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Churn & Burn Starting Pitchers: June 25 – July 1

Another tough week last week in the world of fantasy baseball Churners & Burners in the starting pitcher category.

Hopefully you took the obvious route and did NOT take Vin Mazzaro on Friday against the Cardinals when he was bumped from starting against the Astros on Wednesday. I think I made it pretty clear the Astros offense was the reason to start Mazzaro.

If your league doesn’t penalize for hits allowed and reward a quality start, Aaron Harang and Garret Richards weren’t to bad for your squad last week, but still all-in-all a tough week.

The C&B ERA went down a little last week, but the WHIP went up a few thousandths of a point.

Last Week’s Recap:

  • Monday, June 18: Jonathan Sanchez – 5.2IP, 4H, 6ER, 6BB, 3K
  • Tuesday, June 19: Aaron Harang – QS, 6IP, 8H, 3ER, 2BB, 0K
  • Wednesday, June 20: Vin Mazzaro (pitched Friday, not recommended vs. Cardinals) – 1.1IP, 6H, 7ER, 2BB, 2K
  • Thursday, June 21: Jacob Turner – 5IP, 4H, 1ER, 5BB, 5K
  • Friday, June 22: Kevin Millwood – 5IP, 8H, 5ER, 3BB, 3K
  • Saturday, June 23: Garrett Richards (pitched Sunday) – QS, 6.2IP, 9H, 3ER, 2BB, 5K
  • Sunday, June 24: Alex Cobb – Bumped from start.

Last Week’s Totals: 5GS, 0W, 2QS (40%), 28.1IP, 33H, 18ER, 22BB, 16K, 5.76ERA, 1.94WHIP

Season Totals: 26GS, 5W (19%), 1CG, 7QS (27%), 136IP, 175H, 98ER, 71BB, 96K, 6.49ERA, 1.81WHIP

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 25: Justin Grimm (2%), Texas Rangers v. Detroit Tigers

The rookie, Justin Grimm, struck out seven Astros in his major league debut, throwing six innings and getting the win on June 16.

I really believe in giving rookies a second shot after a great start, especially with an offense like the Rangers behind him.

Tuesday, June 26: Chris Archer (7%), Tampa Bay Rays @ Kansas City Royals

The Royals were hot, now they stink again. The rotation and bullpen was horrendous over the weekend.

In his major league debut, Chris Archer gave up three earned runs and struck out seven batters when he faced the Nationals last Wednesday. As I mentioned before, rookies who perform well get a second shot from me.

Wednesday, June 27: Kevin Millwood (9%), Seattle Mariners v. Oakland Athletics

Although Kevin Millwood was part of a team no-hitter just three starts ago, he has allowed 17 hits in his last two starts, while only lasting five innings in each outing while being credited with three and five runs respectively.

Maybe the last shot I give Kevin Millwood, but we have discussed the Oakland Athletics offense many times in C&B, so Millwood gets my blessing on Wednesday.

Thursday, June 28: Brett Cecil (2%), Toronto Blue Jays v. Los Angeles Angels

The Toronto rotation has been completely decimated by injuries in 2012. Brett Cecil has been better than serviceable in his two starts this season, posting a 2.45 ERA, however only throwing five innings and six innings respectively.

The Blue Jays offense has been on fire as of late, giving a serviceable pitcher a shot at the win.

Honorable Mention!

Prospect phenom, Trevor Bauer, will reportedly be making his MLB debut for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday. If Bauer is available in your league, GRAB HIM NOW!

Bauer is not available for C&B because he is owned in 32% of Yahoo! leagues.

Friday, June 29: Jose Quintana (17%), Chicago White Sox @ New York Yankees

The trend this week seems to be rookie/young pitching… In his last two starts, Quintana has thrown 16 innings (8 each outing), while allowing ZERO runs, striking out 10 and walking ZERO.

Back to back stud outings means I am willing to give Quintana a shot at a good offense.

Saturday, June 30: Garrett Richards (18%), Los Angeles Angels @ Toronto Blue Jays

I still own Garrett Richards in my H2H league and the rookie pitcher trend continues on Saturday.

Richards has three quality starts in his four attempts for the Angels, never allowing more than three runs in any one game. His only non-quality performance? 5 innings, 2 earned run.

Sunday, July 1: Jake Westbrook (25%), St. Louis Cardinals v. Pittsburgh Pirates

The second of the “old” guys this week, Jake Westbrook, is 2-1 over his last three starts with a 2.57 ERA. Taking on the Pittsburgh Pirates, another team whose offense has been discussed many times on C&B, Westbrook should be in line to get a win after five innings.

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

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