Just when I thought I was out they pull me back in. Here I was thinking the no-hitters were done and over with. And I wasn’t going to have to pick one this week. Alas, that wasn’t the case and the Cubs threw one against the Dodgers. Although it was combined, started by Zach Davies and finished by Craig Kimbrel, the deed was done. So my No-Hitter candidate of the week is Robbie Ray. He has a start at home against the Mariners and I’m still working with the operating theory that all No-Hitters come against them, the Indians, and the Rangers.

Normally I have write-ups with facts, tidbits, and opinions coupled with the pitchers. This week they won’t be there due to a technical error and me losing the entire original post. So just for this week, it will just be rankings with no write-ups. Next week we’ll get back to our regularly scheduled program. Now with the house cleaning out of the way, let’s get to the news.

Some noteworthy news to get to. The RaysTyler Glasnow believes he’ll be back this season which I find hard to believe but time will tell. Also, Mike Soroka re-tore his Achilles Tendon, so expect not to hear anything on him until next year. Also, Dinelson Lamet was pulled from his last start with forearm fatigue. Lastly, there is a top prospect in the Reds organization by the name of Hunter Greene. Greene is skyrocketing through the system and reached AAA last week. He regularly reaches 100 MPH and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him up at some point if his success continues. He could be a league winner for your team so monitor him closely. Now let’s get to the two start pitchers this week!

MUST STARTS

1. Brandon Woodruff MIL: (6/29 vs CHC)(7/4 @ PIT)

2. Freddy Peralta MIL: (6/28 vs CHC)(7/3 @ PIT)

3. Trevor Bauer LAD: (6/28 vs SF)(7/4 @ WAS)

4. Lucas Giolito CHW: (6/28 vs MIN)(7/3 @ DET)

5. Trevor Rogers MIA: (6/29 @ PHI)(7/4 @ ATL)

6. Charlie Morton ATL: (6/29 vs NYM)(7/4 vs MIA)

7. Zack Greinke HOU: (6/28 vs BAL)(7/4 @ CLE)

8. Robbie Ray TOR: (6/29 vs SEA)(7/4 vs TB)

9. Dylan Cease CHW: (6/29 vs MIN)(7/4 @ DET)

10. Kyle Hendricks CHC: (6/28 @ MIL)(7/4 @ CIN)

11. Anthony DeSclafani SF: (6/28 @ LAD)(7/4 @ ARI)

QUESTIONABLES

12. German Marquez COL: (6/29 vs PIT)(7/4 vs STL)

13. Wade Miley CIN: (6/28 vs PHI)(7/3 vs CHC)

14. Blake Snell SD: (6/29 @ CIN)(7/4 @ PHI)

15. James Kaprielian OAK: (6/29 vs TEX)(7/4 vs BOS)

16. Kenta Maeda MIN: (6/28 @ CHW)(7/3 @ KC)

17. Jameson Taillon NYY: (6/29 vs LAA)(7/4 NYM)

18. Nick Pivetta BOS: (6/29 vs KC)(7/4 @ OAK)

19. Matt Manning DET: (6/28 @ CLE)(7/4 vs CHW)

POINTS LEAGUES ONLY

20. Chris Flexen SEA: (6/29 @ TOR)(7/4 vs TEX)

21. Danny Duffy KC: (6/28 @ BOS)(7/3 vs MIN)

22. Caleb Smith ARI: (6/28 @ STL)(7/3 vs SF)

23. Kyle Freeland COL: (6/28 vs PIT)(7/3 vs STL)

NO THANKS

Joe Ross WAS: (6/29 vs TB)(7/4 vs LAD), Dylan Bundy LAA: (6/28 @ NYY)(7/4 vs BAL), Eric Fedde WAS: (6/28 vs NYM)(7/3 vs LAD), Tyler Anderson PIT: (6/28 @ COL)(7/3 vs MIL), Brad Keller KC: (6/29 @ BOS)(7/4 vs MIN), Garrett Richards BOS: (6/28 vs KC)(7/3 @ OAK), Carlos Martinez STL: (6/29 vs ARI)(7/4 @ COL), John Gant STL: (6/28 vs ARI)(7/3 @ COL), Vince Velasquez PHI: (6/29 vs MIA)(7/4 vs SD)

Spencer Howard PHI: (6/28 @ CIN)(7/3 vs SD), Bailey Ober MIN: (6/29 @ CHW)(7/4 @ KC), Tony Santillan CIN: (6/29 vs SD)(7/4 vs CHC), Jean-Carlos Mejia CLE: (6/29 vs DET)(7/4 vs HOU), Mike Foltynewicz TEX: (6/29 @ OAK)(7/4 @ SEA), Elijah Morgan CLE: (6/28 vs DET)(7/3 vs HOU), Jared Eickhoff NYM: (6/28 @ WAS)(7/3 @ NYY), Michael King NYY: (6/28 vs LAA)(7/3 vs NYM), Chase De Jong PIT: (6/29 @ COL)(7/4 vs MIL), Tom Eshelman BAL: (6/28 @ HOU)(7/4 @ LAA)

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martinrostoker
martinrostoker
1 year ago

Hi Richie,

Great analysis on pitchers!

Thoughts on starting Adbert Alzolay today against Cincinnati?

Thanks!!!

luvdarooks
1 year ago

do i start eflin vs Miami or Alcantera vs Atlanta Losses count against me and QS are a category for me

Bigger
1 year ago

I believe the word in the jizzcast (podcast) that Skubal was a hard no. No rationale given as I remember.