Clayton Kershaw headlines a day with 20 above average pitching options and several intriguing, less-owned options.
- David Buchanan checks in at 104.1 in his home start against the Marlins. He has good control and keeps the ball down well enough, and the Marlins are struggling offensively. Andrew Heaney could be an ace on any given day, but he’s still a rookie right now. This could be a nice spot start for Buchanan.
- I would have Jake Arrieta much higher on my “if intangibles were factored in” list given how well he’s been pitching recently, but Steamer projects just a 4.04 ERA from him the rest of the way with 3.71 BB/9 and some durability concerns. Cincinnati also has the 6th-best wOBA in the league over the last two weeks (.339) and have actually been a league average offense this season against RHP (.310 wOBA, 16th) and terrible against LHP (.290, 28th). While Arrieta is still a risk any time he pitches, I would start him against the Reds.
- Jesse Hahn also make for an intriguing start against the Giants. I think I would approach him just as his rating suggests: not worth it in 10-12 team leagues or moderately deep 14-team leagues, but in anything resembling a deep league I’d add him.
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- Rating: 100 is average and higher is better
- IP/K/ERA/WHIP: Projected stats for the game in question
- W%/L%: Likelihood of the SP picking up a Win or Loss
- PTS: Projected points total in daily DraftStreet leagues (where we play)
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