Let’s see. Two weeks ago brought Stephen Strasburg’s injury, James Paxton’s injury, Taijuan Walker’s “resurgence,” if I don’t jinx it.
This week brings the sudden demotion of thought to be up-and-coming young talent Mike Wright, and debut of former first-round pick Mike Montgomery.
The biggest thing I have noticed of late: Memorial Day has passed and people are finally beginning to cut bait on struggling, thought to be, “sleepers.” Interestingly enough, I have also noticed people losing patience with injured players, Patrick Corbin, Mat Latos, among others.
The biggest question one must ask, though, are the journey men having a good season better than the potential “resurgence” of a guy like Walker. I, personally, and especially in a league with bench spots, have elected patience for young, over going after a cheap win with the old. Someone like Tim Lincecum or Chris Young may have a good start to the season, and it may last throughout the whole season, but given their lack of strikeouts, they don’t really offer much upside.
So, for this week, let’s see if we can’t find you some discounted pitchers that have, perhaps, been a bit inconsistent thus far this season.
Week 10 Pitching Planner
5 Starting Pitchers to Start
1. Carlos Rodon, SP, Chicago White Sox
Effectively wild I believe is the term for Rodon. Given he draws a start this week against the Houston Astros, effectively wild may be just what the doctor ordered against the free swinging lineup at U.S. Cellular Field.
2. Brett Anderson, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Anderson has pitched really well this year, in particular at Dodger Stadium. He draws a home start against the Arizona Diamondbacks, a team he previously shutout for six innings earlier this year. A road series in Los Angeles could be the beginning of the descent to last place in the West for the Diamondbacks after trading Mark Trumbo earlier this week.
3. Wei-Yin Chen, SP, Baltimore Orioles
Chen gets the start at home against the Boston Red Sox, a team that has really struggled against lefties this season. Plus, he matches up with Rick Porcello and his 5.01 ERA. I think Chen gets the victory, a rare feat for him so far this season, and offers sneaky strikeout potential as well.
4. Phil Hughes, SP, Minnesota Twins
This is more a target at the Kansas City Royals offense, and less for Hughes. The big surprise of 2014 has struggled this year, and yet I continue to stick by his side. Nevertheless, the Royals lineup has been brutal of late and Hughes gets the two start week beginning with Kansas City and Jason Vargas on Monday. Plus, the Twins have been very good against lefties, so at the very least, perhaps he can get a cheap victory.
5. Chris Sale, SP, Chicago White Sox
Sale does not really fit my usual list, as duh, of course you are starting him. Instead, I list him, as in daily leagues, there is not a price I would not pay for Sale on Monday. He draws the start at home against the Houston Astros. In addition to Sale dominating the Astros throughout his career, he has 35 strikeouts and just 3 earned runs allowed in his last three starts combined, each of seven innings or more.
5 Starting Pitchers to Sit
1. Anthony DeSclafani, SP, Cincinnati Reds
DeSclafani has been a bit of a mixed bag, and faces a fairly weak offense this coming week in the Philadelphia Phillies. Although, that is actually why he makes this list as I think people may mistakenly try to snag a cheap start out of him. His strikeout rate has come crashing back to Earth, which leaves him with little upside, and the Phillies offense has improved a little bit. In addition, DeSclafani has struggled at home to the tune of a 4.85 ERA this season.
2. John Lackey, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
His 4.66 ERA on the road is weary to begin with, but throw in the start coming at Coors Field and it has “AVOID” written all over it. The Rockies offense has actually begun to come around as well with 40 runs over their last 7 games.
3. Tim Lincecum, SP, San Francisco Giants
Lincecum has been consistently below average in his last three starts and has been brutal on the road all season, which is where he starts on Thursday, at Citi Field. The Mets, meanwhile, have been very good at home, and have scored 125 runs in 29 games, compared to just 87 runs in 27 games on the road. The matchup does not bode well for “The Freak” turning his fortunes around this week.
4. J.A. Happ, SP, Seattle Mariners
His 3-1 record with a 3.31 ERA may lead some to take the plunge on Happ this week against a lackluster lineup like Cleveland. I would advise against that though. Happ has been awful away from Safeco Field, with his 5.33 ERA in 5 starts, and Cleveland leads the league in runs scored against lefties.
5. Eduardo Rodriguez, SP, Boston Red Sox
Rodriguez took the American League by storm since his promotion, but every young starter has their struggles. A road start at Camden Yards seems problematic for the young 22-year old southpaw. Plus, not to take anything away from his success, neither of his first two starts have come against the AL East, or a lineup like the Baltimore Orioles. While he has silenced a couple of hot hitting lineups, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins, both impressive feats, I would suggest trying my luck with someone else this week rather than push my luck against the Orioles and then Toronto Blue Jays lineup on Sunday.
Hopefully, our Week 10 Pitching Planner helps you continue your winning ways in 2015!
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