By Des Boodam
The year of the pitcher continues, as two of the first three months of the season saw more strikeouts than hits. The numbers aren’t in for July, but sample size is big enough to let you know that K’s are coming in bunches for some pitchers, while hits continue to be at a premium. The theory that more hitters are swinging for the fences with a home run or bust mentality is proving true as hits and batting average are down, while HRs are and Ks’ are up… defensive efficiency is way up too, meaning fewer balls are put in play, marginalizing the need for highly efficient defensive players. I do think this trend continues through the regular season, while the playoffs will boast a change in approach as small ball and defense take the forefront again. Let’s take a look at some cheap pitchers with favorable matchups.
Eduardo Rodriquez vs Baltimore
I almost always will take a mid-tier starter on Boston behind that big offense, but this week, I’m doubling down on Rodriquez who gets a favorable matchup against the Texas Rangers at home with Yavani Gallardo taking the mound. Rodriguez may give up a few earned runs in this one, but he’s good for the W… and a great K rate.
Trevor Bauer vs Cincinnati
Bauer power has been great the last six weeks steadily improving pitching lines across the fantasy lines. Cincinnati has a sneaky good offense but they are average on the road, and Bauer is great at home. He strikes out hitters in droves, and Reds players also strike out in bunches, so I can see a potential double digit strike outs in this one. Reds hitters beware.
Jhoulys Chacin vs Miami
Milwaukee has moved into the top tier in offensive production, even though they are average everywhere else. The lone bright spot for the Brewers is Jhoulys Chacin who although is very streaky has put forth a great season line. I love his chances of adding to that line against one of the worst offenses in the majors when he takes on the Miami Marlins – he’s not an ace, but he’ll give your fantasy line up exactly what it needs.
Miles Mikolas vs Chicago White Sox
Are you kidding me with this guy. The St. Louis SP doesn’t have stuff that will blow you away, but he kills ratio stats. With 2.63 ERA and 1.03 WHIP on the season, he is a must start moving forward, but has great matchup this week.
Chris Archer vs Detroit
I’m going to play Archer in the daily GPPs mostly because the matchup is right, and I believe he’ll strike out a bunch of Tigers. He could very well get shelled in this one, but the Tampa offense is better than the Detroit offense and Archer should be able to handle his pitching counter part for the Tigers. Overall I’m excited for Archer to come back and get traded to a contender because I believe he’s a good four for a playoff team. In season long, play him against the Tigers before considering benching him.
Good Luck Gamers