Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, May 24

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Ervin Santana

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Odorizzi @ Koehler – Koehler an intriguing play in deep mixed/NL-only leagues.

Miller @ Liriano – Liriano has been inconsistent this season but I still trust him.

Harvey @ Strasburg – Call me crazy but I’ll give Harvey one more chance, despite tough matchup.

Dickey @ Eovaldi – Not liking this matchup for Eovaldi.

Hammel @ Wacha

J. De La Rosa @ Price

Nelson @ Teheran

Hellickson @ Verlander – I’m not a big believer in Hellickson and this is a challenging matchup.

Chacin @ M. Perez – Perez a decent deep-league option.

Tillman @ Fister

Tomlin @ Sale – Tomlin has been impressive but I’m still skeptical.

Volquez @ Big Erv – I’ll never fully trust Volquez. Big Erv coming off strong outing vs. Blue Jays and Royals are surprisingly tied for last in the AL in runs scored.

D. Wright @ Bolsinger

Graveman @ Karns

Cashner @ Samardzija – Taking a wait and see approach with Cashner in his return from the DL.

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 5/23

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Jimmy Nelson

Happy Friday everyone!

My latest two-start pitcher article has been posted on the site, but just to get you in the mood, here’s a sampling. Click on the link at the bottom of this blog post to read the full version.

12-team mixed leagues

Jimmy Nelson (@ATL, vs. CIN)

Nelson entered the 2016 campaign as a popular breakout pick. Seven weeks into the season, the Brewers righty is showing why he deserved the attention. Nelson heads into next week’s two starts boasting a 3.07 ERA and 1.18 WHIP, having allowed a combined two runs over his last two starts (15 1/3 innings). Expect the strong pitching to continue, as the Braves rank last in the Majors in runs and OPS while the Reds rank 19th in runs and 24th in OPS.

Deeper mixed leagues

Nathan Eovaldi (vs. TOR, @TB)

Eovaldi’s ability is undeniable. However, consistency has been the 26-year-old’s main obstacle throughout his major league career. The Yankees righty seems to be making progress in that area this season, especially of late. Following Wednesday night’s dominant performance against the Diamondbacks at hitter-friendly Chase Field (6 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K), Eovaldi now sports a 2.84 ERA and 0.89 WHIP over his last three starts. The Blue Jays offense is still dangerous, but after leading the Majors in runs scored last season, Toronto ranks in the bottom half of the league in both runs and OPS so far in 2016. As for the Rays, they rank 22nd in the Majors in runs.

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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, May 21-23

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Cardinals Angels Baseball

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SATURDAY

Duffy @ M. Gonzalez – Keep an eye on Duffy though.

Happ @ Dean – Happ should bounce back here as he’s facing a Twins offense that ranks last in the AL in both runs scored and OPS.

W. Perez @ Morgan

Ray @ Leake – Ray has been too inconsistent to trust while Leake sports a 1.29 ERA and 1.00 WHIP over his last two starts.

Bauer @ Kelly – Not chancing it with Bauer at Fenway.

Chatwood @ Niese

Tanaka @ Manaea – Manaea a bit too risky for my liking.

Davies @ deGrom

King Felix @ Lamb

Smyly @ Fulmer

Lester @ Cain – Cain has been dominant lately but this is a tough matchup.

Ramos @ Fiers

J. Ross @ Fernandez

Gausman @ Shoemaker

Wood @ Vargas – Vargas still worth holding onto in NL-only leagues.

SUNDAY

Ch. Anderson @ Syndergaard – Anderson is one more quality start away from getting back into my good graces.

Miley @ Simon – Miley has been solid of late but Reds rank 1st in NL in runs scored at home.

Archer @ Zimmermann

Scherzer @ Conley – Playing it safe with Conley in challenging matchup.

TBD (ATL) @ Eickhoff – Seriously, what are the odds that Eickhoff struggles twice in a row versus Braves?

Salazar @ Porcello

Bettis @ Nicasio – I’m not overly confident in either.

Ventura @ Rodon – Rodon bounced back nicely his last time out.

Hamels @ Keuchel – Sticking with Keuchel despite his inconsistency.

Stroman @ Hughes

Greinke @ Garcia

Jimenez @ Weaver – Slugfest alert!

Pineda @ Hahn – I’ve lost all faith in Pineda.

Maeda @ Rea

Hendricks @ Bumgarner

MONDAY

Lyles @ Vogelsong

Clevinger @ Latos (Gm 1)

Co. Anderson @ E. Johnson (Gm 2)

Colon @ G. Gonzalez – I’ll pass on Colon, who has struggled lately.

Velasquez @ Pelfrey

Moore @ Chen

Tropeano @ Holland – I need to see a little more consistency from both.

Kennedy @ Nolasco

Lackey @ Wainwright – Wainwright’s last outing was encouraging.

Hill @ Walker – Walker not as sharp of late but he still deserves the nod here.

Finnegan @ Kershaw – Not a good matchup for Finnegan.

Pomeranz @ Cueto

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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, May 20

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Matt Wisler

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Wisler @ Nola – Wisler holds a 1.93 ERA and 0.90 WHIP over his last three starts and Phillies rank 29th in Majors in runs scored.

Butler @ Cole

Kluber @ Buchholz

Andriese @ An. Sanchez – Tough to bench Andriese right now. Anibal a borderline call, but I do like this matchup.

Iwakuma @ Straily – Straily a decent play in deeper formats though.

Peralta @ Matz

Roark @ Nicolino – Roark just got roughed up by these very same Marlins but he’s been impressive overall. Nicolino just got roughed up by these very same Nationals and I don’t trust him.

Gee @ Quintana

Ar. Sanchez @ Duffey – Not concerned about Sanchez. Duffey an intriguing option in deeper leagues but this is a scary matchup.

Lewis @ McCullers – Waiting for McCullers to shake off the rust.

Corbin @ C. Martinez – Corbin has been shaky at times this season and he struggled versus Cardinals last month.

Sabathia @ S. Gray – Sticking with Gray.

M. Wright @ Santiago – Santiago a little risky here but I’ll go for it.

Arrieta @ Peavy

Kazmir @ Friedrich

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, May 19

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Jon Gray

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Karns @ T. Wilson – Four straight quality starts for Karns.

Hammel @ Guerra

Foltynewicz @ Locke – Foltynewicz should be owned in all NL-only leagues though.

Tomlin @ Adleman – Tomlin a decent deep-league option but there isn’t much to get excited about here.

Strasburg @ Harvey

J. Gray @ Wacha – Gray is on a roll but I don’t like this matchup. Cards rank 1st in NL in OPS and 2nd in runs scored.

McHugh @ Sale – McHugh is tough to trust right now.

Estrada @ Big Erv – Challenging matchup for Erv. I’ll play it safe.

Samardzija @ Shields

Stripling @ Chacin – I’m not a big believer in Chacin.

Nova @ Graveman

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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, May 18

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Jake Odorizzi

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S. Wright @ Kennedy (Gm 1) – The regression process for Wright has already begun but Royals surprisingly rank last in AL in runs scored. Kennedy coming off his worst outing of the season, so I’ll sit him here.

Price @ Volquez (Gm 2) – Dangerous matchup for Volquez.

Koehler @ Hellickson – My confidence level in Hellickson is low, regardless of the opponent.

Nolasco @ Verlander

M. Perez @ Hill – Perez has been solid for the most part.

Teheran @ Liriano

Walker @ Tillman

Odorizzi @ Dickey – Tough matchup for the inconsistent Odorizzi but he’s had success versus Blue Jays this season (1.42 ERA, 0.79 WHIP in two starts).

Clevinger @ Finnegan – Finnegan too erratic to trust right now in 12-team mixed leagues.

G. Gonzalez @ Colon – Colon a little risky though.

Lackey @ Nelson – I’ll pitch Nelson, but he’s far from a sure thing in this matchup.

Fister @ Latos – Latos is fading. I’ll pass.

Rusin @ Wainwright – Wainwright testing my patience but I still have some patience left.

Eovaldi @ Miller – I don’t like the matchup for either.

Bolsinger @ Tropeano

Cueto @ Pomeranz

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, May 17

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Carlos Rodon

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Simon @ Salazar

Blair @ Nicasio – Blair strictly an NL-only option until further notice. Great matchup for Nicasio.

Chen @ Velasquez

Miley @ Jimenez – Miley has been decent lately but this is a tough matchup.

Archer @ Stroman – Archer continues to disappoint but if you own him, you still have to play him.

Hughes @ Pelfrey

Scherzer @ Syndergaard – Strikeouts galore!

Hendricks @ Ch. Anderson

Keuchel @ Rodon – Close call on Rodon but Astros lead the Majors in strikeouts, so I’ll go for it.

Porcello @ Ventura

Bettis @ Garcia

Pineda @ Greinke

Hamels @ Hahn

Weaver @ Kershaw

Bumgarner @ Rea

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 5/16

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J.A. Happ

Hey everyone,

Friday is two-start pitcher day here on the blog, so you know the routine. Below is a sampling of my latest two-start pitcher article. For the complete version, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

12-team mixed leagues

J.A. Happ (vs. TB, @MIN)

With seven quality starts in seven tries to go along with a 2.05 ERA and 1.16 WHIP, Happ has been one of the most consistent starting pitchers in baseball so far in 2016. Although his career 4.04 ERA and 1.36 WHIP hint that significant regression is likely, it is unlikely that the Blue Jays southpaw will experience regression next week. Entering play on Thursday, both the Rays and the Twins rank among the bottom five teams in the Majors in runs scored. Plus, in two starts against the Rays this year, Happ has pitched to a solid 3.55 ERA.

Deeper mixed leagues

Juan Nicasio (vs. ATL, vs. COL)

Highly effective at times this season, Nicasio’s inconsistency makes him more of a deep-league option for next week. The Pittsburgh righty has yet to post back-to-back quality starts, and although the matchup at home versus the Braves is favorable, the Rockies rank among the top seven teams in the Majors in runs, homers, batting average and OPS. That said, Nicasio has whiffed nearly a batter per inning, so he should continue to help owners in need of strikeouts.

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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, May 14-16

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Sonny Gray

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SATURDAY

McHugh @ Buchholz – Bad matchup for both.

Quintana @ Nova

Nicolino @ Roark (Gm 1) – Nicolino tempting but I’ll play it safe here. Gotta go with Roark.

Fernandez @ A.J. Cole (Gm 2)

Locke @ Arrieta

Big Erv @ Kluber – I have faith in Erv. Not worried about Kluber.

Graveman @ Moore – Taking a break from Moore. Watch him throw a gem.

An. Sanchez @ M. Wright – Anibal has been too inconsistent to trust in this matchup.

Adleman @ Nola

Cashner @ Peralta – Cashner a borderline call. I’ll pass in 12-team mixed leagues.

Foltynewicz @ Gee – Gee an intriguing deep-league option though.

Estrada @ Lewis

Verrett @ Butler

Peavy @ Corbin

Chacin @ Iwakuma

C. Martinez @ Kazmir – Sticking with Kazmir.

SUNDAY

M. Gonzalez @ Tanaka

Duffey @ Bauer – I’ll give Duffey a shot. Bauer a decent option in deeper formats.

S. Gray @ Smyly – If Gray struggles here (Rays rank 28th in Majors in runs scored), I’ll officially be very concerned.

Fulmer @ Gausman

Devenski @ O’Sullivan

Fernandez @ J. Ross

Straily @ Morgan – Favorable matchup for Straily.

Vargas @ Davies

Wisler @ Duffy – Not sold on Wisler yet. Duffy deserves the nod here.

G. Cole @ Lester

Ar. Sanchez @ Ramos

Santiago @ King Felix – Santiago has been erratic lately.

deGrom @ Chatwood

Cain @ R. De La Rosa

Leake @ Wood – Need to see a bit more from Leake. I’m benching Wood versus Cardinals team that leads the NL in runs and OPS.

MONDAY

Lamb @ Co. Anderson – Lamb should definitely be owned in deeper mixed leagues though.

Porcello @ Ventura – Scary matchup for Ventura. (PPD)

Conley @ Eickhoff – Look for Eickhoff to get back on track here.

W. Perez @ Niese – Niese coming off quality start and this is an ideal matchup. He’s risky but I’ll take a chance.

Smyly @ Happ

Berrios @ Zimmermann – Berrios no sure thing right now but he seems to be making some progress.

Green @ Ray – I’m avoiding this matchup altogether.

Holland @ Manaea

Shoemaker @ Maeda

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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, May 13

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Justin Verlander

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Liriano @ Hammel

Sale @ Severino

Finnegan @ Hellickson – Finnegan has been shaky at times, but this is a nice matchup.

Verlander @ Tillman – Verlander still capable of throwing a gem in any given start but I don’t like this matchup. Orioles rank 4th in Majors in OPS at home.

Koehler @ G. Gonzalez

McCullers @ S. Wright – Tough matchup for McCullers in his season debut. I’ll play it safe and sit this one out. Wright a little risky here as well but he’s been excellent all year.

Nolasco @ Tomlin – Tomlin a decent play in deeper formats but there’s not a whole lot of upside here.

Hill @ Odorizzi

Dickey @ M. Perez – Slugfest alert!

Friedrich @ Guerra

Teheran @ Volquez – I rarely have confidence in Volquez. This is an exception.

Harvey @ J. Gray – Continue to monitor Gray but this isn’t the spot to pitch him.

Samardzija @ Miller

Tropeano @ Karns

Wacha @ Stripling

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