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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, June 30

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Taijuan Walker

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Griffin @ Pineda – Pineda pitching better lately but this is a tough matchup.

Maeda @ Davies

Milone @ Rodon – Rodon 2 ER or fewer in six of his last seven starts.

Finnegan @ G. Gonzalez – Risky matchup for Finnegan. Sticking with the struggling Gio for now.

Carrasco @ Dickey

Lackey @ Matz – Considering the injury concerns and the difficult matchup, I’ll pass on Matz here.

Zimmermann @ Odorizzi – Not giving up on Zimmermann just yet.

Chen @ Teheran – Chen has been inconsistent this season, but this matchup is ideal.

Young @ Leake – Leake a true toss-up though.

Bumgarner @ Overton

TBD (BAL) @ Walker – Sitting Walker in his return. Orioles rank 1st in the Majors in both runs scored and OPS this month.

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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, June 29

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Jake Peavy

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Price @ Moore

Hendricks @ Reed – Dangerous matchup for Reed.

Chen @ D. Norris – Both are viable deep-league options though.

Ar. Sanchez @ T. Anderson – Sanchez not a sure thing here, but as a ground-ball pitcher, the Coors Field factor isn’t as much of an issue.

Keuchel @ Weaver – Keuchel continues to be too inconsistent to trust in 12-team mixed leagues.

Gallardo @ Friedrich

Eflin @ Bradley – Bradley a toss-up. I’ll go for it.

Verrett @ Scherzer

N. Martinez @ Tanaka

Salazar @ De La Cruz

Stewart @ Guerra – Guerra 3 ER or fewer in seven of his last eight starts.

Nolasco @ Shields

Volquez @ C. Martinez

Peavy @ Manaea – Peavy sports a 2.63 ERA and 1.08 WHIP through four June starts and the A’s rank 25th in the Majors in runs scored this month.

Taillon @ Miley – Playing it safe with Taillon in challenging matchup.

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, June 28

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Chris Archer

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Harvey @ Giolito – Harvey has a 2.88 ERA and 1.00 WHIP through four June starts. Favorable matchup for Giolito in his debut.

Hamels @ Sabathia – Sabathia a bit too risky here.

Porcello @ Archer – Scary matchup for Archer (4 1/3 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 3 BB vs. Red Sox on 4/20). I’ll sit this one out.

Lester @ Lamb

Kluber @ Wisler

Conley @ Pelfrey – Challenging matchup for Conley though.

Urias @ Ch. Anderson – I’m comfortable with Urias now.

Gibson @ Quintana

Wacha @ Ventura – Wacha pitching well lately.

Happ @ Butler – Playing it safe with Happ at Coors.

Eickhoff @ Greinke – Eickhoff 3 ER or fewer in each of his last five starts.

Feldman @ Lincecum

Jimenez @ E. Johnson

Niese @ Iwakuma – Still a believer in Iwakuma.

Graveman @ Suarez

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 6/27

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Rays Indians Baseball

Hey everyone,

Another Friday means another two-start pitcher article! And by now, you all know the deal. Here’s a sampling. For the complete version, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Standard mixed leagues

Trevor Bauer (@ATL, @TOR)

Despite carrying ace potential, Bauer has yet to enjoy a prolonged period of success in the big leagues, and inconsistent command (3.9 career BB/9) is largely to blame. The 25-year-old has made significant progress this season, however, boasting a 3.20 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 8.4 K/9 and a much improved walk rate (2.9 BB/9) through 17 games (11 starts). The owner of a 2.96 ERA since transitioning into a full-time starting role this year, Bauer heads into a two-start week with one very favorable matchup and one challenging matchup. While the Blue Jays rank 2nd in the Majors in both runs scored and OPS this month, the Braves rank last in those two categories for the season. But the Indians righty is coming off six straight quality starts, including a dominant performance versus the Rays on Wednesday night in which he tossed a complete game while racking up 10 strikeouts. Considering his ability to miss bats along with his strong recent pitching, Bauer is worth the risk for next week.

Deeper mixed leagues

Francisco Liriano (vs. LAD, @OAK)

With only one quality start in his last six outings, Liriano might seem like a poor starting option, even in a two-start week. That said, the Pirates lefty is striking out over a batter per inning this year, and Liriano’s proven track record suggests that better results could be in store. Even more importantly, the Dodgers and A’s rank 26th and 27th, respectively, in the Majors in OPS. Perhaps those better results will come as early as next week.

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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, June 25-27

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Josh Tomlin

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SATURDAY

Big Erv @ Pineda – Pineda starting to pitch better lately though. Keep an eye on him going forward.

Andriese @ Gausman (Gm 1) – Decent matchup for Gausman but I’m taking a break from him in 12-team mixed leagues.

Odorizzi @ Tillman (Gm 2)

Dickey @ M. Gonzalez

S. Miller @ J. De La Rosa – Shelby at Coors? No thanks.

Lackey @ Clemens

Carrasco @ An. Sanchez – Anibal returns to the rotation. Let’s see if he shows any improvement.

Pomeranz @ Finnegan – I’ll take a chance on Finnegan here.

G. Gonzalez @ Garza

Fiers @ Young – Fiers is 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA through four June starts.

Maeda @ Locke

deGrom @ Teheran

S. Wright @ Griffin

Overton @ Chacin

Hellickson @ Bumgarner – Hellickson too risky here.

Leake @ Karns – I still believe in Karns but this is a tough matchup.

SUNDAY

Duffey @ Eovaldi

Hammel @ Fernandez

Tomlin @ Verlander – Four straight quality starts for Tomlin and he’s 2-0 with a 2.13 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in two starts vs. Tigers this season.

Perdomo @ DeSclafani – DeSclafani worth using in deep mixed leagues but I still need to see more before I can recommend him in 12-teamers.

Colon @ B. Norris

Smyly @ T. Wilson

Stroman @ Sale

Strasburg @ Nelson – Tough matchup for Nelson.

Fister @ Kennedy – Kennedy has been very inconsistent this year.

Buchholz @ M. Perez – Dangerous matchup for both.

S. Gray @ Santiago – I’ll give it a go with Gray here.

Nola @ Cueto – Sticking with Nola.

Corbin @ Bettis – Passing on Corbin at Coors.

Garcia @ Paxton – Challenging matchup for both though.

Kershaw @ Kuhl

MONDAY

Kazmir @ Liriano

Syndergaard @ J. Ross

C. Gonzalez @ Nova

E. Rodriguez @ Snell – Both are decent deep-league options though.

Arrieta @ Straily

Bauer @ Gant

Wainwright @ Duffy – Playing it safe with Duffy in this matchup.

Estrada @ J. Gray – There is some risk with the fly-ball prone Estrada at Coors though.

Velasquez @ Ray – Let me see one solid start from Velasquez first. This isn’t a great matchup anyway.

McHugh @ Shoemaker – McHugh seems to be getting his act together.

Mengden @ Samardzija – Not sold on Mengden just yet.

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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, June 24

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Carlos Rodon

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Tepesch @ Taillon – I’ll give Taillon a shot here.

Milone @ Tanaka

Moore @ Gallardo – Moore has been better of late but this is a tough matchup.

Hendricks @ Koehler – I usually like Koehler when at home, but not for this start.

Salazar @ Zimmermann

Rea @ Reed – Favorable matchup for Reed. I’ll go for it.

Matz @ Blair

Price @ N. Martinez

Ar. Sanchez @ Rodon – Challenging matchup for Rodon but he’s allowed two earned runs or fewer in five of his last six starts.

Scherzer @ Davies

Keuchel @ Volquez – Keuchel remains risky but I’ll say pitch versus inconsistent Royals offense.

Bradley @ T. Anderson – Passing on Bradley in Coors.

Surkamp @ Weaver – Weaver an intriguing option in deeper formats.

C. Martinez @ LeBlanc

Eflin @ Peavy – Peavy worth considering in deep mixed/NL-only leagues.

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, June 23

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Tim Lincecum

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Suarez @ Niese

Eickhoff @ Nolasco

Sampson @ D. Norris – Norris could be start-worthy very soon though.

Shields @ Porcello – What’s going on with Shields?

Lester @ Chen – Chen really struggling lately.

Harvey @ Wisler – Wisler a fine choice in deeper formats thanks to enticing matchup.

Friedrich @ Lamb – Keep an eye on Lamb.

Greinke @ Butler

Graveman @ Lincecum – Lincecum once again faces an A’s team that ranks last in the AL in both runs scored and OPS, so he’s an intriguing option in deep mixed leagues. I still need to see more before I can trust him in a 12-team mixed.

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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, June 22

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Danny Duffy

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Wisler @ Conley – Wisler an intriguing option in deeper formats though.

J. Gray @ Sabathia – Gray a little risky but I’ll pitch him versus inconsistent Yankees offense.

Duffy @ Syndergaard – Duffy 3 ER or fewer in each of his last four starts and the Mets rank 28th in the Majors in runs scored this season.

Shoemaker @ McCullers – I’ll give McCullers a shot here.

Wacha @ Arrieta – Tough matchup for Wacha but I’ll go for it. I might regret this.

Guerra @ Mengden – The A’s are tied for last in the Majors in runs scored this month. Pitch Guerra. I need to see a bit more from Mengden.

Ray @ Happ – Dangerous matchup for Ray.

E. Johnson @ Jimenez

Samardzija @ Liriano – Hard to trust Liriano right now.

Quintana @ E. Rodriguez

Iwakuma @ Fulmer

Archer @ Bauer

Straily @ Hamels – Straily a little too risky here.

Morgan @ Gibson

J. Ross @ Urias – Playing it safe with Urias in this matchup.

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, June 21

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Colby Lewis

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Bettis @ Nova

Perdomo @ T. Wilson – Wilson an intriguing deep-league option though.

Cueto @ Boscan

Corbin @ Estrada – Scary matchup for Corbin.

Norris @ Fernandez

Sale @ Buchholz

Kennedy @ Colon – Kennedy has been inconsistent but he’s a strong play here versus slumping Mets offense.

Paxton @ Verlander – Paxton has pitched well enough to deserve the nod here.

Snell @ Kluber – Snell a bit risky right now but I’ll go for it.

DeSclafani @ Lewis – Lewis has registered 12 quality starts in 14 tries this season and the Reds rank 13th in the NL in OPS on the road.

Wainwright @ Hammel

Santiago @ McHugh – McHugh too inconsistent to trust.

Nola @ Duffey – Great bounce back opportunity for Nola.

Nelson @ S. Gray – Ditto for Nelson.

Roark @ Kazmir

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

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Doug Fister

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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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