Just a quick note, but you’ll only see ESPN ownership figures from this point on — barring someone really feeling that’s not acceptable. I haven’t done a Yahoo! league this year, making pulling ownership figures a bit more difficult on this cranky old work computer.
Also, there hasn’t been a single instance this year where a pitcher I wanted to use was under 50% ownership in ESPN and not the same way in Yahoo!, so this just makes sense.
Also 2.o: The boards will return next week.
Onto this week’s recommendations:
Jose Quintana – 10.4% ESPN – v. NYY (.295 team wOBA), v. MIN (.306)
The Quintana rec isn’t so much about the season that he’s having, but about the matchups this week. The Twins are sleepwalking towards a third-straight 90-loss season, and Quintana gets the “not your older brother’s”-version of the Yankees.
None of that should take away from Quintana, who has been quite good this season. The 24-year-old lefty has compiled a 3.62/3.79/3.98 pitching-slash — good for +2.5 WAR — by basically mixing league-average marks in strikeouts, walks, HR/9, strand rate, BABIP, and ground ball rate. To that end, he just feels like a safe pick all around.
Martin Perez – 1.5% ESPN – @LAA (.326), @HOU (.295)
Perez has been a perfectly useful pitcher this season — 3.93/4.47/4.03 slash — and with his pedigree, there’s reason to believe better days are yet to come. Still, it is a bit odd that a lefty with Perez’ raw stuff — including 93.1 mph heater — doesn’t induce more strikeouts. But, his swinging strike rate is up this year from last, while his K/9 currently lags a bit behind. There’s growth potential here.
The Halos have been a league average offense over the past month, and the team as a whole is a disaster outside of Mike Trout. It’s not the as accommodating of a matchup as facing the stripped-down Astros, but it’s not bad either.
Wily Peralta – 10.5% ESPN – @SF (.305), @SEA (.311)
Peralta gets a couple of subpar offenses this week, though the Mariners have been much better of late (.336 July wOBA).
In fact, more credit should go to Peralta for this billing, as the burly right-hander carried a 2.13 July ERA despite having a blowup outing versus the Rockies on July 26 (8 R, 5 ER in 3.2 IP). In fact, Peralta’s solid streak dates back to mid June. In that time frame, Peralta’s tossed 61.1 innings at a 2.79 ERA, .648 OPS allowed, and has lowered his ERA from 6.16 to 4.57. Still not pretty, but a huge improvement.