By: Ian Hughes
Hope everyone had a great weekend; Jose Fernandez made me look like a damn genius on Saturday, and Wandy turned in a quality start with 7 strikeouts and of course Mayweather dissected Guerrero for 12 rounds on the way to a unanimous decision… so I am content with my weekend picks.
We got some good streaming options and of course a two start chart, let’s get this week’s column started.
Deep Stream: Andrew Cashner – (ESPN: 6.3% – CBS: 69%) vs. Marlins
See rule #1. Cashner didn’t have his best stuff against the Cubbies in his most recent outing (4IP, 4ER, 6H, 4BB, 1K), and has only reached the 6th inning once in his 3 starts since moving to the rotation, but this is the Marlins, and rule #1 clearly states when in doubt go with whomever is facing the Marlins. I expect the hard throwing righty to bounce back in a big way against this Marlins lineup, he also has a juicy matchup against the Rays later in the week (take note weekly lineup leagues – sneaky good two start option).
Deep Stream: Nick Tepesch – (ESPN: 2.7% – CBS: 48%) vs. Cubs
Guys like Nick Tepesch really make my job easy. Despite a 3.54 ERA and 1.18 WHIP Tepesch is owned in so few leagues. His last outing against a Chicago based team, the White Sox, didn’t go so well (6.2IP, 5 ER, 8H, 2BB, 4K), but most of that damage (3 Runs) knocked him out in the 7th inning. He should bounce back in this one.
Shallow Stream: Jeremy Hellickson – (ESPN: 81.6% – CBS: 85%) vs. Blue Jays
Hellickson is another bounce back starter coming off of a poor start -0 in fact he has two straight. He draws the Blue Jays after getting shelled by the Royals (5IP, 4ER, 9H, 1BB, 5K) and the White Sox (6IP, 5 ER, 5H, 4BB, 8K). Historically, Hellickson has been very good against the Blue Jays. In 6 career starts he is 3-2 with 37.1 IP with 2.89 ERA to go with a 1.23 WHIP and 27 K’s.
Got burned on Chen last week, so I would be a damned fool to ride him again this week right? Most likely, but I am willing to give him a free pass before I consider him dead to me, so Chen you are on notice don’t let me down. As NYC Bomb Expert Charles Weiss says in Die Hard: With a Vengeance, “No guts, no glory,” so I am going all in on Chen and making him the only stream candidate on Tuesday, I am that confident he bounces back. Prior to getting lit up by the Mariners Chen was sharp allowing just 1 ER in 14 IPs in his previous 2 starts.
Deep Stream: Chris Tillman – (ESPN: 2.6% – CBS: 36%) vs. Royals
Tillman has been very good of late. In his last 3 starts, 20.2IP he has allowed just 3 runs highlighted by his most recent outing against the Angels (8IP, 0ER, 3H, 2BB, 3K) on Thursday. Tillman has always flashed the ability to be a very good starter- debuting at just 21 years old – and may be finally turning the corner here.
Deep Stream: Jake Westbrook – (ESPN: 28% – CBS: 47%) vs. Cubs
Westbrook has allowed 4 Earned Runs… on the year. Three of those runs came against the Phillies in a single outing. Current Cubbies are only hitting .219 off of Westbrook and slugging just .266 off of him. Wesbtrook’s ERA (1.07), may be deceptive, his whip sits at 1.50 on the year, but he has limited the damage and should be able to do the same against the Cubs.
Two Start Chart
Two Start Chart Disclaimer
Keep an eye on Buchholz forearm – not an injury concern, but it was glistening more than his other arm, or any other part of his body and Jack Morris, Blue Jay broadcaster, is leading the charger accusing Buchholz of cheating. I can’t accuse him, but it is suspicious and you may want to be wary of his ranking, after all there have been character questions surrounding him since he stole 29 laptops in high school.
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