Pitch or Ditch: September 17



  • David Purcey vs. Bal – I know the ERA he’s posted (5.10), but that stems from a few bad starts.  He is a pitcher that has the potential to go out there and strikeout 10 batters in a game, which he did on 8/27 vs. TB.  He has yet to pitch against the Orioles this season, but has been dominant against teams like the Tigers and Rays, so I certainly have hopes for this game.  If you want to take a gamble, this is your best bet in my opinion.
  • Ryan Rowland-Smith vs. KC – He’s definitely not a great option, but if Purcey isn’t available he could be worth the gamble.  He’s gone at least 6.1 innings in each of his last 5 starts allowing no more than 3 ER in any of them, including match-ups against the Yankees, Angels and Twins.  Granted, he’s not going to give you a ton of K’s, but he’s a better risk then most of the other options you could take a flier on.


  • Josh Geer vs. Col – He has given up just 2 ER in each of his first 3 starts, but this one comes in Colorado.  No way I’m taking that risk.
  • Phil Hughes vs. CWS – He’s got great potential, but he has been bad in the major leagues this season.  With your fantasy title on the line, is that really a risk you want to take?
  • Brian Bass vs. Tor – While most of his appearances have come out of the bullpen, he’s sporting a 4.84 ERA and 1.55 WHIP.  Pass.
  • Zach Duke vs. LAD – I don’t care what he’s done over his last 3 starts (4 ER in 21.2 innings, though the last start was just 4.2 innings), he has a 4.84 ERA and gave up 3 runs in 6 innings in a previous start against the Dodgers.  I’m not willing to take the risk on him.
  • Brandon Knight vs. Was – Nice story.  Good season at Triple A.  Not woth any type of gamble, though.
  • Shairon Martis vs. NYM – He’s been solid in two starts, but those were against the Marlins & Braves.  If he pitches well this time out against the Mets, then I may change my tune for his next start.  At this point, however, I think he’s just too big a risk and he definitely could be in line to get shelled.
  • Freddy Garcia vs. Tex – First start of the season = no chance I’m using him.
  • Dustin Nippert vs. Det – He’s 2-0 in his last 2 starts, giving up 1 ER in 12 innings against the Mariners & A’s.  This is a much better offensive team, however, plus he is sporting a 6.20 ERA and 1.80 WHIP on the season. 
  • Greg Smith vs. LAA – He had a good start against the Orioles, tossing 7 shutout innings, but that was sandwiched by 2 starts that he went a total 10.2 innings in, giving up 14 runs.  He’s been bad lately and there’s now way he can be trusted against the Angels.


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