Pitch or Ditch: September 16



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  • 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.


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