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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, August 19

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 8/17

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Twins Blue Jays Baseball

ZACH’S PICKS

Big Erv @ Eovaldi – Eovaldi continues to rack up the W’s.

Montgomery @ Holland – Keep an eye on Holland but too risky to pitch in first start back.

Koehler @ Peralta – Koehler a toss-up but he’s a safer bet at home. Favorable matchup for Peralta.

Al. Wood @ Chavez – I don’t like the matchup for Chavez.

Teheran @ T. Ross – Three straight quality starts for Teheran.

Ray @ Happ

Syndergaard @ Jimenez

Buehrle @ Morgan – Buehrle has registered 12 quality starts in his last 13 outings.

Kluber @ Kelly

Guthrie @ Sampson

Cain @ J. Garcia

D. Norris @ Lester – Playing it safe with Norris.

Karns @ Keuchel – Karns has been shaky of late and the Astros can hit.

Strasburg @ J. De La Rosa

Samardzija @ Weaver – Samardzija is a mess right now. Weaver a worthy gamble in favorable matchup.

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, August 18

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 8/17

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Anibal Sanchez

CORY’S PICKS

Ch. Anderson @ Liriano

Pelfrey @ Sabathia – Pelfrey has allowed 0-1 ER in 10 starts this year! Still a ditch though.

deGrom @ Gausman

Dickey @ Nola

Bauer @ E. Rodriguez – Bauer has been erratic and Red Sox bats are heating up.

Volquez @ Iglesias

An. Sanchez @ Hammel – Anibal sad trombone.

Iwakuma @ C. Gonzalez

Conley @ Cravy

Odorizzi @ Feldman

Vogelsong @ Lynn – Playoff preview, if the Giants can catch up.

Zimmermann @ Hale

Danks @ Richards

Kershaw @ Doubront – Same states, different planet.

Wisler @ Shields

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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, August 15-17

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 8/17

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Rubby De La Rosa

ZACH’S PICKS

SATURDAY

Tanaka @ Estrada – Estrada blanked the Yanks in his last start.

King Felix @ Miley – Miley too inconsistent to trust.

Bassitt @ M. Gonzalez – Bassitt 3 ER or less in each of his seven starts this season.

Arrieta @ Quintana

Shoemaker @ Cueto – Shoemaker’s most recent outing scares me off from this one.

Williams @ Nelson – Nelson pitching well of late and this is a favorable matchup.

Tomlin @ Duffey

Corbin @ Foltynewicz – I’ll give Corbin a shot here.

Verlander @ McHugh – Verlander too risky in this matchup. McHugh a toss-up.

Morton @ Niese – Mets are hot and Morton is not.

Hand @ Lackey – Great matchup for Lackey, who has strung together 11 straight quality starts.

Archer @ Lewis

Cashner @ J. Gray – Gray worth considering in deeper leagues but I need to see a bit more.

Holmberg @ B. Anderson – I’ll give Anderson a mulligan for his last outing.

G. Gonzalez @ Peavy – Maybe Gio has finally turned the corner? Peavy has been impressive since his return.

SUNDAY

Severino @ Hutchison – Sitting Severino totally understandable though.

Locke @ Harvey

Graveman @ W. Chen – Chen is quietly enjoying a fine season.

Nuno @ Owens – Taking a wait and see approach with Owens.

R. De La Rosa @ Miller – Favorable matchup for Rubby. Braves rank last in NL in runs scored and OPS since the All-Star break.

Haren @ Sale

Harang @ Jungmann

Carrasco @ Milone

An. Sanchez @ Fiers – This could be 2-1 or 10-9. Don’t ask me why but I’ll take the under.

Nicolino @ C. Martinez

E. Ramirez @ Gallardo – Not an ideal matchup for Ramirez.

J. Ross @ Bumgarner

DeSclafani @ Greinke

Kennedy @ Rusin – Kennedy actually has decent numbers in Coors in recent years but I’m staying away regardless.

Santiago @ Ventura

MONDAY

Gray @ Tillman

Gibson @ Mitchell – Still a believer in Gibson but this matchup is too tough.

Hellickson @ Cole

Salazar @ Barnes

Walker @ Hamels – Walker is back on track.

Nicolino @ Garza – Garza 3 ER or less in each of his last five starts and I like the matchup.

E. Ramirez @ Kazmir

Heston @ Wacha

Rodon @ Heaney – Rodon coming off gem but he’s been too erratic.

W. Perez @ Rea

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 8/17

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Taijuan Walker

Hey everyone,

In keeping with the Friday routine, 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.

Need to upgrade your fantasy starting staff? Or maybe gaining points in wins and strikeouts is your primary goal? Then consider these pitchers, who are in line to make two starts each in Week 20.

12-team mixed leagues

Taijuan Walker (@TEX, vs. CWS)

Walker has been far from consistent in his first full season in the big leagues. However, the 23-year-old righty has registered a 2.86 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 28 strikeouts across 28 1/3 innings over his last four starts. The White Sox rank last in the AL in runs and OPS while the Rangers rank 11th in the Junior Circuit in runs scored at home. Plus, in Walker’s lone start against Texas this year, he allowed only one unearned run over seven innings. If  for some reason he’s still on your league’s waiver wire, now might be your final chance to add him.

Deeper mixed leagues

Chris Tillman (vs. OAK, vs. MIN)

Following two consecutive stellar 200-plus inning seasons in 2013 and 2014, most fantasy owners expected similar results from Tillman this year. Instead, the Orioles righty sports his highest ERA and WHIP since 2011. He’s also fresh off one of his worst outings of the year (2 1/3 IP, 8 H, 5 ER @SEA on 8/11). So why am I cautiously optimistic about next week? Well, prior to his most recent start, Tillman had pitched at least six innings while allowing two or fewer runs in four straight starts, including a dominant performance against the Braves in which he finished one out shy of a complete game shutout. As for his opponents next week, the A’s and Twins both rank in the bottom third of the AL in runs scored on the road and runs scored since the All-Star break.

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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, August 14

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Wily Peralta

ZACH’S PICKS

Hendricks @ Samardzija – Not overly enthusiastic about Hendricks but he’s been good enough to trust here. Samardzija cannot be started right now.

TBD (OAK) @ Jimenez

Nova @ Price

Montgomery @ Kelly – Playing it safe with Montgomery at Fenway.

Happ @ Colon – Colon worth a look in deeper mixed leagues but this matchup isn’t ideal.

Ray @ Teheran – Braves rank last in NL in runs and OPS since the All-Star break, so I’ll go for it with Ray.

Karns @ M. Perez – Sticking with Karns. Not completely sold on Perez yet.

Weaver @ Duffy – Keep an eye on Weaver but I don’t like this matchup.

Morgan @ Peralta – Favorable matchup for Peralta.

Kluber @ May

Simon @ Keuchel

Koehler @ J. Garcia – Koehler intriguing but too inconsistent for mixed league purposes.

T. Ross @ Flande – Tough not to pitch Ross right now, even at Coors.

Lamb @ Al. Wood

Scherzer @ Cain

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, August 13

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Mark Buehrle

ZACH’S PICKS

Butler @ Syndergaard

Chavez @ Buehrle – Buehrle’s pitching well and A’s rank last in AL in runs, homers and OPS since the All-Star break.

C. Gonzalez @ Big Erv – Passing on Erv after latest meltdown.

Cravy @ Lester

Eovaldi @ Bauer – Eovaldi 3 ER or less in each of his last nine starts (6-0). Playing it safe with Bauer in tough matchup.

Liriano @ Lynn

Richards @ Guthrie

Sampson @ Latos – Latos scares me right now.

Strasburg @ Vogelsong

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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, August 12

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Updated Pitch or Ditch Category Chart (7/22)

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Kevin Gausman

CORY’S PICKS

Gausman @ Iwakuma Gausman’s latest clunker scares me away from this one.

Iglesias @ Shields

Nola @ Ch. Anderson

Feldman @ Heston

E. Rodriguez @ Conley

Brooks @ Dickey – Brooks has been fantastic but the Jays are en fuego.

Wisler @ Odorizzi

J. De La Rosa @ deGrom

Sabathia @ Salazar CC too erratic to trust vs. decent offenses.

Garza @ Hammel Hammel struggling since All-Star break but I’m hangin’ with ’em.

D. Norris @ Volquez

Heaney @ Danks – The White Sox have the #1 team OPS in MLB since the break?!

N. Martinez @ Pelfrey

Cole @ Wacha niiiice

Zimmermann @ Kershaw – Someone’s slump is about to get a lot worse.

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, August 11

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 8/10

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Yovani Gallardo

CORY’S PICKS

Graveman @ Hutchison – Rogers Centre is a no-fly zone for PoD.

W. Perez @ E. Ramirez

S. Wright @ Nicolino

Rusin @ Harvey

Severino @ Carrasco – Good second test for Severino after impressive debut.

Jungmann @ Haren

An. Sanchez @ Ventura – Sounded good on Opening Day, buuuuttt…

Santiago @ Rodon

Gallardo @ Gibson – Gallardo’s K-BB rate is a hard ditch right now.

Locke @ C. Martinez

Buchanan @ Hellickson

Tillman @ Walker – I’ll say pitch on both, but not watch the game.

Lorenzen @ Rea

J. Ross @ Greinke

Kazmir @ Bumgarner – Stay up late!

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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, August 8-10

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 8/10

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Ervin Santana

ZACH’S PICKS

SATURDAY

Price @ Nova – Nova has been solid but Blue Jays offense is too hot right now.

McHugh @ Chavez – McHugh 3 ER or less in eight of his last nine starts but I’m still skeptical.

Cain @ Hendricks – I’ll take a chance on Hendricks here.

Latos @ Liriano – Five straight quality starts for Latos.

M. Perez @ Montgomery

Syndergaard @ Karns – Mets are hot but Karns is quietly getting the job done.

Flande @ Strasburg – Favorable matchup for Strasburg in his return.

Miley @ Simon

Big Erv @ Bauer – Erv has been decent enough to trust versus mediocre at best offenses like the Indians.

Samardzija @ Guthrie – Samardzija has been maddeningly inconsistent but I’ll give it a shot, even against tough KC lineup.

Garcia @ Peralta – Pitch Garcia as long as he’s healthy. Taking a break from Peralta after 6 ER meltdown.

Koehler @ Foltynewicz – Koehler has pitched well against the Braves this year but he’s coming off two straight poor performances. Pitch only in deep mixed/NL-only leagues.

Sampson @ Ray – Ray a borderline call but he’s been much better on the road (2.18 ERA) than at home (4.44 ERA).

Morgan @ T. Ross

Jimenez @ Richards – I will never trust Ubaldo.

SUNDAY

Estrada @ Tanaka – Estrada has impressed this year but I don’t like this matchup at all.

Owens @ Verlander – Keep an eye on Owens though. Verlander tempting in deeper leagues.

Hughes @ Kluber – Hughes a bit too risky for my liking.

Colon @ Archer – Don’t ask me why I’m pitching Colon. I guess I just really like the matchup.

Butler @ Scherzer

Quintana @ Duffy – Quintana is on a roll.

Lackey @ Nelson – Ditto for Nelson.

Peavy @ Arrieta – Not completely sold on Peavy but you have to respect the results.

Tillman @ Shoemaker – Tillman is 2-0 with a 0.38 ERA in three starts since the All-Star break. Shoemaker’s second half line is even better (19 IP, 0 ER, 27 K).

Fiers @ Bassitt – This game could be 2-1 or 10-9. I’m feeling lucky.

Lewis @ King Felix – Lewis too combustible.

Williams @ Cashner

DeSclafani @ Corbin – Corbin coming off rough outing but the Reds rank next to last in the NL in runs scored on the road.

Hand @ Miller

Al. Wood @ Morton – Morton is 4-1 with a 2.52 ERA in six home starts this season.

MONDAY

Gray @ Niese – Niese has registered ten quality starts in his last 11 outings.

Boyd @ Cueto

Shoemaker @ Sale

Harang @ R. De La Rosa – Nice matchup for Rubby.

W. Chen @ Nuno

G. Gonzalez @ B. Anderson – Who knows how Gio will fare, but this isn’t exactly a favorable matchup.

Holmberg @ Kennedy – Kennedy a toss-up in 12-team mixed leagues.

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 8/10

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Updated Pitch or Ditch Category Chart (7/22)

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Mets Brewers Baseball

Hey everyone,

It’s Friday, which means that a brand new two-start pitcher article is up on the site. Here’s a sampling. To read the full version, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

12-team mixed leagues

Taylor Jungmann (@CHC, vs. PHI)

Having allowed two or fewer runs in ten of his first 11 big league starts, it is safe to say that Jungmann has firmly established himself as a viable mixed league asset. Perhaps the most impressive of Jungmann’s stats is the two home runs allowed over 71 2/3 innings. Although expecting him to maintain his current 2.26 ERA is unreasonable, expecting him to continue his strong pitching through next week is not. Both the Cubs and Phillies rank in the bottom third of the NL in runs scored and in two combined starts versus these clubs this season, Jungmann has registered a 3.09 ERA to go along with 11 strikeouts across 11 2/3 innings.

Deeper mixed leagues

Luis Severino (@CLE, @TOR)

Severino certainly lived up to the hype in his big league debut on Wednesday, limiting the Red Sox to just one earned run on two hits over five innings with no walks and seven strikeouts. By now, he needs to be owned in all leagues. However, when considering Severino for next week, I would be hesitant to start him outside of deeper mixed leagues. On the road against the Blue Jays is arguably the toughest possible matchup for any pitcher, as Toronto leads the Majors in runs by a wide margin while Rogers Centre is one of the most hitter-friendly parks in the league.

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