Pitch or Ditch for Friday, July 3

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Julio Teheran

CORY’S PICKS

Koehler @ Hammel

Peavy @ G. Gonzalez – Hard to trust Gio at this point, particularly vs. a good offense.

Bauer @ Morton – Sticking with Morton at home.

Archer @ Tanaka – A bad start here will get me MUCH more worried about Tanaka than I am right now.

Hutchison @ An. Sanchez

Straily @ Masterson

Fiers @ Lorenzen

Morgan @ Teheran – If you won’t start Teheran vs. the Phillies, cut him.

Richards @ C. Gonzalez

Jimenez @ Danks

Milone @ Guthrie – There’s risk here but Milone is on a tear.

Cashner @ Wacha

Happ @ Chavez

Kendrick @ C. Anderson

Syndergaard @ Kershaw – The Dodgers can hurt ya, but gotta go for it with Thor.

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, July 2

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Jose Fernandez

CORY’S PICKS

Kluber @ Moore – I’d wait and see on Moore before using him.

Cain @ Fernandez – Not waiting on Fernandez though…he goes right in.

Liriano @ Ryan

Arrieta @ deGrom

Garza @ Billingsley

Gallardo @ Gausman – Not fully trusting Gallardo in this matchup, but recent results demand pitching him.

Miley @ Boyd

Scherzer @ Banuelos – Perfect game alert on DEFCON3 vs. depleted Braves.

T. Ross @ Cooney

Gibson @ Young

Rusin @ Hellickson

Elias @ Kazmir

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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, July 1

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Vincent Velasquez

CORY’S PICKS

May @ Cueto

Porcello @ Buehrle

Bettis @ Hahn

Walker @ Shields – Impressive turnaround by Walker.

Lohse @ Harang

Eovaldi @ Shoemaker

N. Martinez @ W. Chen

Burnett @ Simon

Lester @ Colon – Lester hasn’t been good this year, but it’s the Mets.

Carrasco @ Colome

Heston @ Haren – Have to pitch Heston vs. Stanton-less Marlins.

Fister @ Wisler – Have to pitch Fister vs. Freeman-less Braves.

Volquez @ Velasquez – Velasquez still risky but his K upside is enticing.

Quintana @ Lackey

B. Anderson @ Ray – Not trusting Ray vs. Dodgers’ thump.

***ZACH SAYS “I’d pitch Haren. The matchup isn’t great, but prior to his last start, which was far from terrible, he had allowed 3 ER or less in each of his previous seven outings. He also pitched very well against the Giants earlier this season (7 IP, 2 ER). Agree on rest.”

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, June 30

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Kyle Hendricks

CORY’S PICKS

Jungmann @ Hamels

Lewis @ M. Gonzalez – Lewis has been better of late but the O’s offense is too tough.

E. Rodriguez @ Estrada

Cole @ Verlander

Hendricks @ Niese – Pickin’ on the feeble Mets offense.

Salazar @ E. Ramirez – Hang with ‘em on Danny, but not trusting Erasmo in a tougher matchup.

Hughes @ DeSclafani

Vogelsong @ Latos – Keep an eye on Latos though…velocity is back up, new splitter.

Zimmermann @ Miller – Yeah!

Duffy @ Keuchel

Sale @ Lynn – Yyyeahhh!!

Frias @ R. De La Rosa – Rubby handled Coors but can he tame the Dodgers? I’ll sit this one out.

J. De La Rosa @ Bassitt – Gray scratched from start.

Nova @ Heaney

Montgomery @ Kennedy – Why not?

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 6/29

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Hey everyone,

You know the drill by now. Here’s a portion of my latest two-start pitcher article. For the complete version, click on the link at the bottom of this post. Stats are as of Friday.

Kendall Graveman

12-TEAM MIXED LEAGUES

Kendall Graveman (vs. COL, vs. SEA)

Graveman’s strong performance this spring earned him a spot in the A’s opening day starting rotation, but his April struggles resulted in a demotion to the Minors. Since being recalled, however, the 24-year-old righty has registered six quality starts in seven tries, and he’s been particularly sharp of late, pitching to a 2.31 ERA through five June starts. Next week’s opponents, the Mariners and Rockies, rank 25th and 28th respectively in the Majors in runs scored on the road.

DEEPER MIXED LEAGUES

Nathan Karns (vs. CLE, @NYY)

The matchup on the road against the Yankees would scare me off from Karns in 12-team mixed leagues, but in deeper formats, I think he’s worth the risk for this two-start week. Karns still needs to learn how to pitch deeper into games, as he’s averaging only 5 2/3 innings per start. On the whole, however, his first full big league season has been an overwhelming success. Plus, the Indians offense has been quiet lately, with Cleveland ranking 14th in the AL in runs scored this month.

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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, June 27-29

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Steven Matz

ZACH’S PICKS

SATURDAY

Gallardo @ Redmond – Gallardo very impressive so far this year but I’m not chancing it in this matchup.

Gibson @ Garza – Gibson tempting here but low K rate limits his upside.

G. Gonzalez @ Morgan – Gio coming off strong bounce back outing.

Young @ Kazmir – Losing faith in Young and this is a tough matchup.

Teheran @ Morton – This one could be 2-1 or 10-9. I’ll go for it.

Rusin @ Lincecum – Tiny Tim has struggled lately.

Danks @ Ryan

Tanaka @ Oberholtzer

Lorenzen @ Harvey – Favorable matchup makes Lorenzen worth considering in deeper formats.

Kershaw @ Koehler – Koehler has been dominant at home (1.52 ERA) but I’ll play it safe versus Dodgers.

Miley @ Andriese

Co. Anderson @ Tillman

Happ @ Richards

TBD (CHC) @ Wacha

Hellickson @ Cashner – Cashner too inconsistent to trust, even at Petco.

SUNDAY

C. Gonzalez @ Hutchison – Nightmare matchup for Chi Chi. Still wary of Hutchison.

Samardzija @ Price – Samardzija over his last three starts: 3.00 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 21 K in 21 IP.

Smith @ Matz – Pitch Matz in his big league debut? Sure, why not?

Greinke @ Urena

Masterson @ Archer

Bauer @ Jimenez – Both are too risky for my liking.

Strasburg @ Correia

Al. Wood @ Locke – Pirates having a tough time scoring runs lately.

Milone @ Fiers – Still a believer in Fiers.

Pineda @ McHugh – McHugh’s overall numbers are mediocre, but he is coming off one of his better outings of the season.

King Felix @ Santiago – Santiago continues to get it done.

Guthrie @ Chavez – Chavez boasts a 1.75 ERA at home this season.

Kendrick @ Bumgarner

Ch. Anderson @ Despaigne – Anderson has dominated the Padres this year (2.08 ERA, 1.23 WHIP over two starts).

Hammel @ C. Martinez

MONDAY

Wandy @ B. Norris

Nelson @ O’Sullivan – Fresh off gem vs. Mets, Nelson is rewarded with another favorable matchup.

Buchholz @ Dickey – Not trusting either in this matchup.

Pelfrey @ Leake – Twins offense has been dismal on the road (28th in Majors in runs scored).

Co. Anderson @ Karns

Blanton @ McCullers – Challenging matchup for McCullers, but I think he’s up for it.

Bolsinger @ Webster

Sabathia @ Wilson – Wilson worth using in deeper leagues but he is a blowup risk here.

Hale @ Graveman – Graveman’s ERA in June is 2.31 and the Rockies can’t hit on the road.

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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, June 26

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Rockies Phillies Baseball

CORY’S PICKS

Kluber @ W. Chen – Indians can hit lefties but Chen is pretty reliable.

Scherzer @ Harang – Perfect game alert!

W. Perez @ Liriano

N. Martinez @ Buehrle – Not trusting either in this matchup.

Quintana @ An. Sanchez – Anibal should continue rolling, and Quintana is a hang with ‘em.

Cueto @ Syndergaard

B. Anderson @ Nicolino – Marlins actually handle lefties well, but I trust Anderson.

Porcello @ Colome

May @ Lohse

Eovaldi @ Velasquez – Velasquez hasn’t gotten deep enough into games to make his K’s worthwhile.

Arrieta @ Lackey – Lackey has his blowups but is reliable overall.

Walker @ Shoemaker – Five straight QS for Taijuan.

Volquez @ Hahn

Ray @ T. Ross

Bettis @ Hudson – Tough matchup for Bettis but try him away from Coors.

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, June 25

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Chris Heston

CORY’S PICKS

Rodon @ Simon Rodon’s control problems scare me away from this matchup.

M. Gonzalez @ E. Rodriguez

Gray @ Lewis Lewis has recovered well from the Cleveland debacle.

deGrom @ Jungmann

Frias @ Lester

R. De La Rosa @ J. De La Rosa – Zero De La Rosa’s for me in Coors.

Shields @ Heston Heston at home vs. a lesser offense, sure.

Wisler @ Fister

DeSclafani @ Burnett

Lynn @ Haren

Warren @ Keuchel – Warren is risky but he’s avoided blowups.

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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, June 24

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Marco Estrada

CORY’S PICKS

Verlander @ Carrasco – Carrasco’s peripherals are fine, keep running him out there.

Estrada @ Karns – Some risk with both but solid reward proposition.

Hamels @ Nova

Sale @ Hughes

McCullers @ Heaney – McCullers has a 46-11 K-BB ratio in 40.1 IP and only 1 HR allowed!

Miller @ Zimmermann

Leake @ Cole

Norris @ Buchholz – I don’t trust Buchholz much, especially vs. a tough offense.

Garcia @ Latos

Bolsinger @ Hendricks – Too much risk here for either.

Graveman @ Wandy

Colon @ Nelson – Bartolo’s only truly bad starts this year are vs. STL and in TOR…MIL ain’t them.

Webster @ Hale

Duffy @ Elias

Kennedy @ Vogelsong

***ZACH SAYS “I’d pitch Leake, who has performed a lot better of late and gets to face a slumping Pirates offense on the road, where his ERA this year is 3.00. I’ll say ditch on Latos. He just makes me too nervous. Agree on rest.”

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, June 23

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CC Sabathia

CORY’S PICKS

C. Martinez @ Urena

Al. Wood @ Strasburg – Hangin’ with Stras on his return.

Smith @ Locke

O’Sullivan @ Sabathia – CC’s 5-to-1 K-BB ratio is worth picking on the Phillies.

Jimenez @ Kelly

Price @ Salazar

Dickey @ Archer

Greinke @ Hammel – Matchup of the night?

Chavez @ C. Gonzalez – Every one of Chi Chi’s indicators say regression is coming soon, and hard.

Samardzija @ Pelfrey

Niese @ Fiers

C. Anderson @ Kendrick – Anderson’s been solid, but playing it safe in Coors.

McHugh @ Wilson – Wilson’s making a believer of me this year.

Guthrie @ Montgomery

Despaigne @ Bumgarner

***ZACH SAYS “Fiers has been very inconsistent this year but the Mets offense has been equally inconsistent. I’ll say pitch thanks to the K upside. I’d also lean towards pitching Niese, who is coming off three straight quality starts, versus a Brewers offense that ranks next to last in the NL in runs scored. Agree on rest.”

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