Quick rundown of the weekend Trolling picks…
Rubby de la Rosa (LAD v. SD) – de la Rosa is starting to round into form. His command is starting to show in these starts and he is going deeper into games. He was really struggling right around the fifth inning of most of his June starts, but looks like he might have turned a corner in the last two going seven strong in both allowing a total of four runs (2.57 ERA) striking out nine, but more importantly walking just three (1.9 BB/9). Let’s see if he keeps it going against a weak Padres offense.
Also, from a long-term standpoint, his place in the rotation is all but guaranteed barring a collapse as Jon Garland is now scheduled for slated for season-ending surgery next week. de la Rosa is a spot starter in most mixed league formats right now, but he could definitely play himself into a permanent role so if you have the open space and need a strikeout pitcher, you might want to start considering him for the long-term in mixed leagues with more than 10 teams.
Aaron Harang (SD @ LAD) – While his home-road ERA splits are egregious (3.28/4.84), his road peripherals are actually much better as he has posted 8.5 K/9 and 3.0 K/BB rates against 5.3 and 1.9 marks at home. I think both sides or at least either side of the matchup is worth a spot start.
Carlos Carrasco (CLE v. TOR) – His bombing against the Yankees has scared some back off of the bandwagon, but I’m pressing on. He had just ripped them in seven innings in Yankee Stadium so I’m chalking the thrashing up to just one of those games. He remains a useful spot starter.