No Doubt

Player Team Opp. 1 Opp. 2
Gerrit Cole HOU @CHW @OAK
Clayton Kershaw LAD @MIA @ATL

It wasn’t worth the effort to paste Gerrit Cole’s head on the GIF, but you get it, Cole is about to dive straight into a pile of money as he enters free agency next season.

After getting off to a rough start, Cole keeps cruising with a 1.98 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 36% K rate along with a 6.3% BB rate since his May 27th start. He may be getting a little lucky, but you have bigger concerns than whether he should be in your lineup.

Clayton Kershaw has been great this season as well, and performing even better since July started. 1.66 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and a 32% K rate. As Mark Twain was famously quoted as saying, “Rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated.” The back has held up this season and we’re getting a (potentially last) look at vintage Kershaw down the stretch.


Pretty…Pretty Good

Player Team Opp. 1 Opp. 2
Zack Greinke HOU @CHW @OAK
Lance Lynn TEX @TOR MIN
Eduardo Rodriguez BOS @CLE BAL
Zack Wheeler NYM @ATL @KC
Mike Clevinger CLE BOS @NYY
Domingo German NYY BAL CLE

After a couple starts to get adjusted from his injury and rehab, Mike Clevinger has been fan-friggin-tastic. 1.83 ERA, 0.97 WHIP , and 58 strikeouts in 44.1 IP over 7 starts.

The Yankees and Red Sox have the most runs against righties along with being 1st and 3rd respectively in runs scored since the break. So, while I fully endorse Mike Clevinger and I’m starting him where I own him, this week is not without risk.



Player Team Opp. 1 Opp. 2
James Paxton NYY BAL CLE
Brendan McKay TB @SD DET
Zach Plesac CLE BOS @NYY

Only a couple pitchers out of this bunch that has been performing well recently, and one is Plesac with the same terrible match-up as Clevinger.

Brendan McKay had one blow up against the White Sox of all teams, but has been a solid performer outside of that one. On the beach in San Diego and home vs Detroit, there was a part of me that wanted to move him up into the next group with that 27% K rate and only 3 walks in 29.2 IP.


Refrigerator Chinese Take Out

Player Team Opp. 1 Opp. 2
Zac Gallen ARI @COL SF
Ivan Nova CHW HOU @LAA
Jose Quintana CHC @PHI @PIT
Anthony DeSclafani CIN @WSH STL
Alex Wood CIN @WSH STL

Potential for some soy based goodness, but with a personal level of risk tolerance that is dependent on the other options on hand. Zac Gallen has been great, but going to Coors in the summer carries some potential to be hazardous to your health.

Ivan Nova is another guy that has been performing well post all-star break, but he gets the Astros at home in the stadium with the worst name in the majors, Guaranteed Rate Field. Bring back $1 beer night!


So, You’re Saying There’s a Chance

Brett Anderson OAK @SF HOU
Dillon Peters LAA PIT CHW
Jason Vargas PHI CHC SD
Michael Wacha STL @KC @CIN
Dylan Cease CHW HOU @LAA
Yusei Kikuchi SEA @DET @TOR

There is a chance. We’ve seen moments of decency from everyone on this list. Some surprising, some not so much, but each is enough of a roller coaster ride that you must be this tall, aka desperate, to jump in these carts.

Free Streamonator Pick of the Week: Streamonator comes at you with a new name this week in Dillon Peters. 3.18 ERA since being recalled.

Limited upside for strikeouts, but he did get 8 last time out vs the Red Sox. The curve is consistently getting 2900+ spin rates, and hitters are struggling to the tune of a 58% GB rate with a .188 batting average and slugging against.


I Immediately Regret This Decision

Player Team Opp. 1 Opp. 2
Trevor Williams PIT @LAA CHC
Wilmer Font TOR TEX SEA
Ariel Jurado TEX @TOR MIN
Jordan Yamamoto MIA LAD @COL
Peter Lambert COL ARI MIA
Martin Perez MIN @MIL @TEX
Jose Suarez LAA PIT CHW



  • 3 TBDs as a result of looking at Friday information.
    • Washington’s Monday starter is TBD with my best guesses being one of Anibal Sanchez or Erick Fedde. Either is a smell for freshness Chinese Carry Out’er if they draw the 2 starts.
    • Arizona’s Monday starter is also TBD between Mike Leake and Merrill Kelly. Leake is a fridge check and Kelly falls to the bottom group.
    • The Tigers have a TBD starter for Tuesday. Maybe it’s one of Drew VerHagen (Regret This Decision) or Tyler Alexander (There’s a Chance).
  • Padres 6 man rotation still in tact.
  • The Os and Yanks have a doubleheader on Monday that could throw a wrench into who actually makes the 2 starts for each team.
  • Possible that the Mariners run a 4 man rotation and Marco Gonzales gets 2 starts. If he does, I’m Saying There’s a Chance due to the lack of Ks and blow up potential.
  • With Tampa Bay having their bullpen days, it’s possible their Tuesday primary gets 2 this week.


Projected 2 Start Days and Opponents

Team Projected 2 Start Days Opp. 1 Opp. 1
BAL Monday (Doubleheader) @NYY @BOS
NYY Monday, Tuesday (Doubleheader) BAL CLE
TB Monday @SD DET
CWS Monday, Tuesday HOU @LAA
CLE Monday, Tuesday BOS @NYY
DET Tuesday SEA @TB
MIN Tuesday @MIL @TEX
HOU Monday, Tuesday @CWS @OAK
LAA Monday, Tuesday PIT CWS
OAK Tuesday @SF HOU
SEA Tuesday @DET @TOR
TEX Monday, Tuesday @TOR MIN
MIA Tuesday LAD @COL
NYM Tuesday @ATL @KC
PHI Tuesday CHC SD
CHC Tuesday @PHI @PIT
CIN Monday, Tuesday @WSH STL
STL Tuesday @KC @CIN
ARZ Monday, Tuesday @COL SF
LAD Tuesday @MIA @ATL
SD X (6 man) TB @PHI
SF Tuesday OAK @ARZ
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3 years ago

CBS has Bumgarner on two starts (v Oak, @ Ari), and McKay and Peters as one-start pitchers this week. Are you seeing the same? I ask because I haven’t been able to find information on these changes, and ESPN still lists Bumgarner as a single start with McKay and Peters as two-start pitchers.

Reply to  B_Don
3 years ago

Look at B_Don with the internet!

Edgar Gonzalez
Edgar Gonzalez
3 years ago

What type of pitcher does Aaron Civale figure to be? A 4.00 era or something more like a 3.30 with a 1.15 whip?

Edgar Gonzalez
Edgar Gonzalez
Reply to  B_Don
3 years ago

Thanks for the insight, appreciate it.

3 years ago

Starting Two start Gallen with a trip to Coors over two start Disco?

Wallpaper Paterson
Wallpaper Paterson
3 years ago

I may pick up Font next week for some laughs. It is a head to head league and my opponent will not reach the 50 innings threshold, so I can start some rough pitchers and still take all the pitching categories.

But that starts on Monday. For today, do you like Vince Velasquez to do well at San Francisco?

Thanks in advance.