To help you prepare for the rigors of the end of week 10, here are the best options I could locate to stream into and out of your lineups while you strive to dominate or at least outscore your competitors. All the pitchers below are owned in less than 50% of leagues, so they may be available for your use this weekend.
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Kevin Correia PIT @ CIN Mike Leake
J.A. Happ HOU vs StL Lance Lynn
Mike Leake CIN vs PIT Kevin Correia
Brian Matusz BAL @ BOS Clay Buchholz
Correia has been steady if unspectacular over his last few outings, but that's much better than what he showed us early on. At Cincy isn't the best place to pitch, but he should be good for 6 IP and a sub-4 ERA. Not much to write home about in the way of Ks. Happ, on the other hand, can give you those wonderful strikeouts, but don't expect a win. He has pitched well enough to earn a victory or two of late, but has been a victim of lack of offensive support. Leake over the past 4 games has only allowed 6 earned runs in 24.2 IP, and has also provided a 22:7 K/BB ratio. Going against the Pittsburgh offense could only help his cause. Matusz has tossed 4 consecutive QS, while winning 3 of those appearances. He has been able to provide his owners with a 23:8 K/BB ratio over that period as well. Although I still don't see Baltimore as a division contender over the course of the season, Matusz seems to have gotten it, and his results reflect that.
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Nate Eovaldi LAD @ SEA Felix Hernandez
Tommy Milone OAK @ ARI Daniel Hudson
Barry Zito SF vs TEX Matt Harrison
Eovaldi has racked up 2 losses in his role as the replacement for the injured Ted Lilly, but he only allowed 4 ER over 12.2 IP in those games. He is sporting a 2.84 ERA over that stretch and gets the not-overwhelming Mariners in Safeco for his start on Friday. Milone is actually owned in 51% of leagues, so he technically doesn't belong here, but just like my boy Jason Hammel, I implore you to add this youngster to your teams. He is worth rostering for the short haul in redraft leagues, and could be keeper material if your league constitution rolls that way. Not a great source of Ks to be sure, but the peripherals make him worth starting, especially at home. I hate promoting the use of Barry Zito, after the way he crapped the bed for so many seasons in SF, but he seems to have rediscovered how to pitch. He is walking a few more batters than I would feel comfortable with normally, but the results are worthwhile, and only sports a 8:3 K/BB ratio over his last 2 starts. 2 wins in his last 3 outings, with a 2.95 ERA is hard to ignore, as is the shutout he tossed, albeit against the Cubs. Just be ready for the drop off, if his control deserts him.
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Scott Diamond MIN vs CHC Jeff Samardzija
Michael Fiers MIL vs SD TBA
Drew Hutchison TOR @ ATL Tommy Hanson
Daisuke Matsuzaka BOS vs WAS Gio Gonzalez
Vin Mazzaro KC @ PIT James McDonald
These guys are some questionable options, I will admit, and I prolly wouldn't feel all that comfortable rostering any of them, but if you are desperate... Scott Diamond relies on control and GB%, and has been putting up an over 60% GB rate so far. Do not seek Ks with this pitcher, but peripheral help is available in his starts. Fiers may not get his next scheduled start if Marco Estrada is activated by Saturday, but if he does take the mound, he has a great match up. Of course, we don't know who will be going against him for the Padres, but even so, that lineup is not fear inducing in any sense. Hutchison has quietly been living up to his prospect hype, and has strung together 4 QS in his last 5 starts. He also boasts a 14:4 K/BB ratio over his last two outings. Atlanta makes a nice opponent to continue these tendencies. If you want to take a chance on Daisuke, be my guest. I would suggest that if you want to roster him, that you take a wait and see approach before plugging him into your starting lineup. He fared well in his minor league rehab outings, but there is a big crevasse to leap to get from beating AAA players to shutting down the Nationals, a very hot team at the moment. Mazzaro is another question mark going into Saturday, as his manager was very hesitant to declare him a regular part of the Royals rotation. That being said, he has 2 wins in his last 2 starts with 6 shutout IPs vs Oakland in his last appearance on the mound. Not a K pitcher, but if he starts on Saturday, you could do worse, especially as he faces the Pirates.
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