Most Major League Baseball teams prefer to start aces on Saturday and Sunday. I think it's because eyeballs are on TV sets more during the weekend. Ratings are better when the big name pitchers step to the mound. Check out what I'm thinking for Saturday, June 17.
Top 3 Pitchers to Add
1. Ivan Nova, Pittsburgh Pirates
There was a string of 7 starts where Nova allowed at least 2 runs. That ended in his last start on June 11. Versus Miami, Nova gave up 1 hit, and struck out 4 in 6 innings. Pitt faces the Chicago Cubs this weekend. The Cubs have 9 hits from 47 at-bats versus Nova. He's struck out 8 Cubbies while not yielding a single home run. I think he's back to being the lockdown pitcher he was earlier in the season.
2. Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays
The 3.80 ERA and 1.18 WHIP aren't bad. The 114 strikeouts are excellent. Archer has struck out 8, 11, 7, 11, and 12 in his last 5 starts. Detroit only bats .244 against him while he's struck out 43 Tiger batters from 131 at-bats. The last time Archer faced Detroit he allowed 4 earned runs off 7 hits. But, he also struck out 9. We get 2 fantasy points every time a pitcher strikes out a batter.
3. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
Quietly, because Max Scherzer is so great, Stephen Strasburg has put together a nice 7-year career. This season he'd be the ace on any other team. His 3.27 ERA and 1.05 WHIP are plenty good enough for Stras to get onto the NL All-Star Team. The Mets bat .237 versus Strasburg. He's recorded 10, 8, 7, 15, and 11 strikeouts in his last 5 starts.
Top 3 Pitchers to Stay Away From
1. Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs
Things haven't yet turned around for Jake Arrieta. In his last start versus the Colorado Rockies, Arrieta allowed 4 earned runs off 5 hits. He lasted 4.1 innings. He hasn't reached double-digits in strikeouts since April 9. There just aren't many reasons to put Arrieta on any of my MLB DraftKings' fantasy teams.
2.Rick Porcello, Boston Red Sox
When it comes to fantasy baseball, Porcello has been a huge bust. He rarely strikes out more than 5 batters in a game. He also has a 4.67 ERA, and a 1.51 WHIP. With Chris Sale on the team, the Red Sox don't need Porcello to win another Cy Young. They just need him to improve from how he's pitching right now. If he could get the ERA to 4.50 and last 6 innings while giving up only 3 earned runs, Boston would be happy.
3. Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays
Stroman has gone 5-0-2 in his last 7 starts. That's nice. His ERA, 3.06, is equally nice. But, the Chicago White Sox are a team that Stroman's struggled with. Although the bats are limited, Stroman's only faced White Sox batters 34 times, CWS has shelled him. The White Sox bat .382 against Stroman. I can't trust him versus the American League Chicago Team on Saturday.