a 2.52 ERA in six home starts this season.

MONDAY

Gray @ Niese – Niese has registered ten quality starts in his last 11 outings.

Boyd @ Cueto

Shoemaker @ Sale

Harang @ R. De La Rosa – Nice matchup for Rubby.

W. Chen @ Nuno

G. Gonzalez @ B. Anderson – Who knows how Gio will fare, but this isn’t exactly a favorable matchup.

Holmberg @ Kennedy – Kennedy a toss-up in 12-team mixed leagues.

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 8/10

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Mets Brewers Baseball

Hey everyone,

It’s Friday, which means that a brand new two-start pitcher article is up on the site. Here’s a sampling. To read the full version, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

12-team mixed leagues

Taylor Jungmann (@CHC, vs. PHI)

Having allowed two or fewer runs in ten of his first 11 big league starts, it is safe to say that Jungmann has firmly established himself as a viable mixed league asset. Perhaps the most impressive of Jungmann’s stats is the two home runs allowed over 71 2/3 innings. Although expecting him to maintain his current 2.26 ERA is unreasonable, expecting him to continue his strong pitching through next week is not. Both the Cubs and Phillies rank in the bottom third of the NL in runs scored and in two combined starts versus these clubs this season, Jungmann has registered a 3.09 ERA to go along with 11 strikeouts across 11 2/3 innings.

Deeper mixed leagues

Luis Severino (@CLE, @TOR)

Severino certainly lived up to the hype in his big league debut on Wednesday, limiting the Red Sox to just one earned run on two hits over five innings with no walks and seven strikeouts. By now, he needs to be owned in all leagues. However, when considering Severino for next week, I would be hesitant to start him outside of deeper mixed leagues. On the road against the Blue Jays is arguably the toughest possible matchup for any pitcher, as Toronto leads the Majors in runs by a wide margin while Rogers Centre is one of the most hitter-friendly parks in the league.

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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, August 7

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R.A. Dickey

CORY’S PICKS

Vogelsong @ Lester

J. De La Rosa @ Zimmermann

Kershaw @ Cole – Oh baby.

Dickey @ Eovaldi – Dickey has a 2.97 ERA in five career starts at Yankee Stadium.

Kelly @ D. Norris – Not trusting Norris just yet, but watching.

Pelfrey @ Co. Anderson

deGrom @ Odorizzi

Fernandez @ Teheran Teheran is tough at home and the Marlins are not tough anywhere.

Danks @ Volquez

Lynn @ Cravy

Iglesias @ Ch. Anderson

Gausman @ Heaney Gausman was superb in his last two outings.

Keuchel @ Gray – Oh baby, part II.

Nola @ Shields

Hamels @ Iwakuma

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, August 6

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Joe Ross

CORY’S PICKS

Wacha @ Lorenzen

Greinke @ Buchanan

Ventura @ An. Sanchez – Would be nice to trust either of these guys, but unfortunately we can’t.

Despaigne @ Garza

Hellickson @ J. Ross – Ross has a 40-4 K-BB ratio?!

E. Rodriguez @ Sabathia – Play the over.

Gibson @ Buehrle

Urena @ Wisler

Heston @ Hammel

Feldman @ Brooks

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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, August 5

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Carlos Rodon

CORY’S PICKS

Ramirez @ Rodon – Rodon has been erratic but it’s a soft matchup.

Walker @ Rusin – The one-hitter notwithstanding, Walker has been too erratic to trust in Coors.

W. Chen @ Graveman

Salazar @ Santiago

R. De La Rosa @ G. Gonzalez – Washington’s bats are cold but Rubby is too HR-prone on the road.

Wright @ Severino – Severino is one to watch, though.

Haren @ Locke

B. Anderson @ Harang

Duffey @ Hutchison

Cueto @ Boyd

Harvey @ Phelps

Bumgarner @ W. Perez

C. Martinez @ Holmberg

Kazmir @ N. Martinez

Kennedy @ Jungmann

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, August 4

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Marco Estrada

CORY’S PICKS

Corbin @ Scherzer

Owens @ Tanaka – Tanaka hasn’t been great, but gotta use him when he’s healthy.

Arrieta @ Happ

Al. Wood @ Williams – Cushy matchup for Wood’s Dodgers debut.

Hughes @ Estrada – Estrada has been surprisingly good.

Duffy @ Verlander

Niese @ Hand – Niese is better on the road, and it’s the Marlins.

Peavy @ Miller

Lackey @ DeSclafani

Straily @ Gallardo – Man, Gallardo sure melted down fast.

Cashner @ Nelson

Archer @ Sale – Matchup of the Day.

Nuno @ J. Gray

M. Gonzalez @ Bassitt – Bassitt worth a look in deeper leagues though.

Carrasco @ Shoemaker

***ZACH SAYS “Jimmy Nelson, fresh off a month of July in which he went 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA, now gets to face a Padres team that ranked next to last in the Majors in runs scored in July. Pitch. Agree on rest.”

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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, August 1-3

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Julio Teheran

ZACH’S PICKS

SATURDAY

Ventura @ Buehrle – Buehrle coming off shaky outing and I don’t like this matchup.

Moore @ Kelly

Heaney @ Greinke – Heaney has gone at least six innings while allowing no more than two runs in each of his first six starts this year.

An. Sanchez @ Gausman – Gausman worth monitoring but I’m not fully comfortable with him just yet.

Wisler @ Nola – Intriguing matchup of 22-year-olds.

TBD (NYY) @ Danks

Hendricks @ Garza – Hendricks has been inconsistent lately but I’ll throw him out there versus Gomez-less and Parra-less Brewers.

Montgomery @ Gibson – Gibson struggling of late but the matchup is right.

Cole @ Iglesias

Hellickson @ Keuchel

J. Ross @ deGrom – Ross very impressive through his first five big league starts.

TBD (SD) @ TBD (MIA)

J. De La Rosa @ Lynn

TBD (SF) @ Hamels

Co. Anderson @ Brooks – Anderson turning back into a pumpkin.

SUNDAY

Volquez @ Price

Morton @ TBD (CIN) – Passing on the scuffling Morton in hitter-friendly park.

Shields @ Fernandez

D. Norris @ Jimenez

Karns @ Miley – Karns 2 ER or less in seven of his last eight starts.

Teheran @ Morgan – If you’re not going to pitch Teheran here, you’re never going to pitch him.

Nova @ Samardzija – Favorable matchup for Nova but it sounds like he’s not fully healthy.

TBD (CHC) @ Lohse

Iwakuma @ Pelfrey – Tough to trust Iwakuma right now.

Ray @ McHugh

Flande @ Garcia – Garcia has pitched well when healthy.

Heston @ M. Perez

Bauer @ Gray – Bauer bounced back in a big way his last time out.

Wilson @ Latos – Four straight quality starts for Latos and he now gets a better supporting lineup.

Zimmermann @ Syndergaard

MONDAY

Big Erv @ Dickey – On the road against the Jays is pretty much an automatic ditch for all non-aces.

Lester @ Liriano

Godley @ Fister – Fister a bit risky, but I’ll go for it.

Cain @ Foltynewicz – Cain too unreliable for mixed league purposes, even in a favorable matchup like this one. Foltynewicz a sneaky play in NL-only leagues.

Colon @ Koehler

McCullers @ Lewis – Scary matchup for Lewis.

Karns @ Quintana

T. Ross @ Peralta – Tasty matchup for Peralta.

King Felix @ Butler

Kluber @ Richards

T. Wilson @ Chavez

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 8/3

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Tom Koehler

As is the Friday routine, here’s a sampling of my latest two-start pitcher article. For the full version, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Need to upgrade your fantasy starting staff? Or maybe gaining points in wins and strikeouts is your main goal? Then consider these pitchers, who are in line to make two starts each in Week 18.

12-team mixed leagues

Tom Koehler (vs. NYM, @ATL)

Prior to Koehler’s shaky performance against the Nationals on Wednesday, he had allowed two or fewer runs in six straight starts, so I’m comfortable with giving him a pass for one poor outing against a high-end offense. Look for far better results next week, when Koehler faces the Mets, the third-lowest scoring team in the Majors, followed by a Braves club that ranks 24th in the Majors in runs and last in homers.

Deeper mixed leagues

Wily Peralta (vs. SD, vs. STL)

Following a two-plus month stint on the DL, Peralta delivered a strong performance on Tuesday, tossing six innings of two-run ball against a potent Giants lineup. Let’s not forget that this is a pitcher who won 17 games last season to go along with a 3.53 ERA. In other words, he carries enough of a track record to suggest that he can serve as a quality back end of the rotation fantasy option from here on out. Don’t be surprised if he soon enters the 12-team mixed league picture. For now though, owners in deeper mixed leagues need to make sure that Peralta is not on the waiver wire. The Cardinals and Padres rank 18th and 22nd respectively in the Majors in runs scored and 15th and 29th in OPS, so he’s certainly worth the risk for the two-start week.

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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, July 31

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David Phelps

CORY’S PICKS

Farmer @ W. Chen – Chen is solid but the Tigers chew up lefties so I’ll play it safe.

W. Perez @ Buchanan

Cueto @ Hutchison

G. Gonzalez @ Harvey

E. Ramirez @ E. Rodriguez – Boston’s offense has been very erratic.

Locke @ Lorenzen – Sniff around this one in DEEP leagues.

Despaigne @ Phelps – Blue-plate special vs. righty-heavy Padres.

Bumgarner @ N. Martinez

Eovaldi @ Rodon

Hammel @ Jungmann

Walker @ Milone – Anyone’s guess on Walker at this point.

R. De La Rosa @ Feldman – Homer-prone Rubby visits baseball’s #1 homer offense. Ditch.

Kendrick @ Wacha

Salazar @ Graveman

Santiago @ Kershaw – Santiago could get 10 K’s, or take a 4th inning KO.

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