If your starting pitching has been getting hammered like Lucas Harrell did against the Cardinals Tuesday night, you’re going to need some help to finish things up this week without getting crushed in pitching categories. Thankfully, there’s still time to make some moves and bounce back. With only eight games on the schedule, there’s only a few options, but there are some decent ones. Here’s where you should start your search for Thursday starters:
Pickups for 8/23
Bartolo Colon – Oak: (25.9%) The aging A’s starter has been remarkable. In his last five starts he’s allowed one or zero runs four times. He dominated Cleveland his last time out to improve to 10-9 by pitching eight innings of one-run ball. He’ll face the light-hitting Rays Thursday and match up with Alex Cobb who was crushed in his last outing by the Angels. Colon has a 3.43 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP and hasn’t shown any signs of wearing out despite being 39. He’s the best mostly-available option for Thursday’s action. UPDATE: Colon is suspended due to PED use. I guess we now know why he’s been so “ageless.” The A’s will recall Tyson Ross to take the big fella’s spot. Ross would be my third-best pickup behind Morales and Chatwood
Franklin Morales – Bos: (4.0%) Against teams not named the Yankees, Morales has been an effective starter. He’s been crushed by New York, but has been fairly solid in all his other outings. His ERA against the Yankees is 9.53 while it’s 3.67 overall. With Daisuke getting ready in Pawtucket, he’ll be pitching for his spot in the rotation tomorrow and his last start at home he held the Twins to a run in six innings on three hits. He’s not a great option, but he’s the best mostly unowned starter not named Bartolo going Thursday.
Tyler Chatwood – Col: (0.3%) Chatwood is a complete flier but has had some success in his four starts. His last one against Miami was ugly, but in his other three he’s allowed zero or one runs while pitching just 14.1 innings. Colorado’s starters are on strict pitch-limits since they only have a four-man rotation. He faces the Mets Thursday in what appears to be a favorable matchup. If you’re desperate for a starter, he’s the next best thing available in most leagues if Colon and Morales are off the board.
Tuesday was a dark day for my picks. Hopefully Wednesday goes better. Here’s how they’ve fared the last week:
|Bronson Arroyo||17-Aug||6 1/3||3||3||9||3||1||0|
|Dan Straily||16-Aug||6 1/3||0||2||3||2||1||0|
|Justin Germano||15-Aug||6 1/3||2||6||5||1||1||0|