Welcome back, Barflys! Hope you all enjoyed the All-Star Break. I know I sure enjoyed the chants of “Sell the team!” when Brent Rooker of the A’s got up to bat during the ASG. Good times, solidarity, yay baseball!

This week there are a LOT of great choices among the double-dippers, but a whole slew to stay away from, too. This week’s Point of Reference is the Yankees’ Gerrit Cole, who slots in just between Lucas Giolito and Nathan Eovaldi in week-long value with his one start against the Royals next weekend.

So, why don’t you and I dive right in?

Oh, and sell the team, John.


Pitchers’ projected starts for the next week are sourced from Rudy Gamble’s Streamonator as of the update at 1:00pm Eastern.

The bold pitchers below are the most extreme version of each section. The best of the Top Shelf, the safest of the Well, the worst of the Bar Mat.

The Top Shelf

Pitcher First Start Second Start
Kevin Gausman, TOR SD(TU) @SEA(SU)
Jesus Luzardo, MIA @STL(MO) COL(SU)
Logan Gilbert, SEA MIN(MO) TOR(SA)
Aaron Nola, PHI MIL(TU) @CLE(SU)
Shane McClanahan, TB @TEX(MO) BAL(SA)
Logan Webb, SF @CIN(MO) @WSH(SA)
Bryan Woo, SEA MIN(TU) TOR(SU)
Lucas Giolito, CHW @NYM(TU) @MIN (SU)
Gerrit Cole, NYY KC(SA) Point of Reference
Nathan Eovaldi, TEX TB(MO) LAD(SU)
Luis Severino, NYY @LAA(MO) KC(SU)
Bailey Ober, MIN @SEA(TU) CHW(SU)
Sonny Gray, MIN @SEA(MO) CHW(SA)
Tarik Skubal, DET @KC(TU) SD(SU)


  • Lots of solid choices here, but the three up top really do separate themselves from the pack.
  • Watch that MIN/SEA series early in the week. All four pitchers going Monday and Tuesday are in this list, so we should be in store for some lovely hurlers’ duels. Then Bailey Ober gets his second duel of the week against Lucas Giolito on Sunday.


The Well

Pitcher First Start Second Start
Jordan Montgomery, STL MIA(TU) @CHC(SU)
Tyler Wells, BAL LAD(TU) @TB(SU)
MacKenzie Gore, WSH @CHC(MO) SF(SU)
Hunter Brown, HOU @COL(TU) @OAK(SU)
Joe Musgrove, SD @TOR(TU) @DET(SU)
Mitch Keller, PIT CLE(MO) @LAA(SU)
Taj Bradley, TB @TEX(TU) BAL(SU)
Bryce Elder, ATL ARI(TU) @MIL(SU)


  • These are all fine pitchers. Nothing special. Most of these lads have a good start and a rough start, but if you have to decide for the whole week, I’d say generally go with these guys.


The Bar Mat

Pitcher First Start Second Start
Drew Smyly, CHC WSH(TU) STL(SU)
Jameson Taillon, CHC WSH(MO) STL(SA)
Paul Blackburn, OAK BOS(MO) HOU(SA)
Daniel Lynch, KC DET(TU) @NYY(SU)
Cole Irvin, BAL LAD(MO) @TB(SA)
Matt Manning, DET @KC(MO) SD(SA)
Jordan Lyles, KC DET(MO) @NYY(SA)
Luke Weaver, CIN SF(TU) ARI(SU)
Carlos Carrasco, NYM CHW(TU) @BOS(SU)
Xzavion Curry, CLE @PIT(MO) PHI(SU)
Julio Teheran, MIL @PHI (TU) ATL(SU)
Michael Grove, LAD @BAL(MO) @TEX(SU)
Brandon Williamson, CIN SF(MO) ARI(SA)
Brennan Bernardino, BOS @OAK(MO) NYM(SU)
Ryan Walker, SF @CIN(TU) @WSH(SU)
Zach Davies, ARI @ATL(TU) @CIN(SU)
Zack Thompson, STL MIA(MO) @CHC(SA)
Noah Davis, COL HOU(TU) @MIA(SU)


  • Woof.
  • Look, a bunch of A’s! Cubs! Royals! And all tied up in a bow at the very bottom with a Rox pitcher. All is right with the world.