Analyzing Every Two-Start Pitcher For Week 7 (5/15 – 5/21)

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. Definitely Start features...

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. Definitely Start features starters that are no doubters for the week ahead followed by Probably Start with pitchers that look like good plays but may create a hesitation or two. Players labeled as Questionable are for deeper leagues or have one-of-two outings that should be skipped. Pitchers under Bench should be avoided despite their two starts in the week ahead.

Definitely Start

Stephen Strasburg (@ATL, @PIT)

Carlos Carrasco (TBR, @HOU)

Yu Darvish (@DET, PHI)

Chris Archer (@CLE, NYY)

Probably Start

Marco Estrada (ATL, @BAL) – Estrada is cruising and these matchups don’t deter me

John Lackey (CIN, MIL) – Lackey looked like himself last time out, no reason to think he can’t keep it up here.

Jerad Eickhoff (@TEX, @PIT) – Eickhoff gets two good matchups and can take advantage.

Andrew Triggs (BOS, @SEA) – It’s too bad to see Triggs get two tough offenses, but I think you should still roll with him here.

Eduardo Rodriguez (@STL, @OAK) – Rodriguez is on a roll and both these teams shouldn’t halt his momentum.

Rich Hill (@SFG, MIA) – These will be shortened starts, but we’ve learned that when Hill pitches, you start him.

Questionable

Zack Godley (NYM, @SDP) – Godley increased his velocity and now gets two poor offenses to test it out on. He’s worth the gamble.

Zack Wheeler (@ARI, LAA) – I worry about his start in Arizona, demoting him from Probable to Questionable. His walk rate may come to burn him.

Brandon McCarthy (@SFG, MIA) – There’s a floor here, but I think McCarthy is one of the safer picks in this tier if you’re looking for a decent two-start option. Monitor the Dodgers rotation situation though, things change quickly in LA.

Chase Anderson (@CHC, @SDP) – That Cubs start is far from inviting, though the Padres may open the door for a spot start.

CC Sabathia (@KCR, @TBR) – He’s normally be in the lowest tier, and the Royals + Rays have made Sabathia a possible option for the week ahead.

Sean Manaea (BOS, @SEA) – I think Manaea needs a week or so to really get back into his groove and there could be some troubles as he faces two good sets of bats.

Jesse Chavez (CHW, @NYM) – I’m not much of a fan of Chavez, but the Mets and White Sox could allow Chavez to end the week on the positive side.

Kyle Freeland (@CIN, @MIN) – Freeland heads outside of Coors and faces two middle-of-the-road offenses. Not the most tantalizing, but it could work.

Jimmy Nelson (@CHC, @SDP) – I can see Nelson doing well against the Padres, though the Cubs is a very risky affair.

Joe Musgrove (CLE, @MIA) – Musgrove still isn’t the pitcher I want him to be, yet he did take a small step forward this week and maybe that continues against the Indians and Marlins. Very close to the fourth tier.

Luis Perdomo (ARI, MIL) – Perdomo is a better pitcher than the numbers have indicated and this could work out alright even with the Diamondbacks ahead. Very risky, though.

Bench

Jason Hammel (NYY, @MIN) – Hammel against the Yankees spells disaster while the Twins aren’t a surefire benefit either.

Bronson Arroyo (@CHC, COL) – Don’t want to chase Arroyo normally, especially not against the Cubs and Rockies.

Bartolo Colon (@TOR, WSH) – Colon just doesn’t have what he used to. I don’t want to take the risk here.

Derek Holland (@LAA, @SEA) – Holland is the closest to being in the third tier, but I can see this blowing up in a big way as he heads to Seattle.

Clayton Richard (ARI, MIL) – Richard is a pitcher that will surprise you with a decent start and then disappear whenever he feels like it. Not the kind of arm I want to trust once, let alone twice.

Mike Bolsinger (ATL, @BAL) – Bolsinger isn’t someone I trust to turn this into a beneficial week as he subs in for Francisco Liriano.

Chase-De Jong (CHW, OAK) – Even with the weak teams, I wouldn’t be throwing De Jong out there.

Chad Kuhl (PHI, WSH) – There isn’t enough here to buy into a pair of outings, moreso when one is against the Nationals.

Jaime Garcia (@TOR, WSH) – Garcia isn’t worth your time.

Matt Cain (LAD, @STL) – Cain has had a small resurgence, just not one that seems sustainable.

Matthew Boyd (BAL, TEX) – I’m not ready to believe in Boyd yet.

Mike Pelfrey (@LAA, @SEA) – Pelfrey hasn’t been a good option for a long time.

Phil Hughes (COL, KCR) – Hughes against the Rockies is not a fun start.

Tom Koehler (HOU, @LAD) – There isn’t enough her for me to roll with Koehler.

Ubaldo Jimenez (@DET, TOR) – …It’s Ubaldo.

Wei-Yin Chen (HOU, @LAD) – It’s not certain Chen is back from the DL for these starts and whoever would be a replacement isn’t worth your time either.

Yovani Gallardo (CHW, OAK) – Leave it to Gallardo to have two excellent matchups and still not be a good choice.

Nick Pollack

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

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