Jacob Turner, Detroit Tigers

Churn & Burn Starting Pitchers: June 18 – June 24

Again last week, my picks were nothing better than sub-par. That being said, the picks I gave you were much better than last week.  I rolled the dice with three of my picks last week (Richards for two, Matusz and Millwood). Luckily, I went with three whose performances were not too horrible (my points H2H league does not consider hits allowed).

Also last week, if you grabbed up the Monday starter, Garrett Richards, then held on to him for two starts, he rewarded you later in the week rather than earlier.

Richards threw 8 innings with 5 strikeouts and zero earned runs and a win on Sunday.

Hope I can perform better for you, as well as myself, this week.

Last Week’s Recap:

  • Monday, June 11: Garrett Richards – 5IP, 5H, 1ER, 5BB, 4K
  • Tuesday, June 12: Kyle Kendrick – 4IP, 8H, 6ER, 2BB, 2K
  • Wednesday, June 13: Brian Matusz – 5.2IP, 9H, 4ER, 3BB, 7K
  • Thursday, June 14 (pitched Friday): Kevin Millwood- 5IP, 9H, 3ER, 1BB, 4K
  • Friday, June 15: Dillon Gee – QS, 6IP, 5H, 3ER, 1BB, 4K
  • Saturday, June 16 (pitched Friday): Anthony Bass – 5.1IP, 9H, 7ER, 3BB, 3K
  • Sunday, June 17: Alex Cobb – W, QS, 7IP, 2H, 0ER, 1BB, 10K

Last Week’s Totals: 7GS, 1W (14%), 2QS (29%), 38IP, 47H, 24ER, 16BB, 34K, 5.68ERA, 1.66WHIP

Season Totals: 21GS, 5W (24%), 1CG, 5QS (24%), 107.2IP, 142H, 80ER, 49BB, 80K, 6.69ERA, 1.78WHIP

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 18: Jonathan Sanchez (7%), Kansas City Royals @ Houston Astros

Ya, I may be a bit crazy. It’s not that I really like Jonathan Sanchez, but there aren’t really many options on Monday. I’m actually a bit upset that another roster churner beat me out on my Sunday night claim for Sanchez. We allow 12 MLB pitcher starts per week in my H2H league and I need 4 more on my team this week.

The Astros aren’t very good at the plate and their pitching staff isn’t too good either, so I like Sanchez to get through five innings with the lead, so a win may be in his future.

Tuesday, June 19: Aaron Harang (23%), San Diego Padres @ Oakland Athletics

I’ve spoken many times about how inept the Oakland Athetics have been at the plate and how GM Billy Beane’s “just get on base” philosophy has finally caught up to the As,since they simply are not getting on base.

Aaron Harang has been pretty hot as of late, winning two of his last three starts with a 1.89 ERA in 19 innings.

Wednesday, June 20: Vin Mazzaro (1%), Kansas City Royals @ Houston Astros

I truly cannot believe I am saying a fantasy team should roll with Vin Mazzaro, but over his last three starts, Vin has won two, with a 1.80 era over the span. As well, Mazzaro has made two of his last four starts without allowing a single run.

I’ve already discussed the Astros offense, so if Vin can make it five innings, there’s a good shot he can pull out the W.

Thursday, June 21: Jacob Turner (1%), Detroit Tigers v. St. Louis Cardinals

With only six games on Thursday, there really aren’t many options… So, what the hell, let’s roll with the rookie. Is that a solid strategy? Sure! If you’re already churning and burning through starting pitchers, what is a better method than grabbing a once top-notch prospect who gets the callup?

That’s how I grabbed Garrett Richards and he’s been pretty good. If Jacob Turner performs well, you can hang on to him for a few starts, or make a deal with a position player for an offensive upgrade.

Turner is 3-3 with a 2.83ERA and 44Ks in 63.2 innings with 26walks in 11 starts between Double-A and Triple-A.

Friday, June 22: Kevin Millwood (12%), Seattle Mariners @ San Diego Padres

Kevin Millwood has come down from his firey three game stretch in mid-May, even though he threw six innings of a no-hitter, just two starts ago.

That being said, hitting and scoring runs is tough to do in Petco Park, that alone should give Millwood a shot at a win.

Saturday, June 23: Garrett Richards (10%), Los Angeles Angels v. Los Angeles Dodgers

I own Garrett Richards in my H2H league. As described above, I grabbed him up when not many options were available… All he’s done since entering the rotation: 3GS, 2W, 2QS (the other was 5IP 1ER), 20IP, 13H, 2ER, 11BB, 17K, 0.90ERA, 1.20WHIP and a .191 batting average against.

Sunday, June 24: Randy Wolf (4%), Milwaukee Brewers @Chicago White Sox

Randy Wolf hasn’t been too good in 2012, but over his last three starts he has a 3.20 ERA in 19.2IP with 12 K, walking 8. Wolf has no wins over this span, but I don’t like anyone on Sunday, so I decided to go with the guys who has been the “best’ over his last few games.

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

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