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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, August 7

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R.A. Dickey

CORY’S PICKS

Vogelsong @ Lester

J. De La Rosa @ Zimmermann

Kershaw @ Cole – Oh baby.

Dickey @ Eovaldi – Dickey has a 2.97 ERA in five career starts at Yankee Stadium.

Kelly @ D. Norris – Not trusting Norris just yet, but watching.

Pelfrey @ Co. Anderson

deGrom @ Odorizzi

Fernandez @ Teheran Teheran is tough at home and the Marlins are not tough anywhere.

Danks @ Volquez

Lynn @ Cravy

Iglesias @ Ch. Anderson

Gausman @ Heaney Gausman was superb in his last two outings.

Keuchel @ Gray – Oh baby, part II.

Nola @ Shields

Hamels @ Iwakuma

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, August 6

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Joe Ross

CORY’S PICKS

Wacha @ Lorenzen

Greinke @ Buchanan

Ventura @ An. Sanchez – Would be nice to trust either of these guys, but unfortunately we can’t.

Despaigne @ Garza

Hellickson @ J. Ross – Ross has a 40-4 K-BB ratio?!

E. Rodriguez @ Sabathia – Play the over.

Gibson @ Buehrle

Urena @ Wisler

Heston @ Hammel

Feldman @ Brooks

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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, August 5

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Carlos Rodon

CORY’S PICKS

Ramirez @ Rodon – Rodon has been erratic but it’s a soft matchup.

Walker @ Rusin – The one-hitter notwithstanding, Walker has been too erratic to trust in Coors.

W. Chen @ Graveman

Salazar @ Santiago

R. De La Rosa @ G. Gonzalez – Washington’s bats are cold but Rubby is too HR-prone on the road.

Wright @ Severino – Severino is one to watch, though.

Haren @ Locke

B. Anderson @ Harang

Duffey @ Hutchison

Cueto @ Boyd

Harvey @ Phelps

Bumgarner @ W. Perez

C. Martinez @ Holmberg

Kazmir @ N. Martinez

Kennedy @ Jungmann

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, August 4

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Marco Estrada

CORY’S PICKS

Corbin @ Scherzer

Owens @ Tanaka – Tanaka hasn’t been great, but gotta use him when he’s healthy.

Arrieta @ Happ

Al. Wood @ Williams – Cushy matchup for Wood’s Dodgers debut.

Hughes @ Estrada – Estrada has been surprisingly good.

Duffy @ Verlander

Niese @ Hand – Niese is better on the road, and it’s the Marlins.

Peavy @ Miller

Lackey @ DeSclafani

Straily @ Gallardo – Man, Gallardo sure melted down fast.

Cashner @ Nelson

Archer @ Sale – Matchup of the Day.

Nuno @ J. Gray

M. Gonzalez @ Bassitt – Bassitt worth a look in deeper leagues though.

Carrasco @ Shoemaker

***ZACH SAYS “Jimmy Nelson, fresh off a month of July in which he went 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA, now gets to face a Padres team that ranked next to last in the Majors in runs scored in July. Pitch. Agree on rest.”

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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, August 1-3

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Julio Teheran

ZACH’S PICKS

SATURDAY

Ventura @ Buehrle – Buehrle coming off shaky outing and I don’t like this matchup.

Moore @ Kelly

Heaney @ Greinke – Heaney has gone at least six innings while allowing no more than two runs in each of his first six starts this year.

An. Sanchez @ Gausman – Gausman worth monitoring but I’m not fully comfortable with him just yet.

Wisler @ Nola – Intriguing matchup of 22-year-olds.

TBD (NYY) @ Danks

Hendricks @ Garza – Hendricks has been inconsistent lately but I’ll throw him out there versus Gomez-less and Parra-less Brewers.

Montgomery @ Gibson – Gibson struggling of late but the matchup is right.

Cole @ Iglesias

Hellickson @ Keuchel

J. Ross @ deGrom – Ross very impressive through his first five big league starts.

TBD (SD) @ TBD (MIA)

J. De La Rosa @ Lynn

TBD (SF) @ Hamels

Co. Anderson @ Brooks – Anderson turning back into a pumpkin.

SUNDAY

Volquez @ Price

Morton @ TBD (CIN) – Passing on the scuffling Morton in hitter-friendly park.

Shields @ Fernandez

D. Norris @ Jimenez

Karns @ Miley – Karns 2 ER or less in seven of his last eight starts.

Teheran @ Morgan – If you’re not going to pitch Teheran here, you’re never going to pitch him.

Nova @ Samardzija – Favorable matchup for Nova but it sounds like he’s not fully healthy.

TBD (CHC) @ Lohse

Iwakuma @ Pelfrey – Tough to trust Iwakuma right now.

Ray @ McHugh

Flande @ Garcia – Garcia has pitched well when healthy.

Heston @ M. Perez

Bauer @ Gray – Bauer bounced back in a big way his last time out.

Wilson @ Latos – Four straight quality starts for Latos and he now gets a better supporting lineup.

Zimmermann @ Syndergaard

MONDAY

Big Erv @ Dickey – On the road against the Jays is pretty much an automatic ditch for all non-aces.

Lester @ Liriano

Godley @ Fister – Fister a bit risky, but I’ll go for it.

Cain @ Foltynewicz – Cain too unreliable for mixed league purposes, even in a favorable matchup like this one. Foltynewicz a sneaky play in NL-only leagues.

Colon @ Koehler

McCullers @ Lewis – Scary matchup for Lewis.

Karns @ Quintana

T. Ross @ Peralta – Tasty matchup for Peralta.

King Felix @ Butler

Kluber @ Richards

T. Wilson @ Chavez

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 8/3

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Tom Koehler

As is the Friday routine, here’s a sampling of my latest two-start pitcher article. For 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 main goal? Then consider these pitchers, who are in line to make two starts each in Week 18.

12-team mixed leagues

Tom Koehler (vs. NYM, @ATL)

Prior to Koehler’s shaky performance against the Nationals on Wednesday, he had allowed two or fewer runs in six straight starts, so I’m comfortable with giving him a pass for one poor outing against a high-end offense. Look for far better results next week, when Koehler faces the Mets, the third-lowest scoring team in the Majors, followed by a Braves club that ranks 24th in the Majors in runs and last in homers.

Deeper mixed leagues

Wily Peralta (vs. SD, vs. STL)

Following a two-plus month stint on the DL, Peralta delivered a strong performance on Tuesday, tossing six innings of two-run ball against a potent Giants lineup. Let’s not forget that this is a pitcher who won 17 games last season to go along with a 3.53 ERA. In other words, he carries enough of a track record to suggest that he can serve as a quality back end of the rotation fantasy option from here on out. Don’t be surprised if he soon enters the 12-team mixed league picture. For now though, owners in deeper mixed leagues need to make sure that Peralta is not on the waiver wire. The Cardinals and Padres rank 18th and 22nd respectively in the Majors in runs scored and 15th and 29th in OPS, so he’s certainly worth the risk for the two-start week.

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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, July 31

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David Phelps

CORY’S PICKS

Farmer @ W. Chen – Chen is solid but the Tigers chew up lefties so I’ll play it safe.

W. Perez @ Buchanan

Cueto @ Hutchison

G. Gonzalez @ Harvey

E. Ramirez @ E. Rodriguez – Boston’s offense has been very erratic.

Locke @ Lorenzen – Sniff around this one in DEEP leagues.

Despaigne @ Phelps – Blue-plate special vs. righty-heavy Padres.

Bumgarner @ N. Martinez

Eovaldi @ Rodon

Hammel @ Jungmann

Walker @ Milone – Anyone’s guess on Walker at this point.

R. De La Rosa @ Feldman – Homer-prone Rubby visits baseball’s #1 homer offense. Ditch.

Kendrick @ Wacha

Salazar @ Graveman

Santiago @ Kershaw – Santiago could get 10 K’s, or take a 4th inning KO.

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, July 30

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Chris Bassitt

CORY’S PICKS

Cashner @ Niese

Scherzer @ Haren – Haren’s last start as a Marlin?

Miller @ Harang

Simon @ M. Gonzalez

Duffy @ Estrada – Estrada has been excellent this year, the previous blowout notwithstanding.

Sale @ S. Wright

Burnett @ Holmberg

Rusin @ C. Martinez

Sabathia @ Gallardo – Man, Gallardo fell back to Earth with a thud.

Arrieta @ Nelson

Shoemaker @ Kazmir

Happ @ Hughes

Carrasco @ Bassitt – I like the gamble on Bassitt at home.

***ZACH SAYS “Jimmy Nelson is 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA and 1.13 WHIP over his last six starts and the Cubs offense has been inconsistent of late. I’ll say pitch. Agree on rest.”

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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, July 29

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Chris Tillman

CORY’S PICKS

Verlander @ Archer

Guthrie @ Kluber

Liriano @ Big Erv – Pirates are scoring more lately but Big Erv has been excellent since his return.

Butler @ Lester

Corbin @ King Felix – Mariners are heating up so I’ll pass on Corbin.

Fiers @ Peavy – Fiers’ last start as a Brewer?

Foltynewicz @ Tillman – Tillman has turned it around big-time.

J. Williams @ Dickey – Pickin’ on the Phillies offense.

Quintana @ Porcello – One good start doesn’t make me trust Porcello again.

T. Ross @ Colon – Ross’ last start as a Padre?

Fister @ Koehler – Koehler is on a serious tear.

Tanaka @ Lewis – Risky start for Tanaka vs. Rangers’ lefty mashers, but he’s a must-use when healthy.

Richards @ McCullers

DeSclafani @ Lackey

Chavez @ Kershaw – Chavez may be running out of gas.

***ZACH SAYS “I know Colon has been very inconsistent lately, but he is coming off a dominant performance against a tough Dodgers lineup and has notched three quality starts in his last four outings. Pitching at home in Citi Field against the Padres is about as favorable as it gets from a matchups standpoint. I’d give Bartolo a shot here. Agree on rest.”

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, July 28

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 7/27

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Matt Cain

CORY’S PICKS

Teheran @ Jimenez – Not trusting Teheran on the road vs. a tough offense.

Morgan @ Doubront

Samardzija @ Miley – Shark’s last start with the ChiSox?

Young @ Bauer

Shields @ Syndergaard – Shields’ last start as a Padre?

Zimmermann @ Fernandez – Game of the night!

Price @ Odorizzi – Price’s last start as a Tiger?

Capuano @ Perez

Flande @ Beeler

Morton @ Pelfrey

Wilson @ McHugh

Leake @ Garcia – Leake is pitching well enough to take a shot here.

Godley @ Iwakuma

Gray @ B. Anderson

Peralta @ Cain – Too much risk here for the respective reward possibilities.

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