Now begins the 10 week run to the end of the season. Time to get your ducks in a row and start winning your weekly matchups or compiling the good pitching peripherals. With that in mind, let us take a gander (ducks, gander, get it?) at what the weekend offers.
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Remember, while all these matchups are valid as of date of publication, various circumstances can and frequently do result in reshuffling of the rotations. If you are going to add one of these guys for a streaming start, make certain nothing has changed.
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Henderson Alvarez MIA vs PIT Jeff Locke
Tyler Chatwood COL vs MIL Wily Peralta
Wily Peralta MIL @ COL Tyler Chatwood
Randall Delgado ARI vs SD Eric Stults
Edwin Jackson CHC @ SF Matt Cain
Ross Ohlendorf WAS vs NYM Matt Harvey
I am beginning to like the Miami staff for short term results. Alvarez can put up some nice peripherals, and he's provided his owners with 2 straight quality starts, but I am a little worried about this match up. Chatwood at home, aside from a bad outing versus LA has been very good, and facing Milwaukee is not exactly scary. I find it hard to believe I could be recommending Peralta, but he is pitching like expected when he was a late round selection in drafts. Of course, most of those who gambled on him have cut him loose, but that just means we get to benefit from his increased use of the strike zone. I am hard pressed to chose between the competing SPs in this particular match up, but if I had to choose...I'd grab both. Delgado has been a nice cource of QS, and in his last non-QS start, he picked up the win. Limiting damage by opposing hitters is always a key to a streaming option. I continually flucuate over Jackson, but his last four outing have been better than mediocre, and while I always expect a regression, he is usable right now. Ohlendorf as a bad match up, but he is pitching to win a slot in the Nat's rotation, and that may inspire him to greater things. He is no young kid, so I expect he can handle the pressure.
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Samuel Deduno MIN @ SEA Aaron Harang
Dallas Keuchel HOU @ TOR Josh Johnson
Tom Koehler MIA vs PIT Charlie Morton
Only three options for Saturday, and not one really stands out. Deduno has a high WHIP and a poor K/BB rate, but he limits hits, and that keeps him in games. Pitching in Seattle is not a downside for a pitcher that can avoid damage from the baserunners he allows. Still, he would prolly be my third choice of these three SPs. Keuchel is a much better strikeout producer, although he does suffer from occasional bouts of wildness. Facing the Blue Jays, who are imploding, is a positive point in his favor. Koehler is another Marlin SP that I am willing to take a chance on. Again, facing the hot Pirates is no key to success, but in his last two starts he hasn't walked a batter, and has had success scattering what hits he allows to keep the runners from crossing the plate. Although I like Keuchel best of the three, Koehler is not far behind at number 2.
Bruce Chen KC @ CHW Hector Santiago
Jarred Cosart HOU @ TOR Todd Redmond
Tyson Ross SD @ ARI Patrick Corbin
Carlos Torres NYM @ WAS Taylor Jordan
Would I ever draft Chen? No, but I do like a guy that has given up just 1 earned run over his past 12 IP, with 8 Ks to just 1 walk and only 4 hits as well. Certainly worth a shot to see if he can keep up his hot streak. Cosart faces Toronto, which of late is a good thing, and bodes well for his continued ability to limit the runs scored off of him. Strikeout to walk rate is meh, and he did allow 7 hits in his last start, so tread warily. Ross has a bad match up, but he looked impressive in his most recent start, posting a 3:1 K/BB ratio, and allowing 1 earned run on 2 hits while notching a win at Milwaukee. Torres has been a great addition to the Mets' rotation, but his habit of allowing a boatload of runners and then stranding them at the unsustainable rate of 83% is sure to catch up with him, sooner or later. If you need someone to plug a hole in your rotation this weekend, just hope he can put off the regression for another start.
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