- James Parr vs. Phi – He has been great thus far, with 12 shutout innings against the Nationals & Rockies to kick off his career. Unfortunately, he gets the streaking Phillies next in a match-up that I just cannot trust him in. Definitely pass on him in the starting line-up, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stash him away, just in case.
- Zach Jackson vs. Min – A 5.62 ERA should be the beginning and end of this conversation.
- Chris Waters vs. Tor – Like with Jackson, a 5.73 ERA is the only part of the conversation I need to hear.
- Jeff Karstens vs. LAD – 13 ER in his last 12.1 innings (3 starts). Great start to his Pirates career but he’s now showing his true colors. Don’t bother in any format, especially against the Dodgers.
- Chris Volstad vs. Hou – He left his last start early after taking a grounder to his leg. It’s not that he is pitching poorly at all, but that should concern you a little, as does the fact that he is facing an extremely hot Astros team. He has also shown some control problems at times (5 walks in 6 innings against the Braves). I really like him, but I wouldn’t make this gamble.
- Brandon Duckworth vs. Sea – If his 5.85 ERA isn’t enough, his 1.90 WHIP should be.
- Shawn Estes vs. Col – 5 ER in 5 innings his last time out against the Dodgers and now he has to pitch in Coors? Yeah, just no.
- Zach Miner vs. Tex – He got wrecked in his last start, giving up 8 ER in 4.1 innings against the A’s. Yes, the A’s. Don’t even think about it.
- Kevin Millwood vs. Det – He’s given up 20 hits over his last 11 innings (2 starts). That’s just terrible and makes him unusable in all formats.
- Sean Gallagher vs. LAA – Most other teams I’d say he would be usable here, especially after that first start coming off the DL. Still, even with the division clinched, the Angels are dangerous and I wouldn’t risk it.