- Carlos Carrasco (CLE) @TOR, vs. MIN
- Jacob deGrom (NYM) vs. SF, @MIL
- Max Scherzer (WAS) @BAL, vs. PHI
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Jake Arrieta (CHC) @COL, @STL
Arrieta is 4-1 despite a 4.63 ERA and 1.29 WHIP, but he has a 10.54 K/9 and 2.31 BB/9. Arrieta has a 1.54 HR/9 and isn't getting as many grounders as he used to with a 41.7 percent ground ball rate. The start at Coors Field is a concern.
Gio Gonzalez (WAS) @BAL, vs. PHI
Gonzalez is 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP, but he hasn't been as good as the numbers indicate. Gonzalez has a 4.23 BB/9, although seven walks came in last outing in five innings against the Diamondbacks. Gonzalez has been fortunate with a .257 BABIP and 92.2 percent strand rate. The matchups aren't too bad for Gonzalez with the Orioles struggling against left-handers and the Phillies aren't a great offense.
A.J. Griffin (TEX) @SD, vs. OAK
I don't have a lot of confidence because Griffin is prone to the home run, but these are solid matchups with the Padres striking out often. Griffin has a 15:2 K:BB ratio over his last 11 innings. He has allowed four home runs in 20.1 innings.
Carlos Martinez (STL) @MIA, vs. CHC
It has been a weird start for Martinez, who already has a game with 11 strikeouts and eight walks. He needs to trim the WHIP to become a better pitcher. He is coming off two good starts and has big upside every time he takes the mound.
Matt Moore (SF) @NYM, vs. CIN
Moore has been really good or really bad. His bad starts have come on the road in Arizona, Colorado and in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. Moore has allowed seven home runs in 33.1 innings. Moore has good matchups and if you can't use him in these spots, why own him?
Charlie Morton (HOU) vs. ATL, @NYY
Morton is 3-2 with a 3.97 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 10.32 K/9 and a 2.65 BB/9. The velocity is up to 95 miles per hour on the fastball and gets ground balls.
Ivan Nova (PIT) @LAD, @ARI
Nova is 3-3 with a 2.14 ERA and 0.88 WHIP. While he only has 27 strikeouts in 42 innings, he has walked only one and allowed two home runs.
Luis Perdomo (SD) vs. TEX, @CWS
Perdomo has quietly pitched well. He has a 4.03 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 7.25 K/9 and 2.42 BB/9. He has a 69.1 percent ground ball rate and a 20.6 percent hard hit rate.
Drew Pomeranz (BOS) @MIL, vs. TB
Pomeranz has one bad start and is getting a lot of strikeouts. He is 3-1 with a 4.00 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 11.33 K/9, and a 3.0 BB/9.
Robbie Ray (ARI) vs. DET, vs. PIT
Ray is using his curve a lot more and is pitching well. He is 2-2 with a 3.47 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 12.14 K/9 and a 4.46 BB/9. There are still concerns long term with the high walk rate and 50.6 percent hard hit rate.
Jeff Samardzija (SF) @NYM, vs. CIN
Samardzija has been plagued by bad luck. He is 0-4 with a 5.03 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. He has a 10.53 K/9, 2.29 BB/9 and a 28.4 percent hard hit rate. Two bad starts in Arizona and Colorado have inflated his numbers. Samardzija has a 16:1 K:BB ratio over 15 innings in his last two starts.
Marcus Stroman (TOR) vs. CLE, vs. SEA
Stroman left his last start against the Yankees early, but apparently he's fine. Stroman has been excellent in four of his six starts. He struggled in his last start against a hot-hitting Yankees team.
Jameson Taillon (PIT) @LAD, @ARI
He has a 3.31 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 7.64 K/9 and a 3.31 BB/9. He has a 52.9 percent ground ball rate, 28.8 percent hard hit rate, and has allowed two earned runs or less in four of his six starts.
Masahiro Tanaka (NYY) @CIN, vs. HOU
Tanaka allowed seven earned runs in 2.2 innings to open the season and has been better since. He has allowed five earned runs in his last 22.1 innings.
Julio Urias (LAD) vs. PIT, @COL
Urias is real talented, but need to cut down on the walks. He has eight in 10.2 innings, but has allowed one earned run.
Justin Verlander (DET) @ARI, @LAA
It's difficult to bench Verlander if you have him, but he's struggling and a game in Arizona isn't ideal and the Angels don't strike out much. Verlander has a 7.6 percent swinging strike rate, way down from 12 percent in 2016. Verlander has a 4.21 BB/9.
Alex Wood (LAD) vs. PIT, @COL
The second start in Coors Field is risky, but Wood is 2-0 with a 3.28 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 9.85 K/9 and 3.28 BB/9. He has a 59.7 percent ground ball rate and a 23.9 percent hard hit rate.
Matt Andriese (TB) vs. KC, @BOS
Andriese has yet to get hammered in any start. In deeper formats, you can use him. He has a 3.09 ERA and 1.24 WHIP, but has been hurt with a 1.54 HR/9 and a 40.8 percent hard hit rate.
Adam Conley (MIA) vs. STL, vs. ATL
Like last season, Conley is issuing too many walks with a 4.68 BB/9.
Rookie Davis (CIN) vs. NYY, @SF
Davis has a 6.14 BB/9, 1.84 HR/9 and a 2.18 WHIP.
Kyle Freeland (COL) vs. CHC, vs. LAD
It's difficult to trust a pitcher in Coors Field with a 5.29 K/9 and 3.71 BB/9.
Kevin Gausman (BAL) vs. WAS, @KC
Gausman gets one of the toughest matchups against the Nationals and one of the easiest against the Royals. Gausman has a 5.81 K/9, 5.23 BB/9 and a 1.74 HR/9.
Kendall Graveman (OAK) vs. LAA, @TEX
Not ready to trust Graveman yet with low Ks, a 1.32 HR/9 and a 6.8 percent swinging strike rate.
Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA) @PHI, @TOR
Iwakuma has had one real bad start and been solid in the others. He's clearly not the same pitcher and a 4.65 K/9, 3.48 BB/9, and a 2.03 HR/9 show the risk for a disaster outing.
Ubaldo Jimenez (BAL) vs. WAS, @KC
You can't trust Jimenez with a 6.23 BB/9, 2.08 HR/9 and a 5.9 percent swinging strike rate.
Nate Karns (KC) @TB, vs. BAL
Karns is coming off his best start of the season, but he's erratic and allowed six home runs in 29 innings.
Nick Martinez (TEX) @SD, vs. OAK
A 4.91 K/9 and five home runs in 18.1 innings.
Alex Meyer (LAA) @OAK, vs. DET
He has a 6.81 BB/9 in 35.2 career innings.
Ricky Nolasco (LAA) @OAK, vs. DET
Nolasco is allowing more fly balls and has surrendered nine home runs in 32.2 innings.
Mike Pelfrey (CWS) vs. MIN, vs. SD
He has a 2.51 K/9, 3.77 BB/9, 5.02 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. Why is he in the majors?
Wily Peralta (MIL) vs. BOS, vs. NYM
He has a 4.88 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and a 1.72 HR/9.
Hector Santiago (CWS) @CWS, @CLE
Santiago has been pitching well, but the walks have increased the last two starts with an 8:7 K:BB ratio over 11 innings.
Antonio Senzatela (COL) vs. CHC, vs. LAD
Senzatela is pitching well and has a 3.15 ERA at Coors Field, but a 4.74 K/9 means too many balls are being put into play and that's dicey with the weather heating up.
Blake Snell (TB) vs. KC, @BOS
Snell gets one of the best matchups against the Royals and a tougher one at Fenway Park. Snell has pitched exactly five innings in four straight starts because he struggles with command. He has a 6.03 BB/9.
Jered Weaver (SD) vs. TEX, @CWS
Weaver has allowed 12 home runs in 32.2 innings.