Before I head off to watch the Tigers take on the Twins this evening, I thought it would be a good idea to publish a short article about the Thursday Pitch & Ditch options. Two of these guys are here for the short term, most like, so take advantage now if you need the stats. The main weekend article will be published tomorrow.
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Felix Doubront BOS @ TB Matt Moore
Doubront seems to be fine after getting beaned during warm-up drills on Tuesday, so expect him to take the mound on Thursday.. He's coming off of a good start, allowing only 1 ER to Cleveland at home on Saturday. He's a decent source of Ks, but he's been real up and down this year. Still, if you are looking for an available arm, he's prolly the best you can snag off the wire.
Zach McAllister CLE vs. SEA Hector Noesi
McAllister should stay in the rotation while Tomlin is on the shelf. It's not like I want to sign his praises, but you could do worse. Seattle is a good match-up team, and you can look for some K potential here. Too many hits allowed per inning, but he doesn't walk batters, so far, and the Indians are atop the AL Central.
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P.J. Walters MIN @ DET Doug Fister
Hard to believe I want to promote a Minnesota pitcher, as I am of the firm belief that the Twins take the cake as the worst MLB team I've watched this year. Still, he replaces Liriano in the rotation and he has to be better than Francisco has been so far. In his first start, he walked none and struck out 5, and if that trend continues, he is usable in deep mixed formats, and especially in AL-only leagues. He brings some serious performance from Rochester AAA (2.70 ERA in 6 starts), so perhaps he can keep his team in the game. Still, the Detroit match-up may not prove fortuitous for the youngster, but if you want to gamble, take the shot.
Good luck and godspeed in your fantasy endeavors. As I said above, more P&D goodness to come tomorrow. As always, I am available to discuss starting pitching or other fantasy issues at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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