Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, October 1

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Rich Hill

CORY’S PICKS

Gilmartin @ Eickhoff

Price @ T. Wilson

Hammel @ Lamb

B. Anderson @ Hudson – Pitching Hudson on the expectation that the Dodgers play a “B” lineup.

Jungmann @ Kennedy

R. Hill @ Sabathia – Three straight 10-K games for Hill means you have to pitch.

Fernandez @ Odorizzi

Duffey @ Bauer

Strasburg @ Weber

Heaney @ Holland

Medlen @ Danks

Hale @ Corbin

***ZACH SAYS “Eickhoff has been so dominant lately that I’d think about pitching him even versus the vaunted Mets offense. But this is a decision that should be made based on the category breakdown in your league’s standings.”

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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, September 30

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R.A. Dickey

CORY’S PICKS

Miley @ Tanaka – How many more good starts in a row would it take for you to pitch Wade Miley?

Verrett @ Asher

Zito @ Richards

Wacha @ Cole (Gm 1)

Lyons @ Morton (Gm 2)

Stroman @ M. Gonzalez (Gm 1)

Dickey @ Gausman (Gm 2) – Dickey has a 2.95 ERA since the All-Star break!

Lester @ DeSclafani

Cosart @ Smyly

Gibson @ Carrasco (Gm 1)

Pelfrey @ Co. Anderson (Gm 2)

Zimmermann @ W. Perez – Zim’s been a disappointment, but still good enough to pitch in Atlanta.

Boyd @ Gallardo – Gallardo has thrown fewer than 6.0 IP in six straight starts and 13 of 15. Yuck.

Volquez @ Quintana

Bettis @ Ch. Anderson

Kazmir @ TBD (SEA)

Davies @ Cashner – Cashner was a huge disappointment this year, but still worth using at home.

Bolsinger @ Leake

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, September 29

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Matt Moore

CORY’S PICKS

Porcello @ Pineda – Porcello’s been better in the second half but still hard to trust.

Colon @ Buchanan

Wacha @ Morton – Morton isn’t even trustworthy at home at this point.

Stroman @ M. Gonzalez

Haren @ Smith – Haren worth a look if deep-diving for wins and K’s.

Conley @ Moore – Moore has been much sharper since coming off the DL again.

Gibson @ Co. Anderson – If you can fade ratios to chase wins and K’s, start ‘em both.

Roark @ Wisler

D. Norris @ Hamels

Cueto @ Samardzija – So Samardzija will give up somewhere between 0 and 10 runs. No thanks.

Bergman @ Ray – Ray is borderline but I like the matchup.

Bassitt @ Tropeano

Fiers @ Nuno

Lopez @ T. Ross

Kershaw @ Bumgarner – How awesome would this be as a potential division clincher matchup?

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Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 9/28

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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, September 26-28

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Marcus Stroman

Hey everyone,

This is it, the final two-start pitcher article of the 2015 season. So once more, here’s a sampling. To read the full version, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Looking to upgrade your fantasy starting rotation? Or maybe you just need to gain ground in wins and strikeouts? Then consider these pitchers, who are slated to make two starts each in Week 26.

12-team mixed leagues

Marcus Stroman (@BAL, @TB)

By now, Stroman needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues, regardless of size. Coming off Wednesday night’s dominant outing against the Yankees in which he tossed seven shutout innings, the 24-year-old heads into this two-start week boasting a 3-0 record, 1.89 ERA and 1.00 WHIP through three starts since making his season debut earlier this month. A road meeting with the Orioles is not an ideal matchup, but Stroman is the kind of talent that should be trusted even in the tougher matchups. Softening next week’s schedule is the second start, on the road against a Rays club that has scored the fewest runs of any team in the AL.

Deeper mixed leagues

Wade Miley (@NYY, @CLE)

Miley’s first season in Boston has been one of ups and downs, but through his first three starts in September, the 28-year-old lefty boasts a 2.78 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP. Despite still ranking 2nd in the Majors in runs scored this season, the Yankees offense has cooled off considerably in September, ranking 17th in runs and 26th in OPS. Meanwhile, the Indians are tied for 25th in the Majors in runs this month. Considering his inconsistent performance this season, there’s a good chance that Miley is on your league’s waiver wire, even in deeper mixed formats.

All statistics are accurate through the completion of Wednesday’s games.

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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, September 26-28

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Aaron Nola

ZACH’S PICKS

SATURDAY

Liriano @ Hammel – Hammel has been erratic lately but I’ll stick with him.

Holland @ McHugh – I’ve lost a lot of confidence in Holland. McHugh too inconsistent and Rangers bats are hot.

Archer @ Price

W. Chen @ TBD (BOS) – Chen has a 2.08 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in three starts vs. Red Sox this year.

Danks @ Warren

Hudson @ Zito – Would’ve been great to see this matchup in 2002.

Nola @ Strasburg – Nola has alternated good and bad starts this month. He’s due for a bad one, and I don’t like this matchup.

Harvey @ Lamb – Harvey is an automatic pitch even though there’s no guarantee he makes it through five innings here.

Duffey @ Simon – Gotta roll with Duffey while he’s hot.

Tomlin @ Medlen – Tomlin has been impressive but I’d rather play it safe here.

Teheran @ Nicolino – Teheran has a 2.45 ERA in three starts vs. Marlins this season. Nicolino a decent option in deeper leagues due to favorable matchup.

Wagner @ Garcia

B. Anderson @ Kendrick – Anderson actually pitched well at Coors earlier this year but I’ll take the conservative route at this stage of the season.

Hellickson @ Erlin

King Felix @ Heaney – Heaney 3 ER or fewer in four of his last five starts and he tossed seven shutout innings vs. M’s back in July.

SUNDAY

E. Johnson @ Severino – Johnson a sneaky play in deeper leagues versus a Yankees offense that has gone cold of late.

Andriese @ Buehrle – Buehrle a viable option in deeper leagues though if you’re chasing wins.

Big Erv @ Wolf

Miller @ Koehler – Favorable matchup for both.

deGrom @ Sampson

Jimenez @ Owens

Harang @ G. Gonzalez – Losing patience with Gio but he’s dominated the Phillies this year (2.75 ERA).

Salazar @ Young

M. Perez @ Keuchel

Cravy @ Lackey

Iwakuma @ Weaver – The consistency just hasn’t been there for Weaver this season.

Heston @ Nolin

Chacin @ Shields

Al. Wood @ Rusin – Wood’s previous start at Coors Field was a disaster. I’ll pass.

Burnett @ Arrieta – Burnett not a bad play but I don’t have a whole lot of trust in him right now.

MONDAY

Finnegan @ Scherzer

Lynn @ Happ

Estrada @ Tillman

E. Rodriguez @ Nova

Hughes @ Kluber

Verlander @ Lewis – Lewis should probably be taken seriously by now but I still don’t trust him in 12-team mixed leagues.

Ventura @ Hendricks – I’m sensing a slugfest.

Doubront @ Santiago

McCullers @ Elias – McCullers 3 ER or fewer in each of his last six starts.

Greinke @ Peavy – Peavy has a 3.40 ERA at home this season and a 2.19 ERA this month.

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Pitch or Ditch for Friday, September 25

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Updated Pitch or Ditch Category Chart (9/3) 

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Kevin Gausman

ZACH’S PICKS

Cole @ Lester

Rodon @ Sabathia – Rodon has been lights out for quite some time now.

Eickhoff @ Zimmermann – Eickhoff a very tough call as Nats lead Majors in runs scored this month. I’ll play it safe.

Odorizzi @ Dickey – Odorizzi hasn’t been great lately and this matchup is as challenging as it gets.

Pelfrey @ Boyd

Gausman @ R. Hill – Gausman has a 1.86 ERA vs. Red Sox this year.

Syndergaard @ DeSclafani

Weber @ Fernandez

Gallardo @ Kazmir

Carrasco @ Volquez

Bolsinger @ Hale

Pena @ C. Martinez

Nuno @ Richards

Leake @ S. Gray

R. De La Rosa @ Kelley – Favorable matchup for Rubby but he’s been too inconsistent lately.

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, September 24

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Updated Pitch or Ditch Category Chart (9/3) 

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Wade Miley

CORY’S PICKS

Corbin @ Kershaw

Locke @ Bettis

Hamels @ Bassitt

Wilson @ Roark

Sale @ Pineda

Matz @ Smith

Asher @ Cosart – Cosart has been solid since his recall and could have some cheap sleeper value here vs. weak-hitting Phillies.

E. Ramirez @ Miley – This entire matchup is purely risk vs. reward. Pitch both if chasing wins and K’s, ditch both if protecting ratios.

Jungmann @ Wacha

Co. Anderson @ Gibson – Ditto for the Erasmo/Miley matchup…let your categories guide you.

Paxton @ Cueto – Hangin’ with ‘em.

Bumgarner @ Kennedy

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Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, September 23

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Updated Pitch or Ditch Category Chart (9/3) 

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Jake Peavy

CORY’S PICKS

Montas @ Verlander

Tropeano @ Fiers

Tillman @ Scherzer

Nova @ Stroman – Stroman has been extremely impressive since his return.

W. Perez @ Colon – Colon worth a look if chasing wins at the risk of ratios.

Buchanan @ Conley

Smyly @ Porcello – Porcello has been better of late but still hard to trust.

Davies @ Hendricks

Kluber @ Hughes

Elias @ Ventura – Yordano worth using if you can accept the risk.

Finnegan @ Lynn

Morton @ Bergman

Lewis @ Doubront

Ch. Anderson @ Greinke

Peavy @ Cashner – Great matchup for Peavy. Cashner a need-only play.

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Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, September 22

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Updated Pitch or Ditch Category Chart (9/3) 

Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 9/21 

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Tom Koehler

CORY’S PICKS

Jimenez @ G. Gonzalez

Severino @ Estrada – Too risky for Severino at Rogers Centre.

Quintana @ D. Norris

Wisler @ Verrett

Harang @ Koehler – Koehler is solid at home and the Phillies have returned to (poor) form.

Moore @ Owens

Cravy @ Arrieta

Salazar @ Big Erv

Santiago @ McCullers – Santiago has collapsed in the second half.

Iwakuma @ Guthrie

Sampson @ Lackey

Happ @ Rusin

M. Perez @ Nolin

Ray @ Al. Wood

Heston @ T. Ross

***ZACH SAYS “I’d go ahead and pitch McCullers, who is 4-0 with a 1.61 ERA in nine home starts this season and has allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his last five starts. Ditch on Moore. I don’t trust him at Fenway. Agree on rest.”

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Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, September 19-21

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Updated Pitch or Ditch Category Chart (9/3) 

Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 9/21 

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R.A. Dickey

ZACH’S PICKS

SATURDAY

Wacha @ TBD (CHC)

Pineda @ Syndergaard

Nicolino @ Zimmermann

Corbin @ Leake – Leake hasn’t been great lately but I’ll give him a try at home.

Miley @ Dickey – Dickey is 7-1 with a 2.98 ERA since the All-Star break.

W. Chen @ Ramirez – Not sold on Erasmo.

Volquez @ Boyd

Rodon @ Carrasco – There will be no shortage of K’s here.

Smith @ Jungmann – I don’t trust Jungmann.

Richards @ Gibson – Gibson has been solid in September (2.91 ERA) but the Angels roughed him up back in July.

Eickhoff @ Weber – Tasty matchup for Eickhoff.

S. Gray @ Kazmir

Nuno @ Hamels

Erlin @ Flande

Liriano @ Kershaw

SUNDAY

R. Hill @ Buehrle – Pitch Buehrle if chasing wins though.

Medlen @ Simon

Danks @ Tomlin – Favorable matchup for Tomlin, who has two CG’s in his last three starts.

Gausman @ Odorizzi – Gausman 11 IP, 1 ER, 12 K over his last two starts.

Nola @ Teheran – Favorable matchup for both.

Hand @ Strasburg

DeSclafani @ Pena – DeSclafani an intriguing play in deeper leagues though.

Shoemaker @ Duffey- I’ll play it safe with Shoemaker in his return outing.

Brooks @ McHugh – Sticking with McHugh for now.

C. Martinez @ Lester

King Felix @ Holland – Sticking with Holland too.

Hellickson @ Hudson

Cole @ B. Anderson – Anderson 3 ER or less in each of his last six starts.

Shields @ Kendrick

Sabathia @ Harvey

MONDAY

Samardzija @ Ryan – Samardzija barely even worth a roster spot in 12-team mixed leagues.

Jimenez @ G. Gonzalez – Gio seems to be righting the ship.

Warren @ Price

E. Johnson @ Wolf – Johnson not a bad option in deeper leagues though.

Archer @ E. Rodriguez – Rodriguez is on a roll.

Miller @ Niese – Miller has been shaky of late but I’ll hang with him.

Peralta @ Hammel – I’ll give Hammel another chance.

Weaver @ Keuchel – Weaver has dominated the Astros this season (2-0, 1.71 ERA in three starts).

Lamb @ Garcia

Burnett @ J. Gray

Chacin @ B. Anderson

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