Week 7 Pitching Planner: Juggling The Ring Of Fire

By on May 16, 2017
Week 7 Pitching Planner Photo Credit: Chris Swann

Here we go, the Week 7 Pitching Planner and all of its glory.

I am not a Yankees fan, but what they did for Derek Jeter was epic in a lot of ways.

I do think that it was more his team than him, however; which is not a popular opinion. I mean the pitching on that Dynasty was nuts. Some might say underrated.

In fact, I’m not sure if he should be placed in the Hall at all. Have you taken a look at his numbers? Some of these guys that have been waiting for their time have much better numbers.

You can breathe now; I’m just playing troll here. Yes, he was great in almost every way.

Week 7 Pitching Planner

*This article will be broken down by start’em/sit’em (one-start pitchers) and start’em/sit’em (two-start pitchers)

Two-start

Sit’Em

Jake Odorizzi, TB (at CLE, vs. NYY) (RHP)

Odorizzi has been splendid in most of his starts so far this year. Most SP would if they start against the Blue Jays (twice), Marlins, and Royals. Next Odorizzi faces Cleveland and the Yanks. Within the last seven days, Cleveland has been one of the worst offensive teams in the league, hitting .212, with 26 RBI. However, Kipnis had a great last few games, and the team has started hitting again, as they have scored 14 runs the last two games. With a Cleveland team that is heating up and a Yankees team who has been in the Top 5 for quite some time, this sets the stage to be a bad week for Odorizzi. I would stand clear this week.

Tom Koehler, MIA (vs. HOU, at LAD) (RHP)

 

Tom has looked pretty bad all year and should be avoided at all costs. If you have him in NL-Only, I get it. However, you should sit Tom quicker than the ‘Stros ruined Jeter night. Tom has only given up less than three runs in one game this year, and that was opening day. His Ks are not good and has only made it past 5.1 innings twice in seven starts. He faces an Astros team that is raking right now! The ‘Stros are sixth in dongs for the last week, and only seem to get hotter as they have knocked in 40 RBI in that same time frame. Also, the Dodgers are just running into runs, as they have posted 72 runs since the start of May, losing four of 12 in that time frame. These are going to be short and painful outings for Tom. Sit. All. Day.

Bartolo Colon, ATL (at Tor, vs. WSH)(RHP)

 

Ah, one of baseballs favourite kids. You can love him all you want, but leave him on the wire, as he is sporting a 12.10 ERA for the month, and a 7.22 ERA for the year. It’s possible that he has lost it (and by it, I mean the juice). I get why people love him, but keep him off your team. The Jays are scorching right now. They are riding a nice five-game win streak, with HRs coming from all ends of the line-up. Then Colon has to face The Nats, who can beat anyone right now! The Nats are on a tear, and Harper refuses to cool off. Sit, Sit, Sit, and Sit some more.

Start’Em

Eduardo Rodriguez, BOS (at STL, at OAK) (LHP)

Eduardo has been too legit this year. Eduardo has only had one start with more than three runs, and it was his first of the year. E-Rod has had the dial up since the start of the year, and I expect him to continue pitching at a high level.

The devil magic Cardinals will be awaiting his arrival. I expect this game to be short and easy for E-Rod. The Cards have not been good against lefties, sitting in the bottom three in H, R, HR, and have a .230 Avg. Despite his higher ERA in away games, E-Rod has a .194 BAA in those contests. E-Rod also has the Athletics later in the week. I expect this game to be harder, as the A’s hit .302 vs. lefties and have looked pretty good vs. left-handed pitching; placing in the better half of the league in most categories. He will not rack you up a bunch of Ks, but this week is an easy two QS for the week.

Matthew Boyd, DET (vs. BAL, vs. TEX) (LHP)

Matthew Boyd’s season tells a tell of Dr, Jekyll and Mr.Hyde with his home and road splits. On the road, Boyd is a hogwash, pathetic excuse of a starting pitcher. His ERA is well above five, his runs and ERs are doubled and his BAA is a cool .329. However, when Boyd pitches to a home crowd, his numbers look like one who could win a few pitching awards. The WHIP in under one, hitters are mashing .178, he has allowed only six ERs, and an ERA sitting at a pretty 2.61; where both of his starts just happen to be this year.

The Orioles and the Rangers are channelling their Santa Claus and coming to town this week, and you should not be worried about either. The Orioles are a playoff team, however, as a team, they are either hot or cold. When the Orioles get down 0-1 in the count, batters are hitting .232 so far this year. With BAL being power focused as a team, this could be a decent SO game. Texas is terrible at hitting righties; plus they only have seven HRs all year vs. lefties. In Boyd’s last games vs. Texas, he went seven and gave up two hits. Not bad, right?

Jerad Eickhoff, PHI (at TEX, at PIT) (RHP)

 

Eickhoff’s season has gone down and spiralled a bit. The last three games, Eickhoff has given up five, four, and five runs respectively. Now, he was facing the Dodgers, Cubs, and Mariners, but still. His ERA went up more than a full point, and SO’s were down after those contests. Despite all of that, you should start him this week.

Texas is better when dealing with a rightie than lefties. On top of that, they are super hot winning six in a row. A start in PIT is too juicy not to start him this week, as he could get wrecked this game. Texas is facing a .238 Avg at home, which ranks in the bottom five of the league, and they SO a decent amount. So as long as Eickhoff keeps the ball under control, he has a great shot at a wonderful week. PIT has also only won five of 14, and can’t seem to get the offence going. While being a patient team at the plate, they are only hitting .232 and have more hits than the White Sox, Twins and Royals. Let’s hope he can get rolling for a two-win week.

 

One-Start

Sit’Em

Charlie Morton, HOU (vs. CLE) (RHP)

Morton was a stud last week; two wins and 15 Ks is not a bad week. Sure, the seven runs are not ideal, but you did not lose your week because of him. I will be telling you to sit him this week, as he faces a Cleveland team that I have talked about a lot the last few weeks. They are warming up, and hitting is contagious. With Kipnis driving the ship and Morton giving up more HRs and hits in home games than away games, I would take caution and sit him this week.

Michael Wacha, STL (vs. BOS) (RHP)

 

Wacha has been good to start the year. The HRs have been coming at a lower pace than last year and he has a 3.19 ERA for the year. However, Wacha has Boston coming in, and they can kill up any pitchers day. The Sox only have had three games all year without a score. With Wacha having a 1.15 WHIP, and looking at the peripherals would indicate that Wacha is back to his former self. However, I would sit him this week as Boston has scored the second most runs in the last week. As a team, they are hitting righties at a pace of .271, as they rank in the Top 12 in the league vs. righties.

Matt Harvey, NYM (at ARI) (RHP)

What a fall from Grace huh? From being cheered and adored for his game four performance in the NLCS, to total heel (which I love Heel Harvey, btw). He just does not seem to have the mental capacity to care right now, and we’ve all been through heartbreak. We know how it goes, but it has been showing in his play. He has given up five or more runs in the last three games! You can add on five HRs in those games as well. Harvey is about to face a D-back squad who seems to be warming up again. The D-backs have scored three or more runs in five of the last six games. Treat him like the round 15 plus draftee you picked him as and sit him this week.

Start’EM

Andrew Cashner, TEX (vs. PHI) (RHP)

 

Casher has been working the last few teams that he’s faced. Cashner has only allowed more than two ERs once in the previous five games. Cashner has the Phillies coming up next and will look to keep this good start to the season going. Cashner has been great at home, allowing three runs in three starts, with eight Ks. Also, that beard has magical powers. Philly is not a high powered offence that will make a big push on him. Only two of their starters are hitting above .275, as they are batting .257 as a team. Start with Confidence.

Trevor Cahill, SD (vs. MIL) (RHP)

 

Cahill has been a surprise this year. He is sitting at an ERA of 3.27 and already has over 50 Ks. Cahill has three games with four or more runs so far this year. He also has three games with one or zero runs. With the Brew crew coming down to San Diego, Cahill will look to bounce back from his last game. IF your favorite pitcher doesn’t pitch for the Reds, then Eric Thames probably has not hit a dong off of them, and outside of Braun, who is there? Keon Broxton, who’s hot?! Not to mention Travis Shaw is nursing an injured finger. On top of that, about half of their line-up hits under .250 away from Miller Park.

Andrew Triggs, OAK (at SEA) (RHP)

Triggs has been a gem at times this year. It seems he will pitch a great game where he gives up two runs or less, or he gives up five-plus. Triggs faced Seattle earlier this year, and they roughed him up for a solid six runs. Also, with over half of Seattle’s starting rotation on the DL, R’s have been flowing off Seattle pitching. Triggs has been through the Seattle lineup a few times, and with Seattle being in the dumps after their most recent swept, this should be a win for you and Triggs.

Scott Guthrie

Scott Guthrie

Scott's been playing fantasy sports since before Eminem was cool. He loves to relentlessly mock draft until the 9th person finally drops out. He takes pride in the fact that he was drafting Yelich before it was cool. Also, he was drafting three WRs in the first four rounds before the "Zero RB" strategy came about. He's been writing for a few years in his basement, and now wants to share it with the world.
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