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Two-Start Pitchers 2016: July 25-31: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The trade deadline is upon us, and that is going to help to complicate a few decisions for the coming week (thanks to a slew of rumors hanging out there).  We also are at the point in the season where the time has come to potentially take a few gambles, because if you don’t act now, it may become too late.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at the pitchers scheduled to take the mound twice this week and try to determine who’s a good play and who can be ignored:

 

Tier 1 – The Elite

  • Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs – at CWS, vs. Sea
  • Carlos Martinez – St. Louis Cardinals – at NYM, at Mia
  • Noah Syndergaard – New York Mets – vs. Stl, vs. Col

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Streaming Starters (2016): July 18-24: Sean Manaea, Tyler Anderson & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Are you someone who looks to stream pitchers every week?  It can be a high risk, high reward strategy and you have to be willing and ready to swing and miss from time to time.  With that in mind let’s take a look at some of the recommended streaming options for the coming week (though that doesn’t mean that they are “safe” or guarantees to produce):

 

Monday, July 18
Matt Wisler – Atlanta Braves – at Cincinnati
The Reds entered Sunday with the second worst SLG in July, at .349.  Wisler has also been showing strikeout stuff of late, with 6+ K in three straight starts (21 K over 17.0 IP).  The concern is going to be the long ball, as he owns a 1.27 HR/9 and is going to be pitching in a hitter friendly environment.  That said, he should have a chance for a W and there’s enough to like in the matchup to utilize him. Read more

Interleague Impact (2016): July 18 – 24: Is Corey Dickerson A Viable Option & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know that interleague play can cause some changes for our lineup construction.  Which NL teams are going to benefit from adding a DH for a few games?  Which AL teams are going to lose their DH, which may lead to fantasy owners needing to sit that player down?  Let’s take a look (all stats are through Friday unless otherwise noted):

 

Tampa Bay Rays at Colorado Rockies (3 games)

Corey Dickerson has generally operated as the team’s DH more times than not, though Tampa Bay will likely play matchups between all of their outfield options for these three games.  Tentatively scheduled to face them in the three games are:

  1. Tyler Anderson (LHP)
  2. Tyler Chatwood (RHP)
  3. Jorge De La Rosa (LHP)

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Two-Start Pitchers 2016: July 18-24: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

It was a rough week without baseball, but after four dark days it returned on Friday. Now we make the push into August and fantasy owners look to solidify their rosters for championship contention. Let’s take a look at the pitchers who are taking the mound twice this week and see who can be an asset. However, with teams setting their rotations up strong to start the second half of the season (as well as some teams having short weeks), the options are not the strongest we have seen.

Tier One:

  1. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians – at Kansas City; at Baltimore
  2. Carlos Martinez – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. San Diego; vs. LA Dodgers
  3. Jon Lester – Chicago Cubs – vs. New York Mets; at Milwaukee

Tier Two:

  1. Steven Matz – New York Mets – at Chicago Cubs; at Miami

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Streaming Starters (2016): July 4-10: Multiple Diamondbacks, James Shields? & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Are you someone who looks to stream pitchers every week?  It can be a high risk, high reward strategy and you have to be willing and ready to swing and miss from time to time.  With that in mind let’s take a look at some of the recommended streaming options for the coming week (though that doesn’t mean that they are “safe” or guarantees to produce):

 

Monday, July 4
Archie Bradley – Arizona Diamondbacks – vs. San Diego
Whether you’re a fan of Bradley or not, this is obviously not a matchup you can ignore.  Over his past three starts he’s allowed 4 ER over 17.0 IP and he draws a Padres team who are fifth in the league in strikeouts (one of five with 700+ on the season).   Bradley has struggled with home runs at home, but it’s not like Padres are a major threat (they rank 20th in road HR with 42).  Bradley racked up 9 K over 7.1 IP against San Diego in a start earlier this season and is worth a shot this week. Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2016: July 4-10: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

And just like that we only have one week left before the All-Star break. The extended break will be the perfect time to truly determine where your team stands without watching the standings each night. However we don’t want to overlook the one week that we have left before getting there. With that being said, let’s take a look at those pitchers slated to take the mound twice:

Tier One:

  1. Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals – vs. Milwaukee; at New York Mets
  2. Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants – vs. Colorado; vs. Arizona
  3. Danny Salazar – Cleveland Indians – vs. Detroit; vs. New York Yankees
  4. Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians – vs. Detroit; vs. New York Yankees

Tier Two:

  1. Carlos Martinez – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. Pittsburgh; at Milwaukee
  2. Matt Harvey – New York Mets – vs. Miami; vs. Washington
  3. Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros – vs. Seattle; vs. Oakland
  4. John Lackey – Chicago Cubs – vs. Cincinnati; at Pittsburgh
  5. Jordan Zimmermann – Detroit Tigers – at Cleveland; at Toronto
  6. Steven Matz – New York Mets – vs. Miami; vs. Washington
  7. Masahiro Tanaka – New York Yankees – at Chicago White Sox; at Cleveland

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