Here are this week’s recommendations, with ownership figures help from Twitter pal @eblack35:
Scott Feldman – 40.9% ESPN/45% Y! – v. TEX (.321 team wOBA), v. TOR (.318)
I like Feldman in just the way I used to like his now-teammate Jason Hammel. Oodles of grounders (50.7%) with just enough strikeouts (6.8 per 9) to have sneaky utility in a veritable plethora of leagues.
And while I don’t think the move from Chicago –> Baltimore will be quite as beneficial as Denver –> Baltimore was for Hammel — at least at first — I think he’s going to be a perfectly fine fantasy option starting on a team that’s starting to look pretty dang formidable both now and into the future under the direction of Buck Showalter.
Then again, I also think a guy closing in on 100 innings of 3.43 ERA baseball with no discernible FIP issues (3.90/3.78) should be owned in more than half of leagues. C’est la vie.
Tyler Chatwood – 14.5% ESPN/15% Y! – @SD (.303), @LAD (.312)
Prior to getting roughed up for five runs last time out, Chatwood was working on a streak of eight straight in which he had allowed two or fewer earned runs. Essentially, his two rocky starts were the bookending of the 10 starts he’s made this year.
One thing that’s semi-concerning about Chatwood is that he hasn’t gone deep into games despite pitching quite well — 2.75/3.19/3.76 pitching-slash line. Chatwood’s longest outing of the year has been six innings, and as a result he’s made 10 starts but only thrown 55.2 innings.
Chatwood will be interesting to monitor in Colorado; he rolls a ton of grounders (55.6% this year), and it looks as though he can remain effective as long as he’s striking out twice as many as he walks like his is this season (6.1 K/9, 2.9 BB/9).
Chatwood gets a couple league average or worse offenses this week, and he has been razor sharp on the road so far (0.82 ERA versus 4.01 home mark), so it looks like a good time to pick him up.
Randall Delgado – 0.2% ESPN/2% Y! – v. LAD (.312), v. MIL (.311)
Delgado’s looked pretty sharp his first few times out as a Diamondback, and with a continued good run he could fend off guys like Tyler Skaggs in an attempt to be a mainstay in this rotation in the future — with guys like Skaggs, after all (assuming Skaggs isn’t moved at the deadline).
Delgado certainly looks to have the chops to be a solid starter. His mix of strikeouts (8.3 per 9 this year, 7.4 last) and grounders (48.8% this, 50.2% last) make him a potential No. 2 or 3, at least in the view of this writer. Of course, it has taken injuries to Brandon McCarthy, Trevor Cahill, and the continued, awful issues that Daniel Hudson is experiencing to find room for Delgado. So in that sense, he may not be long for the rotation, but he’s definitely Mr. Right now in lieu of being crowned Mr. Right.
Two matchups against below-average offenses should provide helpful for the young Delgado in his quest to establish permanent residency in the desert.
There will be no #2xSP next week, as the All-Star break throws a wrench into those plans. So have a good week off, and see you later in July!
Week 1: 1-3, 30 IP, 3.00 ERA, 5.4 K/9, 2.3 K/BB, 1.13 WHIP (Kevin Slowey, Ubaldo Jimenez, Joe Saunders)
Week 2: 2-3, 25.1 IP, 5.69 ERA, 6.8 K/9, 2.4 K/BB, 1.74 WHIP (Joe Blanton, James McDonald, Eric Stults)
Week 3: 1-2, 32 IP, 3.66 ERA, 7.9 K/9, 3.1 K/BB, 1.22 WHIP (Wade Davis, Carlos Villanueva, Patrick Corbin)
Week 4: 2-1, 22 IP, 6.14 ERA, 7.8 K/9, 2.1 K/BB, 1.95 WHIP (Julio Teheran, Jason Hammel, Garrett Richards)
Week 5: 2-2, 30 IP, 3.60 ERA, 5.4 K/9, 1.6 K/BB, 1.23 WHIP (Scott Diamond, Nick Tepesch, Andrew Cashner)
Week 6: 2-3, 32.2 IP, 4.96 ERA, 5.5 K/9, 2.0 K/BB, 1.44 WHIP (Justin Grimm, Juan Nicasio, Hector Santiago)
Week 7: 1-0, 29 IP, 3.41 ERA, 6.8 K/9, 1.8 K/BB, 1.34 WHIP (Julio Teheran, Phil Hughes, Scott Kazmir)
Week 8: 1-0, 34.2 IP, 4.93 ERA, 7.0 K/9, 4.5 K/BB, 1.27 WHIP (Jhoulys Chacin, Kevin Slowey, Dan Straily)
Week 9: 3-1, 34 IP, 2.65 ERA, 7.4 K/9, 4.0 K/BB, 0.94 WHIP (John Danks, Andrew Cashner, Chris Tillman)
Week 10: 4-0, 35.2 IP, 2.27 ERA, 5.6 K/9, 3.7 K/BB, 1.12 WHIP (Tony Cingrani, Corey Kluber, John Lackey)
Week 11: 0-1, 27 IP, 5.67 ERA, 6.7 K/9, 2.2 K/BB, 1.41 WHIP (Dillon Gee, Dan Straily, Ubaldo Jimenez)
Week 12: 0-3, 33.2 IP, 4.81 ERA, 5.1 K/9, 1.7 K/BB, 1.49 WHIP (Esmil Rogers, Kevin Correia, Eric Stults)
Week 13: 1-2, 19 IP, 3.79 ERA, 2.4 K/9, 1.7 K/BB, 0.95 WHIP (Phil Hughes, Samuel Deduno, Roberto Hernandez)
Total: 20-21 (.488), 384 IP, 4.09 ERA, 6.2 K/9, 2.4 K/BB, 1.31 WHIP
League Averages (Starters): .496 win percentage, 4.08 ERA, 7.2 K/9, 2.6 K/BB, 1.30 WHIP