Fantasy Baseball Focus: Adam Wainwright faces a struggling Brewers offense while Garrett Richards should be a force against the Texas Rangers this weekend.
Every Friday on Today’s Knuckleball we throw the fantasy spotlight on the best and worst weekend starting pitching options for fantasy owners, it’s our version of Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em.
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Pitchers to Start
1. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics
Hernandez in 19 starts has a 2.11 ERA through 136.1 innings pitched with 143 strikeouts and just four home runs allowed. He held the White Sox to just two runs across eight innings in his last start. This was 10th consecutive start he went at least seven innings and allowed two runs or less. He has a 2.64 ERA in 32 career starts against the Athletics.
2. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers
Wainwright has a very microscopic 1.79 ERA in 18 starts with three complete games in 131 innings pitched. He has struck out 111 batters and walked just 27. He has allowed just two runs over his last four starts, while pitching at least seven innings in each start. He has a 2.17 ERA in 19 career starts against Milwaukee.
3. Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers
Richards in 18 starts has a 2.71 ERA with 119 strikeouts through 116.1 innings pitched. He has allowed four home runs, and his SO/9 is 9.2. He limits teams to a .196 batting average, and has an ERA of 2.04 in 10 starts on the road. He has 14 quality starts this season.
4. Sonny Gray, Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners
Gray in 18 starts has a 2.97 ERA through 118 innings pitched with 103 strikeouts and just seven home runs allowed. The opposition is hitting .218 against him. He has a 2.91 ERA in seven starts on the road, including 15 quality starts.
5. Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies
Zimmermann has a 2.79 ERA in 109.2 innings pitched through 18 starts with only 20 walks issued. He has a WHIP of 1.19, while striking out 96 batters. He threw six shutout innings in his last start against the Cubs, and has allowed seven runs in his last five starts. He has 3.48 ERA in 11 career starts against the Phillies.
6. Mark Buehrle, Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays
Buehrle in 121.1 innings pitched has a 2.60 ERA through 18 starts with 70 strikeouts and nine home runs allowed. He is holding the opposition to a .260 average, and left-handed batters are hitting .256 in 125 at-bats. He has a 2.35 ERA in nine starts on the road, including 14 quality starts.
7. Jesse Chavez, Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners
Chavez in 18 starts has a 3.06 ERA through 109 innings pitched with 101 strikeouts and 34 walks issued. He is limiting teams to a .248 average, and right-handed batters are hitting .234 in 175 at-bats. He has a 3.86 ERA in 10 starts on the road, including 10 quality starts.
8. Henderson Alvarez, Miami Marlins at New York Mets
Alvarez has a 2.27 ERA in 18 starts with three complete games across 115 innings pitched. He has struck out 70 batters, and surrendered five home runs. He is holding opposing teams to a .274 average. He has an ERA of 3.14 in nine starts on the road, including 13 quality starts.
9. James Shields, Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers
Shields has a 3.71 ERA in 19 starts across 123.2 inning pitched with 102 strikeouts. He threw seven scoreless innings in his last start against Tampa Bay, and it was the third time he surrendered zero runs in a start this season.
10. Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves at Chicago Cubs
Teheran has a 2.57 ERA in 129.1 innings pitched across 19 starts, while walking only 28 batters. He has allowed three runs or less in four of his last five starts. He has an ERA of 1.13 in just one career start against the Cubs.
Pitchers to Sit
1. Jorge De La Rosa, Colorado Rockies vs. Minnesota Twins
De La Rosa has a 4.75 ERA in 96.2 innings pitched through 18 starts with 12 home runs allowed. The opposition is hitting .240 against him, while right-handed batters have a .265 average in 268 at-bats. He has a 3.73 ERA in nine starts at home.
2. Nick Tepesch, Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels
Tepesch has a 4.29 ERA in nine starts through 50.1 innings pitched with 21 walks and seven home runs allowed. He gave up six runs in his last start against the Mets, and it was the third time he allowed at least four runs in a start. He has a 5.40 ERA in one career start against the Angels.
3. Ubaldo Jimenez, Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees
Jimenez in 99.2 innings pitched has walked 60 batters through 18 starts, while serving up 11 home runs. He gave up four runs in last start against the Red Sox, and this was the ninth start he allowed at least four runs. He has a 5.79 ERA in six career starts against the Yankees.
4. Kevin Correia, Minnesota Twins at Colorado Rockies
Correia has a 4.79 ERA in 18 starts across 103.1 innings pitched with 25 walks and only 49 strikeouts. The opposition is hitting .291, and right-handed batters have a .294 average against him. He has a 3.54 ERA in nine starts on the road.
5. Jake Peavy, Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros
Peavy in 18 starts through 110.2 innings pitched has a 4.64 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 17 home runs allowed. He has surrendered 13 runs in his last four starts, and has a 3.59 ERA in 10 starts at home.
6. Edwin Jackson, Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves
Jackson has a 5.05 ERA in 18 starts through 101.2 innings pitched with 94 strikeouts and 45 walks issued. He has problems against left-handed batters, as indicated by them hitting .331 against him. He has a 3.89 ERA in six career starts against Atlanta.
7. Zach McAllister, Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox
McAllister in 10 starts has a 5.89 ERA through 47.1 innings pitched with 19 strikeouts and five home runs allowed. The opposition is hitting .279 against him, and he has a 5.32 ERA in five starts at home.
8. Wily Peralta, Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Peralta in 18 starts has a 3.95 ERA in 111.2 innings pitched with 15 home runs allowed and 31 walks issued. He gave up a season-high nine runs in his last start against the Phillies, and this was the third consecutive start he gave up at least four runs. He has a 6.26 ERA in five career starts against St. Louis.
9. Kyle Kendrick, Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals
Kendrick in 115 innings pitched has a 4.46 ERA through 18 starts with 14 home runs allowed. He has struck out 71 batters and walked 33. The opposition has a .277 batting average, and left-handed batters are hitting .335 in 185 at-bats. He has a 3.66 ERA in eight starts at home.
10. J.A. Happ, Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays
Happ in 13 starts has a 4.72 ERA across 76.1 innings pitched with 33 walks and nine home runs allowed. He gave up five runs in his last start against the Angels, and it was the third time he surrendered at least five runs in a start. He has a 6.17 ERA in five career starts against the Rays.
Far From Automatic Fantasy Starts (but worth consideration)
Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants: The “Franchise” is looking better with each start, as his ERA now sits at a respectable 3.91 through 18 starts in 106 innings pitched. He has allowed just one run in his last three starts.
Alex Wood, Atlanta Braves: Wood has a 3.14 ERA in 10 starts across 80.1 innings pitched with 76 strikeouts and nine home runs allowed. He has thrown at least six innings in each of his last three starts.
Ian Kennedy, San Diego Padres: Kennedy has struck out 125 batters in 116.1 innings pitched and his ERA is 3.71. He has allowed one run in each of his past two starts, and left-handed batters are hitting .229 in 192 at-bats against him.
Charlie Morton, Pittsburgh Pirates: Morton in 113.1 innings pitched has a 3.10 ERA across 18 starts. He has allowed three runs over his last three starts, while pitching at least seven innings in two of those starts.
Jacob deGrom, New York Mets: deGrom in 11 starts has a 3.38 ERA with 64 strikeouts and five home runs allowed. He struck out 11 batters in his last start against the Braves, and this was the second time he struck out this many batters since fanning 11 batters on May 31 against Philadelphia. He has allowed five runs in his last four starts, while pitching at least six innings in three of those starts.