Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, June 24

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Marco Estrada

CORY’S PICKS

Verlander @ Carrasco – Carrasco’s peripherals are fine, keep running him out there.

Estrada @ Karns – Some risk with both but solid reward proposition.

Hamels @ Nova

Sale @ Hughes

McCullers @ Heaney – McCullers has a 46-11 K-BB ratio in 40.1 IP and only 1 HR allowed!

Miller @ Zimmermann

Leake @ Cole

Norris @ Buchholz – I don’t trust Buchholz much, especially vs. a tough offense.

Garcia @ Latos

Bolsinger @ Hendricks – Too much risk here for either.

Graveman @ Wandy

Colon @ Nelson – Bartolo’s only truly bad starts this year are vs. STL and in TOR…MIL ain’t them.

Webster @ Hale

Duffy @ Elias

Kennedy @ Vogelsong

***ZACH SAYS “I’d pitch Leake, who has performed a lot better of late and gets to face a slumping Pirates offense on the road, where his ERA this year is 3.00. I’ll say ditch on Latos. He just makes me too nervous. Agree on rest.”

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, June 23

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CC Sabathia

CORY’S PICKS

C. Martinez @ Urena

Al. Wood @ Strasburg – Hangin’ with Stras on his return.

Smith @ Locke

O’Sullivan @ Sabathia – CC’s 5-to-1 K-BB ratio is worth picking on the Phillies.

Jimenez @ Kelly

Price @ Salazar

Dickey @ Archer

Greinke @ Hammel – Matchup of the night?

Chavez @ C. Gonzalez – Every one of Chi Chi’s indicators say regression is coming soon, and hard.

Samardzija @ Pelfrey

Niese @ Fiers

C. Anderson @ Kendrick – Anderson’s been solid, but playing it safe in Coors.

McHugh @ Wilson – Wilson’s making a believer of me this year.

Guthrie @ Montgomery

Despaigne @ Bumgarner

***ZACH SAYS “Fiers has been very inconsistent this year but the Mets offense has been equally inconsistent. I’ll say pitch thanks to the K upside. I’d also lean towards pitching Niese, who is coming off three straight quality starts, versus a Brewers offense that ranks next to last in the NL in runs scored. Agree on rest.”

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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, June 20-22

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Chris Young

ZACH’S PICKS

SATURDAY

Gausman @ Buehrle – Tough matchup for Gausman in his return.

N. Martinez @ Rodon – Willing to give Rodon another chance.

Lester @ May – Not sold on May just yet.

Weaver @ Hahn – Weaver has been very erratic so far.

Liriano @ Scherzer

Lohse @ Bettis – Bettis worth consideration in deep mixed/NL-only leagues for this favorable matchup. 3.20 ERA at Coors this year. Go figure!

Lackey @ Harang – Beginning to lose faith in Harang.

E. Ramirez @ Kluber – Ramirez 2 ER or less in each of his last four outings.

Porcello @ Volquez – Not trusting either.

Syndergaard @ W. Perez – Nice matchup for Perez.

Koehler @ DeSclafani – Koehler’s home/away splits are extreme: 1.52 ERA at home vs 6.21 ERA on the road.

Simon @ Eovaldi

Hudson @ Frias – Too dangerous of a matchup for Hudson.

Keuchel @ Walker – Walker is on a roll.

T. Ross @ Ray – Sticking with Ross for the K upside. Ray not a bad option in deeper leagues but I need to see a bit more.

SUNDAY

An. Sanchez @ Tanaka – Patient Anibal owners are being rewarded.

Tillman @ Copeland

Colome @ TBD (CLE) – Colome has been too unpredictable.

Phelps @ Lorenzen – Phelps a borderline call but I’ll play it safe on the road in a hitter-friendly park.

Morton @ G. Gonzalez – Morton is a must-start right now. Still not ready to bench Gio.

Wacha @ TBD (PHI)

Gallardo @ Quintana – Gallardo: 6+ IP and no more than 2 ER in six of his last seven starts.

Miley @ Young – Going for it with Young. Red Sox rank 14th in AL in runs scored on the road.

Arrieta @ Gibson – Gibson has been solid but the upside is limited.

Richards @ Kazmir

Velasquez @ Happ – Velasquez too risky coming off rough outing on Tuesday.

Garza @ Rusin

Cashner @ Hellickson

Harvey @ Teheran – Hard to have faith in Teheran right now regardless of the matchup.

Lincecum @ B. Anderson – Tiny Tim has been effective more often than not this season, but I’ll ditch in tough matchup.

MONDAY

Correia @ Pineda

Ryan @ Bauer

Hutchison @ Andriese – Hutchison makes me nervous but I do like this matchup.

Danks @ Milone

Kershaw @ Wada – Keep an eye on Wada but he’s strictly an NL-only play for now.

Oberholtzer @ Santiago – Santiago continues to rack up the K’s and the Astros lead the Majors in whiffs.

Blanton @ King Felix

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 6/22

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Hey everyone,

Another Friday means another two-start pitcher article! Here’s a portion of the article. To read the full version, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Jesse Chave

12-team mixed leagues

Jesse Chavez  (@TEX, vs. KC)

Chavez was flat out dominant on Wednesday against the Padres, tossing seven innings of one-run ball while striking out 11 and registering his sixth quality start in his last seven outings. In 11 starts since being inserted into the A’s starting rotation, the 31-year-old right-hander has posted a 2.75 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 7.6 K/9. Both the Rangers and Royals rank in the top half of the Majors in runs, so next week’s matchups are far from easy. That said, the Royals offense has faded of late, ranking 11th in the AL in runs scored this month. All in all, however, this is a situation where I will place more importance on recent performance than quality of opponent, so I would not hesitate to pitch Chavez.

Deeper mixed leagues

Chase Anderson  (@COL, @SD)

Anderson is a risky play thanks to the upcoming start at Coors Field combined with the fact that he struggled in his one previous start against the Rockies this season (5 1/3 IP, 5 ER on April 27), which is why I would only consider him in deeper mixed league formats. Now onto the positives. Anderson has allowed two runs or fewer in eight of his last nine starts and has enjoyed considerable success in his two starts against the Padres this year, pitching to a 2.08 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. If you are in a mixed league of greater than 12 teams and Anderson is for some reason still on the waiver wire, he needs to be picked up immediately.

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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, June 19

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Colby Lewis

CORY’S PICKS

Verlander @ Warren – Warren has been solid this year, but not strong enough for the Tigers.

Burnett @ Ross

Lyons @ Aumont

M. Wright @ Estrada – Estrada in Rogers Centre vs. the Orioles…homers will ensue.

Karns @ Carrasco

Haren @ Leake

deGrom @ Wisler

Lewis @ Sale – Lewis has rebounded enough from the Cleveland debacle to trust vs. the run-starved Sox.

E. Rodriguez @ Pino

Hendricks @ Hughes

Jungmann @ J. De La Rosa

Shoemaker @ Gray

Shields @ R. De La Rosa – Rubby is erratic but should handle the righty-heavy, K-prone Padres.

McCullers @ Elias

Heston @ Bolsinger – Both have their appeal but I don’t like the risks.

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, June 18

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Kendall Graveman

CORY’S PICKS

Norris @ O’Sullivan

Garcia @ Pelfrey

McHugh @ Hale – McHugh has been awful lately…no-go in Coors.

Kennedy @ Graveman Graveman has been excellent since his recall.

Wilson @ Webster – Wilson is risky but pretty solid so far this year.

Latos @ Sabathia – Latos appears to be back to form.

Archer @ Fister – Good return matchup for Fister.

Colon @ Dickey – Too much risk for the reward to start either.

Buchholz @ Miller

Hammel @ Salazar

Verlander @ Leake

Nelson @ Guthrie

Cole @ Samardzija Shark is risking demotion from grad to PoD.

Vogelsong @ Montgomery

Ranaudo @ Greinke

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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, June 17

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Chase Anderson

CORY’S PICKS

Jimenez @ Correia

Urena @ Pineda

Andriese @ Zimmermann

Niese @ Hutchison – I’ve lost faith in both.

Kelly @ Al. Wood

Wada @ Marcum – Marcum’s been surprisingly good, so roll with it.

Price @ Cueto – Oh baby.

Fiers @ Blanton

Locke @ Danks

C. Martinez @ Milone – Milone worth a look in deep leagues though.

Oberholtzer @ Kendrick

Santiago @ C. Anderson – Anderson has been erratic but the Angels have gone cold again.

Despaigne @ Chavez

Bumgarner @ King Felix  – Oh BABY!

Wandy @ Kershaw

***ZACH SAYS “Wood has been inconsistent this year but I’d take a chance on him at home against a Red Sox offense that has been equally inconsistent. Agree on rest.”

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, June 16

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MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Pittsburgh Pirates

CORY’S PICKS

Gibson @ Wacha

Rusin @ Velasquez – Love Velasquez’s K potential vs. the Rockies’ weak road offense.

Kazmir @ Cashner – Cashner has actually been pretty good at home despite the 0-5 record.

Happ @ Lincecum

Teheran @ Miley – Teheran is slowly turning it around, hang with ‘em.

Quintana @ Morton – Morton is an auto-start at home.

Williams @ Tillman

Lorenzen @ Ryan

Eovaldi @ Phelps

Copeland @ Harvey

Roark @ Colome – Low-risk, low-reward for both…bargain-hunters only.

Bauer @ Arrieta

B. Anderson @ C. Gonzalez

Young @ Garza

Hellickson @ Richards

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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, June 13-15

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Jimmy Nelson

ZACH’S PICKS

SATURDAY

Dickey @ Buchholz – Not chancing it with Buchholz in scary matchup.

Pelfrey @ Lewis – Lewis coming off two straight quality starts and he’s 2-0 with a 3.34 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in five home starts this season.

O’Sullivan @ G. Cole

Carrasco @ Verlander – Sticking with Carrasco despite poor showing earlier this week. Taking a wait and see approach with Verlander.

J. Ross @ Nelson – Nelson bounced back nicely in his last start and Nats lineup has struggled of late.

Montgomery @ McHugh – Montgomery worth considering in deep mixed/AL-only formats.

Miller @ Gee

Guthrie @ Lyons

Hale @ Latos – Latos cannot be trusted right now.

Samardzija @ Archer – Not giving up on Shark.

Sabathia @ B. Norris

Leake @ Hendricks – Leake was very fortunate to escape with only 2 ER his last time out. Hendricks a toss-up but I’ll play it safe.

Collmenter @ Vogelsong – Collmenter has been maddeningly inconsistent this year.

Graveman @ Wilson – Graveman pitching well of late but the Angels had their way with him back in April.

Greinke @ Kennedy – Your guess is as good as mine regarding Kennedy but this is a tough matchup.

SUNDAY

Kluber @ Simon – Simon still makes me nervous but you can’t argue with the results.

Foltynewicz @ deGrom – Folty over his last two starts: 11 1/3 IP, 20 H, 9 ER.

J. De La Rosa @ Haren

Sale @ Karns – Karns hasn’t been great recently but the White Sox rank 28th in the Majors in runs scored.

Warren @ M. Wright – Warren has strung together five straight quality starts but the O’s offense is dangerous at hime. Pitch only in very deep mixed/AL-only formats.

Estrada @ E. Rodriguez – Rodriguez should be started regardless of the matchup.

Hamels @ Burnett

Scherzer @ Jungmann

Elias @ McCullers – Challenging matchup for Elias but he’s been on a roll.

Vargas @ Lackey – Lackey coming off disaster outing at Coors but I expect him to get back on track here at home.

Hughes @ N. Martinez – Hughes too inconsistent to trust in Texas.

Gray @ Shoemaker – Shoemaker seems to have turned the corner.

R. De La Rosa @ Heston – Still not a big believer in Heston but how could you not pitch him coming off no-no?

Bolsinger @ Shields – Bolsinger has been stellar.

DeSclafani @ Lester – DeSclafani somewhat risky but he’s pitched exceptionally well against the Cubs this year (0.75 ERA).

MONDAY

W. Perez @ Porcello – Perez not too far off the mixed league radar but this isn’t the place to pitch him.

Harang @ W. Chen – Chen is an excellent play here.

Rodon @ Liriano – Rodon continues to impress.

Moscot @ An. Sanchez – Anibal finally showing some positive signs.

Buehrle @ Syndergaard

Tanaka @ Koehler

G. Gonzalez @ E. Ramirez – Taking a chance on Ramirez.

Frias @ Gallardo – Gallardo is on a roll, so I’ll pitch despite tough matchup.

Bauer @ Arrieta – Sticking with Bauer.

Volquez @ Lohse

Bettis @ Keuchel

May @ Lackey – Gotta give May credit but I don’t like this matchup.

Ray @ Weaver – The upside with Weaver isn’t enough to warrant the risk.

Hahn @ T. Ross – I’ll pitch Hahn at Petco.

Walker @ Hudson – Hudson is a nearly automatic pitch at home.

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 6/15

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Hey everyone,

Here’s a sampling from my latest two-start pitcher piece, which is now up on the site. For the complete article, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Taijuan Walker

12-TEAM MIXED LEAGUES

Taijuan Walker  (@SF, vs. HOU)

At this point, Walker should be owned in all 12-team mixed leagues and started in the vast majority of them. After a shaky beginning to the season, the former top prospect seems to have figured things out at the big league level, going 2-1 with a 1.64 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 21-to-3 K/BB over his last three starts. These matchups aren’t exactly favorable, as the Giants and Astros both rank in the top half of the Majors in runs scored. That said, when on his game, Walker is the kind of pitcher who can dominate any lineup. His high-end strikeout ability further enhances his appeal as a two-start option.

DEEPER MIXED LEAGUES

Charlie Morton  (vs. CHW, @WAS)

After opening the season on the DL, Morton returned to action late last month, and he’s been dominant for the most part, pitching at least seven innings while allowing no more than two runs in three of his four outings. Morton will not contribute much in the strikeout department, but he does carry a quality track record in recent years, including a 3.52 ERA and 1.28 WHIP from 2013-2014. The White Sox rank 28th in the Majors in runs scored this season and while the Nationals lineup is dangerous, Washington’s offense has struggled of late, ranking last in the NL in runs scored in the month of June.

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