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Daily SP Rankings: Wednesday, Aug 13

Wednesday lacks marquee pitching names — unless you consider Jordan Zimmermann, Hisashi Iwakuma, and Homer Bailey “marquee”…OK, Iwakuma might be — but as always I have some thoughts on the day’s action!

  • The Tigers lost Anibal Sanchez and now maybe Justin Verlander to injury. Buck Farmer gets the call on Wednesday. Who’s Farmer? Aside from having one of the better names in baseball, he also has a pretty lively fastball and a few average or better secondary offerings (slider and change-up). ScoutingBook.com touts his change-up as being “very good” and his minor league peripherals give me optimism he could settle in as a major league number 3 or 4 pitcher. He’s demonstrated very good command this season, which definitely helps. The Pirates are a moderately tough draw despite Andrew McCutchen’s absense, but I’d start Farmer in this spot. Check out some Farmer video here.
  • Michael Pineda is back! We’ll see how well he can pitch without the pine tar. While the numbers say he’s a slightly above average option @BAL, the numbers don’t exactly factor in that it’s Pineda we’re talking about. I don’t trust him. I want to see a start first.
  • Allen Webster finally had a good start last time out against the Angels. I’m calling shenanigans.

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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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About the author: Bryan is the co-founder of Baseball Professor and works as a consultant specializing in operational metrics and efficiency analysis. When he’s not working, blogging, or tending to basic human needs, he enjoys pondering the vastness of the universe, rewatching episodes of Breaking Bad, and avoiding snakes. (@BaseballProf)

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