Trying to find pitchers to recommend for the week 11 waiver wire was not easy as I tried to avoid people I had picked multiple times before as much as I could but with some of the guys the point just needs to be reiterated. This is especially true for Lance McCullers and AJ Ramos. In the relievers part I wanted to discuss the Cubs situation but I don’t know what is going on there and right now I don’t think any are worth owning unless you are in super deep leagues.
Lance McCullers, HOU: A mixed week for McCullers in two games against Seattle. In his Sunday start he gave up no runs and no hits before being pulled after five innings due to the massive lead the Astros had amassed. Then on Friday he had counter fortunes as he gave up three runs on six hits in 4.1 innings. However, the worrying sign from both starts is the number of walks he gave up, seven in 9.1 innings, compared to a still fairly impressive 10 strikeouts. This was a stark contrast to his last five games where he gave up just six walks in 31 innings whilst striking out 36. These sort of inconsistencies are too be expected form a rookie but I do expect there to be plenty of good starts which make him worth owning in most leagues.
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Miguel Gonzalez, BAL: Gonzalez nearly ended up in the DL stash section of this article but he should make a start next week if all goes well this weekend so he got promoted to here. Gonzalez finished last season superbly and he had got off to a really hot start this year before coming back to the average a little. When he went on the DL Gonzalez had an ERA of 3.33 with 59 strikeouts across 73 innings. Right now his ERA is dead on his career average but he is striking out slightly more batters per nine and giving up less hits per nine than he has in his career. These numbers suggest that what Gonzalez was before he went on the DL is what he really is and it is something I want to own going forward.
Charlie Morton, PIT: Another stunning start from Morton this week as he pitched a seven inning shutout. Ok so it came against the lowly White Sox but this is now five start with five wins, an ERA of 1.62 and a WHIP of 0.99. He has struck out just 15 batters in 30.1 innings which suggest there is some regression coming but right now it hard not to want to ride the hot streak he has been on since coming off his injury.
Chi Chi Gonzalez, TEX: I really don’t know what to make of Chi Chi. He has struck out just 10 batters compared to walking 12 in 30 innings but yet his ERA is just 0.90. The concern is his FIP is 4.17 suggesting there is some major regression coming but he is pitching so well it is hard to ignore him in deeper leagues given his potential upside.
Williams Perez, ATL: An interesting week for Perez as he picked up a save against the Mets last Saturday before pitching a six innings shut out against the Red Sox to pick up his third win of the season. Perez is another guy where the lack of regular strikeouts suggests some struggles may be coming his way but his ERA is currently at 2.29 and his WHIP is just 1.40.
Brett Oberholtzer, HOU: Oberholtzer has now given up just 7 runs in 23.1 innings since the start of June with five of those runs coming in Toronto and Colorado. In that time he has 15 strikeouts and seven walks but has picked up two wins compared to one loss and a no decision. Oberholtzer faces the Angels and Yankees next week which could be a good test to see how true this start really is.
DL Stash: Jake Odorizzi, TB: It is well worth seeing if Odorizzi has been dropped in your league because he has been really good this year. Currently the 24th best starting pitcher with nine quality starts and 7.40 K/9 to go with a 2.47 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. Odorizzi pitches in a decent park and gets to face the woeful Red Sox as well as some Jekyll and Hyde teams in Toronto, New York and Baltimore so he should be a decent bet for your team.
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AJ Ramos, MIA: Why is Ramos not owned in more leagues?! He is one of the best relievers in baseball and he has a job locked down. OK the Marlins are not great but saves are so random it doesn’t always matter how good your team are in terms of the number you get so you have to judge it on the talent and Ramos has it. Go out and check your league because I can assure you Ramos is probably better than something you have on your team right now.
Tyler Clippard, OAK: By the skin of his teeth Clippard is hanging onto the job in Oakland and while he has a job he needs to be owned because of Oakland’s record in one run games. Oakland’s early record was awful but these things tend to balance out so I expect Clippard to get more chances and when he does he has the talent to close games out.
Brad Ziegler, ARI: Ziegler doesn’t excite anyone as a closer but he has the job and the Diamondbacks are giving him opportunities. Ziegler isn’t a top 15 closer by any means and he is probably outside the top 20 but saves are saves and he will give you some.