Archive for Strategy

Streaming Starters: May 25-31: Brett Anderson, Deep Sleepers & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Streaming starting pitchers is always an intriguing notion, but this early in the season there’s no reason to force the issue.  You want to be cautious and not risk torpedoing your ratios for the sake of chasing a win and little else.  Keep that in mind, as that’s why there will be days that we don’t recommend any options.

That said, let’s take a look at the potential options for the coming week:

 

Monday, May 25
Roenis Elias – Seattle Mariners – at Tampa Bay

The Rays do it with mirrors and magic wands, don’t they? Surprisingly right in the thick of the AL East race, they have been among the worst offensive teams in the league. Things get even worse at home, where they own the fourth worst average (.235). They’ve benefitted from power, and that’s where the risk comes in with Elias (0.92 HR/9 in the Majors, 1.10 this season). Their power has been especially good against suthpaws (15 HR vs. LHP puts them tied for fifth in the league.  That said he’s been pitching well (2.76 ERA), so he’s certainly worth consideration (though he is a risky proposition). Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2015: May 25-31: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

The baseball season began later this year and Memorial Day also appears to have come early. With that being said, while the standings certainly matter at this point, you don’t want to make any rash decisions either. Let’s take a look at the pitchers who are taking the mound twice this week to see who is worth using and who is too big of a risk:

Tier 1:

  1. Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants – at Milwaukee; vs. Atlanta
  2. David Price – Detroit Tigers – at Oakland; at LA Angels
  3. Jordan Zimmermann – Washington Nationals – at Chicago Cubs; at Cincinnati
  4. Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros – at Baltimore; vs. Chicago White Sox
  5. Julio Teheran – Atlanta Braves – at LA Dodgers; at San Francisco
  6. Jake Odorizzi – Tampa Bay Rays – vs. Seattle; at Baltimore

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Streaming Starters: May 18-25: Rubby De La Rosa for Two, Deep Sleepers & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Streaming starting pitchers is always an intriguing notion, but this early in the season there’s no reason to force the issue.  You want to be cautious and not risk torpedoing your ratios for the sake of chasing a win and little else.  Keep that in mind, as that’s why there will be days that we don’t recommend any options.

That said, let’s take a look at the potential options for the coming week:

 

Monday, May 18
Rubby De La Rosa – Arizona Diamondbacks – at Miami
We all know that De La Rosa brings with him the allure of strikeout potential, so taking on a Marlins’ team that ranked sixth in strikeouts through Friday with 295 (seventh for the month of May with 117) is going to be a benefit. The downsides? There’s always the risk of poor control, though he’s walked 2 batters or fewer in six of his seven starts (the most he’s had is 3). There’s also the potential he gets burnt by the long ball, but pitching in Miami should help to alleviate that concern. Marlins Park has allowed 1.00 HR/game this season, by far the lowest in the Majors (NL average is 1.83, AL average is 1.94). Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2015: May 18-25: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

Each and every week we are out there looking for that edge and one of the ways that presents itself is with pitchers who are scheduled to take the mound twice in any given week. While every strikeout you get is always a good thing, those strikeouts are not always “free”. For as much reward that there is there is also some risk involved as once a player is in your lineup, he is stuck there all week. Let’s take a look at your options for this week:

Tier 1:

  1. Johnny Cueto – Cincinnati Reds – at Kansas City; at Cleveland
  2. Matt Harvey – New York Mets – vs. St. Louis; at Pittsburgh
  3. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians – at Chicago White Sox; vs. Cincinnati
  4. Chris Sale – Chicago White Sox – vs. Cleveland; vs. Minnesota
  5. James Shields – San Diego Padres – vs. Chicago Cubs; at LA Dodgers
  6. Sonny Gray – Oakland A’s – at Houston; at Tampa Bay
  7. Cole Hamels – Philadelphia Phillies – at Colorado; at Washington

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Streaming Starters: May 11-17: Chase Anderson, Deep Sleepers & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Streaming starting pitchers is always an intriguing notion, but this early in the season there’s no reason to force the issue.  You want to be cautious and not risk torpedoing your ratios for the sake of chasing a win and little else.  Keep that in mind, as that’s why there will be days that we don’t recommend any options.

That said, let’s take a look at the potential options for the coming week:

 

Monday, May 11
No recommended streaming option

 

Tuesday, May 12
Carlos Frias – Los Angeles Dodgers – vs. Miami
He’s been impressive over his first two starts (2.61 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) while showing enough strikeouts (7.84 K/9), above average control (1.74 BB/9) and elite groundballs (60.0%).  If he can maintain those types of marks remains to be seen, as he didn’t post anything close to those numbers since 2011 in the minors: Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2015: May 11-17: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

If you are looking to bolster your pitching totals this week with starters taking the hill twice, there are plenty of options. Let’s take a look at how they rank for the upcoming scoring period to help determine who we should trust and who we should ignore:

Tier 1:

  1. Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals – at Arizona; at San Diego
  2. Jon Lester – Chicago Cubs – vs. NY Mets; vs. Pittsburgh
  3. Gerrit Cole – Pittsburgh Pirates – at Philadelphia; at Chicago Cubs
  4. Stephen Strasburg- Washington Nationals – at Arizona; at San Diego

Tier 2:

  1. Chris Archer – Tampa Bay Rays – vs. NY Yankees; at Minnesota
  2. Jacob deGrom – New York Mets – at Chicago Cubs; vs. Milwaukee
  3. Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs – vs. NY Mets; vs. Pittsburgh
  4. Shelby Miller – Atlanta Braves – at Cincinnati; at Miami
  5. Jeff Samardzjia – Chicago White Sox – at Milwaukee; at Oakland
  6. Lance Lynn – St. Louis Cardinals – at Cleveland; vs. Detroit
  7. Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians – vs. St. Louis; at Texas

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