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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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, June 12

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White Sox Blue Jays Baseball

CORY’S PICKS

Cueto @ Hammel

Pineda @ Jimenez

Correia @ Locke

Salazar @ Price

Hutchison @ Kelly – Neither have been great but Hutchison’s struggles haven’t been as damaging.

Al. Wood @ Colon – Colon has recovered nicely from the debacle vs. St. Louis.

Kendrick @ Urena

Danks @ Andriese

Milone @ Wandy

Zimmermann @ Fiers – Fiers has allowed two or fewer runs in six straight starts (2.78 ERA).

King Felix @ Oberholtzer

Ventura @ Garcia – Yordano has more starts of 4+ runs allowed than of two or fewer runs. Blech.

Chavez @ Santiago – My Tout Wars $1 free agent matchup…c’mon, 1-0 game!

Kershaw @ Despaigne

C. Anderson @ Bumgarner – Tough matchup for Anderson but he’s mostly been solid.

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, June 11

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David Phelps

CORY’S PICKS

Happ @ Marcum

Cashner @ Teheran – Stubbornly sticking with both.

C. Gonzalez @ Kazmir

Miley @ Tillman – Waiting for Tillman to right the ship.

Lincecum @ Niese – “Pitch” matchup from 2012!

Rusin @ Phelps – Phelps has been disappointing but the Rockies are a weak road team.

Richards @ Colome

Lorenzen @ Wada

Roark @ Garza

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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, June 10

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Gio Gonzalez

CORY’S PICKS

Williams @ Moscot

Koehler @ Copeland

G. Gonzalez @ Eovaldi – Bench but don’t cut Gio. The Yankees pummeled him last time.

C. Martinez @ Bettis

Porcello @ W.Chen – The Red Sox simply aren’t a scary matchup.

Lohse @ Morton – Morton is a near auto-start at home.

Arrieta @ Greene

Weaver @ E.Ramirez – I prefer Weaver at home than away, but the matchup is too enticing.

Ross @ W.Perez

Hudson @ Harvey – Hudson’s ceiling is pretty low but the risk is pretty low as well.

Walker @ Bauer – Your guess which Walker shows up, though.

Velasquez @ Quintana

Volquez @ Gibson

Gallardo @ Hahn – Play it safe on Gallardo, as the A’s actually hit RHP better than lefties.

Hellickson @ B. Anderson

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, June 9

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Anthony DeSclafani

CORY’S PICKS

E. Rodriguez @ M. Gonzalez – Some blow-up risk here for both but the results demand both pitch.

Jungmann @ Liriano

Scherzer @ Tanaka – I’m pitching Tanaka in 100% of games until his arm falls off.

Haren @ Buehrle – Buehrle’s blow-up risk is too big to start vs. almost anyone.

Lester @ An. Sanchez

Shoemaker @ Karns

Harang @ DeSclafani – Good matchup for good-not-great DeSclafani.

Shields @ Foltynewicz

Heston @ Syndergaard – Six gems by Heston and five grenades. I’m not risking the latter.

Elias @ Kluber

Keuchel @ Rodon

Young @ May

Wacha @ J. De La Rosa – I’ll even take Wacha in Coors right now.

N. Martinez @ Gray

Ray @ Frias

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 6/8

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Hey everyone,

As I mentioned at the top of today’s Pitch or Ditch post, starting this week, my two-start pitcher series will come your way in article form as opposed to a blog post. The articles will consist of five Pitch choices broken down by league size, and I’ll be concentrating on pitchers who could be on the waiver wire in those leagues. Here’s a sampling from this week’s article. At the bottom, you will see a link to the full article.

Mike Leake

12-TEAM MIXED LEAGUES

Mike Leake  (vs. PHI, @CHC)

Leake was outstanding on Wednesday night against the Phillies. The only problem is that very few of his fantasy owners benefited since the vast majority of them likely benched the Reds righty, who had posted a 12.86 ERA and 2.50 WHIP over his previous three starts. So, is it safe to trust Leake again? I’ll admit that my overall confidence in him is still shaky, but in a two-start week and with these matchups, I’d go for it. The Phillies have scored the fewest amount of runs in the Majors by a wide margin this season, and as mentioned, Leake is coming off a gem against Philadelphia. The @CHC matchup is a bit troubling since it’s on the road in a hitter’s park versus a young and ultra-talented Cubs lineup. But the reality is that the Cubbies, as of Thursday morning, rank in the bottom third of the Majors in both runs scored and batting average, and the lineup is a rather undisciplined one, ranking second in the Majors in strikeouts.

DEEPER MIXED LEAGUES

Mike Foltynewicz  (vs. SD, @NYM)

Allowing more than a hit per inning and having recorded only three quality starts in seven tries, Foltynewicz hasn’t been quite as consistent as fellow sophomore Mike Bolsinger, which is why I’d lean towards considering him only in deeper mixed leagues. That said, Foltynewicz is a more reliable contributor in the strikeout department than Bolsinger, and I do slightly prefer this pair of matchups, with the Mets offense fresh off a month of May in which they ranked 14th in the NL in runs scored and 13th in batting average. In short, think of him as a high-end waiver wire addition in deep mixed leagues but more of a last resort choice in standard 12-team formats.

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