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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, August 29-31

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 8/31 

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Jeff Samardzija

ZACH’S PICKS

SATURDAY

Farmer @ Hutchison – Hutchison has been better lately but I still don’t trust him.

Kelly @ deGrom

Lynn @ Vogelsong

Medlen @ Odorizzi – Medlen a must-add in all leagues if still available.

Rusin @ Happ

Koehler @ Zimmermann – Only pitch Koehler at home.

Rea @ Morgan

Sampson @ Garza – Garza struggling lately.

Fiers @ Pelfrey

Richards @ TBD (CLE)

Severino @ Wisler

Iwakuma @ Samardzija – Samardzija continues to tease us, but I’m giving up on him.

Jimenez @ M. Perez

Doubront @ Chacin

Lester @ Latos – Latos is a ditch until further notice.

SUNDAY

Simon @ Buehrle – Buehrle is the ultimate chasing wins pitcher. I’ll give it a shot.

Miley @ Syndergaard – Miley too unpredictable and Mets offense is hot.

Duffy @ Karns – I’ve lost a lot of confidence in Karns.

Weaver @ Kluber – Weaver a toss-up but he hasn’t been good on the road and Indians are swinging the bats well of late.

J. De La Rosa @ Morton – Morton is 5-1 with a 2.82 ERA in eight home starts this year.

Hand @ Strasburg

Eovaldi @ Teheran – Eovaldi coming off his best start of the season. Teheran going for his sixth straight quality start, and he’s 7-1 with a 2.55 ERA at home.

Shields @ Williams

Lamb @ Peralta – Decent matchup for Peralta but he’s been way too inconsistent lately.

McCullers @ Big Erv – McCullers a bit risky though.

Montgomery @ Quintana

M. Gonzalez @ Holland – Benching Holland one more time in not so great matchup.

Garcia @ Heston – Heston has been out of whack recently.

Chavez @ Ray

Arrieta @ Al. Wood – Not overly confident in Wood, but I’ll pitch.

MONDAY

Nova @ Porcello – Taking a break from Nova.

Archer @ W. Chen – Chen has been pitching well enough to trust vs. Rays.

Tomlin @ Price

Narveson @ Foltynewicz

Eickhoff @ Colon – Eickhoff isn’t 12-team mixed league material just yet. Favorable matchup for Colon, who dominated Phils on Wednesday.

Holmberg @ Hendricks

King Felix @ Feldman

G. Gonzalez @ Lackey – Gio a borderline call here, but for PoD purposes I’ll pass.

Corbin @ Bettis – Corbin has been solid but I’ll play it safe with him at Coors.

Santiago @ Bassitt – Santiago has been very shaky lately. Bassitt is an automatic pitch at home (1.83 ERA, 0.97 WHIP).

Peavy @ B. Anderson – Peavy a viable option in deeper leagues though as Dodgers offense has been ice cold this month (13th in NL in runs).

Lewis @ T. Ross – Lewis could pitch well here, but I’ll never fully trust him.

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 8/31

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Chris Bassitt

Hey everyone,

My latest two-start pitcher article is now up on the site, so as is the custom on Fridays, here’s a sampling. For the complete version, click on the link at the bottom of this post. Note that all stats are accurate through Wednesday.

Need to upgrade your fantasy starting rotation? Or maybe gaining ground in wins and strikeouts are your primary goals? Then consider these pitchers, who are scheduled to make two starts each in Week 22.

12-team mixed leagues

Chris Bassitt (vs. LAA, vs. SEA)

Bassitt’s streak of seven consecutive quality starts came to an end on Wednesday, but he was facing a Mariners lineup that ranks 4th in the AL in runs scored this month. While he does have to face the Mariners again next week, Bassitt will also go up against an Angels club that ranks last in the Majors in runs scored in August. The 26-year-old righty has also been a far more effective pitcher at home (1.83 ERA) than on the road (4.34 ERA) this season, a fact that bodes well for next week.

Deeper mixed leagues

Bartolo Colon (vs. PHI, @MIA)

Over the past month, Colon has alternated strong outings with mediocre at best outings, so he is tough to fully trust. That said, coming off Wednesday’s gem in Philadelphia, the 42-year-old has a good chance to make it two or maybe even three straight strong outings. Colon will again face the Phillies before going up against a Marlins club that he has dominated this season to the tune of a 2.83 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in four starts.

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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, August 28

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Raisel Iglesias

ZACH’S PICKS

J. Gray @ Liriano – Hard to trust Gray coming off blowup vs. Mets.

Conley @ Scherzer

Kennedy @ Nola – Kennedy is 4-2 with a 2.27 ERA since the All-Star break.

Boyd @ Dickey

Owens @ Harvey

Volquez @ E. Ramirez

Heaney @ Bauer – Giving Heaney a pass for his last start since it was vs. Blue Jays.

Tanaka @ W. Perez

Gausman @ Hamels – Gausman a bit risky but he’s been solid lately.

Iglesias @ Jungmann – Five straight quality starts for Iglesias. Jungmann fading of late.

Kazmir @ Gibson

Walker @ Danks – Who knows what to expect from Walker. I’ll pass.

S. Gray @ Ch. Anderson

Hammel @ Kershaw

Wacha @ Leake – Nice matchup for Leake in his Giants home debut.

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, August 27

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Tommy Milone

CORY’S PICKS

Greinke @ DeSclafani

Shoemaker @ Wolf

Estrada @ Gallardo – June seems like so long ago for Gallardo.

Tillman @ Ventura – Risk/Reward with both, play to your standings.

Haren @ Bumgarner

Niese @ Harang – Phils have been tough since All-Star but Niese is usually solid.

Cashner @ J. Ross

Milone @ Smyly – Don’t like Milone on the road and Rays hit LHP better than RHP.

Cole @ Nicolino

Elias @ Rodon – Three straight excellent outings for Rodon.

C. Martinez @ R. De La Rosa – Rubby having a strong second half.

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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, August 26

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Chris Bassitt

CORY’S PICKS

McHugh @ Pineda – McHugh 2.60 ERA in 7 GS since All-Star.

Bassitt @ King Felix – Bassitt 2.31 ERA in 9 GS!

Colon @ Eickhoff

T. Ross @ G. Gonzalez

Santiago @ Verlander – Santiago 4.62 ERA in 7 GS since All-Star.

Flande @ Miller

B. Anderson @ Holmberg – Reds are scuffling but can hit lefties.

Nelson @ Co. Anderson – Nelson 2.15 ERA in 7 GS since All-Star.

Duffey @ Archer

Locke @ Narveson

Price @ Lewis

W. Chen @ Cueto – KC is tough at home but not as good vs. LHP.

Porcello @ Sale

Lackey @ Corbin – Corbin too erratic to trust vs. good offenses.

Hendricks @ Peavy

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, August 25

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Article – Week of 8/24

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Josh Tomlin

ZACH’S PICKS

Keuchel @ Nova – Astros rank 14th in AL in both runs scored and OPS in August.

Syndergaard @ Williams

Shields @ Strasburg

Weaver @ Simon – Weaver pitching well since return.

Bettis @ Foltynewicz

Al. Wood @ Lamb – Wood no sure thing but Reds rank last in NL in runs scored this month.

Peralta @ Tomlin – Peralta coming off poor performance. I’ll play it safe here. Tomlin has been impressive so far and Brewers offense is middle of the pack at best.

Big Erv @ Karns – Erv is too risky. Karns is worth a shot.

Morton @ Hand – Morton is back on track.

Buehrle @ Holland – I don’t like the matchup for either.

M. Gonzalez @ Duffy

Miley @ Quintana – Miley a decent deep league option in favorable matchup.

Garcia @ Ray

Chavez @ Montgomery – I still don’t fully trust Chavez.

Arrieta @ Cain

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 8/24

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Charlie Morton

Hey everyone,

Time for another installment of my two-start pitcher series. As usual, here’s a portion of the latest article. For the complete version, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Looking to improve your fantasy starting rotation? Need to gain ground in wins and strikeouts? Then consider these pitchers, who are each scheduled to make two starts in Week 21.

12-team mixed leagues

Charlie Morton (@MIA, vs. COL)

Coming off a shaky showing at home against the Dodgers, Morton bounced back nicely his last time out, limiting the Mets to two earned runs on four hits across 6 1/3 innings to go along with a season-high nine strikeouts. His matchups next week are quite favorable, as the Marlins rank 12th in the NL in runs and 11th in OPS while the Rockies’ offense has struggled away from Coors Field, ranking 13th in the Senior Circuit in both runs and OPS. If available, Morton is a quality addition to any 12-team mixed league roster.

Deeper mixed leagues

Derek Holland (vs. TOR, vs. BAL)

Making his first start since early-April and just his second of the season, Holland pitched well on Wednesday, tossing 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball against the Mariners while striking out six. Considering the extended layoff, there’s a possibility that Holland is on the waiver wire even in deeper mixed leagues. That will not be the case for much longer, so owners in need of starting pitching help should look to add him, regardless of league format. That said, he’s a risky play for next week, the matchup against the Blue Jays being particularly challenging. In mixed leagues of 12 or fewer teams, I’d play it safe and leave him benched. But if he gets through next week in good shape, I would fully trust him going forward. In his last DL-free season back in 2013, the Rangers southpaw registered a 3.42 ERA to go along with 189 strikeouts, so he’s already proven himself to be a reliable mid-rotation fantasy starter.

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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, August 22-24

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Article – Week of 8/24

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Carlos Rodon

ZACH’S PICKS

SATURDAY

Salazar @ Severino

W. Perez @ Haren – Haren should get back on track here.

Heston @ Cole – Heston slumping and he’s been mediocre on the road this year, so you may want to ditch in shallower formats.

Gibson @ Tillman – Tillman has recorded five quality starts in his last six outings.

Jungmann @ J. Ross – Ross has earned my trust despite two straight poor performances.

Gallardo @ Wolf

Ventura @ Barnes – Not ready to jump back on the Ventura bandwagon just yet.

Hellickson @ DeSclafani

Greinke @ Kazmir

Harang @ Nicolino

Niese @ Rusin – Playing it safe with Niese in Coors.

C. Martinez @ Kennedy – Kennedy since All-Star break: 2.63 ERA, 1.09 WHIP.

Estrada @ Heaney – Tough matchup for Heaney but at least he’s at home.

E. Ramirez @ S. Gray – A’s rank last in AL in runs scored and OPS since All-Star break.

Rodon @ Nuno – Rodon risky but he’s coming off two straight dominant outings.

SUNDAY

Bauer @ Sabathia – Bauer struggling mightily of late.

Hamels @ Boyd – Hamels has been disappointing since trade to Rangers though.

Ch. Anderson @ Iglesias

Nola @ Conley – Favorable matchup for Nola.

Pelfrey @ Gausman – Gausman a decent gamble in deeper leagues but he’s been inconsistent.

Volquez @ E. Rodriguez – I don’t like the matchup for either.

Garza @ Zimmermann – Garza coming off shaky start vs. Marlins and Nats bats are bound to wake up sooner or later.

Kershaw @ McCullers – Hard to have much faith in McCullers right now.

Wisler @ Hammel

Dickey @ Richards – Dickey a decent option in deeper leagues but I’m just not a fan.

Odorizzi @ Graveman

Danks @ Walker – Five straight quality starts for Walker.

Wacha @ Rea

TBD (NYM) @ Hale

Leake @ Liriano – Leake admitting he’s not fully healthy.

MONDAY

Kluber @ Lester

Feldman @ Eovaldi

deGrom @ Morgan – Morgan worth a look in very deep mixed/NL-only leagues.

J. De La Rosa @ Teheran

Farmer @ Sampson

Happ @ Koehler – Koehler struggling in August (7.48 ERA).

Kelly @ Samardzija – Samardzija’s last start encouraging but I need to see more.

Jimenez @ Medlen

Lynn @ Ray – Ray continues to pitch fairly well and Cardinals are having a tough time consistently scoring runs these days.

Doubront @ Iwakuma

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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, August 21

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Rubby De La Rosa

ZACH’S PICKS

Miller @ Hendricks – Hendricks hasn’t been great lately but this is a favorable matchup.

Carrasco @ Tanaka

Nelson @ G. Gonzalez – Sticking with Gio. I know, I’m crazy.

Milone @ W. Chen – Chen is 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA so far in August.

Bumgarner @ Locke

Lewis @ Verlander – Both are toss-ups here. I’ll play it safe.

R. De La Rosa @ Holmberg – Rubby is 4-0 with a 2.54 ERA since the All-Star break.

Cueto @ Owens

Eickhoff @ Flores

B. Anderson @ Fiers – Both are risky here but I’ll go for it.

Colon @ J. Gray – Colon + Coors Field = No thanks. Gray has been impressive but low pitch count limit tempers my enthusiasm.

Smyly @ Bassitt – Need to see a bit more from Smyly. Bassitt is an automatic pitch at home (1.91 ERA).

Price @ Santiago – Tough matchup for Santiago though.

Sale @ King Felix – Nice!

Lackey @ Cashner

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, August 20

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Charlie Morton

ZACH’S PICKS

Peavy @ Morton – Peavy coming off his worst outing since return from DL and I just don’t trust him. I’ll take a chance on Morton at home, where he’s 4-1 with a 3.25 ERA this season.

Duffey @ M. Gonzalez – Gonzalez a toss-up but he’s been inconsistent lately.

Tomlin @ Nova – Nova fresh off strong performance vs. Jays.

M. Perez @ Simon

Duffy @ Miley

Corbin @ Lamb – Corbin has been solid of late.

Williams @ Hand

Foltynewicz @ Arrieta

Archer @ McHugh – McHugh seems to be back on track.

Scherzer @ Flande

Quintana @ Tropeano

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