Fantasy Starting Pitcher rankings for the Holiday weekend
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Pitchers to Start
1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies
Kershaw has a 2.04 ERA in 79.1 innings pitched across 12 starts with 107 strikeouts and only 11 walks issued. He has a SO/9 of 12.1 and his WHIP is 0.92. Kershaw hasn’t allowed a run in the last 28 innings pitched and is currently in a zone on the mound.
2. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners at Chicago White Sox
Hernandez has struck out 137 batters and walked only 22 in 128.1 innings pitched. He has a 2.10 ERA and opposing teams have a .206 batting average against him. He limits opposing teams to a .225 average in nine starts on the road. He has a 3.79 ERA in 14 career starts against the White Sox.
3. Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox at Seattle Mariners
Sale in 12 starts has a 2.30 ERA through 78.1 innings pitched. He has struck out 84 batters and surrendered just six home runs. He has nine quality starts and the opposition is hitting .194 against him. In four starts on the road, his ERA sits at 2.57.
4. Scott Kazmir, Oakland Athletics vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Kazmir has a 2.61 ERA in 17 starts across 103.1 innings pitched. He has struck out 91 batters and allowed 10 home runs. He has allowed two runs or fewer in three of his last four starts. He is holding right-handed batters to a .197 average in 295 at-bats.
5. Tim Hudson, San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres
Hudson has a 2.59 ERA in 107.2 innings pitched with just 16 walks and six home runs allowed. He gave up just two runs in his last start against the Reds and has 11 quality starts. Hudson is holding opposing teams to a .219 average with runners in scoring position.
6. Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros
Richards in 17 starts has surrendered four home runs through 109 innings pitched. He has a 2.81 ERA and his SO/9 is 8.9. He has a 2.04 ERA in 10 starts on the road. He limits left-handed batters to a .191 average in 236 at-bats.
7. Jon Niese, New York Mets vs. Texas Rangers
Niese in 103 innings pitched has a 2.88 ERA through 16 starts. He has struck out 74 batters and walked just 24. He has given up three runs in each of his last three starts, and has yet to allow more than three runs in any start this season. He is limiting left-handed batters to a .221 average.
8. Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals vs. Chicago Cubs
Roark has posted a 2.98 ERA in 16 starts across 99.2 innings pitched. He has allowed seven home runs and struck out 74 batters. He has an ERA of 1.59 in eight starts at home, and limits teams to a .237 batting average with runners in scoring position.
9. Kyle Lohse, Milwaukee Brewers at Cincinnati Reds
Lohse in 17 starts has a 3.08 ERA through 114 innings pitched. He has struck out 79 batters and walked just 22. He has allowed just seven runs in his last four starts, and he has 14 quality starts this season. Lohse in 16 career starts against the Reds has a 2.89 ERA.
10. Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals
Arrieta has a 1.81 ERA in 11 starts with 74 strikeouts and just 16 walks issued. He has allowed just four hits in his last two starts and came close to throwing a no-hitter in his last start against the Red Sox. Arrieta also has thrown at least seven innings in each of his last four starts.
Pitchers to Sit
Eric Stults, San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants
Stults has a 5.36 ERA in 87.1 innings pitched with 16 home runs allowed through 17 starts. The opposition is hitting .308 against him. He has a 5.31 ERA in 17 career starts against the Giants.
Jorge De La Rosa, Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
De La Rosa in 17 starts through 90.2 innings pitched has a 4.86 ERA. He has surrendered 12 home runs and walked 39 batters. He has allowed at least four runs in each of his last three starts. He has a 3.83 ERA in eight starts at home.
Miguel Gonzalez, Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox
Gonzalez has walked 30 batters in 73 innings pitched with a 4.56 ERA across 13 starts. The opposition is hitting .292, and right-handed batters have a .295 average in 139 at-bats against him. He has a 3.13 ERA in three career starts against the Red Sox.
Shelby Miller, St. Louis Cardinals vs Miami Marlins
Miller has a 4.10 ERA in 98.2 innings pitched through 17 starts with 49 walks issued and only 70 strikeouts. He has allowed at least four runs in two of his last three starts. He has a 3.96 ERA in eight starts at home.
Colby Lewis, Texas Rangers at New York Mets
Lewis in 14 starts has a 5.71 ERA in 75.2 innings pitched. He has allowed nine home runs and walked 26 batters. The opposition is hitting .337 against him, and in three games against the Mets, they have a .444 batting average.
Ubaldo Jimenez, Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox
Jimenez has walked 54 batters in 17 starts across 96 innings pitched with a 4.31 ERA. He has allowed 10 home runs and left-handed batters have a .247 average against him. He has a 3.20 ERA in eight starts on the road.
Hector Noesi, Chicago White Sox vs. Seattle Mariners
Noesi has a 5.33 ERA in 12 starts through 76 innings pitched with 61 strikeouts and 30 walks issued. He has allowed 11 runs in his last three starts. He really struggles against right-handed batters, as they have a .340 average in 144 at-bats.
Nick Martinez, Texas Rangers at New York Mets
Martinez in 11 starts has a 5.10 ERA across 67 innings pitched with 12 home runs allowed and 31 walks issued. The opposition has a .305 average against him, and teams are hitting .297 with runners in scoring position.
Jake Peavy, Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles
Peavy has allowed 17 home runs in 104.2 innings pitched. He has a 4.82 ERA through 17 starts with 81 strikeouts. He has allowed 12 runs in his last three starts, and his ERA is 4.41 in five career starts against the Orioles.
Ricky Nolasco, Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees
Nolasco in 17 starts has a 5.49 ERA through 101.2 innings pitched. He has served up 15 home runs and walked 27 batters. The opposition has a .322 average, and left-handed batters have a .338 average in 201 at-bats against him.
He also has problems with runners in scoring position, as teams have a .315 average in this situation.
Far From Automatic Fantasy Starts (but worth consideration)
Roenis Elias, Seattle Mariners: Elias in 17 starts has a 3.96 ERA with 87 strikeouts and 12 home runs allowed. He has allowed seven runs in his last three starts, while pitching at least six innings in each start.
Jason Hammel, Chicago Cubs: Hammel in 16 starts has thrown 102.2 innings, while striking out 97 batters and walking just 21. He has allowed more than four runs in just one start this season. He has 11 quality starts.
Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays: Archer has thrown 100 innings across 17 starts with a 3.24 ERA. He has struck out 90 batters and allowed only three home runs. He has allowed eight runs in his past six starts, and opposing teams have a .247 average against him.
Homer Bailey, Cincinnati Reds: Bailey has the potential to throw a no-hitter each time he pitches, and he almost no-hit the Giants in his last start. The stuff is there for him, but he lacks consistency. He has a 4.39 ERA in 104.2 innings pitched across 17 starts.
Jesse Hahn, San Diego Padres: Hahn in five starts has a 1.95 ERA through 27.2 innings pitched with 36 strikeouts and only two home runs allowed. He has allowed just two runs in his last four starts.