Pitch & Ditch – August 30

Yesterday’s Results:
Joe Kelly @ Pittsburgh – 5.0 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, 3 BB, 3 K
This one certainly didn’t pan out, but that’s going to happen from time-to-time when you stream pitchers.  Now, the question becomes if Kelly will even get another start or if the team will either go back to Lance Lynn or recall Shelby Miller once rosters expand over the weekend.  As I’ve said, I’m guessing Miller gets a shot but time will tell.

Today’s Pick:
Zach Britton – Baltimore Orioles – vs. Chicago White Sox
It is honestly slim pickings for a streaming option today, with a smaller schedule and a lot of heavily owned pitchers taking the mound. So, I will roll the dice with the hot hand.

Britton has pitched well over his past two starts, going 2-0 and allowing just 2 ER over 13.2 innings against the Tigers and Blue Jays. His overall numbers are poor, though there has been a lot of poor luck. Considering he has posted a line drive rate of 14.3%, his .313 BABIP is extremely inflated.

Now, whether you believe the line drive rate is a completely different story. It also is a tough matchup, so keep that in mind. However, he has been pitching well and that’s all you can ask for. If you can avoid a Pitch & Ditch today I would consider passing, but if it is a necessity I would roll the dice on Britton.
Confidence in Selection – Low

One comment

  1. Scott says:

    Great column this one. I’m working on streaming pitchers myself to ensure I meet the innings limit and gain a bundle of strikeouts to help my cause. Streamed Samardzija myself yesterday that worked out a treat, guess not widely available though. My only problem is this. By the time this column goes up I cant pick up the player because I have to do that the night before. How about doing it with an update on the pitcher the night before last earlier in the day? Thanks. Great site.

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