Week 6 is approaching and it is time to get your pitching in order, whether you play head to head or in some other format. Here is your cheat sheet to use in evaluating your rotation options this week.

Start 'em If You Own 'em

Starting Pitcher

First Start/Opponent

Second Start/Opponent

Max Scherzer  DET

5/5/2014

5/10/2014

 

vs. HOU

vs. MIN

 

Jarred Cosart  HOU

Kyle Gibson  MIN

Zack Greinke  LAD

5/5/2014

5/10/2014

 

@ WAS

vs. SF

 

Jordan Zimmermann  WAS

Matt Cain  SF

Jordan Zimmermann  WAS

5/5/2014

5/11/2014

 

vs. LAD

@ OAK

 

Zack Greinke  LAD

Jesse Chavez  OAK

Jeff Samardzija  CHC

5/5/2014

5/10/2014

 

vs. CHW

@ ATL

 

Jose Quintana  CHW

Alex Wood  ATL

Tim Hudson  SF

5/6/2014

5/11/2014

 

@ PIT

@ LAD

 

Charlie Morton  PIT

Clayton Kershaw  LAD

Scott Kazmir  OAK

5/5/2014

5/10/2014

 

vs. SEA

vs. WAS

 

Chris Young  SEA

Gio Gonzalez  WAS

Clayton Kershaw  LAD

5/6/2014

5/11/2014

 

@ WAS

vs. SF

 

TBA

Tim Hudson  SF

Nathan Eovaldi  MIA

5/5/2014

5/10/2014

 

vs. NYM

@ SD

 

Jonathon Niese  NYM

Eric Stults  SD

Jesse Chavez  OAK

5/6/2014

5/11/2014

 

vs. SEA

vs. WAS

 

Roenis Elias  SEA

Jordan Zimmermann  WAS

Jonathon Niese  NYM

5/5/2014

5/11/2014

 

@ MIA

vs. PHI

 

Nathan Eovaldi  MIA

Roberto Hernandez  PHI

Yordano Ventura  KC

5/5/2014

5/10/2014

 

@ SD

@ SEA

 

Eric Stults  SD

Chris Young  SEA

These are the pitchers I want to have on my roster, this week and every week, actually. Some new names here, including the Royals' rookie Ventura, Nathan Eovaldi who has made a serious case to be considered the second best pitcher on the Marlins, and the return of Clayton Kershaw. Jeff Samardzija is a good option these days as well, together with his rotation-mates Travis Wood and Jason Hammel.

Maybe Yes, Maybe No

Starting Pitcher

First Start/Opponent

Second Start/Opponent

Jered Weaver  LAA

5/5/2014

5/11/2014

 

vs. NYY

@ TOR

 

David Phelps  NYY

J.A. Happ  TOR

Martin Perez  TEX

5/5/2014

5/10/2014

 

@ COL

vs. BOS

 

Jordan Lyles  COL

Jon Lester  BOS

Samuel Deduno  MIN

5/6/2014

5/11/2014

 

@ CLE

@ DET

 

TBA

TBA

J.A. Happ  TOR

5/5/2014

5/11/2014

 

@ PHI

vs. LAA

 

Kyle Kendrick PHI

Jered Weaver LAA

Shelby Miller  STL

5/5/2014

5/11/2014

 

@ ATL

@ PIT

 

Aaron Harang  ATL

Edinson Volquez  PIT

Aaron Harang  ATL

5/5/2014

5/11/2014

 

vs. STL

vs. CHC

 

Shelby Miller  STL

Edwin Jackson  CHC

Chris Tillman  BAL

5/6/2014

5/11/2014

 

@ TB

vs. HOU

 

Chris Archer  TB

Brett Oberholtzer HOU

Jordan Lyles  COL

5/5/2014

5/10/2014

 

vs. TEX

@ CIN

 

Martin Perez  TEX

Alfredo Simon  CIN

Matt Cain  SF

5/5/2014

5/10/2014

 

@ PIT

@ LAD

 

TBA

Zack Greinke  LAD

Jose Quintana  CHW

5/5/2014

5/10/2014

 

@ CHC

vs. ARI

 

Jeff Samardzija  CHC

Wade Miley  ARI

Chris Archer  TB

5/6/2014

5/11/2014

 

vs. BAL

vs. CLE

 

Chris Tillman  BAL

TBA

David Phelps  NYY

5/5/2014

5/11/2014

 

@ LAA

@ MIL

 

Jered Weaver  LAA

Matt Garza MIL

Kyle Kendrick  PHI

5/5/2014

5/10/2014

 

vs. TOR

@ NYM

 

J.A. Happ TOR

Dillon Gee  NYM

Roenis Elias  SEA

5/6/2014

5/11/2014

 

@ OAK

vs. KC

 

Jesse Chavez OAK

Jeremy Guthrie  KC

Henderson Alvarez  MIA

5/6/2014

5/11/2014

 

vs. NYM

@ SD

 

Bartolo Colon  NYM

Robbie Erlin  SD

Chris Young  SEA

5/5/2014

5/10/2014

 

@ OAK

vs. KC

 

Scott Kazmir OAK

Yordano Ventura  KC

Jarred Cosart  HOU

5/5/2014

5/10/2014

 

@ DET

@ BAL

 

Max Scherzer  DET

Miguel Gonzalez  BAL

Edwin Jackson  CHC

5/6/2014

5/11/2014

 

vs. CHW

@ ATL

 

TBA

Aaron Harang   ATL

Jeremy Guthrie  KC

5/6/2014

5/11/2014

 

@ SD

@ SEA

 

Robbie Erlin  SD

Roenis Elias  SEA

Matt Garza  MIL

5/5/2014

5/11/2014

 

vs. ARI

vs. NYY

 

Mike Bolsinger  ARI

David Phelps  NYY

Zach McAllister  CLE

5/5/2014

5/10/2014

 

vs. MIN

@ TB

 

Kyle Gibson  MIN

Erik Bedard  TB

These pitchers are ranked in the order I would want to add them to my roster, were they available. I usually consider this middle tier to be composed of smaller sub-tiers, and this period, the first tier runs from Weaver to Harang. I am not a huge fan of Weaver, but he just gets the job done, and therefore, I have to respect his abilities. Miller has been a bit disappointing to his owners but when we look at his output, it has only been a couple of poor outings that have soured fantasy players on him. Harang had a recent disaster pop up out of nowhere, but he had been stellar, and I would consider the 9 runs allowed to the Marlins to be an aberration, not a growing trend. Same advice pertains to Perez, as I would expect him to return to his stingy ways this week. Deduno, if he can stretch out his arm and move from the pen to the rotation, could be effective, and with the potential for limiting baserunners in place, he is my favorite Twins starter right now, not that that says a whole lot. Happ is a pitcher I've rostered now for a couple of seasons, and as a mew member of the Toronto six man rotation, I would expect him to continue his success that he has shown coming out of the pen.

The next sub-tier begins with Tillman and runs through Elias. Tillman has struggled his last three outings, but has the strikeout potential and skill to turn things around, and I especially like his second start vs Houston. Lyles has been a real find for the Rockies, having gone 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in six starts. If he is available, pick him up. Cain missed his last start, cutting his hand in the clubhouse and that drops him down to the second tier for now. Expect him to return to top tier status once his wound heals. Quintana and Archer are both pitching sloppily, letting too many base runners cross the dish in their appearances. I like Quintana's match ups better than Archer's, but I also like Archer's offense better than that backing Quintana. Phelps and Kendrick have been putting up good numbers, Phelps out of the pen and Kendrick from the rotation. Kendrick has been unlucky, and his record should be better than 0-2 given his peripherals. Phelps will replace the suspended Michael Pineda so don't count on him getting two starts, but that is his schedule for now. Elias has been a good source for Ks, and if he can continue to pitch like he did in dominating the Yankees, he will move up in my rankings, but right now he is sitting at the bottom of the second sub-tier.

The third sub-tier is dicey, running from Alvarez to McAllister. I like Alvarez and Young best of this group, but I don't really want to have to rely on any of them for two starts. Young has the worst match ups here, but I am not so wowed by any match up to suggest that you must pick up one of these guys. Desperation is what drives any claim you make for the third sub-tier pitchers, and I hate to act out of desperation in fantasy.

Not On My Roster

Starting Pitcher

First Start/Opponent

Second Start/Opponent

Roberto Hernandez  PHI

5/6/2014

5/11/2014

 

vs. TOR

@ NYM

 

Drew Hutchison  TOR

Jonathon Niese  NYM

Juan Nicasio  COL

5/6/2014

5/11/2014

 

vs. TEX

@ CIN

 

Robbie Ross  TEX

Homer Bailey  CIN

Robbie Erlin  SD

5/6/2014

5/11/2014

 

vs. KC

vs. MIA

 

Jeremy Guthrie  KC

Henderson Alvarez  MIA

Kyle Gibson  MIN

5/5/2014

5/10/2014

 

@ CLE

@ DET

 

Zach McAllister  CLE

Max Scherzer  DET

Eric Stults  SD

5/5/2014

5/10/2014

 

vs. KC

vs. MIA

 

Yordano Ventura  KC

Nathan Eovaldi MIA

Brett Oberholtzer  HOU

5/6/2014

5/11/2014

 

@ DET

@ BAL

 

Robbie Ray  DET

Chris Tillman  BAL

Mike Bolsinger  ARI

5/5/2014

5/11/2014

 

@ MIL

@ CHW

 

Matt Garza  MIL

TBA

Homer Bailey  CIN

5/6/2014

5/11/2014

 

@ BOS

vs. COL

 

Jake Peavy  BOS

Juan Nicasio  COL

Robbie Ross  TEX

5/6/2014

5/11/2014

 

@ COL

vs. BOS

 

Juan Nicasio COL

John Lackey  BOS

I would not waste my roster space on any of these guys right now, although I could not tell you to drop Bailey if you won him. His inability to keep the ball in the park, sporting an awful 1.83 HR/9 ratio so far this season. The rest need to prove their consistency to me before I would consider starting them this year.

Should you have questions regarding fantasy baseball, especially starting pitching, you can reach me at ia@fantasyalarm.com to continue the discussion.




Comments

Daniel Tarditi 

Brandon McCarthy looks like Mr Bad luck. All his numbers look better than his record etc would show. K/9 of 8.2, BB/9 2.17, BABIP of .325 with an xFIP of 2.92 and SIERA of 3.10. Am I missing something or is just small sample size and ERA of 5.54 tells true tale? He is only rostered in 16% of CBS leagues. Also, to get 2 starts this week in weekly 12 team h2h points league, would you drop Tyson Ross or Zack Wheeler to pick up Deduno or Happ for counting stat potential? We get 15 pts for win and 10 pts for save. Thanks! Dan


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