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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 6/20

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Doug Fister

Hey everyone,

Your favorite time of the week has arrived! Yup, it’s time for an all-new two-start pitcher article. Here’s a sampling. For the complete version, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

12-team mixed leagues

Doug Fister (vs. LAA, @KC)

Coming off a largely disappointing 2015 campaign, Fister has successfully revitalized his career with the Astros this season, boasting a 7-3 record to go along with a 3.26 ERA and 1.23 WHIP through 13 starts.  The veteran righty is unlikely to help owners in the strikeout department (5.6 K/9 this year), but thanks to his contributions in the other categories, he deserves a spot on most mixed league rosters. As for next week, Fister, who has allowed three runs or fewer in all but one of his starts this season, deserves a spot in most starting lineups. The Angels and Royals rank 16th and 27th, respectively, in the Majors in runs scored.

Deeper mixed leagues

Nathan Karns (@DET, vs. STL)

Inconsistency is the main theme of Karns’ 2016 season so far, and erratic command (4.2 BB/9) is mostly to blame. One area of his game that has been consistent, however, is his strikeout production (9.5 K/9). Being that the Tigers and Cardinals both rank among the top six teams in the Majors in OPS, pitching Karns next week is plenty risky. But at least for deep-league owners chasing strikeouts, starting the Mariners righty could be a risk worth taking.

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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, June 18-20

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Cubs Phillies Baseball

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SATURDAY

Pineda @ Nolasco

Greinke @ Eickhoff – Eickhoff has pitched to a 1.37  ERA and 1.02 WHIP through three June starts and Diamondbacks rank last in NL in runs scored this month.

Lincecum @ Neal – Welcome back, Tiny Tim!

Miley @ Porcello

Dickey @ Gallardo

Reed @ Keuchel – Taking a wait and see approach with Reed. Keuchel still risky but at least the K’s are nice.

Chatwood @ Chen – Favorable matchup for Chatwood (5-0, 0.65 ERA through six road starts this season).

Peavy @ Moore – Moore coming off gem but I remain skeptical.

N. Martinez @ C. Martinez

Shields @ Salazar – Shields a total mess right now.

Blair @ Matz

Boyd @ Volquez

Niese @ Lester – Staying away from Niese here.

Ch. Anderson @ Bolsinger – Anderson a real toss-up though.

Scherzer @ Rea

SUNDAY

Teheran @ deGrom

Rodon @ Carrasco

T. Anderson @ Koehler – Koehler continues to get the job done.

Suarez @ Odorizzi

Bradley @ Eflin – Promising matchup for Bradley.

Walker @ Price – Walker a little risky though.

Stroman @ Tillman – Both offenses are red hot (top two teams in Majors in runs scored this month), so I’ll pass here.

Finnegan @ Fiers – I’ll take a chance on both.

Eovaldi @ Big Erv – Eovaldi in a funk right now.

Zimmermann @ Young

M. Perez @ Leake – Perez not a bad choice in deeper formats but this is a tough matchup.

Weaver @ Surkamp

Garza @ Maeda

G. Gonzalez @ Pomeranz

Taillon @ Hendricks – Taillon a little too risky here in 12-team mixed leagues.

MONDAY

S. Miller @ Hellickson

Bumgarner @ Locke

M. Gonzalez @ S. Wright

J. De La Rosa @ Clemens

Karns @ Pelfrey – Not risking it with the erratic Karns in challenging matchup.

Smyly @ Tomlin – Tomlin pitching well of late.

Gausman @ Holland – Downside outweighs upside with both.

Garcia @ Lackey – Still a believer in Garcia but I don’t have a good feeling about this one.

Chacin @ Fister – Fister’s resurgent season continues.

Strasburg @ Kershaw – Simply a must-watch.

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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, June 17

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Jon Gray

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Liriano @ Arrieta – Tough matchup for the inconsistent Liriano.

Ray @ Morgan – Favorable matchup for Ray but he’s a bit too risky in 12-team mixed leagues.

Ar. Sanchez @ M. Wright

Gant @ Harvey

Quintana @ Bauer – Four straight quality starts for Bauer.

J. Gray @ Conley – Gray 2 ER or fewer in each of his last four starts and the Marlins rank 13th in the NL in runs scored at home.

Samardzija @ Archer

Iwakuma @ Elias

Lamb @ McCullers – Playing it safe with McCullers.

Tanaka @ Dean

Fulmer @ Ventura – Fulmer is on quite a roll.

Hamels @ Wacha – Wacha a little risky here but I’ll go for it.

Shoemaker @ Graveman

Davies @ Urias – Urias showing some progress but I’ll pass for now.

J. Ross @ Friedrich

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, June 16

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CC Sabathia

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Straily @ Wisler

Paxton @ Snell – Tough matchup for Snell but I’ll go for it.

Lewis @ Mengden – Favorable matchup for Lewis.

Happ @ Nola

T. Wilson @ E. Rodriguez – Playing it safe with Rodriguez, who has been shaky in each of his last two starts.

Nicasio @ Colon

Sabathia @ Gibson – It’s time to finally give CC a chance as he will be facing a Twins team that ranks 14th in the AL in runs scored.

Verlander @ Duffy – Three straight quality starts for Duffy but he’s more of a deep-league option in this matchup.

Guerra @ Kazmir – Guerra a little risky though.

Roark @ E. Johnson

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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, June 15

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Derek Holland

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Nova @ Bettis

Kershaw @ Corbin – Corbin has been very inconsistent this year.

Nicolino @ Perdomo

Nelson @ Cueto

Hammel @ Strasburg

Estrada @ Hellickson – Scary matchup for Hellickson.

Gausman @ S. Wright

DeSclafani @ Norris – DeSclafani was solid in his season debut and this matchup is as good as it gets.

Locke @ Syndergaard

Karns @ Smyly – Karns has really struggled of late. I’ll play it safe here. Smyly not pitching too well either but I’m more confident in him.

McHugh @ Wainwright

Pelfrey @ Sale

Kluber @ Kennedy – My confidence level in Kennedy is very low right now.

Duffey @ Santiago

Holland @ S. Gray – Holland was disappointing in his last outing but he was coming off four straight quality starts and the A’s rank in the bottom third of the AL in runs, homers and OPS.

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, June 14

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Brandon Finnegan

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Eflin @ Stroman – Favorable matchup for the struggling Stroman but he’s still too risky right now for 12-team mixed league purposes.

Lackey @ G. Gonzalez

Tillman @ Price

Finnegan @ Teheran – Ideal matchup for Finnegan versus the lowest-scoring offense in the Majors.

Taillon @ deGrom

Walker @ Odorizzi

Zimmermann @ M. Gonzalez

Tomlin @ Young – I still don’t trust Tomlin.

Fister @ Garcia – Fister pitching very well but this matchup is too dangerous. Playing it safe with the recently inconsistent Garcia.

Eovaldi @ J. De La Rosa – Staying away from Eovaldi here.

Maeda @ Bradley

Big Erv @ Chacin

M. Perez @ Surkamp – Four straight quality starts for Perez and I like this matchup.

Koehler @ Pomeranz – Favorable matchup for Koehler, who has been solid of late.

Garza @ Bumgarner

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 6/13

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Happy Friday!

After last week’s blog-only two-start pitcher post, we’re now back to the customary routine. Here’s a portion of my latest article. For the complete version, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Wei-Yin Chen

12-team mixed leagues

Wei-Yin Chen (@SD, vs. COL)

The normally consistent Chen has been anything but consistent in his first season with the Marlins. The 30-year-old southpaw’s most recent outing (5 1/3 IP, 9 H, 5 ER @MIN) marked the third time in his last four tries that he has failed to notch a quality start. But Chen’s steady track record, which includes a career 3.80 ERA and 1.25 WHIP, suggests that going forward, better results are likely. And those better results could come as soon as next week. The Padres rank 28th in the Majors in OPS, and while the Rockies rank 3rd in this category overall, the Colorado lineup has been far less potent on the road, placing 16th in OPS away from Coors Field.

Deeper mixed leagues

Chase Anderson (@SF, @LAD)

Since allowing six earned runs over five innings in a May 5 outing against the Reds, Anderson has pieced together six straight starts of three earned runs or fewer. Both the Dodgers and Giants have gotten off to slow starts offensively this month, ranking 12th and 15th, respectively, in the NL in OPS. Anderson is a must-start in all deep mixed leagues for next week and even deserves consideration in some 12-team formats.

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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, June 11-13

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Tigers Orioles Baseball

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SATURDAY

Nola @ Roark

M. Wright @ Happ – I don’t like this matchup for Happ.

E. Rodriguez @ Gibson – Favorable matchup for Rodriguez.

Young @ Quintana

Arrieta @ Wisler – Wisler could struggle here.

Fiers @ Archer – Archer continues to make me nervous though.

Verrett @ Peralta – Verrett an intriguing deep-league option.

Graveman @ Straily

E. Johnson @ Chatwood – Pitching Chatwood at home is risky but the Padres rank in the bottom third of the NL in runs, batting average and OPS.

Verlander @ Tanaka

Kazmir @ Samardzija

C. Martinez @ Liriano – Liriano cannot be trusted right now, especially in a difficult matchup like this one.

Bauer @ Shoemaker – Bauer is on a roll and the Angels are not. I’ll stick with Shoemaker.

Fernandez @ Godley

Lewis @ Paxton – Lewis too risky versus potent Mariners lineup. I need to see one more strong outing from Paxton before I can feel comfortable pitching him in 12-team mixed leagues.

SUNDAY

Jimenez @ Ar. Sanchez

Keuchel @ Moore – Favorable matchup for the inconsistent Keuchel.

Manaea @ Lamb – Lamb has been dominant over his last two starts and the A’s offense is sub-par.

Lester @ C. Kelly

Fulmer @ Pineda – Fulmer’s last four starts: 4-0, 0.32 ERA, 0.64 WHIP, 27 K’s in 28 1/3 IP. Enough said.

Porcello @ Dean

Duffy @ Carroll – Going for it with Duffy. White Sox rank in the bottom third of the AL in runs, batting average and OPS.

Matz @ Davies

Salazar @ Huff

Morgan @ J. Ross

Conley @ Ray – Tough matchup for Conley but he’s been pitching better of late.

Friedrich @ Butler

Hamels @ Miley

Leake @ Niese – Both are more suitable for deeper leagues for this matchup.

Urias @ Peavy

MONDAY

Hendricks @ Scherzer

Eickhoff @ Dickey – Tough matchup for Eickhoff though. Dickey worth considering in deeper formats.

D. Wright @ Blair

Boyd @ Shields – Anyone feel comfortable pitching Shields right now? Anyone?

Carrasco @ Volquez

Bolsinger @ Greinke

Nolasco @ Weaver

Ramos @ Manaea

Chen @ Rea – Great matchup for Chen.

Ch. Anderson @ Cain – Anderson 3 ER or fewer in each of his last six starts.

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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, June 10

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Cubs Brewers Baseball

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Pelfrey @ Sabathia – CC is on quite a roll but this matchup is a bit too scary for my liking.

Hellickson @ Strasburg – Not a good matchup for Hellickson.

Wacha @ Cole – I’ll play it safe and sit Wacha here.

Gausman @ Estrada

McCullers @ Andriese – I’m now confident enough in McCullers to pitch him here.

S. Gray @ DeSclafani – Keep an eye on DeSclafani going forward though.

Hammel @ Norris

S. Wright @ Duffey

Kennedy @ Sale – Dangerous matchup for the home run prone Kennedy. I’ll pass.

Harvey @ Guerra – Gotta go with Guerra versus Mets offense that ranks 28th in the Majors in runs scored this season.

Cashner @ J. Gray – Gray a decent option in deeper formats though.

Nicolino @ Corbin – Need to see a little more consistency from Corbin.

Kluber @ Santiago

Holland @ Iwakuma – Holland a toss-up but I’m wary of the M’s offense.

Kershaw @ Cueto – Nice!

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, June 9

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Tom Koehler

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McHugh @ M. Perez – Too risky of a matchup for both.

Locke @ Bettis

Chacin @ Nova

T. Wilson @ Stroman – Stroman is struggling and this is a tough matchup.

Wainwright @ Finnegan – Wainwright has looked much better of late. Finnegan worth monitoring but this matchup scares me.

Koehler @ Big Erv – Koehler 3 ER or fewer in each of his last six starts and the Twins rank 27th in the Majors in runs scored.

Colon @ Nelson

G. Gonzalez @ M. Gonzalez

Tomlin @ Karns – I don’t trust Tomlin. I still trust Karns.

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