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The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: He's Rich

by Seth Trachtman
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Even with Clayton Kershaw, Yu Darvish, and Alex Wood on the DL, the Dodgers still have another ace in Rich Hill.


The Dodgers are having an historic season, so Hill’s incredible nine inning no-hit performance earlier this week was fitting. Of course, Hill allowed a walkoff home run to Josh Harrison in the 10th inning, but the start was still one to remember for the 37-year-old lefty.


He’s somewhat quietly been one of baseball’s truly elite pitchers since the beginning of July. Over his last nine starts, Hill is 5-1 with a 2.25 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 11.6 K/9. While the long ball has still plagued Hill over that time, particularly this month with six home runs allowed in four starts, he’s remained quite effective.


Fantasy owners will remember the incredible 2016 season from Hill that earned him a three-year, $48 million contract from the Dodgers this offseason. He had a 2.12 ERA, 10.5 K/9 and 1.00 WHIP in 20 starts between Oakland and LA. While the left-hander has been more erratic this season, his recent performance sure looks familiar.


Now that his early-season blister issues are no longer bothering him, Hill is cruising. He’s back to being an every start pitcher for fantasy owners and has a favorable week ahead against two teams that struggle to hit lefties, Arizona and San Diego.


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-Trevor Bauer has been mentioned in this spot, and he’s having a great August. Even after running into struggled against Boston on Thursday, he has a 2.45 ERA this month. His peripherals has shown a much better pitcher than his cumulative 4.50 ERA, with a 3.87 FIP and 3.86 SIERA. Bauer has a career-best 10.0 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 that show ace potential, and he’s certainly a nice piece to own down the stretch.


-Returning from Tommy John surgery, Andrew Heaney just can’t keep the ball down. He’s already allowed seven home runs in just 10 innings. The good news is that he still hasn’t walked a batter and showed strong velocity in his last start. If he continues to throw strikes, Heaney is an intriguing late-season add in deep leagues given the 3.49 ERA he posted in 18 starts during 2015.


-Although I hope you haven’t waited up, Matt Moore is starting to come around for the Giants. His season has been a microcosm of the Giants horrendous year, with a 4-12 record, 5.38 ERA, and 1.51 WHIP in 149 innings. However, the lefty has made three consecutive quality starts for only the second time this season. More impressive, two of those starts came against Washington and Milwaukee. Moore’s velocity has been down slightly this season, though his peripherals aren’t far off what we saw last season with 7.9 K/9, 3.4 BB/9, and 1.3 HR/9. The hope was that his ability to keep the ball in the park after being traded to the NL last year would continue, but that hasn’t been the case, unfortunately. Still, it could be worth riding Moore’s recent streak with an easy week against San Diego ahead.


-Another homestand for the Rockies awaits, with six games at Coors Field next week. It’s time to get your Rockies hitters ready again. Colorado has an .870 OPS at home this season, easily the best in baseball.

Going Twice…


American League


Strong Plays


Corey Kluber: @NYY, @DET

Chris Sale: @TOR, @NYY

Luis Severino: CLE, BOS

Trevor Bauer: @NYY, @DET

Ervin Santana: CHW, KC


Decent Plays


Marcus Stroman: BOS, @BAL

J.A. Happ: BOS, @BAL

Drew Pomeranz: @TOR, @NYY

Michael Fulmer: @COL, CLE

Mike Fiers: TEX, NYM

Jaime Garcia: CLE, BOS

Andrew Cashner: @HOU, LAA


At Your Own Risk


Andrew Heaney: OAK, @TEX

Ian Kennedy: TB, @MIN

Austin Pruitt: @KC, @CHW

Chris Smith: @LAA, @SEA

James Shields: @MIN, TB

Wade Miley: SEA, TOR

Ubaldo Jimenez: SEA, TOR

Jordan Zimmermann: @COL, CLE


National League


Strong Plays


Rich Hill: @ARI, @SD

Jake Arrieta: PIT, ATL

Stephen Strasburg: MIA, @MIL



Decent Plays


Zack Godley: LAD, @COL

Jeff Samardzija: @SD, STL

R.A. Dickey: @PHI, @CHC

Mike Montgomery: PIT, ATL

Jhoulys Chacin: SF, LAD

Lucas Sims: @PHI, @CHC

Jose Urena: @WAS, PHI

Mark Leiter Jr.: ATL, @MIA

Matt Moore: @SD, STL


At Your Own Risk


Adam Wainwright: @MIL, @SF

Trevor Williams: @CHC, CIN

Luis Perdomo: SF, LAD

Antonio Senzatela: DET, ARI

Edwin Jackson: MIA, @MIL

Chris Flexen: @CIN, @HOU

Matt Garza: STL, WAS

Asher Wojciechowski: NYM, @PIT

Justin Nicolino: @WAS, PHI

Nick Pivetta: ATL, @MIA


Total Games


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The following pitchers are generally available in over 50 percent of fantasy leagues and have favorable match-ups this week:


American League


Thursday, August 31: Miguel Gonzalez @ MIN

Gonzalez has been excellent over his last three starts, while the Twins are in the middle of the pack against right-handers.


Thursday, August 31: Bartolo Colon vs. CHW

Colon has prolonged his career in Minnesota. He still hasn’t allowed more than four runs in a start over seven tries with the Twins, while the White Sox are the worst hitting team in the AL vs. right-handers.


Sunday, September 3: Marco Gonzales vs. OAK

Gonzales still hasn’t lasted five innings since joining the Mariners, but he’s pitched well in two of his last three starts. A matchup against an A’s lineup that can’t hit lefties is especially easy.




National League


Wednesday, August 30: Travis Wood vs. SF

Wood is rarely usable these days, but he’s viable against a Giants lineup that has a .680 vs. lefties, third worst in MLB.


Wednesday, August 30: Ty Blach @ SD

Yes, Blach will be going head-to-head against Wood, but the matchup is too good to pass up. San Diego’s .657 OPS against lefties is the worst in the NL.


Friday, September 1: John Lackey vs. ATL

Lackey has struggled this season, but the Braves have just a .726 OPS against right-handers, seventh worst in MLB.


The Infirmary


Here’s some injuries to prominent players over the last week, and other players to watch for in the coming week. You can get a full listing of injured players at Rotoworld's Injury Page.


Jose Altuve: Day-to-day (neck)

Homer Bailey: Day-to-day (shoulder)

Cody Bellinger: Placed on DL (ankle)

Mookie Betts: Day-to-day (knee)

Paul Blackburn: Day-to-day (arm)

Jackie Bradley: Placed on DL (thumb)

Zach Britton: Day-to-day (knee)

Matt Bush: Placed on DL (knee)

Robinson Cano: Status uncertain (hamstring)

Jason Castro: Placed on DL (concussion)

Michael Conforto: Likely out for the year (shoulder)

Jarrod Dyson: Placed on DL (groin)

Zach Eflin: Placed on DL (shoulder)

Jacob Faria: Placed on DL (abdomen)

Joey Gallo: Placed on DL (concussion)

Jason Kipnis: Placed on DL (hamstring)

Reynaldo Lopez: Placed on DL (back)

Steven Matz: Out for the year (elbow)

Andrew Miller: Placed on DL (knee)

Brad Miller: Day-to-day (shoulder)

Yoan Moncada: Day-to-day (shin)

Mike Moustakas: Day-to-day (knee)

Ben Revere: Day-to-day (knee)

Trevor Rosenthal: Out for the year (elbow)

Danny Salazar: Placed on DL (shoulder)

Miguel Sano: Placed on DL (shin)

Travis Shaw: Day-to-day (elbow)

Vince Velasquez: Out for the year (finger)

Alex Wood: Placed on DL (shoulder)