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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, September 26

***Click HERE to listen to our season wrap up podcast. We unveil our All-Surprise, All-Disappointment and All-Fantasy teams and welcome in several special guests.

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers

CORY’S PICKS

Archer @ Kluber
Tillman @ Hutchison
Swarzak @ Porcello
Capuano @ Wright
Kazmir @ Tepesch – Kazmir has been shaky lately but the Rangers offense is not scary
Guthrie @ Noesi
Weaver @ Iwakuma – Iwakuma has collapsed lately
Cosart @ Fister (Gm 1)
TBD (MIA) @ Hill (Gm 2)
Big Erv @ Williams
Worley @ Leake
Peacock @ Niese – Peacock worth a shot if chasing K’s in the endgame
Jokisch @ Nelson
Wacha @ Cahill
Lyles @ R. Hernandez
Kennedy @ Vogelsong

End of Season Teams + Podcast

Zach here,

Yesterday was a busy day in 411 land as the podcast made a return, just in time for our trademark end of season awards show! Click HERE to listen, as we unveil our All-Surprise, All-Disappointment and All-Fantasy teams while welcoming in several special guests.

Just so you have it in writing, below are the complete rosters.

ALL-SURPRISE TEAM

C: Devin Mesoraco

1B: Jose Abreu

2B: Jose Altuve (Honorable Mention: Anthony Rendon)

3B: Todd Frazier

SS: Danny Santana

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins

OF: J.D. Martinez

OF: Corey Dickerson

OF: Charlie Blackmon (Honorable Mentions: Michael Brantley, Marcell Ozuna)

UT: Josh Harrison (2B/3B/OF)

SP: Corey Kluber

SP: Tanner Roark (Honorable Mentions: Garrett Richards, Matt Shoemaker, Phil Hughes, Jake Arrieta, Collin McHugh, Dallas Keuchel)

CL: Francisco Rodriguez (HM: Zach Britton)

ALL-DISAPPOINTMENT TEAM

C: Joe Mauer

1B: Chris Davis (Honorable Mention: Eric Hosmer)

2B: Jason Kipnis (Honorable Mentions: Jedd Gyorko, Aaron Hill)

MLB: New York Mets at San Diego Padres

3B: David Wright

SS: Jean Segura

OF: Ryan Braun

OF: Shin-Soo Choo

OF: Jay Bruce (Honorable Mentions: Josh Hamilton, Bryce Harper, Desmond Jennings, Michael Bourn, Coco Crisp, Jason Heyward, Alex Rios)

SP Justin Verlander

SP: Mike Minor (Honorable Mentions: Matt Cain, C.J. Wilson)

CL: Ernesto Frieri (Honorable Mentions: Jim Johnson, Grant Balfour, Jason Grilli, Sergio Romo)

ALL-FANTASY TEAM

C: Buster Posey

1B: Jose Abreu

2B: Jose Altuve

3B: Miguel Cabrera (Honorable Mention: Todd Frazier)

SS: Ian Desmond

MLB: Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels

OF: Mike Trout

OF: Giancarlo Stanton

OF: Michael Brantley (Honorable Mentions: Carlos Gomez, Nelson Cruz, Jose Bautista, Andrew McCutchen)

SP: Clayton Kershaw

SP: Johnny Cueto (Honorable Mentions: King Felix, Chris Sale, Corey Kluber, Adam Wainwright, Madison Bumgarner)

CL: Craig Kimbrel (Honorable Mention: Greg Holland)

FANTASY MVP: Mike Trout

Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, September 25

***Click HERE to listen to our season wrap up podcast. We unveil our All-Surprise, All-Disappointment and All-Fantasy teams and welcome in several special guests.

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Miami Marlins

CORY’S PICKS

Wilhelmsen @ D. Norris

Gausman @ Kuroda

May @ Scherzer

Hellickson @ Webster – Hellickson has been pretty bad lately

Hammel @ Lewis

Shields @ Quintana

Gallardo @ Holmberg

Buchanan @ Koehler – loving Koehler at home vs. a depleted offense

Gee @ Treinen (Gm 1)

Wheeler @ G. Gonzalez (Gm 2) – Wheeler a major target for 2015

 

Volquez @ HaleVolquez is DTM, but maybe not DTyou?

Cashner @ Petit

Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, September 24

***Click HERE to listen to our season wrap up podcast. We unveil our All-Surprise, All-Disappointment and All-Fantasy teams and welcome in several special guests.

MLB: Houston Astros at New York Yankees

CORY’S PICKS

Norris @ Greene – outside of one meltdown, Greene has been pretty useful

Sale @ Verlander – Verlander’s still capable of a big game once in a while but can you count on that?

Nuno @ Hughes – Hughes is about to set the MLB record for K-BB in a season!

Santiago @ Lester – wow, Santiago’s resurgence was short-lived

Vargas @ Bauer – Vargas has been awesome on the road this year but awful his last two times out

Walker @ Buehrle – risk/reward call on Taijuan

Odorizzi @ Ranaudo

Feldman @ Bonilla – Feldman finishing strong

Gee @ G. Gonzalez

Locke @ Teheran

Lohse @ Corcino

Kendrick @ Hand

Lackey @ Arrieta

Flande @ Wieland

Hudson @ Kershaw – Hudson’s been awful in September

Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, September 23

MLB: Chicago Cubs at New York Mets

CORY’S PICKS

Jimenez @ McCarthy – awesome resurgence by McCarthy with the Yankees

Ventura @ Salazar – awesome resurgence by Salazar after his recall

King Felix @ Dickey

Carroll @ Price – Price has disappointed in Detroit, but still…

Cobb @ Buchholz – Buchholz too inconsistent to trust

Oberholtzer @ Martinez

Chafin @ Gibson

LeBlanc @ Gray

Colon @ Roark

Cole @ A. Wood

Fiers @ Cueto Cueto needs a win for a shot at #20 on Sunday… expect a deep outing

Hamels @ Alvarez

Miller @ Hendricks – tough matchup but Hendricks has been a huge surprise

Bumgarner @ Greinke – great matchup with the division at stake

J. De La Rosa @ Erlin

Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 9/22

Zach here,

This is it, the final edition of my two-start pitcher notes for the 2014 season. And the unique thing about next week is that among the two-start pitchers who are owned in the majority of mixed leagues, there really isn’t anyone who I’d avoid. So instead of the usual Pitches and Ditches, we’ll stick to Pitches this time. Note that all of these guys are owned in less than 65 percent of CBS leagues and I’ve ranked them in order of preference.

Derek Holland (vs. HOU, vs. OAK)

Holland is owned in only 46 percent of CBS leagues, which is simply inexcusable. All he’s done through four starts since making his long awaited return from the DL is post a 0.99 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 22-to-3 K/BB ratio in 27 1/3 innings. No, last season was no fluke, and don’t forget about the Rangers southpaw in the latter rounds of drafts next spring. There’s a good chance that he will deliver a substantial profit.

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Atlanta Braves

Josh Collmenter (@MIN, vs. STL)

Very quietly, Collmenter is putting together a fine season, and he’s no longer simply a pitch at home but ditch on the road guy. Yeah, his 2.75 ERA at home is more than two full runs lower than his road ERA, but in ten starts since the All-Star break, home and road, Collmenter boasts a 3.26 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. The Cardinals lineup has significantly underperformed this year and while the Twins actually rank 5th in the AL in runs scored, their lineup isn’t exactly intimidating. Plus, Collmenter gets to face them in pitcher-friendly Target Field.

Aaron Harang (vs. PIT, @PHI)

Harang usually scares me, but he’s fresh off two consecutive dominant performances against a very good Nationals lineup (14 IP, 2 ER, 17 K). The Pirates and Phillies rank 2nd and 6th respectively in the NL in runs scored since the All-Star break, so there’s certainly risk involved here. That said, I’m going to side with the recent performance over the matchups, especially if you’re looking for some cheap strikeouts.

Jorge De La Rosa (@SD, @LAD)

Of this group, I’m the least confident in De La Rosa, mainly due to the fact that he’s been a far better pitcher at home than on the road this year. But since one of the matchups is @SD and considering that his 3.57 ERA since the All-Star break is nearly a full run lower than his first half mark, I’d give it a shot in deeper mixed leagues. In a 12-team mixed, he’s more of a last resort if you’re chasing wins and strikeouts.

Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, September 20-22

MLB: Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants

ZACH’S PICKS

SATURDAY

Scherzer @ Shields – Nice!

Stroman @ Capuano – Stroman inconsistent lately but Yankees offense has been terrible for most of the season.

Williams @ Pomeranz – Pomeranz an intriguing very deep mixed/AL-only option.

R. De La Rosa @ Tillman – Rubby has been awful this month (0-2, 7.43 ERA).

House @ May

Young @ Keuchel

Noesi @ Archer

Lewis @ Weaver

Hernandez @ Doubront – Doubront pitching well since trade to Cubs but this isn’t a good matchup.

Cahill @ Butler

Garza @ Volquez

Niese @ Minor – Minor should get back on track here.

Zimmermann @ Cosart – Tough matchup for Cosart but he’s reeled off seven straight quality starts.

Leake @ Wacha – Not overly confident in either but Wacha’s matchup is a lot more favorable.

Petit @ Cashner – If you’re ever going to pitch Petit, this is where you do it.

SUNDAY

Hutchison @ Tanaka – Hutchison a toss-up. Let the categories be your guide. If you’ve held onto Tanaka for this long, you might as well throw him out there.

Kelly @ M. Gonzalez – Nice matchup for the underrated Gonzalez.

Danks @ Karns

Porcello @ Guthrie

Kluber @ Milone

Iwakuma @ McHugh – This matchup could be just what the struggling Iwakuma needs.

Tepesch @ Rasmus

Burnett @ Kazmir – A.J. cannot be trusted.

Strasburg @ TBD (MIA)

deGrom @ Big Erv – Let’s just name deGrom the NL ROY right now!

Peralta @ Morton

Haren @ Turner – I’ll give Haren a mulligan for his last start since it was at Coors.

Vogelsong @ Kennedy – No reason to own Vogelsong if you don’t feel comfortable using him here.

Miley @ Bergman – Miley actually pitched well at Coors earlier this year but I’d rather not risk it.

Simon @ Lynn

MONDAY

Duffy @ Carrasco

Chen @ Pineda

Paxton @ Happ

Bassitt @ Lobstein

Tropeano @ Holland

Collmenter @ Nolasco – Collmenter in ten starts since ASB: 3.26 ERA, 0.99 WHIP.

Wilson @ Samardzija – Wilson has been a lot better lately.

Liriano @ Harang – Liriano 2 ER or less in each of his last five starts. Harang always risky but 14 IP, 2 ER, 17 K over his last two starts.

Wainwright @ T. Wood

Peavy @ Haren – Challenging matchup for Peavy but he’s a must-start these days.

Matzek @ Stults – Ideal matchup for Matzek if you’re willing to gamble.

 

Pitch or Ditch for Friday, September 19

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays

CORY’S PICKS

Webster @ Gausman – looking forward to having Gausman on a lot of teams in 2015
Buehrle @ Kuroda
Quintana @ Hellickson – Hellickson hasn’t been great, but he’s been good enough
Verlander
@ Vargas
Bauer @ Hughes – you know who has been great this year? Phil Hughes
Walker @ Peacock – high risk/high reward tandem… start both if your categories need/allow
Buchanan @ Lester
Bonilla @ Santiago
Kershaw @ Jackson – biggest mismatch of the day, so the Cubs will probably win 11-2 #ycpb
Gallardo @ Locke – tough matchup for Locke though vs. righty-heavy Brewers
Fister
@ Koehler – check Koehler’s home/away splits
Wheeler
@ Teheran
C. Anderson @ Lyles
Holmberg @ Lackey – Lackey hasn’t been great lately but the Reds can’t score
Hudson @ Despaigne

Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, September 18

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians

CORY’S PICKS

Martinez @ Gray
Dickey
@ Greene – Greene worth a look if you are desperate for K’s
Salazar @ Feldman – Salazar 3.30 ERA in 10 GS after recall…post-hype sleeper in ’15
King Felix @ Weaver – Did you know Jered Weaver leads the AL in wins?
Workman @ Cole
G. Gonzalez
@ Hand
Greinke @ Wada
Lohse @ Miller
Nuno @ Flande – Nuno has been sharp lately but I’m not chancing him in Coors
Kendrick @ Erlin

***ZACH SAYS “For those of you chasing wins and K’s in a deep mixed or NL-only, pitching Kendrick @SD isn’t a bad gamble.”

Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, September 17

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Baltimore Orioles

CORY’S PICKS

Happ @ Norris
McCarthy @ Cobb – McCarthy has been lights out with the Yankees
Sale @ Ventura - oh baby!
Price
@ Gibson
Carrasco @ Oberholtzer – Carrasco has been lights out since re-joining the rotation
Paxton @ Wilson – Paxton has been lights out, period
Holland @ Samardzija
Frias @ J. De La Rosa
Bumgarner @ Chafin
Treinen @ A. Wood
Buchholz @ Liriano
Alvarez @ Gee
Corcino @ Hendricks
Fiers @ Wainwright – speaking of lights out…
Hamels @ Stults

 

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