Today I'll look at 3 pitchers starting on Wednesday and tell you if should Start them or Sit them.
Yu Darvish (TEX @ OAK): Start
Darvish has been a strikeout machine lately. He has double digit strikeouts in 5 of his last 7 games and is striking out opposing batters at a 39.2% clip. However, he has struggled a bit against Oakland. He's made 5 starts against the A's in his career and owns a 4.22 ERA and a 1.313 WHIP. The A's have only struck out 26.8% of the time against Darvish. In his only start in Oakland, Darvish got rocked for 6 earned runs over 5.1 innings on June 7, 2012. In that game he struggled with his control walking 6. This season, Darvish hasn't walked more than 4 guys in any of his 26 starts. I think he's a safe start for fantasy owners. He's on fire and he's in a favorable ballpark. It's safe to write off the previous bad performance in Oakland as a small sample size.
Jeff Samardzija (CHC vs. MIA): Start
It would be easy to look at his opponent and automatically say start Samardzija, but let's dig a tad deeper shall we? Samardzija has seen his ERA climb, from a season low of 2.85 after his May 27th start against the White Sox, to where is currently sits at 4.13. He has sprinkled in a couple quality outings over that stretch, specfically his complete game against the Nationals on August 19th. He's also given up 9 earned runs in 2 separate starts (July 10 and August 8). It's safe to say he's been inconsistent this season (and his career). Although Samardzija hasn't had very much success against the Marlins over his career, he has had success against current Marlins players. He's only faced 5 Marlins batters before for a total of 28 plate appearances. The quintet (Logan Morrison, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Dobbs, Chris Coghlan and Juan Pierre) only have a .539 OPS against Samardzija. As a team the Marlins have scored the runs per game (3.20). The next closest are the Giants with 3.77 runs per game. The Marlins offense is bad. Look for Samardzija to take advantage of the Fish on Wednesday.
C.C. Sabathia (NYY vs. CWS): Sit
The White Sox are far from a scary team, scoring only 3.78 runs per game this season, but Sabathia owns a 5.84 ERA in 16 starts since the beginning of June. He's maintained a .500 record through that stretch, but that's only because the Yankees offense surges in fits and starts. Sabathia only has one outing where he didn't allow at least 1 earned run, and that was all the way back in his second start of the season on April 7, against the Tigers. He's on the cusp of reaching 200 innings for the seventh straight year, but he's seen his effectiveness decline over that stretch. He's averaged 227 innings per season over the course of his 13 year career. Those innings are starting to catch up to him. He still has name value, but as you're trying to make hay at the end of your season, you need someone who can provide actual value.