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Jake Odorizzi, SP, Kansas City Royals
Anderson hurt again
KC's top pitching prospect and the highly desired keeper commodity is expected to make his MLB debut Sunday against the Cleveland Indians, an attractive matchup for any arm. The righty's being compared to Zack Greinke, the hurler he was traded for. Between Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha, Odorizzi compiled 135 K's in 145 1/3 innings to the tune of 15 wins and a 3.03 ERA. His 40 walks in 107 1/3 Omaha frames represent his main trouble spot, but he remains highly rated because of his makeup.
Ned Yost doesn't want to run the 22-year-old out there against the contending Detroit Tigers, whom KC faces seven times before season's end, so, luckily for Odorizzi, that would mean another date with Cleveland next weekend if Sunday goes swimmingly. He might not go deep in either effort, but don't ignore the two great matchups for the back end of your mixed rotation.
10-tm mixed: Consider
12-tm mixed: Consider
15-tm mixed: Acquire
Travis Blackley, SP, Oakland Athletics
He was going to start Saturday anyway for matchup purposes, but the southpaw will probably fall into more opportunities following his contest with the New York Yankees. That's because Brett Anderson strained his oblique Wednesday night and might not appear again in the regular season.
Blackley, an on-again, off-again rotation member this year, succeeded despite posting a below-average 67.1 left-on-base percentage as a starter. That was accompanied by a solid .274 opponents' BABIP and a mildly interesting 44.5 grounder inducement frequency, though, so his craftiness carried him. Sitting in the low 90s, Blackley doesn't fan many, though his advantage in K/9 as a starter (6.27) over that as a RP (5.08) says he could be better in a full season of toeing the opening-inning rubber.
Any Athletics pitcher holds stadium matchup allure, but that's for home contests. Unfortunately, if Blackley keeps his spot, it won't be pretty. , The Bronx Bombers don't hit as well versus southpaws and often struggle against someone they haven't seen before, but they rarely prompt such optimism over a SP rental.
Blackley goes from New York to Arlington, followed by a home contest versus the same Texas Rangers offense that doesn't care about environment all that much. Streamers in position to win will often grab whatever innings are available, but this schedule hardly ranks as an ideal late-season gamble, even if you're desperate.
10-tm mixed: Pass
12-tm mixed: Watch
15-tm mixed: Consider
About Tim Heaney
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