I am running out of time today, so all you get right now is a list of pitchers for Saturday and Sunday. I do have time to discuss the Friday options, so read on.
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Remember, these pitchers are owned in less than 50% of leagues, so they may be available on your wire except in deep leagues. Also, be aware of weather, injury and managerial hijinks, which can affect your plans.
Tyler Chatwood COL @ WAS Stephen Strasburg
Samuel Deduno MIN W CLE Scott Kazmir
Jeremy Hefner NYM @ PHI Cole Hamels
Dallas Keuchel HOU @ CHC Matt Garza
Hector Santiago CHW @ KC Jeremy Guthrie
Chatwood pitching away from Coors Field gives him a boost. Facing the Nationals is an a'right match up, and his 3:1 K/BB ratio over his past three starts is tasty, too. Like the match up for Dedumo against Kazmir, whose decent run in Cleveland appears to be a thing of the past. Hefner has been a very nice SP for the Mets, and I really like his 1.50 ERA over the last 3 starts. The Houston staff is largely responsible for recent surge by the Astros and Keuchel is a big part of that. Going 2-1 over his last three with a sub 2 ERA and 13 Ks with only 4 BB bodes well for a decent streaming option. Santiago is prolly the worst option in this list, but even at that, he hasn't been awful. If his team can give him some support, he could provide a win in KC, but it is difficult to trust the White Sox offense on a regular basis, so only use him if you are desperate.
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Wade Davis KC vs CHW Jose Quintana
Miguel Gonzalez BAL W TOR Chen-Ming Wang
Corey Kluber CLE vs MIN P. J. Walters
Jacob Turner MIA @ SF Barry Zito
I am not really that fond of using Davis, but pitching against the White Sox can make a pitcher look extremely good. Factor in his ERA at just over 2 over the past 3 outings, and his team's recent success and I have to admit, I would consider streaming Davis this weekend. Gonzalez I've bad mouthed as nothing more than an average MLB starter, but like Davis, he's been dealing with 3 consecutive wins. Plus, I just cannot get over how well the Orioles are playing, that offense just keeps pouring it on from 1 to 9 in the order. Kluber is someone that you should roster for more than just one start. Like the K/BB ratio and you cannot argue with his results. Turner is my least favorite option of these four SPs on Saturday, but even he is better than his mound opponent. Really, if you haven't dropped Zito, do so now.
Jeremy Bonderman SEA vs OAK Jarrod Parker
Felix Doubront BOS @DET Justin Verlander
Nate Eovaldi MIA @ SF Matt Cain
Jordan Lyles HOU @ CIN Jeff Samardzija
Charlie Morton PIT @ LAA Joe Blanton
I think it is a great story about Bondo coming back and pitching well (aside from that first outing). Not a good souce of Ks, as it appears he has had to relearn how to pitch, as opposed to throw. That in itself is a good thing, and a sub 1 ERA over 3 games makes him a decent candidate for a streaming option. Doubront, on the other hand, will give you a 4+ ERA but plenty more Ks. The sub 3 ERA over the past 3 outings is due to balloon, just be aware. Eovaldi can bring it with a upper 90s fastball, so I expect his K rate to rise; he was sharp but not missing bats in his first start since coming off the DL. Not a big fan of Marlin SPs, but pitching on the road in San Francisco can be a good thing for a pitcher. Still, prolly my least favorite option out of these 5 starters. Lyles is another surprisingly good young Astro SP. I have reassessed my dislike for the Astros, and decided it is mainly their inconsistent offense that I find...offensive. Pitching wise, as in seasons past, I am grabbing their young (and not so young) arms for some decent streaming opportunities. Finally, I avoided Charlie Morton when he first came back from the DL, but I will admit that was a mistake. The Pirates are limiting his innings as he returns from Tommy John surgery, but he has only allowed 2 earned runs in his two starts, and you have to take notice at this point.
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