Greinke Solved Coors
July 4, 2014 | Shane Gallimore
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- Max Scherzer – DET (8 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 H, 7 K) keeps stringing together strong outings. He isn’t quite up to his Cy Young season from last year but is producing at a high level and warranting his draft position. He is doing what he is supposed to be doing.
- Zack Greinke – LAD (8 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K) picked up his 11th win and had an outstanding outing when you consider it was in Colorado. He has 5 quality starts out of his last 6 games. If he can do this in Coors he is matchup proof. Roll him out for every outing. Set it and forget it.
- Sonny Gray – OAK (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) bounced back after a poor outing last time out. Gray started the season strong but has stuggled a bit compared to his start. He seems to be on a pattern of 2 or 3 quality starts followed by a bump in the road. I would start him at home and against favorable matchups on the road. His last hiccups were against the Tigers, Orioles, and at the Marlins.
- Madison Bumgarner – SF (5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) has been up and down all year long. He is 9-6 on the year which accurately reflects his performances. He is too good to sit so just roll him out and he will finish in the top 15 pitchers for the year.
- Ernest Frieri – PIT (0.1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 0 K) hasn’t exactly endeared himself to his new team. There was some talk of him being able to take the closer job away from Mark Melancon. It doesn’t look like this is going to happen. I don’t see much value in Frieri at this point.
- Eric Bedard – TB (2 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 0 K) pretty much was about as bad as you could get. Zero strikeouts and bad everywhere else. I am not sure why anyone would have started Bedard against the Tigers so if you did you paid the price. At this point I wouldn’t use Bedard at any time.
Around the league:
Rangers @ Orioles: Steve Pearce (4-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, K, 2 doubles 2 SB) continues to produce. If by some chance he available in your league go get him. He should be owned in all leagues. Shin-Soo Choo (1-3, 1 R, BB, 2 K, HR) has struggled over the last month or so but now has hits in 6 of the last 7 games. Maybe a turnaround is coming. Wei-Yin Chen (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) delivered a win and quality start after two straight not so good outings. Zach Britton picked up his 12th save and seems safe in the job.
Cardinals @ Giants: Jhonny Peralta (2-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, K, HR) continues to be the 2014 JJ Hardy with respect to homers. It seems like this should continue. Gregor Blanco (2-4, 1 R, 2 K) is filling in for Angel Pagan but he isn’t worth picking up as he is only hitting .236 with no homers. He has a bit of speed (8 SB) but probably not worth the other downers. Carlos Martinez (5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) continues his solid starting pitching. The biggest risk is he hasn’t gone past 5 innings in any of his starts. If he gets stretched out he could have some value down the road.
Phillies @ Marlins: Kyle Kendrick (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) should have gotten the win but his bullpen blew the save. Marcel Ozuna (3-4, 2 R, double) continues his solid year. He is a nice depth addition you could plug in if you had too. Steve Cishek blew his second save and took the loss giving up a couple runs. Ben Revere (2-5, 1 R, K, SB) continues to keep running. A worthwhile OF that will help in speed and average categories.
Diamondbacks @ Pirates: David Peralta (3-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, K, HR, CS) has multiple hits in three of the last four games. He isn’t getting enough playing time but when he does he has been hitting. If he gets consistent time he might be worth a pickup. Brandon McCarthy (5.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) couldn’t quite get enough innings to get the quality start but it was good enough for the win. McCarthy has pitched much, much better than his 3-10 record shows. In a quality start league or if you are fine in wins McCarthy might be a nice add. Didi Gregorius (2-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, BB) had a nice game but he seems to just be filling in for the injured Chris Owings.
Rays @ Tigers: Matt Joyce (0-3, BB, K) broke his mini three game streak. He is a streaky player and if you hit the streak right he can be nice but hit it wrong and it can be just as bad. Torii Hunter (2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI) launched his 10th homer. This is the second straight multi hit game for Hunter. Ian Kinsler (1-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K, HR) has nits in nine of the last 10 games and has three homers over this time frame. Looks like he doesn’t want to give up the second base title just yet. He is having a solid year.
Yankees @ Twins: Phil Hughes (6.1 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) has been stumbling recently. This is three straight questionable starts after starting out the season above all expectations. He is probably somewhere in between. I would start him his next outing against the Mariners. Masahiro Tanaka (7 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) with a disappointing outing for him. Only 3 K’s and not even a quality start. Against the Twins owners have to have expected better. Carlos Beltran (1-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 K, HR) with another homer. He is an injury risk and isn’t getting on base but the occasional power does show up. Sam Fuld (2-3, 1 R) is back in the lineup from his concussion issues and could be a cheap speed source if you have any opening.
Dodgers @ Rockies: Justin Morneau (2-4, 1 RBI, triple, K) extended his hit streak to nine games. Six of those games were of the multiple hit variety. He only has one homer over that time but its tough to argue with that kind of production. Dee Gordon (1-4, 1 R) has now gone a season long 9 games without a stolen base. If you need steals maybe you can float an offer out to his owner who might start to think he is slowing down. He is still getting on base so the steals will come. Jose Uribe (3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, double) is still hitting around .300 and has some power. You could probably do worse for a short term option.
Blue Jays @ A’s: RA Dickey (8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) picked up the quality start but the other two unearned runs cost him the win. Dickey is continuing his up and down year and he is just consistently inconsistent. Stephen Vogt (1-3, 1 R, double) moves his hit streak to four games. Sean Doolittle picked up his 12th save and a couple strikeouts. It was a nice bounce back outing after a struggle this week.
Astros @ Angels: Matt Shoemaker (6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K) picked up the win and quality start and moves to 6-2 on the year. It was a nice bounce back after getting lit up by the Royals last time out. Shoemaker has pitched well enough he should be picked up and started in most matchups. His strikeout potential gives extra value. George Springer (1-4, 1 RBI, K, SB) has started to run so his legs must be feeling better. David Freese (2-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, K, double) is on a roll with hits in 8 of the last 10. Three of those include multiple hits but only one homer and five doubles. Shocker is Jose Altuve (3-5, 1 R, double) got on base three times and didn’t steal a base.