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As I was looking at who to put in the Week 8 Pitching Planner, I noticed something.

I’m in about seven leagues myself. So yes, I’m not oblivious to the fact that the new 10-DL sucks.

I can’t really write about guys like Dallas Keuchel, Drew Smyly, or James Paxton.

However, that’s why this is helpful. To help guide though those tough times!

After all, we get back Aaron Nola and Ian Kennedy this week!

Week 8 Pitching Planner

*This article will be broken down by start’em/sit’em (two-start pitchers) and start’em/sit’em (one-start pitchers)



Lance Lynn, STL (at LAD, at COL) (RHP)


Lance Lynn has been great against sub-par teams so far this year. So far vs. WSH, CHC, MIA, and BOS, Lynn has handed out 16 runs. Meanwhile, against MIL, PIT, ATL, and CIN, Lynn has only allowed two runs. Maybe consider Lynn a trade candidate??

Lynn is going to face the Dodgers and the Rockies this week. I’m trading/sitting Mr. Lynn everywhere I own him. With LA winning 15 of their last 20 games and ranking as a Top 5 offense in the MLB, I’m not sure outside of the Rangers if there is a hotter team for Lynn to face.

Oh, what’s that you say? Colorado has been better than the Dodgers so far this year, and lead the division. It’s scary too because Mark Reynolds is leading the team in HR, BA, and RBI. As he starts to slow down, the Rockies should have a plethora of talent coming off the DL. The Rockies rank seventh in offense in the majors. With this game at Coors, Lynn gets the mega sit for the week.

Jerad Eickhoff, PHI (vs. COL, at CIN) (RHP)

So Jerad didn’t have a great week last week, which should have been expected given that Texas is clicking right now (10 games win streak). Even with a tough matchup, I think Jerad should sit this week! Eickhoff is not reliable at this point in the season.

With the Rockies coming into town, this could be trouble. Colorado rocks a Top 7 offense. Cincinnati is among the best at home, rocking a Top 6 offense. Both of these match-ups are worrisome. With Eickhoff not having the same stuff that he possessed last year, this could ruin your whole match-up for the week. I’d sit Eickhoff for the time being.

Amir Garrett, CIN (vs. CLE, at PHI) (LHP)

Garrett has already been sent down once this year. Sure, he has a few good games, but then he gets blown up. Garret is a guy I’m running from this week. With the Indians coming to town, you definitely do not want that start. It’s not as bad as it could be given that Edwin Encarnacion is struggling this year. However, with Cleveland winning three of their last five games, bats are starting to warm up.

Over their past 10 games, the Phillies have scored three or more runs in eight of them. The Phillies are not winning games, but they are still scoring. The Phillies have scored 180 runs this year. That places them at #18 in the league. That is better then St.Louis, Cleveland, and the Twins; who are all either number one or two in their division’s.  Sit Garret!


Alex Cobb, TB (vs. LAA, at MIN) (RHP)


Would it be too early to declare that Alex Cobb is back? I know Cobb had a very unattractive stretch toward the beginning on the season, allowing 30 hits in his first four game. On top of that, he had zero Ks in one of those games as well. I dropped him in most leagues after the ‘Stros game in April. However, since the start of May, Cobb has had a QS every game this month.

For the record, I do feel like this is a dangerous two-start player. The game against the Angels will be hard as they are starting to warm up, winning five of their last seven. In the last week, the Angels are in the Top 12 in R, RBI, and Avg. However, Cobb is much better in home games than away. With a 3.20 ERA, four walks, and 14 Ks in three games, I think Cobb will be able to get a QS.

Then the Rays swim upstream to face the Twins. The Twins continue to be a patient team, ranking in the bottom 10 in Ks. They also rank last in hits in the league, and I expect Alex Cobb to blow past this start with ease!

Tanner Roark, WSH (vs. SEA, vs. SD) (RHP)


Roark has had a tough month! Roark has handed up 15 R in three of the four games this month. Last year Roark gave up 14 R in the whole month of May. However, I think he’ll have a great week for you and your squad!

First on the agenda, Tanner has an epic battle with the Seattle Mariners. The offense is very stable, as they have been able to stay in the Top 12 for a good portion of the year. As a team, they rank in the Top 12 in most categories. However, they are in the Top 10 in grounding into double plays and sixth in flyouts. Roark will look to bounce back at home, where he has distributed 25 SO, .239 Avg, and two HRs in 28.2 innings.

Following Seattle, the Padres come into town. This game should be easy pickings. The Padres are third worst in SO, and Roark can easily mess around and walk into double digit SOs. This start may alone be worth starting him this week.

Danny Duffy, KC (at NYY, at CLE) (LHP)

So your window to buy Duffy has officially closed. The 28-year-old has put together a great streak of games, which so happened to be against some of the better teams in the majors. The last three games have had a script of 18 SO, three ERs, zero HRs, and five walks. Duffy is locked in right now.

Danny has the Yanks this week, with the Indians anticipating his arrival as well. After sweeping the World Champs, the Yanks have been playing under .500 ball, losing six of the last 10. The Yanks are 16th in at-bats .vs LHP. They’re also in the Top 10 in the league in SO vs. LHP.

The last game Duffy faced the Yanks, he struck out 10! On top of that, he only allowed three hits, two walks, and zero runs. Add all of that up with a duel vs. the Indians, who he only allowed one run and six hits in his last game against them. The Indians are pretty bad vs. LHP as well, sporting a .216 Avg. Duffy is all but a must start from here on out.




Jesse Hahn, OAK (vs. MIA) (RHP)

Hahn has been eligible for a QS in six of his last eight starts. Hahn has been pretty good this year, to say the least. Hahn has had six Ks in half of his starts as well. Miami has been terrible the last week (all season actually), as they are hitting .218 and have scored a league worst 16 R. Hahn will make quick work of this line-up, as they have also struck out 58 times in the last week.

Jose Berrios, MIN (atBAL) (RHP)


I’m on the Berrios train (if you can’t tell). Berrios’ two starts have been really great. In those two starts, he has allowed four hits, one R, and 15 Ks. If he has not been picked up, do it now … now … Now. Okay, now that Berrios is taken in your league, start him this week.

Berrios faces Baltimore and should have a great game. Baltimore is in the Top 10 in Ks for the last week, and have an OPS ranked 21st in the league. So if the Orioles can’t get on base, how will they score runs? Berrios’ stuff is to good right now, so start Berrios until further notice.

Andrew Triggs, OAK (at NYY) (RHP)

Triggs is another horn that I can’t stop tooting. He has only two bad starts this year. However, he faces the Yanks. The Yanks have been good this year, but they strikeout a lot. Triggs is going to keep the Yanks on a spiral as he looks for his sixth win and keep his ERA in the Top 10 in the AL. Triggs is a borderline, must start at this point. Start Triggs with all of the confidence as the Yanks has been trending downward, losing of six of nine.


Carlos Martinez, STL (at COL) (RHP)


Starting Martinez is not an option this week. Okay, I get it, if he is your ace then you almost have to start him. Martinez has given up three or more runs in six of his last seven games. On top of that, Carlos possesses a 5.51 ERA in away games and teams are hitting .033 points higher in away games as well. Throw that on top of a heaping Coors field effect, with the Rockies being a Top 3 team at home. Don’t start him this week, and pick up someone like Jesse Hahn.

Derek Holland, CWS (at Sea) (LHP)

Holland has been good this year, but you need to sit him this week. Seattle’s offense is picking up and is a much better team at home. In the three games this month, teams have scored 12 R off Holland, and add that on the six HRs that he has given up this year. Holland;s walks been a problem this year too. Seattle is getting hot winning three of five games. Holland run has been great, but sit him this week and reap the rewards.

Matt Moore, SF (at CHC) (LHP)


Matt Moore. The guy who I can not get out of this article. I’m either fanboying about him or wanting to sit him at the farthest point of my bench. Either way, sit him this week. Moore is a terrible start this week, as his fly ball tendencies will let a few balls go over the fence, especially if the wind is blowing out towards the bleachers. Chicago seems to be getting the bats going, and I would sit Moore this week, and feel good doing it.

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