Here on Thursday in the final week of the season most leagues have already passed their deadline for waivers. But for those of you in daily transaction leagues with moves still available and innings left to play with, there are no shortage of pitchers to consider. Here are the pitchers going Friday owned in fewer than 50 percent of CBS Sports leagues. Matchups come from ESPN.com.
Billy Buckner (4%) – Has a road start in Chicago against Gorzelanny. In his last four starts Buckner is 1-0 with a 3.33 ERA with 22 Ks in 24.1 IP. He is 2-2 with a 2.87 ERA in road starts this year but has not faced the Cubs this season.
Tom Gorzelanny (19%) – Has a home start versus Buckner and the Diamondbacks. Since joining the Cubs, Gorzelanny is 4-1 with a 4.58 ERA with 37 Ks in 35.1 IP. He is 2-0 with a 5.11 ERA in Wrigley Field but has not faced Arizona this season.
David Purcey (8%) – Has a road start in Baltimore against Berken. Since being recalled from Triple-A in mid-September, Purcey has a 2.89 ERA in 18.2 IP. He has allowed just 1 HR in that stretch and has 12 Ks. He faced Baltimore on 9/21 and picked up the win, as he allowed just 1 ER in 7.2 IP.
Jason Berken (1%) – Has a home start versus Purcey and the Blue Jays. In his last seven starts, Berken is 3-1 with a 6.03 ERA. He is 3-7 with a 5.76 ERA in Camden Yards and is 2-1 with a 3.78 ERA against Toronto this season.
Rick VandenHurk (9%) – Has a road start in Philadelphia against Blanton. VandenHurk has not picked up a decision in his last four outings, but has a 3.43 ERA with 14 Ks in 21 IP in that span. He is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in road games this year and allowed 4 ER in 6 IP in his only outing versus the Phillies this season.
Jeremy Sowers (6%) – Has a road start in Boston against Matsuzaka. Sowers started the season 2-7 with a 5.77 ERA but since then has gone 4-3 with a 4.45 ERA in 62.2 IP. Unfortunately, he has 20 Ks and 25 BBs in that stretch. Sowers is 3-5 with a 5.63 ERA in road games this season. In his one game against the Red Sox, he allowed 7 ER in 5 IP and took the loss.
Daniel McCutchen (4%) – Has a road start in Cincinnati against Maloney. McCutchen has allowed 5 HR in 30 IP in the majors after allowing 10 HR in 142.2 IP in Triple-A. His last outing against the Dodgers was the first game in the majors in which he did not surrender a gopher ball. The Reds have hit 91 of their 155 HR at the Great American Ball Park.
Matt Maloney (2%) – Has a home start versus McCutchen and the Pirates. After losing his first four decisions in the majors, Maloney has reeled off back-to-back wins, allowing 4 ER in 12 IP. He has a 1-2 record with a 5.96 ERA in four home starts and has yet to face the Pirates this season.
John Maine (37%) – Has a home start versus Rodriguez and the Astros. Maine has made three starts since returning from the disabled list and was rocked in his last outing, as he allowed 7 ER in 4.2 IP versus the Marlins. He is 5-1 with a 2.12 ERA at Citi Field this season but has not faced Houston this year.
Livan Hernandez (14%) – Has a road start in Atlanta against Lowe. Since joining the Nationals, Hernandez is 1-4 with a 5.53 ERA in seven games. However, he has five Quality Starts in that span. In his other two outings he allowed 14 ER in 8.2 IP. Hernandez is -2 with a 5.20 ERA in Nationals Park this season and is 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA in two games versus the Braves.
Lenny DiNardo (0%) – Has a road start in Minnesota against Manship. In his last outing on 9/26, DiNardo also faced the Twins and gave up 7 R (3 ER) in 5 IP and took the loss. In four games this season, DiNardo has a 2.72 GB/FB ratio but has a .401 BABIP and a 57.9 percent strand rate.
Jeff Manship (2%) – Has a home start versus DiNardo and the Royals. Manship returns to the rotation this week after allowing 1 ER in 3.2 IP as a reliever last week in Kansas City. He also fanned five batters in that 9/27 outing. In four games as a starter, Manship has 0-1 record with a 6.89 ERA.
Braden Looper (32%) – Has a road start in St. Louis against Wainwright. In his last eight games, Looper is 3-1 with a 5.32 ERA. He has allowed 9 HR in 45.2 IP in that span. Looper has a 1.86 HR/9 this season and has a 16.3 percent HR/FB ratio, the second highest mark among qualified hurlers. He has a 9-3 record with a 5.25 ERA in road starts this season. Looper is 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA in two starts versus the Cardinals this year, the team he pitched for the previous three seasons.
Gio Gonzalez (28%) – Has a home start versus Weaver and the Angels. The last four starts of the year have been a microcosm of Gonzalez’ season, with two Quality Starts and two games he did not get out of the fourth inning. He is 2-4 with a 6.85 ERA at McAfee Coliseum and in his one start versus the Angels this year, Gonzalez hurled 6.1 scoreless innings with 7 Ks.
Kevin Correia (44%) – Has a home start versus Zito and the Giants. In his last six games, Correia is 4-0 with a 1.90 ERA, with 33 Ks in 42.1 IP. And four of those starts came on the road. In Petco Park, Correia is 4-5 with a 3.63 ERA this year. In three games against the Giants, he is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA.
Brandon McCarthy (23%) – Has a road start in Seattle against Snell. In his last four starts, McCarthy is 1-2 with a 4.03 ERA. He is 3-3 with a 5.79 ERA in road games this season and he allowed 4 ER in 7 IP in a no-decision earlier this season versus the Mariners.
Ian Snell (25%) – Has a home start versus McCarthy and the Rangers. Since joining the Mariners, Snell is 5-2 with a 4.17 ERA in 11 games. Those numbers are even better in his last eight outings, in which he has a 2.80 ERA. Walks are still a problem for Snell. Even in his last eight games, he has permitted 24 BBs in 45 IP. For the year he has a 5.18 BB/9 mark.
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