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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, July 10

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Marco Estrada

CORY’S PICKS

Rodon @ Hendricks

Lynn @ Cole

G. Gonzalez @ Tillman – Tough matchup for Gio but he’s turning it around lately.

Ch. Anderson @ Syndergaard

Leake @ Phelps

McHugh @ E. Ramirez – One pleasant surprise, one notsomuch.

Pineda @ Buchholz

Graveman @ Salazar

Kennedy @ Wandy

Miller @ Hale

Verlander @ Big Erv – Siano’s 2010 dream matchup.

Estrada @ Duffy – KC should be more vulnerable without Gordon.

Santiago @ Montgomery – Ride both while they’re rolling.

Nelson @ Bolsinger – Bolsinger regressing and the Brewers have been scoring lately.

Hamels @ Bumgarner

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, July 9

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Jesse Chave

CORY’S PICKS

Chavez @ Tanaka Hangin’ with Tanaka, but Chavez looks like he may be taking on water.

Karns @ Ventura

Dickey @ Samardzija I keep comin’ back for a little more.

C. Martinez @ Locke

Holmberg @ Fernandez

Oberholtzer @ Co. Anderson

Price @ Pelfrey

Al. Wood @ Kendrick

Richards @ King Felix – Best pitching matchup of the night.

S. Gonzalez @ Greinke

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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, July 8

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Charlie Morton

CORY’S PICKS

Jimenez @ Milone – I like Milone but don’t trust him vs. the O’s just yet.

Teheran @ Fiers – The Brewers have heated up but Teheran has not.

An. Sanchez @ Happ

deGrom @ Peavy

Lorenzen @ G. Gonzalez – Gio hasn’t been very good this year.

Kazmir @ Sabathia

Cashner @ Morton – Hangin’ with Morton at home vs. the weak-hitting Pods.

Straily @ Bauer

Koehler @ Porcello – If you’re ever going to use Porcello again, home vs. the Marlins would be the time.

Hellickson @ Harrison

Wacha @ Hammel

Archer @ Guthrie

Hutchison @ Danks

Shoemaker @ Rusin

Morgan @ Kershaw – Perfect game alert on DEFCON3.

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, July 7

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Jose Quintana

CORY’S PICKS

Lyons @ Arrieta (Gm 1)

Cooney @ Beeler (Gm 2)

Moore @ Young (Gm 1)

Andriese @ Volquez (Gm 2)

Gray @ Eovaldi

Cueto @ Scherzer – Game of the Day!

T. Ross @ Liriano – Get ready to see A LOT of sliders.

Haren @ Miley

Velasquez @ Kluber – Velasquez has earned this test.

Ray @ Gallardo

Doubront @ Quintana – Not using Quintana vs. the Blue Jays’ lefty crushers.

Banuelos @ Cravy

Gausman @ Gibson

Heaney @ Bettis

Ryan @ Walker

Billingsley @ B. Anderson

Colon @ Cain

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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, July 4-6

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Cody Anderson

ZACH’S PICKS

SATURDAY

Bumgarner @ Strasburg – Excellent!

Karns @ Pineda – Karns very impressive of late.

Dickey @ Price – Dickey – Dickey 3 ER or less in each of his last six starts but this matchup scares me.

McHugh @ Buchholz – McHugh on a roll lately and Red Sox offense is no longer elite. Tough to bench Buchholz right now but this matchup is equally tough.

Tillman @ Samardzija – Tillman has been a mess this year but coming off strong outing and this matchup is ultra-favorable. Worth considering in deeper leagues.

Despaigne @ C. Martinez

King Felix @ Graveman – Graveman has a 1.93 ERA and 1.19 WHIP over his last six starts.

Co. Anderson @ Locke – Gotta go with Anderson following near perfecto.

Pelfrey @ Blanton

Correia @ Al. Wood

Cosart @ Roach

Nelson @ Smith – Nelson too unpredictable to trust right now.

Harvey @ Greinke – Highlight matchup of the weekend.

Santiago @ Wandy – Santiago very quietly putting together outstanding season.

Hale @ Corbin – Wait and see on Corbin.

SUNDAY

E. Ramirez @ Nova – Erasmo a decent play in deeper leagues but this matchup isn’t ideal.

Estrada @ Verlander – The roller coaster ride continues for Estrada.

Jungmann @ Leake – Jungmann tempting but I’m not going to chance it in hitter’s park.

McCullers @ E. Rodriguez – Bench but don’t cut Rodriguez.

Hamels @ Miller

Salazar @ Cole

B. Norris @ Sale

Big Erv @ Duffy – Big Erv! Not so fast.

Kennedy @ Lynn – Kennedy has yet to get into a groove. At this point, I don’t know if he ever will this year.

Latos @ Hendricks – Latos has looked a lot better recently but I still don’t trust him in a 12-team mixed.

Montgomery @ Bassitt – Back-to-back shutouts for Montgomery. How could you bench him?

Matz @ Bolsinger – I’d pitch anyone against the Mets right now.

J. De La Rosa @ R. De La Rosa – Battle of the De La Rosa’s Part Deux!

Wilson @ Lewis – Lewis will always scare me.

Vogelsong @ Zimmermann

MONDAY

DeSclafani @ Fister – Sticking with Fister despite inconsistency.

Shields @ Burnett

Keuchel @ Carrasco

Lackey @ Lester – Lackey has bounced back nicely from early-June blowup at Coors.

Buehrle @ Sale – Favorable matchup for the red-hot Buehrle, though a win could be hard to come by.

Colome @ Volquez

Wisler @ Lohse – Need to see a bit more from Wisler.

W. Chen @ Hughes

Simon @ Iwakuma – Simon has gotten roughed up three straight times now.

O’Sullivan @ Frias – Frias warrants consideration in deep mixed/NL-only leagues though.

Niese @ Heston – Five straight quality starts for Niese. Heston a strong play with Mets offense being nonexistent these days.

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 7/6

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Chris Heston

Hey everyone,

Another Friday means it’s time for another two-start pitcher article! Here’s a sampling. Click on the link at the bottom of this post to read the full version.

12-team mixed leagues

Chris Heston  (vs. NYM, vs. PHI)

From a matchups standpoint, this is about as good as it gets, as the Mets and Phillies rank next to last and last respectively in the NL in runs scored. Heston has allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his last five outings, the first of those starts being his no-hitter, which happened to come against the Mets. Heston needs to be in all active lineups for next week, even in shallower formats.

Deeper mixed leagues

Miguel Gonzalez  (@MIN, vs. WAS)

If not for his shaky recent performance (9.65 ERA, 2.04 WHIP over his last two starts), I would be tempted to pitch Gonzalez even in 12-team mixed leagues. We cannot ignore those starts, however, and we certainly cannot ignore the looming matchup against the Nationals, a top-tier lineup that ranks 3rd in the NL in runs scored, 4th in homers and 5th in batting average. Still, the Baltimore righty has shown us enough this year to prove that he is worthy of consideration in deeper leagues for two-start weeks, even when at least one of the matchups is challenging. The good news is that the Twins lineup is middle of the pack at best and Gonzalez will be facing the Nats at home, where he has registered a 3.25 ERA, this compared to a 4.97 ERA away from Camden Yards.

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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, July 3

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Julio Teheran

CORY’S PICKS

Koehler @ Hammel

Peavy @ G. Gonzalez – Hard to trust Gio at this point, particularly vs. a good offense.

Bauer @ Morton – Sticking with Morton at home.

Archer @ Tanaka – A bad start here will get me MUCH more worried about Tanaka than I am right now.

Hutchison @ An. Sanchez

Straily @ Masterson

Fiers @ Lorenzen

Morgan @ Teheran – If you won’t start Teheran vs. the Phillies, cut him.

Richards @ C. Gonzalez

Jimenez @ Danks

Milone @ Guthrie – There’s risk here but Milone is on a tear.

Cashner @ Wacha

Happ @ Chavez

Kendrick @ C. Anderson

Syndergaard @ Kershaw – The Dodgers can hurt ya, but gotta go for it with Thor.

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, July 2

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Jose Fernandez

CORY’S PICKS

Kluber @ Moore – I’d wait and see on Moore before using him.

Cain @ Fernandez – Not waiting on Fernandez though…he goes right in.

Liriano @ Ryan

Arrieta @ deGrom

Garza @ Billingsley

Gallardo @ Gausman – Not fully trusting Gallardo in this matchup, but recent results demand pitching him.

Miley @ Boyd

Scherzer @ Banuelos – Perfect game alert on DEFCON3 vs. depleted Braves.

T. Ross @ Cooney

Gibson @ Young

Rusin @ Hellickson

Elias @ Kazmir

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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, July 1

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Vincent Velasquez

CORY’S PICKS

May @ Cueto

Porcello @ Buehrle

Bettis @ Hahn

Walker @ Shields – Impressive turnaround by Walker.

Lohse @ Harang

Eovaldi @ Shoemaker

N. Martinez @ W. Chen

Burnett @ Simon

Lester @ Colon – Lester hasn’t been good this year, but it’s the Mets.

Carrasco @ Colome

Heston @ Haren – Have to pitch Heston vs. Stanton-less Marlins.

Fister @ Wisler – Have to pitch Fister vs. Freeman-less Braves.

Volquez @ Velasquez – Velasquez still risky but his K upside is enticing.

Quintana @ Lackey

B. Anderson @ Ray – Not trusting Ray vs. Dodgers’ thump.

***ZACH SAYS “I’d pitch Haren. The matchup isn’t great, but prior to his last start, which was far from terrible, he had allowed 3 ER or less in each of his previous seven outings. He also pitched very well against the Giants earlier this season (7 IP, 2 ER). Agree on rest.”

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, June 30

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Kyle Hendricks

CORY’S PICKS

Jungmann @ Hamels

Lewis @ M. Gonzalez – Lewis has been better of late but the O’s offense is too tough.

E. Rodriguez @ Estrada

Cole @ Verlander

Hendricks @ Niese – Pickin’ on the feeble Mets offense.

Salazar @ E. Ramirez – Hang with ‘em on Danny, but not trusting Erasmo in a tougher matchup.

Hughes @ DeSclafani

Vogelsong @ Latos – Keep an eye on Latos though…velocity is back up, new splitter.

Zimmermann @ Miller – Yeah!

Duffy @ Keuchel

Sale @ Lynn – Yyyeahhh!!

Frias @ R. De La Rosa – Rubby handled Coors but can he tame the Dodgers? I’ll sit this one out.

J. De La Rosa @ Bassitt – Gray scratched from start.

Nova @ Heaney

Montgomery @ Kennedy – Why not?

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