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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 5/2

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Bartolo Colon

Happy Friday everyone!

You know the deal. Here’s a portion of my latest two-start pitcher article. To read the full version, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

12-team mixed leagues

Bartolo Colon (vs. ATL, @SD)

The owner of a solid 3.42 ERA and 1.23 WHIP through five games (four starts), Colon has been one of the better No. 5 starters in baseball this season, providing the Mets with quality innings at the back end of their rotation. The 42-year-old can provide a lift to fantasy teams as well, especially when the matchups are favorable, as is the case next week. Heading into Thursday’s games, the Braves rank last in the Majors in OPS, 29th in batting average and are tied for last in runs scored. Meanwhile, the Padres rank 28th in OPS. Colon should be started with confidence in all league formats.

Deeper mixed leagues

Steven Wright (@CHW, @NYY)

Wright’s thin big league track record (30 games, 15 starts) limits his appeal to deeper mixed leagues for now, but a 1.37 ERA to go along with nearly a strikeout per inning through four starts this season is hard to ignore. The 31-year-old righty could continue his impressive early-season performance next week, as the White Sox and Yankees both rank in the bottom third of the Majors in OPS.

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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, April 30-May 2

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Chase Anderson

ZACH’S PICKS

SATURDAY

Zimmermann @ Duffey – I don’t like this matchup for Duffey, though I’d consider adding him in deeper formats.

J. Ross @ Garcia

Teheran @ Lackey – Teheran is risky here, but I’m a lot more confident in him after his last outing.

Devenski @ Hahn – Keep an eye on Hahn, but I’ll take a wait and see approach for now.

Cain @ deGrom

Happ @ Archer – Taking a chance on Happ versus weak Rays offense. Can the schedule get a little easier for Archer already? Please?

Latos @ Gausman – The Latos stat correction could very well come here. I’m all in on Gausman.

Simon @ Liriano – Not concerned about Liriano.

Bauer @ Eickhoff – I don’t trust Bauer. Still a believer in Eickhoff.

Chen @ Ch. Anderson – Anderson has struggled of late but this is a favorable matchup (Marlins rank 13th in NL in runs).

Pineda @ Porcello – Passing on Pineda at Fenway.

Shoemaker @ Holland – Holland has been solid.

Rusin @ Greinke

Rea @ Stripling – I’ll give it a shot with Stripling in this matchup.

Ventura @ Miley

SUNDAY

Bumgarner @ Syndergaard – Nice!

Stroman @ Odorizzi

Sale @ Jimenez – Ubaldo always risky though.

Iglesias @ Locke

Pelfrey @ Milone

Koehler @ Peralta

Scherzer @ Martinez

Wisler @ Hammel

Salazar @ Velasquez – If you like strikeouts, you might enjoy this one.

Richards @ Hamels

Fister @ Hill – Not an easy matchup for Hill, but the Astros offense leads the Majors in strikeouts.

Bettis @ Miller – Bettis has pitched well overall, but his worst outing of the season came @ARI.

Kennedy @ Walker – I’ll pitch Kennedy, though I’m not super confident in him.

Pomeranz @ Kershaw – I still trust Pomeranz.

Eovaldi @ Price

MONDAY

Hammel @ Cole

Griffin @ Dickey

Foltynewicz @ Colon – Great matchup for Colon.

Cueto @ Finnegan – Finnegan a toss-up here, but I’d lean towards pitching him.

Weaver @ Nelson

Berrios @ Keuchel – Giving Berrios another shot, though benching him here is understandable.

Hellickson @ Wainwright – Beginning to lose patience with Wainwright but this is an ideal matchup.

G. Gonzalez @ Volquez

Karns @ Graveman – Karns needs to improve his control but he is striking out over a batter per inning.

J. Gray @ Shields

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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, April 29

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Adam Conley

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Blair @ Lester – Blair could be a solid PoD pick soon, but this is a scary matchup.

Rodon @ M. Wright – Rodon coming off strong bounceback outing.

Straily @ Nicasio – I don’t trust Nicasio.

Kluber @ TBD (PHI)

Tanaka @ Owens

Peavy @ Matz – Peavy too inconsistent these days.

Ar. Sanchez @ Smyly – Great opportunity for Sanchez to get back on track.

Santiago @ Lewis – Tough matchup for Santiago but he’s been very impressive.

Fulmer @ Hughes – Hughes has registered quality starts in each of his first four outings this season.

Conley @ Davies – Conley hasn’t been great lately but this is a favorable matchup (Brewers rank 12th in NL in runs and 14th in batting average).

Strasburg @ Leake – Staying away from Leake here.

Chatwood @ Ray – Sticking with Ray.

Fiers @ Manaea – Sitting Manaea in tough opening matchup.

Medlen @ King Felix

Vargas @ Wood – I’m intrigued by Vargas but need to see more.

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The Inaugural PoD Category Chart for 2016 (4/27)

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Robbie Ray

Zach here,

With the end of April comes the first Pitch or Ditch category chart of the 2016 season!

PoD Chart 4-27-16

For a number of years now, we have been posting these charts roughly once per month during the season, and longtime 411 fan Big Barry deserves a special acknowledgement for suggesting the framework of the idea. For those unfamiliar with the format, in an effort to help you make those all important Pitch or Ditch decisions and determine whether or not a certain player deserves to remain on your roster, we have divided all of the pitchers currently in starting rotations into four groups: Aces, Grads, PoD and Indifferent. Note that I’ve tweaked the definitions for this year, mainly lowering the bar for Grads. Also keep in mind that the chart is geared towards standard 12-team mixed leagues. And of course, a pitcher’s designation will likely fluctuate throughout the season (especially between PoD and Grad). With each updated version of the chart, we will list the changes made since the previous post.

Aces – Elite starters with the track record to prove it. These pitchers should be in your active lineups regardless of the matchup.

Grads – Pitchers who aren’t ace material but should not be dropped and should be started in the vast majority of matchups.

PoD – Consider adding these guys off the waiver wire to start in favorable matchups, but feel free to drop them afterwards if you need the roster spot.

Indifferent – These pitchers are too risky to trust in any matchup and should remain on the waiver wire.

That’s it for now. As always, your questions and comments are welcome.

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, April 28

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Tanner Roark

ZACH’S PICKS

Bassitt @ An. Sanchez – Not giving up on Anibal but I’ll play it safe in 12-team mixed leagues.

Jungmann @ Arrieta

Nicasio @ Chatwood – Nicasio continues to be decent, but decent isn’t good enough for Coors Field. (PPD)

Nola @ Roark – Tough matchup for Nola but I believe in him. Excellent matchup for Roark, as Phillies rank next to last in Majors in runs scored.

Danks @ T. Wilson – Keep an eye on Wilson but I’m not ready to use him just yet.

Chacin @ Buchholz – Chacin has been impressive but I’m not pitching him at Fenway. I don’t trust Buchholz versus anyone right now, even the Braves.

Wacha @ R. De La Rosa

Fernandez @ Maeda

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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, April 27

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Steven Wright

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Cashner @ Samardzija – Cashner has been solid over his last two starts (1.50 ERA, 0.83 WHIP).

Hellickson @ G. Gonzalez

Quintana @ Estrada – Estrada worth a shot here versus sub-par White Sox offense.

Norris @ S. Wright – Wright pitching well and Braves rank last in Majors in runs scored and OPS.

Tillman @ Moore – Tillman a bit risky but Rays offense not very good.

Moscot @ Harvey

S. Gray @ Verlander

Jungmann @ Arrieta

Sabathia @ M. Perez – Continue to monitor Perez but I don’t like this matchup.

Tomlin @ TBD (MIN) – Tomlin a decent play in deeper formats. TBD for Twins is expected to be Berrios, who I would pitch in MLB debut.

Niese @ J. Gray – I like both pitchers, but not here.

Wainwright @ Corbin – Wainwright’s lack of strikeouts is concerning, but at least he was a little better his last time out.

Young @ Tropeano – Tough matchup for Tropeano. I’ll play it safe.

McHugh @ Iwakuma – McHugh way too inconsistent to trust right now.

Cosart @ Kazmir

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, April 26

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Shelby Miller

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Velasquez @ Scherzer – Expect a lot of strikeouts in this one.

Sale @ Dickey

Jimenez @ Odorizzi – Ubaldo still hard to trust.

Price @ Wisler

Finnegan @ Colon – Going for it with Colon at home. Finnegan a viable option in deeper formats.

R. Hill @ Pelfrey – Hill still scares me.

Nelson @ Hendricks – Tough matchup for Nelson but he’s been impressive.

Severino @ Griffin – Not an easy matchup for Severino but I’m sticking with him.

Co. Anderson @ Nolasco

Cole @ J. De La Rosa

C. Martinez @ Miller – At this point, I don’t have a problem with dropping Miller in 12-team mixed leagues. Zero quality starts in four tries.

Volquez @ Weaver – I’d rather not have Volquez in my active lineup when the major stat correction comes. And it will come.

Keuchel @ Karns – Keep an eye on Karns due to his strikeout upside but this is a bad matchup.

Koehler @ Kershaw

Shields @ Cueto

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 4/25

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Twins Brewers Baseball

Hey everyone,

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

12-team mixed leagues

Jimmy Nelson (@CHC, vs. MIA)

After posting a solid 3.95 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in the second half last season, Nelson has gotten off to a strong start in 2016, going 3-1 while notching three quality starts in his first four outings. His first matchup next week is a tough one, as the Cubs lead the NL in runs scored heading into Thursday’s games. But the Marlins offense is far less formidable, ranking 14th in the Senior Circuit in runs, 11th in OPS and 13th in homers. Nelson’s overall performance this season makes him a worthy play for next week, and he should be considered an automatic start in two-start weeks going forward. If the 26-year-old righty can improve his control (3.5 BB/9) and do a better job limiting home runs (six homers allowed through four starts), he could earn a permanent spot on most 12-team mixed league rosters.

Deeper mixed leagues

Ross Stripling (vs. MIA, vs. SD)

In his first taste of the big leagues, Stripling opened the 2016 campaign by posting a 2.03 ERA and 0.75 WHIP through two starts. He wasn’t nearly as effective on Wednesday, however, lasting just 3 2/3 innings despite facing a Braves lineup that ranks near the bottom of the NL in most categories. The good news for the 26-year-old is that he will get a chance to redeem himself next week, as the Marlins and Padres both rank in the bottom half of the NL in runs, homers and OPS. Stripling’s lack of a big league track record relegates him to deep mixed league status for now, but he certainly has the potential to become a factor in 12-team mixed leagues sooner rather than later.

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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, April 23-25

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Derek Holland

ZACH’S PICKS

SATURDAY

Hughes @ Roark – Hughes has been pitching pretty well but I don’t like this matchup. Not buying into Roark just yet.

Snell @ Tanaka – Playing it safe with Snell in his MLB debut. Let’s see how he does.

Bassitt @ Happ

Kluber @ An. Sanchez

Lewis @ Rodon – Giving Rodon another chance following meltdown on Monday.

Buchholz @ Fiers – Both scare me here.

Lackey @ Straily

Matz @ Chacin

Morton @ Ch. Anderson – Morton a viable deep mixed/NL-only league option though. Great matchup for Anderson, as Phillies rank last in Majors in both runs scored and batting average.

Worley @ Medlen – Medlen has been solid.

Maeda @ Chatwood

Nicasio @ R. De La Rosa – Passing on Nicasio in far from ideal matchup.

Wacha @ TBD (SD)

Fernandez @ Peavy

King Felix @ Santiago – Mariners hoping Felix can make this start after getting pushed back a day due to illness. Really liking what I’m seeing from Santiago.

SUNDAY

Smyly @ Pineda

Surkamp @ Hutchison

Hammel @ Simon

Carrasco @ Greene

Big Erv @ Strasburg – Challenging matchup for Erv but I’ll take a chance.

deGrom @ TBD (ATL)

Eickhoff @ Peralta

Holland @ Latos – I’m finally ready to start both. White Sox offense has struggled so far (14th in AL in runs and 15th in batting average). Latos is pitching extremely well.

M. Wright @ Ventura

Miley @ Shoemaker – Shoemaker a toss-up, though in a 12-team mixed league, I’d lean towards sitting him.

Conley @ Cain – I’m still bullish on Conley. Cain? Not so much.

Wood @ Lyles

Liriano @ Ray

Leake @ Rea – Leake has been disappointing but I love this matchup.

Owens @ Feldman

MONDAY

M. Gonzalez @ Stroman

Gausman @ Archer – Gausman worth adding in deeper mixed leagues but I wouldn’t start him yet. Sticking with Archer, though I’m starting to get concerned.

Porcello @ Teheran – I really like Porcello here. Teheran a borderline call but I’ll say ditch in 12-team mixed leagues.

Iglesias @ Syndergaard

Graveman @ Zimmermann

Eovaldi @ Ramos

Salazar @ Milone

Locke @ Bettis

Garcia @ Greinke

Kennedy @ Richards – Gotta go with Kennedy.

Fister @ Walker – Walker has arrived!

Chen @ Stripling – Nice matchup for Stripling.

Pomeranz @ Bumgarner

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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, April 22

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Nick Tropeano

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Gibson @ G. Gonzalez – Gibson worth monitoring but this matchup is too difficult.

Moore @ Sabathia – Moore has been very impressive.

S. Gray @ Ar. Sanchez – Sanchez has now earned must-start status.

Lester @ Moscot

Tomlin @ Verlander – I’m a bit concerned about Verlander but I’ll pitch him here.

Harvey @ B. Norris – Great opportunity for Harvey to right the ship in favorable matchup.

S. Wright @ McHugh – McHugh testing my patience though.

Nola @ Davies – Sticking with Nola.

M. Perez @ Quintana – Perez a decent option in deeper leagues but I still wouldn’t trust him in a 12-team mixed.

Gallardo @ Young

Kazmir @ J. Gray – Tough to pitch Kazmir at Coors right now.

Niese @ Corbin – Both have been solid so far.

Iwakuma @ Tropeano – Tropeano has a 0.84 ERA through two starts this season.

Cosart @ Samardzija

Wainwright @ Cashner – If Wainwright doesn’t pitch well here, I’ll really start to get nervous. Not an easy matchup for Cashner but at least he’s at home.

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