Welcome to the second installment of Fantasy Baseball Churn & Burn, with waiver wire fodder starting pitchers for the week of June 4 to June 10.
For the fantasy baseball owner who likes to focus on offense and simply grab the best available options to plug in each day into their starting rotation, this article is for you.
Last Week’s Recap:
- Monday, May 28: Bronson Arroyo – 4IP, 8H, 4ER, 1BB, 1K
- Tuesday, May 29: Homer Bailey – W, CG, QS, 9IP, 4H, 1ER, 1BB, 5K
- Wednesday, May 30: Dillon Gee – QS, 6.2IP, 6H, 2ER, 1BB, 5K
- Thursday, May 31: Jeremy Guthrie – W, 7IP, 12H, 5ER, oBB, 1K
- Friday, June 1: Kyle Kendrick – W, 5.1IP, 8H, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
- Saturday, June 2: Luke Hochevar – 4.2IP, 5H, 6ER, 3BB, 3K
- Sunday, June 3: Kevin Millwood – 4IP, 7H, 4ER, 5BB, 4K
Last Week’s Totals: 3W (43%), 1 CG, 2QS (29%), 40.2 IP, 50H, 25ER, 13BB, 23K, 5.53ERA, 1.55 WHIP
- The starting pitcher must be owned in 25% or less of Yahoo! fantasy baseball leagues
- “Probable Pitchers” come from CBSSports.com
- One “Churn & Burn” pitcher per day
- A pitcher may only be used once per week
Monday, June 4: Scott Feldman,Texas Rangers (1%) @ Oakland Athletics
The Oakland Athletics and Billy Beane philosophy of wanting hitters who “just get on base” has finally caught up to the team…. and when you have the wrong guys on the team things get very bad. The Athletics have been shutout 11 times in 2012 and are 2nd to last in the MLB with a .288 team OBP and dead last with a team.209 batting average.
I will take the offense behind Feldman for at least a win.
Tuesday, June 5: Homer Bailey (16%) v. Pittsburgh Pirates
Homer Bailey is coming off a complete game with one earned run against the Pirates last Tuessday. The Pirates offense is pretty bad, dead last in the MLB in OBP with .275.
I wouldn’t be shocked to see a repeat performance from Homer Bailey.
Wednesday, June 6: Kyle Kendrick (6%), Philadelphia Phillies v. Los Angeles Dodgers
Kyle Kendrick didn’t make it to a quality start in his last outing, but his 5.2 inning/3 earned run outing was good enough to get the win.
The Dodgers are a good offense, but I like to ride a pitcher when he is hot. Kendrick has a 1.65 ERA with two wins in his last four starts, including a complete game shutout.
Thursday, June 7: Brian Matusz (8%), Baltimore Orioles v. Boston Red Sox
Sometime I absolutely love the fantasy players who follow a player’s ownership throughout other fantasy leagues too closely. This type of owner misses out huge on players like Brian Matusz. The once top-prospect seems as if he is finally figuring things out.
Matusz’s last four starts have been of the quality nature, receiving wins in three, striking out 23 batters in 25.2 innings with a 2.81 ERA and 1.013WHIP.
I don’t care that he is facing the Red Sox, Matusz is beginning to become a legit force in the MLB.
Friday, June 8: Luke Hochevar (4%), Kansas City Royals @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Luke Hochevar hasn’t made it through five innings in his last two outings. My only real justification for Hochevar is how bad the Pirates offense has been this season.
Saturday, June 9: Jarrod Parker (18%), Oakland Athletics @ Arizona Diamondbacks
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?
Five out of seven starts made by Parker have been quality, with one non-quality start a 5.2 inning/2 earned run performance. As you can imagine, Parker only has one win in seven starts.
Sunday, June 10: Joe Saunders (21%), Arizona Diamondbacks v. Oakland Athletics
It really feels like I am beating up on the Athletics, but why shouldn’t I? Everyone else is.