Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Never a Reason to Worry

Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Never a Reason to Worry

This article is part of our Weekly Pitcher Rankings series.

As always, remember that rotations are subject to change, so if you see something that looks incorrect, assume that it was a change that occurred since this was written and feel free to politely bring it up in the comments, I'll let you know where the new arm slots.

For the week July 27 - Aug. 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE

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RankPitcherOppComments
1David Priceat TB, at BALSeen it suggested more than once that Price "hasn't been that good this year" ... huh? 7th-best ERA in 5th-most IP
2Chris Saleat BOSHuman status confirmed with just 6 Ks in two of his last three as well as 2 HRs allowed in each of those 6-K outings
3Sonny Grayat LAD, CLEKs have come in waves this year: 18% in first five, 27% in next nine, and 16% in last six; another surge coming?
4Felix HernandezARI
5Dallas KeuchelARI28% K rate since dropping 11 in CWS shutout, only five arms better (Sale, Kershaw 37%, Archer, Scherzer 30%, MadBum 29%)
6Corey KluberKC
7Chris ArcherDET
8Carlos Carrascoat OAKHas yet to go more than four starts with out a 5+ ER dud; currently riding a "streak" of two since his 4 IP/5 ER vs. HOU on July 6th
9Masahiro Tanakaat TEX, at CWSThe HRs (1.7 HR/9) are really scary but 0.99 WHIP limits traffic and Ks are still there, too
10Jeff
As always, remember that rotations are subject to change, so if you see something that looks incorrect, assume that it was a change that occurred since this was written and feel free to politely bring it up in the comments, I'll let you know where the new arm slots.

For the week July 27 - Aug. 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE

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RankPitcherOppComments
1David Priceat TB, at BALSeen it suggested more than once that Price "hasn't been that good this year" ... huh? 7th-best ERA in 5th-most IP
2Chris Saleat BOSHuman status confirmed with just 6 Ks in two of his last three as well as 2 HRs allowed in each of those 6-K outings
3Sonny Grayat LAD, CLEKs have come in waves this year: 18% in first five, 27% in next nine, and 16% in last six; another surge coming?
4Felix HernandezARI
5Dallas KeuchelARI28% K rate since dropping 11 in CWS shutout, only five arms better (Sale, Kershaw 37%, Archer, Scherzer 30%, MadBum 29%)
6Corey KluberKC
7Chris ArcherDET
8Carlos Carrascoat OAKHas yet to go more than four starts with out a 5+ ER dud; currently riding a "streak" of two since his 4 IP/5 ER vs. HOU on July 6th
9Masahiro Tanakaat TEX, at CWSThe HRs (1.7 HR/9) are really scary but 0.99 WHIP limits traffic and Ks are still there, too
10Jeff Samardzijaat BOS, NYY
11Hisashi IwakumaARI, at MIN
12Anibal Sanchezat TB, at BALScarier version of Tanaka because he's allowed many more base runners with a similar HR problem; 7-0 in L8 some of which is owed to offense
13Jose Quintanaat BOS
14Garrett Richardsat HOU
15Scott KazmirLAADid have a sharp home/road split with OAK, but K-BB% is nearly identical at 15%/14%; he'll be fine (plan for a 3.10ish ERA)
16Danny Salazarat OAK
17Jake OdorizziDETTough first inning and being lifted for a PH in Philly kept him from a much better outing
18Ervin SantanaPITDid you know that Santana isn't eligible for the postseason as part of his PED suspension?
19Erasmo Ramirezat BOS
20Lance McCullers Jr.LAA
21Kyle GibsonSEAHis line from LAA (5 IP/6 ER) can be misleading: he was BABIP'd to death with 10 singles (several of them trash) and then bullpen allows 4
22Hector Santiagoat LAD
23Andrew Heaneyat LAD
24Eduardo RodriguezTBRained out Sunday night and then smashed on Monday afternoon makeup; three awful starts have erased the greatness of his other seven
25Michael Pinedaat TEXThe most infuriating pitcher of the season: regularly has excellent stuff and skills, but five outings of 5+ ER (4 on road) have crushed him
26Nate KarnsDET, at BOS
27C.J. Wilsonat HOU, at LAD
28Edinson Volquezat CLE, at TORHas been better than 2014 despite slight jumps in ERA, WHIP once you account for a tougher league
29Collin McHughLAA, ARI
30Wade MileyCWS, TBWhen you've got an ERA north of 5.00 into June, it's tough to shave it down so his 3.33 ERA in his last 8 might go unnoticed
31Wei-Yin ChenDETNo one told the DET offense they lost their best player: league-leading offense since Miguel Cabrera went on the DL
32Nathan Eovaldiat CWSJust removing the 0.7 IP/8 ER massacre at MIA from his line takes him from 4.33 to 3.76 ERA; has a 2.97 ERA in 33.3 IP since that MIA meltdown
33Marco EstradaKC
34Yovani GallardoNYYFortunate to have just a 3.80 ERA in July with 15 BBs and just 10 Ks in 21.3 IP of work
35Justin Verlanderat TBLoss in BOS after strong JV effort wasn't as bad the one in MIN, but still another wasted performance from Verlander
36Taijuan Walkerat MIN
37Chris TillmanATLHas allowed just 5 ER in his last five starts
38Miguel GonzalezDET
39Ubaldo JimenezATL, DETTwo nightmares in a row has many worrying that old Ubaldo is back, I've been pretty suspect from the start to be honest
40Tommy MiloneSEAHad allowed just 9 ER in seven starts before 5 ER (seven runs total) in his last outing
41Drew HutchisonKC
42Kevin GausmanATL, DETThe lack of depth in the AL is probably the biggest reason he's here; we've seen the talent in flashes, but he's still very inconsistent
43Trevor BauerKC, at OAK
44Chris Youngat CLE, at TORThe scary thing about using him on your team is you're never surprised when he's hammered, regardless of opponent
45Mike MontgomeryARI, at MIN
46R.A. DickeyPHINow has a 3.32 ERA in 65 IP since the start of June; skills are light in that time, but I'm still willing to give him a go vs. PHI
47Phil HughesSEAHas allowed four or fewer ER in each of his last nine starts, but hasn't topped 5 Ks in any of them so it's still just too much contact
48Jesse ChavezCLE
49J.A. Happat MIN
50Mark BuehrleKCCan you get a negative strikeout total? If so, Buehrle's 12% vs. KC might just do it somehow

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RankPitcherOppComments
51CC Sabathiaat TEX
52Rick PorcelloCWSHasn't been crushed in three straight, but his longest such streak this year is four leaving me fearful of trusting him
53Yordano Venturaat TORProbably didn't learn much from his demotion which last all of one day because of Jason Vargas' injury
54Alfredo Simonat BAL
55Kendall GravemanCLE
56Jered Weaverat HOU
57Ivan Novaat TEX, at CWSDon't be misled by the 3.34 ERA, it's due to surge upward if his skills don't improve by a lot and very soon
58Cody AndersonKC, at OAKRegression, meet Cody; Cody, meet regression ... . Oh no, regression, don't do tha--- 10 H in 2.7 IP later, Anderson was lucky to allow just 4 ER
59Martin PerezNYY, SF
60Chris BassittCLEHas 9 total Ks in his first three starts of the season; 28 pitchers have at least three starts of 9+ Ks this year
61Scott FeldmanARI
62Carlos RodonNYYI'm not sure what a pitcher could really do to outrun a 1.66 WHIP
63Joe KellyCWS, TB
64Matt HarrisonNYY, SFSix shutout IP in Coors was a fun little sleight of hand, but I need more to buy in here
65Danny Duffyat TOR
66Nick MartinezSFEasy calls are easy: ERA has jumped 1.15 runs in his L3 starts (9.72 ERA)
67Colby LewisNYY
68Drew Pomeranzat LAD
69Matt Mooreat BOSI think you're best off ignoring him until 2016
70Mike PelfreyPIT, SEA
71Shane Greeneat BAL
72Jeremy Guthrieat CLE
73John Danksat BOS, NYY
74Felix DoubrontPHI, KC
75Steven WrightCWS

NATIONAL LEAGUE

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RankPitcherOppComments
1Clayton KershawOAKFrom PVM No. 7: "Still not overwhelming the opposition, but also still zero reason to worry about anything;" since: 1.52 ERA, 119 Ks in 89 IP
2Zack GreinkeLAAGreinke, Kershaw in July: 0.16 ERA in 56 IP with 68 Ks and 3 BBs
3Max Scherzerat MIAThis is about the closest he'll come to a slump with two 5 ER in his last four, but he allowed 3 ER in 14.7 IP during the other two
4Gerrit Coleat CIN
5Jacob deGromWAS
6Jake Arrietaat MILHad a 6 BB outing vs. CLE on 6/16, since then: 0.96 ERA, 0.66 WHIP, 44 Ks, and 6.3 K:BB ratio in 46.7 IP
7Matt HarveyWASHas 13 BBs in his last three starts (4.26 ERA); had 13 BBs in the 10 previous starts combined (3.29 ERA)
8Noah SyndergaardSD, WASTop 20 in K% and K-BB%; top 30 in ERA among starts with 70+ IP; elite skills already, IP are the only real 2015 concern
9Lance LynnCIN, COL
10Jose FernandezWAS, SDIt looks perfect right now ... just as it did for Harvey after four starts; I'd sell Fernandez in a redraft league for profit now
11Madison Bumgarnerat TEXAfter finishing 7.3 IP or more in all five June starts, he's failed to complete 6 IP in any of his three July starts
12Johnny CuetoPIT
13Michael WachaCOLCOL hasn't been as anemic on the road this year, but they still sit 21st vs. RHP away from Coors
14Carlos MartinezCOL
15Cole HamelsATLLast week that we (and he ... which is probably even more important) have to deal with looming trade rumors
16James Shieldsat NYM, at MIA
17John LackeyCIN, COL
18A.J. Burnettat CINApproaching trade deadline means Burnett could have a much lesser CIN offense on his hands (Byrd, Bruce among those rumored)
19Francisco Lirianoat MIN
20Jason Hammelat MILArrieta, Hammel are good enough to overcome, but I'd be remiss if I didn't note MIL as the top O vs. RHP in L30 days (.869 OPS)
21Shelby Millerat PHIStruggles more perceived than real: bad 1st inn. vs. WAS and a rough go in COL; even with those, he has 4.03 ERA, 33 Ks in L4 starts (22.3 IP)
22Tyson Rossat NYMKing of the bad innings as one frame usually contains bulk of damage against him; still hasn't allowed >4 ER in any start
23Jon LesterCOL
24Jordan Zimmermannat MIARemember when Jered Weaver had that spike K% year and we thought it was a harbinger? Seems to be the case JZ's 2014
25Andrew Cashnerat NYM
26Mat LatosSD
27Joe Rossat NYMNot terribly different than brother Tyson, trading stuff for polish; Joe's stuff is still good, but not as devastating big bro
28Gio Gonzalezat NYM
29Mike Leakeat STL, PITA season in three parts: 2.36 ERA in first 7, 12.86 ERA in next 3, 2.91 ERA in last 10; which do you think is the outlier?
30Kyle HendricksCOL, at MILTopped a 6% SwStr rate once in first five starts, has been under 8% just 3x in L13 starts good for a 9% rate (which matches league avg.)
31Julio Teheranat BAL, at PHI
32Jaime GarciaCINSlated to return from groin inj.; his retun just means we go back to waiting for him to get hurt again unfortuantely; good while healthy
33Patrick Corbinat SEAI've gushed about MIL's surging offense which makes Corbin's 7 IP/1 ER effort with 10 Ks against them even more impressive
34Jimmy Nelsonat SFBack-to-back double-digit-hit games June 13 and 16, but a 2.53 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 39 IP since with 32 Ks
35Mike Fiersat SFHad a 5.00 ERA after May 12th start, but has slowly worked it down with a 3.43 ERA in his L13 (76 IP); don't overreact to his volatility
36Matt CainMIL
37Ian Kennedyat MIAFew, if any, parks suppress HRs better than MIA's; can Kennedy's 2.1 HR/9 get out of there unscathed? I'll bet yes
38Dan HarenWAS
39Taylor JungmannCHCMore intrigued with each outing; these aren't 2.04 ERA skills, but can easily be 3.54 skills with a low-3.00s upside even as LOB% regresses
40Aaron NolaATLSharp debut against anemic Rays (27th vs. RHP); gets equally anemic Braves (22nd) this time; a must-own because of the upside
41Chris HestonMIL, at TEXMIL scored 101 R in 28 June games; have scored 102 R in 18 July games so far; TEX is third vs. RHP in L30 days (.828 OPS)
42Brett AndersonOAK, LAA
43Rubby De LA Rosaat HOUWhen deciding on Rubby, you have to assess how fearsome his opponent's lefties are: his .967 OPS vs. them is baseball's worst
44Robbie Rayat SEA, at HOU
45Alex Woodat BAL, at PHI
46Mike BolsingerLAA
47Jeremy Hellicksonat HOU13% SwStr rate since start of June; two bad starts yield a meager 4.60 ERA, but 25% K, 5% BB offer encouragment
48Tom KoehlerWAS
49Jorge De La Rosa at CHC, at STLHis 1.93 road ERA is tough to fully believe in, but the 3.73 FIP isn't that bad; plus he brings some cheap Ks
50Jon Grayat CHC, at STLSpeculation is that he'll come up Tuesday; if true, pedigree, potential make him must-add even with Coors risk
51Jon NieseSDThe SD offense is worth streaming against, unfortunately the NYM/MIA offenses aren't exactly primed to give these three a cheap W

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RankPitcherOppComments
52David PhelpsSD
53Bartolo ColonSDHe and Phil Hughes are cases for K-BB% over K:BB ratio; they're 5th, 6th in K:BB, but 29th, 59th in K-BB%
54Zach Godleyat SEABrilliant debut vs. MIL - the team I won't shut up about in this PVM, but I'm still suspect of a 25 y/o who spent most of his year in A+
55Jeff Lockeat CINA constant Locke tease, he'll smash you with a 4 IP/6 ER just as you start to gain confidence
56Anthony DeSclafaniat STL
57Matt Wislerat PHIDefinitely learning on the job, but that breeds a level of volatility that can be really dangerous, espec. in tight ERA battles
58Manny Banuelosat BAL
59Jake PeavyMILSolid enough return vs. OAK on July 25th, but MIL's surging offense and his general medicority make this an easy pass
60Kyle Lohseat SF, CHCSeeing some "I told you sos" on Lohse; can you call I told you so after four really strong seasons?
61Raisel Iglesiasat STL, PITHow badly do you need Ks?
62Charlie Mortonat MIN, at CINHe is about 2 swings-and-misses per game away from being really good; sounds simple, but it's the difference between a 6%, 9% rate
63Doug Fisterat MIAName value might get you a nibble in some leagues, but if not, just cut him for flavor of the week
64Adam Morganat TOR, ATL
65Tim Hudsonat TEXI feel like the second I bury him, he'll run off 8 straight gems or something, but I'm still gonna bury him
66Odrisamer Despaigneat MIA
67David BuchananATL
68Dallas BeelerCOL, at MILBeeler was sent back down and Wada is rehabbing, so it's unclear exactly who will fill the fifth spot this week
69Eddie Butlerat CHC
70Jerome Williamsat TOR
71Chris Rusinat STL
72Michael LorenzenPIT
73Matt GarzaCHC
74Kyle Kendrickat STL

MLB TOP 100

RankPitcherOppComments
1Clayton KershawOAKFrom PVM No. 7: "Still not overwhelming the opposition, but also still zero reason to worry about anything;" since: 1.52 ERA, 119 Ks in 89 IP
2David Priceat TB, at BALSeen it suggested more than once that Price "hasn't been that good this year" ... huh? 7th-best ERA in 5th-most IP
3Zack GreinkeLAAGreinke, Kershaw in July: 0.16 ERA in 56 IP with 68 Ks and 3 BBs
4Max Scherzerat MIAThis is about the closest he'll come to a slump with two 5 ER in his last four, but he allowed 3 ER in 14.7 IP during the other two
5Chris Saleat BOSHuman status confirmed with just 6 Ks in two of his last three as well as 2 HRs allowed in each of those 6-K outings
6Gerrit Coleat CIN
7Jacob deGromWAS
8Sonny Grayat LAD, CLEKs have come in waves this year: 18% in first five, 27% in next nine, and 16% in last six; another surge coming?
9Felix HernandezARI
10Dallas KeuchelARI28% K rate since dropping 11 in CWS shutout, only five arms better (Sale, Kershaw 37%, Archer, Scherzer 30%, MadBum 29%)
11Corey KluberKC
12Chris ArcherDET
13Jake Arrietaat MILHad a 6 BB outing vs. CLE on 6/16, since then: 0.96 ERA, 0.66 WHIP, 44 Ks, and 6.3 K:BB ratio in 46.7 IP
14Matt HarveyWASHas 13 BBs in his last three starts (4.26 ERA); had 13 BBs in the 10 previous starts combined (3.29 ERA)
15Noah SyndergaardSD, WASTop 20 in K% and K-BB%; top 30 in ERA among starts with 70+ IP; elite skills already, IP are the only real 2015 concern
16Lance LynnCIN, COL
17Jose FernandezWAS, SDIt looks perfect right now ... just as it did for Harvey after four starts; I'd sell Fernandez in a redraft league for profit now
18Madison Bumgarnerat TEXAfter finishing 7.3 IP or more in all five June starts, he's failed to complete 6 IP in any of his three July starts
19Johnny CuetoPIT
20Michael WachaCOLCOL hasn't been as anemic on the road this year, but they still sit 21st vs. RHP away from Coors
21Carlos MartinezCOL
22Cole HamelsATLLast week that we (and he ... which is probably even more important) have to deal with looming trade rumors
23James Shieldsat NYM, at MIA
24John LackeyCIN, COL
25A.J. Burnettat CINApproaching trade deadline means Burnett could have a much lesser CIN offense on his hands (Byrd, Bruce among those rumored)
26Francisco Lirianoat MIN
27Jason Hammelat MILArrieta, Hammel are good enough to overcome, but I'd be remiss if I didn't note MIL as the top O vs. RHP in L30 days (.869 OPS)
28Carlos Carrascoat OAKHas yet to go more than four starts with out a 5+ ER dud; currently riding a "streak" of two since his 4 IP/5 ER vs. HOU on July 6th
29Masahiro Tanakaat TEX, at CWSThe HRs (1.7 HR/9) are really scary but 0.99 WHIP limits traffic and Ks are still there, too
30Jeff Samardzijaat BOS, NYY
31Hisashi IwakumaARI, at MIN
32Anibal Sanchezat TB, at BALScarier version of Tanaka because he's allowed many more base runners with a similar HR problem; 7-0 in L8 some of which is owed to offense
33Jose Quintanaat BOS
34Garrett Richardsat HOU
35Shelby Millerat PHIStruggles more perceived than real: bad 1st inn. vs. WAS and a rough go in COL; even with those, he has 4.03 ERA, 33 Ks in L4 starts (22.3 IP)
36Tyson Rossat NYMKing of the bad innings as one frame usually contains bulk of damage against him; still hasn't allowed >4 ER in any start
37Jon LesterCOL
38Scott KazmirLAADid have a sharp home/road split with OAK, but K-BB% is nearly identical at 15%/14%; he'll be fine (plan for a 3.10ish ERA)
39Danny Salazarat OAK
40Jake OdorizziDETTough first inning and being lifted for a PH in Philly kept him from a much better outing
41Ervin SantanaPITDid you know that Santana isn't eligible for the postseason as part of his PED suspension?
42Erasmo Ramirezat BOS
43Lance McCullers Jr.LAA
44Jordan Zimmermannat MIAmember when Jered Weaver had that spike K% year and we thought it was a harbinger? Seems to be the case JZ's 2014
45Andrew Cashnerat NYM
46Mat LatosSD
47Joe Rossat NYMNot terribly different than brother Tyson, trading stuff for polish; Joe's stuff is still good, but not as devastating big bro
48Kyle GibsonSEAHis line from LAA (5 IP/6 ER) can be misleading: he was BABIP'd to death with 10 singles (several of them trash) and then bullpen allows 4
49Hector Santiagoat LAD
50Andrew Heaneyat LAD
51Eduardo RodriguezTBRained out Sunday night and then smashed on Monday afternoon makeup; three awful starts have erased the greatness of his other seven
52Michael Pinedaat TEXThe most infuriating pitcher of the season: regularly has excellent stuff and skills, but five outings of 5+ ER (4 on road) have crushed him
53Gio Gonzalezat NYM
54Mike Leakeat STL, PITA season in three parts: 2.36 ERA in first 7, 12.86 ERA in next 3, 2.91 ERA in last 10; which do you think is the outlier?
55Kyle HendricksCOL, at MILTopped a 6% SwStr rate once in first five starts, has been under 8% just 3x in L13 starts good for a 9% rate (which matches league avg.)
56Julio Teheranat BAL, at PHI
57Nate KarnsDET, at BOS
58C.J. Wilsonat HOU, at LAD
59Edinson Volquezat CLE, at TORHas been better than 2014 despite slight jumps in ERA, WHIP once you account for a tougher league
60Collin McHughLAA, ARI
61Wade MileyCWS, TBWhen you've got an ERA north of 5.00 into June, it's tough to shave it down so his 3.33 ERA in his last 8 might go unnoticed
62Jaime GarciaCINSlated to return from groin inj.; his retun just means we go back to waiting for him to get hurt again unfortuantely; good while healthy
63Patrick Corbinat SEAI've gushed about MIL's surging offense which makes Corbin's 7 IP/1 ER effort with 10 Ks against them even more impressive
64Jimmy Nelsonat SFBack-to-back double-digit-hit games June 13 and 16, but has 2.53 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 39 IP since with 32 Ks
65Mike Fiersat SFHad a 5.00 ERA after May 12th start, but has slowly worked it down with a 3.43 ERA in his L13 (76 IP); don't overreact to his volatility
66Matt CainMIL
67Ian Kennedyat MIAFew, if any, parks suppress HRs better than MIA's; can Kennedy's 2.1 HR/9 get out of there unscathed? I'll bet yes
68Dan HarenWAS
69Taylor JungmannCHCMore intrigued with each outing; these aren't 2.04 ERA skills, but can easily be 3.54 skills with a low-3.00s upside even as LOB% regresses
70Aaron NolaATLSharp debut against anemic Rays (27th vs. RHP); gets equally anemic Braves (22nd) this time; a must-own because of the upside
71Wei-Yin ChenDETNo one told the DET offense they lost their best player: league-leading offense since Miguel Cabrera went on the DL
72Nathan Eovaldiat CWSJust removing the 0.7 IP/8 ER massacre at MIA from his line takes him from 4.33 to 3.76 ERA; has a 2.97 ERA in 33.3 IP since that MIA meltdown
73Marco EstradaKC
74Yovani GallardoNYYFortunate to have just a 3.80 ERA in July with 15 BBs and just 10 Ks in 21.3 IP of work
75Justin Verlanderat TBLoss in BOS after strong JV effort wasn't as bad the one in MIN, but still another wasted performance from Verlander
76Taijuan Walkerat MIN
77Chris TillmanATLHas allowed just 5 ER in his last five starts
78Miguel GonzalezDET
79Ubaldo JimenezATL, DETTwo nightmares in a row has many worrying that old Ubaldo is back, I've been pretty suspect from the start to be honest
80Tommy MiloneSEAHad allowed just 9 ER in seven starts before 5 ER (seven runs total) in his last outing
81Chris HestonMIL, at TEXMIL scored 101 R in 28 June games; have scored 102 R in 18 July games so far; TEX is third vs. RHP in L30 days (.828 OPS)
82Brett AndersonOAK, LAA
83Rubby De La Rosaat HOUWhen deciding on Rubby, you have to assess how fearsome his opponent's lefties are: his .967 OPS vs. them is baseball's worst
84Robbie Rayat SEA, at HOU
85Alex Woodat BAL, at PHI
86Mike BolsingerLAA
87Jeremy Hellicksonat HOUHas logged a 13% SwStr rate since start of June; two bad starts yield a meager 4.60 ERA, but 25% K, 5% BB offer encouragment
88Tom KoehlerWAS
89Jorge De La Rosa at CHC, at STLHis 1.93 road ERA is tough to fully believe in, but the 3.73 FIP isn't that bad; plus he brings some cheap Ks
90Jon Grayat CHC, at STLSpeculation is that he'll come up on Tuesday; if true, pedigree, potential make him must-add even with Coors risk
91Jon NieseSDThe SD offense is worth streaming against, unfortunately the NYM/MIA offenses aren't exactly primed to give these three a cheap W
92David PhelpsSD
93Bartolo ColonSDHe and Phil Hughes are cases for K-BB% over K:BB ratio; they're 5th, 6th in K:BB, but 29th, 59th in K-BB%
94Drew HutchisonKC
95Kevin GausmanATL, DETThe lack of depth in the AL is probably the biggest reason he's here; we've seen the talent in flashes, but he's still very inconsistent
96Trevor BauerKC, at OAK
97Chris Youngat CLE, at TORThe scary thing about using him on your team is you're never surprised when he's hammered, regardless of opponent
98Mike MontgomeryARI, at MIN
99R.A. DickeyPHINow has a 3.32 ERA in 65 IP since the start of June; skills are light in that time, but I'm still willing to give him a go vs. PHI
100Phil HughesSEAHas allowed four or fewer ER in each of his last nine starts, but hasn't topped 5 Ks in any of them so it's still just too much contact
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