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Churn & Burn Starting Pitchers: June 11 – June 17

If you took my advice last week, you’re probably spitting on your screen right now – Hating me. Believe me, I’m hating myself as well. I started three of the guys on my list from last week. Still got the win, but the middle of the week got scary.

My picks last week were not good at all… Pathetic would be putting it lightly, but give me another shot. Please. On the bright side, last week’s Monday and Tuesday starters had solid games in their second start of the week, so if you hung on to them, you were rewarded.

Last Week’s Recap:

  • Monday, June 4: Scott Feldman – 1.2IP, 7H, 8ER, 1BB, 3K
  • Tuesday, June 5: Homer Bailey – 3IP, 8H, 6ER, 2BB, 2K
  • Wednesday, June 6: Kyle Kendrick – 5.2IP, 4H, 4ER, 4BB, 6K
  • Thursday, June 7: Brian Matusz – 2IP, 2H, 2ER, 5BB, 0K
  • Friday, June 8: Luke Hochevar – 6IP, 9H, 4ER, 1BB, 3K 
  • Saturday, June 9: Jarrod Parker – 5IP, 8H, 6ER, 5BB, 4K
  • Sunday, June 10: Joe Sunders – W, 6IP, 7H, 1ER, 2BB, 5K

Last Week’s Totals: 7GS, 1 W (14%), 1QS (14%), 29.1IP, 45H, 31ER, 20BB, 23K, 9.59ERA, 2.22WHIP 

Season Totals: 14GS, 4W, 1CG, 3QS, 69.2IP, 95H, 56ER, 33BB, 46K, 7.23ERA, 1.84WHIP

The Rules:

  1. The starting pitcher must be owned in 25% or less of Yahoo! fantasy baseball leagues
  2. “Probable Pitchers” come from CBSSports.com
  3. One “Churn & Burn” pitcher per day
  4. A pitcher may only be used once per week

Monday, June 11: Garret Richards, Los Angeles Angels (9%) @ Los Angeles Dodgers

I was lucky enough last week that Homer Bailey was already on a roster, so I “settled” for Garret Richards. All he did was go 7 innings against the Mariners, while only allowing 4 hits and striking out 8 with the only earned run a solo home run from Michael Saunders.

That performance warrants a 2nd “Churn & Burn” look.

Tuesday, June 12: Kyle Kendrick (6%), Philadelphia Phillies @ Minnesota Twins

Kyle Kendrick wasn’t so good in his last outing (see above). That being said, Kendrick has been good – great four of his last 5 starts.

The Twins offense is nothing impressive: 17th in the MLB in team batting average (.252), 22nd in runs scored (245) and 26 in home runs (44).

Wednesday, June 13: Brain Matusz (8%), Baltimore Orioles v. Pittsburgh Pirates

I spend enough time bashing the Pirates offense, so you know how much I like to go up against their MLB worst runs scored, on base percentage and 2nd worst batting average.

Brian Matusz is coming off a bad outing (again, see above), but I really like the progress he has made in 2012. Five of his last six starts have been pretty good, so I’m not willing to give up on him yet.

Thursday, June 14: Kevin Millwood (9%), Seattle Mariners v. San Diego Padres

Kevin Millwood left after 6 innings of no-hit baseball in his last outing on Friday against the Dodgers. The Mariners went on to complete the no-hitter. The Mariners will re-evaluate Millwood on Tuesday, but it sounds as if the team will let Millwood decide if he is ready to go. Coming off being part of a no-hitter, you better believe he will make every effort to pitch.

Friday, June 15: Dillon Gee (9%), New York Mets v. Cincinnati Reds

Dillon Gee has thrown five straight quality starts with at least five strikeouts in each of those outings… Enough said.

Saturday, June 16: Anthony Bass (13%), San Diego Padres @ Oakland Athletics 

There isn’t really too much I like on Saturday. You already know how bad the Athletics offense has been in 2012, but with slim pickin’s, what can you do… Except go against them? I said nearly that exact same thing last Saturday.

Anthony Bass wasn’t good last week and he hasn’t been good in his last four starts. I’m counting on the failure of the Oakland offense… Please!

Sunday, June 17: Alex Cobb (21%), Tampa Bay Rays v. Oakland Athletics

Alex Cobb has hit a rough patch since his first two starts of the season. That being said, the Miami Marlins offense is nothing special: 24th in runs scored (228), 23rd in batting average (.244) and 20th in on-base percentage (.315).

This seems like a good matchup to get the youngster back on track.

Who are your “Churn & Burn” picks this week?

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