I wanted to do a little overview of some pitching for the rest the week that could just make your week. Some might come as the obvious, and some I will break down to at least consider a good option to consider also. For those fantasy team owners looking for some decent numbers, and a strong possibility of that win you might to make your week. Let us take a look at some pitchers that can fulfill that wish.
Sonny Gray (OAK) – The Oakland Athletics starting pitching staff has been phenomenal this season. In reality the whole team has been great this year. Sonny Gray has been leading the way for Oakland’s starting pitching this year. Leaving the sky gray for opposing teams that have to face this up and coming star. Gray is 6-3 on the season holding down a solid 2.93 ERA to go with a 1.18 WHIP. Gray has been humbling batters at the plate to a .227 BAA this year. Sonny is dominating the opposition giving up just six home runs in 14 starts and dishing out 79 strikeouts, allowing 32 walks through 92 IP. In Gray’s last 10 starts he has given up less than five earned runs in all but one start. I would call that one game just a glitch in the matrix.He also pitched a complete game shutout against the Rangers allowing just two hits. I’m hoping that should help his cause also. unfortunately for Sonny five no decisions in those last 10 games do not help, and makes for a deceiving record. Gray was a victim of circumstance to the closer by committee trend.
I look for Gray to continue his solid performance when the Texas Rangers face off with the Athletics at home on Wednesday. With a atomic bombs and the solid offense the Athletics have shown lately, Sonny is a must start in my book.
Matt Garza (MIL) - Garza knows how to pitch and I have not given up on Matt. Despite his 4.17 ERA and 1.33 WHIP I look for a good outing for Garza and the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday. This season Garza is 4-4 in 14 starts for the “Brew Crew.” Garza in 86.1 innings on the season has 66 strikeouts and allowed 32 walks. When I look at the games Garza has lost the score differential has been slim. Matt also suffering four no decisions in his last 1o starts does not help his cause either, but coming off three stellar starts might change some minds. Garza in his last three starts has given up a total of four earned runs in 19.1 IP. Matt has gone 2-1 in those games. A very positive sign for Garza’s confidence on the mound, and we all know the Brewers are more than capable of scoring runs.
The Brewers will be in Arizona to face off with the Diamondbacks when Garza hits the mound. I like this matchup and will roll my dice on a good performance from Garza and the Brewers.
Thursday – 6/19
Anibal Sanchez (DET) - Anibal has been an “Animal” since his return. Completely annihilating the opposition. The Detroit Tigers lack of run support (something I do not have advise for) his numbers have been very dominating. Sanchez is 3-2 on the season (no typo) with a 3.22 ERA an .094 WHIP with 59 strikeouts and allowing just 19 walks through 11 starts. Anibal in 62.2 IP this season is silencing bats at the plate, holding them to a .181 BAA on the season. Yes, his record is 3-2 this year. Anibal has allowed but a single home run all year and 17 earned runs on the season. There is no reason to not start Sanchez. Not one I can think of giving you.
The Detroit Tigers will host the Kansas City Royals when Sanchez hits the mound on Thursday. The Tigers owe Anibal a win in my opinion, but the numbers alone should do wonders for you. A must start for any fantasy owner.
Drew Hutchison (TOR) – The Toronto Blue Jays starter is coming off a phenomenal start against the Baltimore Orioles. Hutchison pitched seven scoreless innings f or the Blue Jays to lead them to a 4-0 victory. Drew is 5-4 on the season with a 3.62 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. He seems to just be getting better almost every start. Hutchison through 82 IP this season has 70 strikeouts and handing out only 23 walks. In his last 10 starts he has not allowed but five earned runs combined in his last three. Drew has gone 5-1 in his last six 6-4 appearances. I have to say that is very impressive. With all the dynamite off bats Toronto possesses Hutchison looks like a good option right now in any league formats. There really should be no reason to not start him on Thursday, unless you like to play softball?
The Toronto Blue Jays will be in New York on Thursday to take on the Yankees. A very good matchup for Hutchison, especially how well he is at keeping the ball in the park. In the Blue Jays case they do have a hard time keeping a ball in any park. I would consider giving Hutchison a chance and give him the starting nod.
Jesse Chavez (OAK) – The Oakland Athletics once again have another pitcher that is a must start. In my eyes Jesse Chavez is very unrated on “squad team 5.” Chavez has a 2.93 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP, 72 strike outs and 21 walks. I can live with that personally , and his last outing might persuade you to take my advise. Jesse in his last start against the Yankees allowed just one run in 5 IP , striking out five while not issuing a walk. Jesse through 86 IP has allowed just nine home runs in his 14 starts for the Athletics. Those are very deceiving numbers considering he is 6-4 on the season. In his last 10 games he got robbed by the bad news bullpen. Oakland will be taking on the Red Sox on Friday.
I totally think Chavez is a must start player, especially with a hot team in the Athletics against a struggling Boston Red Sox team. Jesse will look to notch his third win in his last four outings. You can pick your poison on this game, but an “A” is before “B” in my book.
Henderson Alvarez (MIA) – Alvarez has pitched very well for just being 3-3 on the season. The Miami Marlins Henderson Alvarez this year is posting a 2.56 ERA an 1.28 WHIP. Henderson tossed out 56 strikeouts and allowing just 18 walks in 14 games, and on top on that allowing just four home runs. Another pitcher cursed with eight no decisions that were pretty well pitched. Alvarez has lacked that strikeout punch he has handed out in some previous outings, but Alvarez is defiantly an option that might not be bad taking on Friday. Alvarez is due for some domination, and the Marlins might respond well to that at the plate. You have to have confidence in your teammates. It is a team sport.
The Miami Marlins will face off with the Mets This Saturday. A day I would start Mr. Alvarez, if you don’t I would love to hear some reason why. Live life on the edge and take a chance?
Saturday – 6/21
Cole Hamels (PHI) – Well what do I say for guy that is 2-3, but has pitched three straight shutouts, I think I would start him. The Philadelphia Phillies Cole Hamels has been an untamable monster on the rubber this season. Hamels on the season he has a 2.78 ERA a 1.20 WHIP, while striking out 24 walk just five. Hamels has started 11 games this year and put in 74.1 innings doing so. Cole has allowed just four home runs on the season. Hamels also suffers from the “no decision disease.” Cole has had six in his last 10 games. He is holding opposing batters to a .239 BAA. So what we have here are great numbers, and we know to blame the offense. Hamels is worth starting because of his numbers. We can hope the offense can succeed obtaining that win he deserves and you would enjoy yourself.
Hamels and the Phillies will be in Cincinnati to face the Reds. So we have to struggle offenses going head to head. I will take Cole Hamels on this one. It is the only right thing to do for support.
Jason Vargas (KC) – The Kansas City Royal Jason Vargas has impressed baseball fans this year. He is now 7-2 on the season posting a 3.25 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP, to go with 72 strikeout and only walking 11. Vargas has allowed just one home run in his last five starts. through 99.2 IP this year he looks pretty consistent to me. Coming off back to back wins Vargas has proven he is no fluke, and a weapon on the moun d for Kansas City. Not bad numbers and results from Jason in his 15 starts for the Royals. I look for a strong performance again from Vargas on Saturday.
The Kansas City Royals will fave off with the Seattle Mariners on Saturday where Vargas is scheduled to hit the mound. I would like to see Jason go back-to-back-back in the win category. It is always a good sign to see consistency.