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Analyzing Every Two-Start Pitcher For Week 19 (8/8 – 8/14)

Every Friday I look at every projected two-start pitcher for the week ahead and detail my thoughts about rolling with them on your roster.  There are four tiers: Definitely, Probably, Questionable, Bench.  The...

Every Friday I look at every projected two-start pitcher for the week ahead and detail my thoughts about rolling with them on your roster.  There are four tiers: Definitely, Probably, Questionable, Bench.  The first tier features starters that are no doubters for the week ahead followed by a tier of pitchers that look like good plays but may create a hesitation or two. Players inside Questionable Starts are for deeper leagues or have one-of-two outings that should be avoid. Pitchers labeled Bench should be avoided despite their dual week ahead.

Definitely Start

Zack Greinke (@NYM, @BOS)

Chris Sale (@KCR, @MIA)

Jose Fernandez (SFG, CWS)

Michael Fulmer (@SEA, @TEX)

Rick Porcello (NYY, ARI)

Johnny Cueto (MIA, BAL) 

Max Scherzer (CLE, ATL)

Probably Start

Cole Hamels (@COL, DET) – A start in Colorado mixed with an evening with the Tigers doesn’t spell instant success for Hamels. 

Steven Matz (ARI, SDP) – Despite his struggles against the Yankees, I still like Matz to bounce back next week, espeically when he closes against the Padres.

Zach Davies (ATL, CIN) – Davies can steamroll through weak offenses and the Reds + Braves fit the bill.

Junior Guerra (ATL, CIN) – Just like Davies, Guerra has the stuff to take full advantage of two poor teams.

Brandon McCarthy (PHI, PIT) – There is some question if McCarthy does indeed get pushed to the start against the Phillies, but if he does, he’s a fantastic two-start option getting a pair of below average offenses. 

Jason Hammel (LAA, STL) – Hammel’s history of second half struggles have stayed in the past this season, and even though he gets the hot Angels and sturdy Cardinals, he’s still a solid play.

Kevin Gausman (@OAK, @SFG) – Gaus has been on top of his game lately and the Giants aren’t enough to deter owners from a start against Oakland.

Questionable

Jake Odorizzi (@TOR, @NYY) – Rizzi is on a roll, though he’s performed well only against weak teams. Toronto is a big obstacle that he could fail to hurdle.

Tyler Anderson (TEX, @PHI) – That home start against the Rangers is very frightening for Anderson, though he should be able to contain the Phillies on the road.

Luis Severino (@BOS, TBR) – It’s exciting to see Severino back in the Yankee rotation, though I would proceed with caution. We know his floor and the Red Sox are no joke.

Michael Wacha (CIN, @CHC) – Wacha has been back-and-forth all season, though his odds are in his favor against the Reds. The Cubs aren’t a pleasant sight, making this a tough choice.

Mike Leake (CIN, @CHC) – Despite pitching poorly in his last few starts, there is still upside in Leake that could make his start against Cincy very serviceable. The Cubs start is certainly a tough play, though it might be worth it in the end.

Hector Santiago (HOU, KCR) – You could do worse than Santiago as he faces a strikeout friendly team followed the worst offensive club in the majors.

Bench

Wade Miley (@OAK, @SFG) – Even though he gets the A’s, Miley’s skills aren’t enough to instill confidence in starting him twice next week.

Rob Whalen (@MIL, @WSH) – Whalen is a Cup of Schmo for the Braves and should not be trusted.

Tyrell Jenkins (@MIL, @WSH) – Just like Whalen, Jenkins not worth your roster spot.

Cody Reed (@STL, @MIL) – Reed has him moments, but it’s not wise to bank on them emerging twice in one week.

Trevor Bauer (@WSH, LAA) – Bauer isn’t a bad play normally, though he gets a pair of top 10 offenses ahead making this a tough bench.

Collin McHugh (@MIN, @TOR) – Even with McHugh’s recent 10 K effort, I’m not banking him to repeat it against the Jays, nor do I want to face the hot Twins.

Mike Fiers (@MIN, @TOR) – Ditto for Fiers.

Edinson Volquez (CWS, @MIN) – While the White Sox start could bring some value, it’s not enough to endure Volquez against the blazing Twins.

Jered Weaver (@CHC, @CLE) – Weaver really shouldn’t be starting.

Tyler Duffey (HOU, KCR) – Duffey has his strikeout upside, yet you’re risking imploding your ERA super early in the week.

Kendall Graveman (BAL, SEA) – Regression has hit Graveman, though even if he were still going strong dates with Baltimore and Seattle warrant a bench.

Jesse Hahn (BAL, SEA) – Hahn has been struggling and these matchups do him no favors.

Zach Eflin (@LAD, COL) – Not the worst matchups for Eflin, but given how poorly he has performed lately, it’s not enough to take the risk.

Jeff Locke (SDP, @LAD) – Locke could be playing the Padres twice and I wouldn’t start him.

R.A. Dickey (TBR, HOU) – Don’t trust a knuckleballer.

Luis Perdomo (@PIT, @NYM) – There’s potential in the sinker Perdomo throws, though we may have to wait until 2017 to see it work its magic consistently.

Wade LeBlanc (DET, @OAK) – LeBlanc may not even get both starts given his dance between the rotation and bullpen. If he does still retain the starts, it’s still not worth it.

A.J. Griffin (@COL, DET) – Against the right teams, Griffin could be a streamer for a two-start week. This is not one of those weeks.

Nick Pollack

Founder of Pitcher List. Creator of CSW, The List, and SP Roundup. Worked with MSG, FanGraphs, CBS Sports, and Washington Post. Former college pitcher, travel coach, pitching coach, and Brandeis alum. Wants every pitcher to be dope.

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