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Two-Start Pitchers 2018: June 18-24: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Rodon, Weaver & More)

by Ray Kuhn

We are back again with another slate of pitchers taking the mound twice. As we have become accustomed to, the options present themselves to us with varying degrees of risk It’s hard to find three better options at the top of our list, but can we really count on Jacob deGrom to win a game? It’s frustrating, but let’s take a look at how our options rank for this week:

 

Tier One:

  1. Chris Sale – Boston Red Sox – at Minnesota; vs. Seattle
  2. Gerrit Cole – Houston Astros – vs. Tampa Bay; vs. Kansas City
  3. Jacob deGrom – New York Mets – at Colorado; vs. LA Dodgers

Tier Two:

  1. Trevor Bauer – Cleveland Indians – vs. Chicago White Sox; vs. Detroit
  2. Jose Berrios – Minnesota Twins – vs. Boston; vs. Texas

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Streaming Starters: June 11-17: Are There Any Under-The-Radar Options To Trust? (Boyd, McCarthy & More)

by Ken Balderston

Streaming pitchers off the waiver wire can be a very effective way to add innings to your staff.  Maybe you missed out on some of your end game pitchers in the draft, have run into a string of injuries or just want to take advantage of some matchups.  Here’s a look at some options owned in less than 50% of CBS leagues to help you gain an advantage this week.

A Grade

To be considered in most leagues

No ‘A’ grade starts this week

 

B Grade

Some nice upside but also some risk

Brandon McCarthy – Braves (vs. Padres, 28% owned) ‘B+’
It’s been a rough go of for McCarthy, who owns a 6.19 ERA in his past three starts and gave up an uncharacteristic 3 home runs in his last start in LA.  In those 3 starts he’s only walked one batter leading to a 1.19 WHIP, and even has 11 strikeouts in 10.2 June innings.  The Padres could help him out there as well, as they’ve struck out as a team the second most times and have the second worst road OPS at .645.  McCarthy’s been downgraded a bit in his grade because of his ups and downs this season, but his peripherals suggest he could be coming around.  On top of that the Padres present a great opportunity to stream a proven major leaguer. Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2018: June 4-10: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Romero, Duffy & More)

by Ray Kuhn

Just like that we are into June. This is the time of year where it’s truly the moment to begin to shape the rest of your season. Are you going to be a buyer or seller? Are you trading from strength or weakness? What will your strategy be over the next four months of the season? Will two start pitchers be part of your strategy, attempting to maximize strikeouts and wins while risking ratios? As you try to answer those questions, let’s take a look at how our options rank:

 

Tier One:

  1. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians – vs. Milwaukee; at Detroit
  2. Luis Severino – New York Yankees – at Detroit; at NY Mets
  3. James Paxton – Seattle Mariners – at Houston; at Tampa Bay

Tier Two:

  1. Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros – vs. Seattle; at Texas
  2. Kyle Hendricks – Chicago Cubs – vs. Philadelphia; vs. Pittsburgh

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Streaming Starters: June 4-10: Are There Any Under-The-Radar Options To Trust? (Lyles, Tropeano & More)

by Ken Balderston

Streaming pitchers off the waiver wire can be a very effective way to add innings to your staff.  Maybe you missed out on some of your end game pitchers in the draft, have run into a string of injuries or just want to take advantage of some matchups.  Here’s a look at some options owned in less than 50% of CBS leagues to help you gain an advantage this week.

A Grade

To be considered in most leagues

Jordan Lyles – Padres (vs. Braves, 26% owned) ‘A-’
Lyles started the year in the bullpen (3.66 ERA), and has been about as successful since becoming a starter (3.64 ERA).  Where we see the biggest split is in his home/road production, with a 2.01 ERA in 31.1 home innings and 6.50 ERA in 18.0 road innings.  The Braves have a formidable road offense (.776 road OPS) but this game will take place in San Diego’s Petco Park, long thought of as a pitcher’s heaven.  This is especially true at night, and favorably for Lyles this game starts at 7:10 pacific time.  He held a 37% ownership rate last week, pitched well again and is now down to 26%… go figure.  The good new is there’s a chance he’s on your waiver wire, and if he can handle the Braves you might even want to consider hanging onto him. Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2018: May 28 – June 3: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Velasquez, Koch & More)

by Ray Kuhn

Thanks to Memorial Day we have a full slate of baseball on deck this week. We also close out the second full month of the season, and as we look to June it is time for reflection about your place in the standings and your plan moving forward. Let’s take a look at your options if you are looking to maximize your starts this week:

 

Tier One:

  1. Justin Verlander – Houston Astros – at NY Yankees; vs. Boston
  2. Jacob deGrom – New York Mets – at Atlanta; vs. Chicago Cubs
  3. Charlie Morton – Houston Astros – at NY Yankees; vs. Boston

Tier Two:

  1. Jon Lester – Chicago Cubs – at Pittsburgh; at NY Mets
  2. Jake Arrieta – Philadelphia Phillies – at LA Dodgers; at San Francisco
  3. Gio Gonzalez – Washington Nationals – at Baltimore; at Atlanta
  4. Chris Archer – Tampa Bay Rays – at Oakland; at Seattle
  5. Luke Weaver – St. Louis Cardinals – at Milwaukee; vs. Pittsburgh
  6. David Price – Boston Red Sox – vs. Toronto; at Houston

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Streaming Starters: May 28 – June 3: Are There Any Under-The-Radar Options To Trust? (Lyles, Musgrove & More)

by Ken Balderston

Streaming pitchers off the waiver wire can be a very effective way to add innings to your staff.  Maybe you missed out on some of your end game pitchers in the draft, have run into a string of injuries or just want to take advantage of some matchups.  Here’s a look at some options owned in less than 50% of CBS leagues to help you gain an advantage this week.

 

A Grade

To be considered in most leagues

Jordan Lyles – Padres (vs. Marlins, 37% owned) ‘A+’
After starting the year in the bullpen, Lyles has moved into the rotation and is so far making the most of his opportunity.  In his first three starts, heading into Saturday, he’s thrown 18 IP with a 2.50 ERA and 4:1 K:BB ratio (10 K/9).  He’s been great at home, with a 1.85 ERA on the year including his relief appearances.  He’s been a bit lucky with a .225 BABIP and 78% strand rate, but the Marlins are hardly the team to make him pay, producing a league worst OPS both on the road and overall, including a sub .300 OBP on the road, and a mere 38 HR in 50 games.  There could be an argument to be made to start just about anyone against the Marlins, but given Lyles hot streak and pitching in Petco Park (where he’s really thrived this year) this is a matchup to stream even in shallow leagues Read more