Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, September 19-21

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 9/21 

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R.A. Dickey

ZACH’S PICKS

SATURDAY

Wacha @ TBD (CHC)

Pineda @ Syndergaard

Nicolino @ Zimmermann

Corbin @ Leake – Leake hasn’t been great lately but I’ll give him a try at home.

Miley @ Dickey – Dickey is 7-1 with a 2.98 ERA since the All-Star break.

W. Chen @ Ramirez – Not sold on Erasmo.

Volquez @ Boyd

Rodon @ Carrasco – There will be no shortage of K’s here.

Smith @ Jungmann – I don’t trust Jungmann.

Richards @ Gibson – Gibson has been solid in September (2.91 ERA) but the Angels roughed him up back in July.

Eickhoff @ Weber – Tasty matchup for Eickhoff.

S. Gray @ Kazmir

Nuno @ Hamels

Erlin @ Flande

Liriano @ Kershaw

SUNDAY

R. Hill @ Buehrle – Pitch Buehrle if chasing wins though.

Medlen @ Simon

Danks @ Tomlin – Favorable matchup for Tomlin, who has two CG’s in his last three starts.

Gausman @ Odorizzi – Gausman 11 IP, 1 ER, 12 K over his last two starts.

Nola @ Teheran – Favorable matchup for both.

Hand @ Strasburg

DeSclafani @ Pena – DeSclafani an intriguing play in deeper leagues though.

Shoemaker @ Duffey- I’ll play it safe with Shoemaker in his return outing.

Brooks @ McHugh – Sticking with McHugh for now.

C. Martinez @ Lester

King Felix @ Holland – Sticking with Holland too.

Hellickson @ Hudson

Cole @ B. Anderson – Anderson 3 ER or less in each of his last six starts.

Shields @ Kendrick

Sabathia @ Harvey

MONDAY

Samardzija @ Ryan – Samardzija barely even worth a roster spot in 12-team mixed leagues.

Jimenez @ G. Gonzalez – Gio seems to be righting the ship.

Warren @ Price

E. Johnson @ Wolf – Johnson not a bad option in deeper leagues though.

Archer @ E. Rodriguez – Rodriguez is on a roll.

Miller @ Niese – Miller has been shaky of late but I’ll hang with him.

Peralta @ Hammel – I’ll give Hammel another chance.

Weaver @ Keuchel – Weaver has dominated the Astros this season (2-0, 1.71 ERA in three starts).

Lamb @ Garcia

Burnett @ J. Gray

Chacin @ B. Anderson

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 9/21

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Gio Gonzalez

Hey everyone,

As is the Friday routine, here’s a sampling of my latest two-start pitcher article. To read the full version, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Looking to upgrade your fantasy starting rotation? Or maybe making up ground in wins and strikeouts are your primary goals? Then consider these pitchers, who are each slated for two starts in Week 25.

12-team mixed leagues

Gio Gonzalez (vs. BAL, vs. PHI)

Although Gonzalez has fallen short of expectations this season, his recent pitching, which includes a 1.47 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 26 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings over his first three starts in September, suggests that a strong finish to 2015 is well within reach. In four combined starts versus the Orioles and Phillies this year, the Nationals southpaw sports a 2.46 ERA and 1.29 WHIP, so it would not be surprising to see him deliver a pair of quality performances next week. Patient owners who drafted Gonzalez and held onto him despite his earlier struggles are now being rewarded.

Deeper mixed leagues

Jon Niese (vs. ATL, @CIN)

Niese’s most recent outing, in which he limited the Braves to two earned runs across six innings, was encouraging. Still, the Mets lefty was coming off four straight starts of at least five earned runs, so those in 12-team mixed leagues are better off playing it safe by benching Niese until he shows more consistency. But the upcoming matchup against the Braves, the lowest scoring team in the Majors, is enough of a reason for owners in deeper mixed formats to consider starting him next week. That said, pitching Niese on the road against the Reds is a risky move, as Cincinnati ranks 3rd in the NL in runs scored at home. Ultimately, fantasy owners will need to place a heavy emphasis on league context when deciding whether or not to start him.

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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, September 18

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Dan Haren

CORY’S PICKS

Lynn @ Haren – Haren handled the Cards last time but has been pretty brutal overall.

Fernandez @ Scherzer

Porcello @ Stroman – Not chancing this matchup in Rogers Centre.

Cueto @ Verlander – Cueto is an ace, can’t bench him now.

Wilson @ Smyly

Sale @ Co. Anderson

Tanaka @ Matz

Morgan @ W. Perez

Paxton @ Gallardo – Gallardo has a 4.82 ERA since the break. Why take this chance?

Finnegan @ Davies

Heaney @ Pelfrey

Doubront @ Fiers

Kennedy @ Bettis

Locke @ Greinke

R. De La Rosa @ Bumgarner

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, September 17

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Charlie Morton

ZACH’S PICKS

Hendricks @ Morton – Hendricks not a bad option in deeper leagues though. Morton is an automatic pitch at home (6-2, 3.00 ERA).

Nolin @ Quintana

Cosart @ Roark

Tillman @ Moore – Tillman has been extremely disappointing this year.

Ventura @ Kluber – Ventura a toss-up. I’ll play it safe.

Estrada @ Wisler – Nice matchup for Estrada.

McCullers @ Lewis – McCullers seems to be back on track. I still have a tough time trusting Lewis.

Santiago @ Milone – Santiago has been much better at home than on the road but 13 IP, 2 ER over his last two starts, so I’ll pitch. Milone fell back down to earth his last time out.

Lackey @ Nelson – Nelson hasn’t fared too well versus Cards this season (7.50 ERA in two starts).

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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, September 16

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Bartolo Colon

CORY’S PICKS

Arrieta @ Burnett – The Pirates get Arrieta, Greinke and Kershaw this week…OUCH.

Owens @ M. Wright

G. Gonzalez @ Asher

Duffy @ Salazar

Price @ Miller – Shelby Miller is 10th in MLB in ERA!

Conley @ Colon – I don’t mind Colon at home vs. a weak offense.

Severino @ Archer – Severino scuffling lately and the Rays have been hitting a bit.

Keuchel @ M. Perez

Martin @ E. Johnson

Garcia @ Peralta

D. Norris @ Big Erv

Cashner @ Ray

Weaver @ Iwakuma – Weaver has a 6.24 ERA on the road this year. Really.

J. De La Rosa @ Al. Wood

Lorenzen @ Peavy

***ZACH SAYS “I’d take a chance on Gio, who has pitched better lately and holds a 2.84 ERA in two starts versus the Phillies this year. I’m also not going to let one bad start against the Blue Jays prevent me from pitching Severino against the Rays. Agree on rest.”

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, September 15

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 9/14 

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J.A. Happ

CORY’S PICKS

Hammel @ Cole (Gm 1)

Lester @ Happ (Gm 2) – Not sure I trust Happ but tough to ditch a 1.79 ERA and 42-7 K-BB in 40.1 IP.

Kelly @ Jimenez – Kelly’s won 8 straight starts! Go figure.

Strasburg @ Buchanan

Medlen @ Tomlin

Koehler @ deGrom

Warren @ Odorizzi – Not sure if Warren is stretched out enough yet, but he’s good enough to try, depending on the categories.

Buehrle @ Teheran – Tough matchup but Teheran has been awesome at home.

McHugh @ Holland

Simon @ Hughes

Brooks @ Samardzija – This just hasn’t been the Shark’s year.

C. Martinez @ Pena – C-Mart appears to be out of gas (4.24 second half ERA).

T. Ross @ Chacin

Rusin @ B. Anderson

Tropeano @ King Felix

Lamb @ Heston – Heston only 1 QS in his last 7 starts.

***ZACH SAYS “I tend to be more conservative with starting pitchers as the season winds down since there is less time to recover from disaster outings, so I’m ditching Kelly and Teheran. I still don’t trust Kelly and he hasn’t fared too well against the Orioles this year (6.75 ERA, 1.71 WHIP). As for Teheran, I’m not pitching any non-ace against the Blue Jays. Period. Agree on rest.”

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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, September 12-14

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 9/14 

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Tommy Milone

ZACH’S PICKS

SATURDAY

Cueto @ Tillman

Lynn @ DeSclafani

Estrada @ Pineda (Gm 1) – Going for it with both but ditching both is understandable as well. Depends on your risk tolerance and league standings.

Stroman @ Nova (Gm 2) – Playing it safe with Stroman in tough debut matchup.

Porcello @ Moore – Porcello always risky but he’s pitching well of late and Rays are the lowest scoring team in the AL.

Haren @ Eickhoff – Favorable matchup for Haren.

Davies @ Locke

Milone @ Quintana – Milone is 3-0 with a 0.87 ERA in three starts vs. White Sox this season.

Wolf @ Bauer – Bauer a toss-up but Tigers have struggled offensively since All-Star break (12th in AL in runs).

Syndergaard @ W. Perez

Roark @ Fernandez

Nolin @ Gallardo – Gallardo too inconsistent these days to trust.

Bolsinger @ R. De La Rosa – Rubby is 0-2 with a 9.19 ERA in three starts vs. Dodgers this season.

McCullers @ Santiago – Need to see at least one more solid outing from Santiago before I can start him again.

Kennedy @ Bumgarner

Flande @ Elias

SUNDAY

Dickey @ Tanaka

Boyd @ Carrasco

Wacha @ Iglesias – Sticking with Iglesias.

Scherzer @ Hand

Hill @ Smyly

Niese @ Weber – Niese has been very shaky recently but this is a very favorable matchup.

TBD (CHC) @ Harang

Jungmann @ Liriano – I was never sold on Jungmann.

Gibson @ Sale – Gibson is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in three starts vs. White Sox this season.

Doubront @ C. Gonzalez

Fiers @ Heaney

Rea @ Leake – Leake coming off rough outing but I’ll take a chance on him here.

Kendrick @ Paxton – Taking the conservative route with Paxton in his first start since late-May. Keep a close eye on him though.

Greinke @ Corbin

Ventura @ W. Chen – Not loving this matchup for either.

MONDAY

E. Rodriguez @ Gausman – Four straight starts of 2 ER or less for Rodriguez.

Zimmermann @ Nola

Volquez @ Carrasco

Nicolino @ Verrett – Verrett not a bad option in deeper leagues though.

Sabathia @ E. Ramirez

Kazmir @ Hamels

S. Gray @ Danks – Not much of a believer in Danks.

Lobstein @ Duffey

Shields @ Hellickson

Richards @ Walker – Walker continues to drive us crazy with his inconsistency.

J. Gray @ Kershaw

Sampson @ Hudson

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 9/14

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Carlos Rodon

Hey everyone,

As usual, 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.

24 days to go! Good luck to all down the stretch.

12-team mixed leagues

Carlos Rodon (vs. OAK, @CLE)

Take a look at Rodon’s season stat line, which includes a 3.94 ERA and 1.46 WHIP, and you would never know just how dominant the rookie righty has been of late. Over his last six starts, the 22-year-old boasts a 1.76 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP to go along with 41 strikeouts across 41 innings. At this point, the chances of Rodon actually being available in your league are slim, but Rodon owners who are not quite convinced that he has turned the corner should note that the Indians and A’s rank 19th and 26th respectively in the Majors in runs scored since the All-Star break. Plus, in three starts against the Indians this season, Rodon has allowed a combined two runs over 19 2/3 innings with 21 strikeouts. Start him with confidence next week.

Deeper mixed leagues

Julio Teheran (vs. TOR, vs. PHI)

On the whole, Teheran’s 2015 season has been a disappointing one. But hidden beneath his 4.38 ERA and 1.32 WHIP is his 3.71 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 13 starts since the beginning of July. Owners in 12-team mixed leagues might want to avoid Teheran next week due to the matchup against the Blue Jays, the highest-scoring offense in the Majors, but the Braves righty is worth consideration in deeper formats. Teheran will be facing the Jays at Turner Field, where he’s 7-2 with a 3.24 ERA in 14 starts this season. As for his second matchup of the week, the Braves righty has registered a superb 1.29 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in three starts against the Phillies this year.

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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, September 11

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Jimmy Nelson

ZACH’S PICKS

Arrieta @ Morgan (Gm 1)

Hendricks @ Asher (Gm 2) – Hendricks not a bad play in deeper leagues though for this matchup.

Duffy @ M. Wright

Nelson @ Morton – Nelson has dominated the Pirates this year (4-1, 1.72 ERA). Morton has been excellent at home (3.00 ERA).

Price @ Severino

Miley @ Archer

Verlander @ Co. Anderson

Lackey @ Lorenzen

G. Gonzalez @ Cosart – Gio coming off strong outing and I like this matchup.

Matz @ Wisler

Chavez @ Lewis

Big Erv @ E. Johnson – Erv has pitched well of late but I still don’t trust him.

Al. Wood @ Ray

Keuchel @ Weaver – Weaver has been way too inconsistent this year.

Bettis @ Iwakuma

Cashner @ Peavy – Peavy a borderline call here. I’ll play it safe.

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, September 10

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Luis Severino

CORY’S PICKS

J. De La Rosa @ T. Ross

Holland @ King Felix – Holland has been nails since returning from the DL.

Arrieta @ Morgan

Peralta @ Burnett – Three straight brutal starts for AJ.

Price @ Severino – Brutal matchup for Severino but he’s earned the shot.

Simon @ Salazar

Colon @ Miller

Garcia @ Lamb

***ZACH SAYS “I know there’s always some level of trepidation when it comes to pitching Bartolo Colon, but it’s awfully tough to bench a guy who has tossed 24 scoreless innings over his last three starts when he is facing the lowest-scoring team in the Majors. Agree on rest.”

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