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Hernandez – Kershaw Headline weekend Starters

Fantasy Baseball Weekend Starters

 

Fresh off All-Star Game appearances, Felix Hernandez and Clayton Kershaw headline the starting pitcher options this weekend.

Every Friday on Todays 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. Don’t like our recommendations or think we missed somebody? That’s cool, tell us about it and Be Seen, Be Heard, Be a Fan!

 

Top Ten Pitchers to Start

1. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels

Hernandez in 20 starts has a 2.12 ERA across 144.1 innings pitched. He has struck out 154 batters and walked just 25. He has a 0.90 WHIP and his SO/9 is 9.6. He has allowed two runs or less in 11 consecutive starts, and has thrown at least eight innings seven times during this impressive streak. He has a 3.80 ERA in 37 career starts against the Angels.

2. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals

Kershaw has a minuscule 1.78 ERA in 14 starts with three complete games through 96.1 innings pitched. He has struck out 126 batters and walked only 13. He limits left-handed batters to a .167 average, and has a 1.91 ERA in seven starts on the road. He has allowed one run in last five starts, including 13 quality starts.

3. Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds at New York Yankees

Cueto in 143.2 innings pitched has a 2.13 ERA across 20 starts. He has struck out 141 batters and walked 35. He limits opposing teams to a .181 average, and right-handed batters are hitting .169 in 272 at-bats. He has a 2.38 ERA in nine starts on the road, while accumulating 18 quality starts this season.

 4. Jeff Samardzija, Oakland Athletics vs. Baltimore Orioles

Samardzija has a 2.78 ERA in 19 starts across 123 innings pitched with 113 strikeouts and 32 walks issued. He is limiting teams to a .238 batting average, and right-handed batters are hitting .229 in 236 at-bats against him. He remains solid with runners in scoring position, as the opposition is hitting .217 in this situation.

 5. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers at Toronto Blue Jays

Darvish has a 2.97 ERA in 17 starts through 115.1 innings pitched. He has struck out 142 batters and surrendered nine home runs, while having a SO/9 of 11.1. He has a 3.58 ERA in eight road starts, including 11 quality starts. He has a 2.63 ERA in six career starts against the Blue Jays.

 6. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins

Bumgarner in 127 innings pitched has a 3.47 ERA through 20 starts with 128 strikeouts and 10 home runs allowed. He has a 1.98 ERA in 10 starts on the road, including 10 quality starts this season.

 7. Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels

Iwakuma in 14 starts has a 2.98 ERA through 96.2 innings pitched with 80 strikeouts and only eight walks issued. He is holding the opposition to a .245 average, and right-handed batters have a .189 average in 175 at-bats. He has allowed three runs in his last three starts, while pitching at least six innings in each start.

8. Kyle Lohse, Milwaukee Brewers at Washington Nationals

 

Lohse in 19 starts has thrown 127 innings and his ERA is 3.26. He has struck out 95 batters and walked only 23 batters. He has allowed three runs or less in four of his last five starts. He is very tough on left-handed batters, as they have a .221 average against him.

 9. Tyson Ross, San Diego Padres vs. New York Mets

Ross in 20 starts has a 2.85 ERA across 129.2 innings pitched. He has struck out 126 batters and allowed 10 home runs. He limits the opposition to a .231 average, and left-handed batters are hitting .208 in 236 at-bats. He has a 2.08 ERA in 10 starts at home, including 13 quality starts.

 10. Tim Hudson, San Francisco Giants at Miami Marlins

Hudson in 119 innings pitched has a 2.87 ERA through 18 starts with 78 strikeouts and seven home runs allowed. He has surrendered nine runs in his last three starts, while pitching at least six innings in two of those starts. He has a 2.52 ERA in eight starts on the road.

 

Top Ten Pitchers to Sit

Edwin Jackson, Chicago Cubs at Arizona Diamondbacks

Jackson has a 5.64 ERA in 19 starts through 105.1 innings pitched with 97 strikeouts and 49 walks issued. He has allowed at least four runs in three of his last four starts, and left-handed batters have a .328 batting average against him. He has a 4.80 ERA in eight career starts against Arizona.

Francisco Liriano, Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies

Liriano in 15 starts has a 4.72 ERA across 76.1 innings pitched. He has walked 42 batters and allowed nine home runs. He limits teams to a .245 average, but left-handed batters have a .310 average against him. He has a 5.98 ERA in eight starts at home.

Clay Buchholz, Boston Red Sox vs. Kansas City Royals

Buchholz in 79.2 innings pitched has a 5.42 ERA through 14 starts. He has walked 25 batters and allowed 12 home runs. He has allowed nine runs in his last four starts, and right-handed batters have a .295 average against him.

 Colby Lewis, Texas Rangers at Toronto Blue Jays

Lewis has allowed 11 home runs in 16 starts, and his ERA is 6.54 across 84 innings pitched. Lewis gave up a season-high 11 earned runs in his last start against the Angels, and has surrendered at least four runs in seven starts this season. He has a 7.34 ERA in eight career starts against Toronto.

Brandon McCarthy, New York Yankees vs. Cincinnati Reds

McCarthy in 19 starts has a 4.80 ERA through 116.1 innings pitched with 15 home runs allowed. The opposition is hitting .300, and left-handed batters have a .327 average in 248 at-bats against him. He has a 5.37 ERA in 10 starts at home.

 Kevin Correia, Minnesota Twins vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Correia has a 4.61 ERA in 109.1 innings pitched across 19 starts with 50 strikeouts and 26 walks issued. He has a 6.12 ERA in nine starts at home, and left-handed batters have a .299 average in 231 at-bats. He also struggles with runners in scoring position, as teams are hitting .306 in this situation. He has a 4.32 ERA in three career starts against the Rays.

Nick Tepesch, Texas Rangers at Toronto Blue Jays

Tepesch has a 4.31 ERA in 10 starts through 56.1 innings pitched with eight home runs allowed. He has allowed nine runs in his last three starts, and right-handed batters have a .263 average against him. He has a 4.88 ERA in six starts on the road.

Hiroki Kuroda, New York Yankees vs. Cincinnati Reds

Kuroda in 116.1 innings pitched has a 4.10 ERA through 19 starts. He has struck out 80 batters and allowed 13 home runs. The opposition has a .260 batting average, and right-handed batters are hitting .265 in 204 at-bats against him.

 Kyle Kendrick, Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves

Kendrick has a 4.62 ERA in 19 starts across 120.2 innings pitched. He has walked 33 batters and allowed 15 home runs. He has allowed at least four runs in three of his last four starts. He has a 3.32 ERA in 17 career starts against the Braves.

 Tyler Matzek, Colorado Rockies at Pittsburgh Pirates

Matzek in seven starts has a 4.97 ERA through 41.2 innings pitched with 24 strikeouts and 12 walks issued. The opposition has a .293 average against him. He has allowed at least four runs in three of his seven starts.

 

Far From Automatic Fantasy Starts (but worth consideration)

Nathan Eovaldi, Miami Marlins: Eovaldi has a 3.61 ERA in 19 starts through 119.2 innings pitched with 83 strikeouts and 23 walks issued. He has allowed four runs over his last two starts, and hasn’t surrendered a home run in his last four starts.

 Jose Quintana, Chicago White Sox: Quintana in 19 starts has a 3.24 ERA with 107 strikeouts across 119.1 innings pitched. He has allowed four runs in his last four starts, while pitching at least seven inning in each start.

Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals: Gonzalez has struck out 85 batters in 83.1 innings pitched with only six home runs allowed in 14 starts. He has a 3.56 ERA and his SO/9 is 9.2. He has surrendered three runs over his last four outings, while allowing just one home run in that time frame.

Wade Miley, Arizona Diamondbacks: Miley has a 4.10 ERA in 20 starts across 127 innings pitched with 118 strikeouts and 38 walks issued. He has allowed only three runs in his last three starts, while pitching at least six innings in each start.

Kevin Gausman, Baltimore Orioles: Gausman has allowed just two home runs in 38.1 innings pitched across seven starts. He has allowed one run or fewer in five of his seven starts.

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