Sunday, August 13, is an interesting day in that Chris Sale is set to hit the mound. I don't believe Sale is a good play on Sunday. I love the guy. Don't get me wrong. But, there are better value pitchers available than Sale.
Another pitcher I'm staying away from is Dallas Kuechel. Check out my pitchers to add and avoid for this Sunday, August 13.
Top 3 Value Pitchers to Add
1. Zach Godley, Arizona Diamondbacks
Godley's quietly put together a decent season with a 2.94 ERA, a 5-4 record, and a 1.02 WHIP. He faces the Cubs on Sunday. The Cubbies bat .280 versus the D'Backs' unknown pitcher. But, get this, Chicago has only faced Godley 28 times. The last time the Cubs faced him, on August 2, he held them to 3 hits in 6 innings. He didn't yield a run. He only struck out 5, but he also only walked 2.
Zach Godley should present awesome value in the D'Backs Sunday match up versus the Chicago Cubs. I'm definitely thinking about adding him to the MLB DraftKings Team.
2. Parker Bridwell, L.A. Angels
Bridwell, which sort of makes sense, has a 1.87 ERA in away games. He's away this Sunday versus the rival Seattle Mariners. The overall stats are fantastic: 3.00 ERA, 6 and 3 record, and 1.20 WHIP. Seattle has a .444 batting average versus Bridwell. But that's from 27 at-bats.
Bridwell bombed against Seattle on June 30. He yielded 5 earned runs off 11 hits in 6 innings. The game got away from him that day. I don't expect the game to get away from him on Sunday. I might take a shot on the Angels' up and coming pitcher.
3. Michael Wacha, St. Louis Cardinals
Carlos Martinez made my to avoid list for Saturday, August 11. Wacha makes my to consider list for Sunday, August 12. The Cards battle the Atlanta Braves this weekend. Wacha hasn't always had great success versus Atlanta. The Braves bat .274. The average is somewhat legitimate since Wacha's faced Atlanta batters 73 times.
Still, I believe Wacha offers some value. He hasn't faced Atlanta since May 7. In that game, he allowed 2 earned runs off 5 hits in 6 innings. He struck out 6 and walked 2. If Michael Wacha can repeat that performance, he could be a nice choice at a low salary.
Top 3 Pitchers to Avoid
1. Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox
Sale could dominate the New York Yankees in Sunday's ESPN broadcast game. He's as good as any pitcher in MLB when he's got the slider working. We don't really need to look at the overall stats. The last time Sale faced the Yankees, he pitched 7.2 innings, gave up 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 13.
The thing is, if you put Sale on the team, you won't have any bucks for either a second pitcher, or any hitters. That's how much salary cap dollars the strike out king demands. It's a tough choice. I think I'll pass, and hope my value pitchers step it up.
2. Dallas Kuechel, Houston Astros
Kuechel was atrocious in his last start. Facing the run challenged Chicago White Sox, Kuechel allowed 8 earned runs off 10 hits while only striking out 2. He pitched 4 innings. Although he could bounce back versus Texas, a team that bats only .234 against him, I don't believe the risk is worth the reward.
3. Jason Vargas, Kansas City Royals
Vargas has had a couple of decent starts since the All-Star Break. He hasn't been as horrible as he was right after the All-Star Break. I'm not hot on his chances of throwing a gem on Sunday, though. The Chicago White Sox bat .271 versus Vargas. More importantly, he hasn't been consistent enough for me to pay the likely salary.