Can you believe we’re already knocking on August’s door? Unfortunately we do so in unspectacular fashion as the July 31 deadline gets the aces (Clayton Kershaw and Johnny Cueto) and August 1 gets the wannabes (Hyun-Jin Ryu, Mike Minor, Mat Latos). Oh, I almost missed Chris Sale sitting in an atypical (for Sale) number two in the rankings!
- I think Sale should be ahead of Ryu, but Steamer has Sale projected for just 5.9 IP/GS the rest of the way whereas Ryu is projected at 6.4 IP/GS. That half-inning makes a difference. In reality, these guys are one and two and they both have good matchups. I only point this out to highlight some of the oddities of projection systems. On the season, Sale has averaged 6.9 IP/GS. C’mon, Steamer.
- Matt Shoemaker draws Jeremy Hellickson and should provide a nice opportunity for a win.
- Looking deeper, I’m a believer in Kyle Hendricks, but maybe not against the Dodgers. He’s looked great in his first few starts, though — 19.1 IP, 2.33 ERA, 3.77 SIERA, 18.2 K%, 7.9 BB%. I added him in a 16-team mixed league for $7 of my FAAB budget.
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How to Read These Rankings
- Stmr: Projected ROS ERA from Steamer
- 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 points leagues
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