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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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, May 12

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Jimmy Nelson

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Pelfrey @ Jimenez – Ubaldo too unpredictable for my liking.

Kennedy @ Eovaldi – Dangerous matchup for Kennedy but he’s been pitching too well to sit in most formats. I’ll take a chance on Eovaldi, though I’m not super confident.

Keuchel @ Price – Not concerned about Price.

Velasquez @ Blair – Great matchup for both.

Shields @ Nelson – Nelson is 3-1 with a 3.33 ERA and 1.15 WHIP through four home starts this season and Padres rank in the bottom third of the Majors in runs, AVG and OPS.

Cueto @ Greinke

Wainwright @ Weaver – Wainwright has pitched better of late and the Angels aren’t a very good offensive team right now.

Colon @ Kershaw

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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, May 11

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Indians Phillies Baseball

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Rea @ Hendricks (Gm 1) – Rea has been impressive lately but I’m not risking it here.

Pomeranz @ Lackey (Gm 2) – Pomeranz is matchup proof right now.

T. Wilson @ Hughes

Latos @ Hamels – Latos beginning to fade and this is a tough matchup.

Salazar @ Fister

Ray @ Bettis – Not trusting Ray at Coors.

Archer @ Walker – Nice matchup for Walker.

Stroman @ Bumgarner

Zimmermann @ Scherzer – Not too long ago, these guys were teammates.

Ventura @ Pineda – Ventura way too inconsistent these days. Pineda a toss-up, but I’ll pass.

Ch. Anderson @ W. Chen

Surkamp @ Porcello

Eickhoff @ W. Perez – Eickhoff a must-start versus Braves team that ranks last in Majors in runs and OPS by a healthy margin.

Nicasio @ Simon

Garcia @ Shoemaker

Syndergaard @ Maeda

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, May 10

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Juan Nicasio

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Fulmer @ J. Ross

Medlen @ Tanaka

Davies @ Conley

Manaea @ O’Sullivan – Continue to monitor Manaea but this matchup is too tough.

Morgan @ Wisler – Both are intriguing options in deep mixed/NL-only formats. Phillies and Braves rank next to last and last respectively in NL in runs, AVG and OPS.

Nicasio @ Simon – Reds rank 1st in Majors in runs scored at home. I’ll pass on Nicasio. (PPD)

Rodon @ Holland – Still a believer in Rodon but this matchup is a little too scary.

Vargas @ Lester

Gausman @ Berrios

Bauer @ Devenski – I’m not comfortable pitching Devenski in 12-team mixed leagues just yet.

R. De La Rosa @ Rusin

Leake @ Santiago – Decent matchup for Leake but he’s more of a deep league option considering his overall inconsistency. Santiago a bit risky but he sports a 3.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP at home this season.

deGrom @ Wood

Smyly @ Miley – Miley worth considering in deep mixed/AL-only leagues thanks to favorable matchup.

Happ @ Cain – Six quality starts in six tries for Happ this season but Giants offense is strong. I just don’t have a great feeling about this.

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 5/9

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White Sox Orioles Baseball

Hey everyone,

These weeks are certainly flying by, and we’ve already reached the point in the season when it’s actually OK to look at the standings. And if you’re falling behind in wins and strikeouts, you just might want to read my latest two-start pitcher article. Here’s a sampling. Click on the link at the bottom of this post for the complete version.

12-team mixed leagues

Kevin Gausman (@MIN, vs. DET)

Gausman has looked sharp in his three starts since coming off the DL, registering a 1.42 ERA and 0.68 WHIP. The 25-year-old former top prospect pitched fairly well down the stretch last season (3.90 ERA, 9.5 K/9) and could be poised for a breakout campaign with the Orioles in 2016. As for next week, the Twins rank 25th in the Majors in runs, and while the Tigers rank in the top half in runs and OPS, they also rank in the top third in strikeouts. For the time being, Gausman needs to be owned in all mixed leagues and started in all two-start weeks.

Deeper mixed leagues

Anibal Sanchez (@WAS, @BAL)

Sanchez has been inconsistent so far this season, and lack of command (5.6 BB/9) has played a large role in his struggles. Next week’s matchups are tough, so he is more of a deep-league option. But owners in need of strikeouts should strongly consider the Tigers’ righty, who has whiffed 33 batters through 30 2/3 innings. Plus, Sanchez’s proven big league track record along with his respectable 3.1 career BB/9 rate suggests that significant overall improvement is likely.

To read the full article, CLICK HERE

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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, May 7-9

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Yankees Orioles Baseball

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SATURDAY

Price @ Eovaldi

Kershaw @ Dickey

Griffin @ Pelfrey – Griffin has been outstanding so far but this matchup scares me.

Locke @ Wainwright – Wainwright continues to be mediocre but I’m still not ready to give up on him.

J. Gray @ Cueto – Gray coming off gem but he needs to show more consistency.

G. Gonzalez @ Hammel

Kennedy @ Co. Anderson

Hahn @ M. Wright – Hahn worth monitoring but this isn’t a great matchup.

Miller @ Teheran – Shelby cannot be trusted against any team, even the Braves.

Nelson @ Finnegan – I’ll take a chance on Finnegan here.

Big Erv @ Sale

Hellickson @ Koehler – Favorable matchup for Hellickson but he’s too risky.

Karns @ Keuchel – Karns fared quite well against the Astros back on 4/26 (7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 6 K).

Colon @ Shields

Odorizzi @ Weaver

SUNDAY

Stripling @ Estrada

Volquez @ Tomlin – I will never trust Volquez.

Guerra @ Lamb – Keep an eye on Lamb but I’m not comfortable starting him just yet.

Nola @ Nicolino – This could backfire but I’ll take a chance on Nicolino in favorable matchup.

M. Perez @ Verlander – Could be 2-1 or 10-9. Pass.

Corbin @ Foltynewicz – Corbin has been shaky at times this year but I do expect him to pitch well here.

Graveman @ Tillman – Tillman’s last two starts: 2-0, 0.66 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 18 K’s in 13 2/3 IP.

Duffey @ Quintana – Duffey a decent option in deeper formats.

Iwakuma @ McHugh

Cole @ Wacha

Roark @ Arrieta – Might seem crazy to bench Roark right now but he’s due for regression and this is a very tough matchup.

Moore @ Tropeano – I’m still a believer in Moore. Tropeano? Not so much.

Butler @ Samardzija

Harvey @ Cashner – Cashner a toss-up but I’m going to err on the side of caution.

S. Wright @ Severino – Wright is on a roll and Yankees offense is in a funk.

MONDAY

An. Sanchez @ Strasburg – Too much downside to starting Anibal in this matchup.

Young @ Nova

Peralta @ Fernandez

S. Gray @ Buchholz – Buchholz fresh off his best overall outing of the season but he still worries me.

Niese @ Straily – Straily remains strictly a deep-league option.

M. Gonzalez @ Lewis

Vargas @ Lester – Monitor Vargas but this isn’t the spot to pitch him.

T. Wilson @ Berrios – Challenging matchup for Berrios but I like what I’ve seen thus far.

Kluber @ Fiers

Bradley @ Chatwood – Definitely consider Chatwood in deeper leagues though.

Matz @ Kazmir

Moore @ King Felix

Ar. Sanchez @ Peavy

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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, May 6

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Braves Cubs Baseball

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Scherzer @ Lackey

Porcello @ Pineda – Pineda coming off decent outing at Fenway but it’s still tough to trust him right now.

Hill @ Jimenez – Hill is equally tough to bench.

Maeda @ Stroman

Ventura @ Salazar

Cravy @ Adleman

Velasquez @ Chen – Four straight quality starts for Chen.

Hamels @ Zimmermann

Greinke @ Blair – Blair has been solid thus far and Diamondbacks offense has struggled on the road (12th in NL in runs scored).

Nolasco @ Latos – Not a big believer in Latos but this is a favorable enough matchup.

Walker @ Fister

Liriano @ Martinez

Archer @ Rasmus – Archer has been much better lately.

Bettis @ Bumgarner – Bettis a viable option in deeper formats though.

Syndergaard @ Pomeranz

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, May 5

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Michael Fulmer

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Eickhoff @ Garcia – Tough matchup for Eickhoff but I have confidence in him.

Fulmer @ Bauer – Let me see more than just one start from Fulmer.

Tanaka @ Gausman

Holland @ Happ – Both of these guys have pitched well so far, but this has the makings of a slugfest.

Ray @ Conley – Ray could bounce back here in favorable matchup, but I’ll play it safe with him for now.

Ch. Anderson @ Simon

J. Ross @ Hendricks

Owens @ E. Johnson – Keep an eye on both though.

Miley @ Devenski

deGrom @ Rea

Rusin @ Cain

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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, May 4

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Mike Leake

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Lester @ Nicasio – Tough matchup for Nicasio. I’ll play it safe.

Peavy @ Straily

Chacin @ Matz – I’m not comfortable pitching Chacin here.

Santiago @ Davies – Favorable enough matchup for Santiago.

Strasburg @ Medlen – I need to see more from Medlen, and this is a very challenging matchup.

King Felix @ Manaea – Taking the conservative route with Manaea for now.

Chatwood @ Vargas – Both are intriguing options in deeper formats though.

An. Sanchez @ Kluber – Anibal got roughed up by Cleveland two starts ago. I’ll sit this one out.

Sabathia @ T. Wilson

Lewis @ Ar. Sanchez – Sanchez 1 ER or less in four of his first five starts this season.

R. De La Rosa @ Fernandez – Favorable matchup for De La Rosa, who is pitching extremely well of late.

Wood @ Smyly – Wood is hard to trust.

Buchholz @ Rodon – Buchholz has been terrible for the most part.

Hughes @ Fiers – Both are a little risky, but I’m willing to take the risk.

Morgan @ Leake – Leake has been very disappointing so far but he’s worth a shot here (Phillies rank 14th in the NL in runs and 13th in OPS).

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, May 3

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Steven Wright

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Verlander @ Tomlin

Arrieta @ Niese

Severino @ Tillman – Severino a borderline call. Tillman pitching well of late and Yankees offense has been inconsistent this year.

M. Perez @ Estrada – Perez has been decent but this matchup is too tough.

Corbin @ Nicolino – Great opportunity for Corbin to bounce back.

Wisler @ Harvey

Kazmir @ Moore – Interesting matchup between former and present Tampa Bay stud lefties.

Samardzija @ Lamb – Keep an eye on Lamb though.

S. Wright @ Quintana – Wright 2 ER or fewer in each of his first four starts this season and White Sox rank last in Majors in runs scored at home.

Tropeano @ Guerra – Hitters beginning to have more success versus Tropeano. I’ll pass.

Meyer @ McHugh – Sticking with McHugh for now.

Nola @ Wacha

Roark @ Young – Tough matchup for Roark but equally tough to bench him right now.

Iwakuma @ S. Gray

Butler @ Cashner – Cashner more of a deep league option in this far from ideal matchup.

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