We’re at the All-Star break, which means we’re half way through the season — let that sink in real quick.
In the blink of an eye, we’re suddenly half way through the Fantasy Baseball season and all in all, it’s been a very intriguing season for starting pitching.
There have easily been more downs than ups for those tricky starting pitchers which has made this season a wild ride.
While there are no two-start pitchers during Week 15 because of the All-Star break, I’ll pick the best three matchups for the one-start pitchers as well as three pitchers I would recommend to sit.
After watching the amazing Home Run Derby, I more than likely will second guess anyone pitching to Giancarlo Stanton or Mark Trumbo for the rest of 2016.
Week 15 Pitching Planner
Five to start
Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs (vs. TEX)
Yes, yet another Chicago Cub makes my Pitching Planner (get used to it, the team from top to bottom is awesome).
Hendricks has been another Cub player that is playing out of his mind. He is having a career year with a 2.55 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 86 Ks over 98.2 IP. Hendricks is another arm to be feared by the NL Central leading Cubbies. The Rangers come into town with a mighty lineup, but the combination of Hendricks’ arsenal and the friendly confines of Wrigley Field could easily silence Texas.
Rich Hill, Oakland Athletics (vs. TOR)
Rich Hill has been one of the few older names in baseball pitching in vintage form.
The 36-year-old lefty was taken on by the Billy Beane driven Oakland A’s in the offseason and was ridiculed by many. Now, all the team scouts that laughed at Beane’s 1-year $6 million man are all scouting him and looking for pitching help. Hill takes on the Toronto Blue Jays and will have the fortune of playing in spacious O.co Stadium. This should allow him to maintain his solid 2.25 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. Look for Beane to benefit from Hill’s suburb 2016.
Anthony DeSclafani, Cincinnati Reds (vs. MIL)
The Cincinnati Reds have been abysmal in 2016. For the 36.1 innings pitched, DeSclafani has been the complete opposite.
Huge hype was coming out of Reds’ Spring Training camp solely because of DeSclafani. As fast as the hype came, the hype died because of an oblique injury. Well, he’s back and he’s doing what everyone expected out of him after his impressive Spring Training and 2015. DeSclafani has the advantage to play a team that is worse than his Reds in the Milwaukee Brewers.
Five to sit
CC Sabathia, New York Yankees (vs. BOS)
Well, the story was fun there for a little bit. Sabathia was pitching like it was 2007, but it seems that the veteran is getting gassed out.
Over the past four games, the 35-year-old is pitching to the tune of a bloated 8.38 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP. The hard hitting Boston Red Sox comes to town in Week 15. With Sabathia’s recent struggles and the BoSox big sticks coming into a hitter friendly environment, all signs point to a “thanks, but no thanks” approach to the big lefty.
Jake Odorizzi, Tampa Bay Rays (vs. BAL)
It seems as if Odorizzi had everyone fooled to begin the 2016 season. Well, it’s all catching up to him now and anyone that’s still on the S.S. Jake should jump ship now.
Simple math here: Tampa Bay Rays lack of offense/defense + Odorizzi’s 4.47 ERA and 1.27 WHIP + the AL East opponents = a benched/droppable Odorizzi.
The home run friendly Orioles come to town to face the young righty. The Baltimore sticks can make a pitcher friendly Tropicana Field seem like a playground any day of the week. Do yourself a favor if you have Odorizzi, make it a point to find someone else to take his place effective immediately.
Michal Pineda, New York Yankees (vs. BOS)
Not picking on the New York Yankees here or anything, really. I just don’t like when a flyball pitcher pitches in a hitter friendly environment against a potent lineup.
So, with that long winded explanation in mind, Pineda has looked amazing at times, but mostly has looked too shaky. The young righty currently sits on a 5.38 ERA, a gross 1.37 WHIP, and a lopsided 3-7 record through Week 15. Boston will come out swinging on the homer prone Pineda which will make for a nasty outing for the starter.
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