Pitch or Ditch for Friday, May 15

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Chase Anderson

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Locke @ Hendricks – Hendricks not a bad deep league option though.

Weaver @ W. Chen – Weaver’s CG SHO was encouraging but I’ll bench him one more time in tough matchup. Chen is on a roll.

C. Anderson @ Billingsley – Favorable matchup for Anderson, who is coming off two straight strong outings.

Bumgarner @ Marquis

Lohse @ Colon – Lohse a bit risky but Mets offense has struggled lately.

Teheran @ Phelps – How can you not pitch Phelps right now?

B. Chen @ Wandy

Pineda @ Young – Young has pitched well this year but I’m staying away here.

Odorizzi @ Hughes – Hughes too unpredictable to trust, even in appealing matchup.

Dickey @ Keuchel – Not a whole lot of upside in pitching Dickey these days.

Greene @ C. Martinez – Greene is still a ditch until further notice. Taking a chance on the scuffling Martinez against a Tigers offense that has been sub-par of late.

Rodon @ Hahn – Rodon needs to cut down on the walks, but he’s legit. Playing it safe with Hahn.

Buchholz @ Happ – Not a Buchholz fan, so I’ll just keep ditching him.

Butler @ Kershaw – Keep an eye on Butler going forward, but this isn’t the spot to pitch him.

Zimmermann @ Despaigne

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, May 14

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Trevor Bauer

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Wacha @ Bauer – Not going to chance it with Bauer here.

Worley @ Harang – Harang continues to get it done.

Pelfrey @ An. Sanchez

Guthrie @ Detwiler

Niese @ T. Wood

Lincecum @ Cueto – Timmy still makes me nervous but can’t argue with the results.

Whitley @ E. Ramirez

Hutchison @ R. Hernandez

Kelly @ Elias – Elias worth keeping an eye on in deeper leagues but this isn’t a good matchup.

Bettis @ B. Anderson

Fister @ Ross

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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, May 13

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Adam Warren

CORY’S PICKS

Miley @ Gray

G. Gonzalez @ Hellickson

Lackey @ Kluber – Stick with Kluber. Peripherals say he will rebound.

Liriano @ Hamels

Ar. Sanchez @ M. Gonzalez

Nolasco @ Lobstein

Stults @ Iglesias

Warren @ Karns – Warren can handle the Rays’ middling offense.

Cosart @ Frias – Cosart off to a decent start, but not worth the gamble vs. the Dodgers.

Ventura @ Gallardo – Hangin’ with Yordano.

Harvey @ Hammel

Quintana @ Nelson – Have to gamble on Nelson’s K potential vs. scuffling Sox.

Hudson @ Oberholtzer

Lyles @ Santiago – Santiago’s K’s worth the gamble.

Shields @ Walker – I’ll chance Walker at home vs. righty-heavy Pads.

***ZACH SAYS “I’m still not trusting Walker until I see at least one more strong outing, and this isn’t the spot to experiment. The Pads lineup might be righty-heavy but it’s also pretty good, ranking 2nd in the NL in runs scored. Agree on rest.”

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, May 12

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James Paxton

CORY’S PICKS

Lynn @ Carrasco

Buehrle @ Tillman – almost time to panic on Tillman

Burnett @ O’Sullivan

Gibson @ Simon – Simon off to another solid start

Foltynewicz @ DeSclafani – both are risky but I’ll still chase this early in the season

Eovaldi @ Archer

Volquez @ N. Martinez – not gambling on low-K Martinez vs. Royals’ hot bats

Syndergaard @ Arrieta

Sale @ Fiers

Heston @ McHugh

Strasburg @ R. De La Rosa

Masterson @ Pomeranz

Kendrick @ Wilson

Haren @ Bolsinger

Kennedy @ Paxton – Paxton seems to have turned the corner

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 5/11

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Mike Leake

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Mike Leake  (vs. ATL, vs. SF)

No, Leake isn’t going to finish the season with a 2.47 ERA and 0.87 WHIP, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that he’s one of the more underrated pitchers in baseball. His pedestrian strikeout rate limits his fantasy value to that of a back end of the rotation guy, but he’s certainly someone worth holding onto in 12-team mixed leagues for the foreseeable future. And he’s certainly someone who you should be starting next week when he faces a Braves club that he just dominated last week to the tune of eight shutout innings followed by a Giants team that ranks next to last in the NL in runs scored.

Josh Collmenter  (vs. WAS, @PHI)

No one was starting Collmenter at Coors Field anyway, so I’m giving him at least a partial pass for his last outing, though he did manage to make it through seven innings. Yeah, he’s kind of boring, and he’s not going to post gaudy strikeout totals. But his low WHIP, thanks to a minuscule walk rate, can be useful in deeper mixed leagues. Even in a 12-teamer, Collmenter is a quality option for favorable matchups or two-start weeks. The vs. WAS matchup is somewhat scary, but at least it’s at home, where Collmenter has been very effective over the course of his career. The @PHI matchup is a no-brainer, with the Phillies ranking dead last in the Majors in runs scored. In mixed leagues of 12 teams or more, I’d give him a shot.

Wily Peralta  (vs. CHW, @NYM)

Coming off a breakthrough 2014 campaign, Peralta was inconsistent in the early going this season. But he’s now pieced together three straight starts of at least six innings and no more than two earned runs. His most recent start, versus a formidable Dodgers lineup (8 IP, 2 ER, 6 K), was especially impressive. I wouldn’t hesitate to start Peralta next week. The White Sox rank last in the AL in runs scored by a wide margin while the Mets have been at best a middle of the pack offense.

Alex Colome  (vs. NYY, @MIN)

In a 12-team mixed league, I might play it safe and pass on Colome, but he’s a very intriguing option in deeper formats. The Rays have enforced a strict pitch count so far, as Colome missed the beginning of the season due to a case of pneumonia, but we can expect him to soon go deeper into games. And seriously, what’s not to like about a 1.80 ERA, 0.70 WHIP and 10-to-0 K/BB ratio? Still, the Yankees and Twins both rank in the top half of the AL in runs scored and batting average, which is why I’d only consider Colome in mixed leagues of more than 12 teams or AL-only leagues.

Ubaldo Jimenez

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Ubaldo Jimenez  (vs. TOR, vs. LAA)

Please don’t get sucked into the Ubaldo trap! I don’t care that he’s in line for two starts next week. I don’t care that he currently sports a 2.36 ERA and 0.98 WHIP to go along with 23 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings. He’s a tease, and he’s liable to implode at any moment. The Blue Jays lead the Majors in runs scored while the Angels lineup, despite underperforming so far, remains very dangerous. Let someone else gamble on Ubaldo.

Chris Heston  (@HOU, @CIN)

Heston looked fantastic over his first three starts this season, but two of his last three outings have been duds, and he simply doesn’t carry the track record necessary for fantasy owners to remain confident in him. Next week, Heston heads into two hitter’s parks to face two talented lineups, one of which (Houston) leads the AL in home runs. In 12-team mixed leagues, I wouldn’t have a problem with dropping him altogether.

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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, May 9-11

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David Phelps

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SATURDAY

W. Chen @ Whitley – Tough matchup for Chen, but just as tough to bench him right now.

Kelly @ Hutchison

Guthrie @ An. Sanchez

Teheran @ Fister

Hughes @ B. Chen – Passing on inconsistent Hughes versus potent KC lineup.

Detwiler @ Odorizzi

Niese @ Harang – I’ll trot out both.

C. Martinez @ Worley – Expecting a bounce-back performance from Martinez.

Cueto @ Rodon – I’m going for it with Rodon, though waiting one start isn’t a bad idea.

T. Wood @ Lohse – Not a big believer in Wood while Lohse has managed only one quality start in six tries.

Kershaw @ J. De La Rosa

Ross @ C. Anderson – Taking a chance on Chase coming off impressive outing versus the Dodgers.

Keuchel @ Shoemaker

Phelps @ Bumgarner – Phelps has a 1.86 ERA over his last three starts.

Hahn @ Happ – Both are decent options in deep mixed/AL-only formats but I just don’t like these matchups.

SUNDAY

B. Norris @ Pineda – Norris a bit too unpredictable for my liking.

Buchholz @ Dickey – Buchholz way too unpredictable for my liking. Playing it safe with Dickey in tough matchup.

May @ Salazar – Key stat for Salazar: 37-to-5 K/BB ratio. Keep an eye on May.

Wandy @ Smyly – Smyly has been outstanding over his last two starts.

Al. Wood @ Zimmermann

Gee @ Billingsley – Gee has a 1.83 ERA over his last three starts and this matchup is favorable.

Lyons @ Locke

Lorenzen @ Danks – Not a very favorable venue for Lorenzen but White Sox rank second to last in the Majors in runs scored.

Hendricks @ Garza – I haven’t given up on either but it’s hard to trust them at this point.

Feldman @ Richards

Latos @ Vogelsong – Latos has been solid lately.

Chavez @ King Felix – Chavez a little risky but I’ll roll the dice.

Greinke @ Kendrick

Cashner @ TBD (ARI)

Vargas @ Greene – Raise your hand if you trust Greene at this point. I didn’t think so.

MONDAY

S. Miller @ Leake – Leake continues to get it done.

Estrada @ Jimenez

Cole @ Williams

Sabathia @ Colome – Colome has earned it.

Samardzija @ Peralta – Peralta 2 ER or less in each of his last three outings and the matchup is right.

Duffy @ Lewis – Duffy has been too erratic and I remain skeptical on Lewis.

deGrom @ Lester

Scherzer @ Collmenter – Giving Collmenter a mulligan for his shaky Coors Field outing.

Porcello @ Kazmir – Porcello over his last two starts: 2-0, 0.64 ERA, 0.86 WHIP.

Koehler @ Greinke

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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, May 8

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Miguel Gonzalez

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Stults @ G. Gonzalez – Gio outstanding in his last start. Hopefully, you bought low while you had the chance.

M. Gonzalez @ Warren – Miguel off to a nice start, and he dominated the Yankees last month.

Harvey @ Hamels – Enjoy!

Wacha @ Liriano

Miley @ Ar. Sanchez

Ventura @ Price – Ventura struggling lately, so wouldn’t blame you for ditching him in shallower leagues for this tough matchup.

Pelfrey @ Bauer – Sticking with Bauer.

Gallardo @ Karns – Both pitchers are a bit risky but Rangers and Rays both rank in the bottom third of the AL in runs scored and batting average.

Hammel @ Nelson

Marquis @ Noesi

B. Anderson @ Butler – I like Anderson, but not here.

Shields @ Hellickson

R. Hernandez @ Weaver – Weaver cannot be trusted right now.

Gray @ Walker – Walker continues to tease us.

Cosart @ Lincecum – Taking a chance on both.

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, May 7

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Jose Quintana

CORY’S PICKS

Pomeranz @ Nolasco – decent matchup but Pomeranz has not been impressive

Frias @ Fiers – exploit this matchup for Frias

Arrieta @ Lackey

Lobstein @ Quintana – Quintana has dominated his last two starts but Tigers crushed him before that

Kluber @ Volquez – hang with ‘em

Tillman @ Eovaldi – bad matchups with high blowup risk

DeSclafani @ Burnett

N. Martinez @ Archer

Despaigne @ R. De La Rosa – Rubby dodges Coors start thanks to the rain

McHugh @ Santiago

Haren @ Hudson – old dudes aren’t done yet!

***ZACH SAYS “I’ll ditch Despaigne. The matchup, in a hitter’s park, is concerning and he’s coming off a terrible performance in relief last Tuesday. I also don’t trust Rubby enough against a Padres team that leads the NL in runs scored. Agree on rest.”

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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, May 6

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Chris Heston

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Koehler @ Scherzer

Collmenter @ Matzek (Gm 1)

Ray @ Lyles (Gm 2)

Kennedy @ Heston – not sold on Heston yet

Jimenez @ deGrom

Leake @ Cole – Leake is on a roll and Pirates are most definitely not

Sabathia @ Buehrle

Colome @ Masterson – tough matchup for Colome but he was solid in his first outing

Williams @ Foltynewicz – great second matchup for Folty

Simon @ Sale

Carrasco @ Duffy

Wieland @ Peralta

Kazmir @ Gibson

Lewis @ Deduno

Lester @ Lynn

Elias @ Wilson

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, May 5

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Mat Latos

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Latos @ Strasburg – Latos is gradually righting the ship

Lorenzen @ Locke – solid outing by Lorenzen in his debut, and Pirates offense is brutal

Pineda @ Estrada – I’ll be more interested in Estrada on the road

Smyly @ Porcello

Billingsley @ Miller

B. Norris @ Colon

Greene @ Samardzija – regression meets the weak ChiSox offense

Salazar @ Vargas

Greinke @ Garza

Chavez @ May

Wandy @ Feldman

Hendricks @ Lyons

Collmenter @ Matzek

Paxton @ Richards

Cashner @ Vogelsong

***ZACH SAYS “I’ve just about completely given up on Greene, and the White Sox offense has the ability to wake up at any moment, so I’ll say ditch. Agree on rest.”

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