Ranking Every Two-Start Pitcher For Week 19 (8/13 – 8/19)

Nick Pollack looks at every two-start pitcher for Week 19, telling you which to start and which to bench.

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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.

Note: This article was written Friday afternoon, estimating probable starters through the week. These are subject to change.

Definitely Start

Clayton Kershaw (SFG, @SEA)

Mike Foltynewicz (MIA, COL)

Jacob Degrom (@NYY, @PHI)

Justin Verlander (COL, @OAK)

Luis Severino (NYM, TOR)

Mike Clevinger (@CIN, BAL)

Madison Bumgarner (@LAD, @CIN)

Zack Greinke (@TEX, @SDP)

Jameson Taillon (@MIN, CHC)

Probably Start

Sean Manaea (SEA, HOU)

Andrew Heaney (@SDP, @TEX)

Anibal Sanchez (MIA, COL)

Miles Mikolas (WSH, MIL)

J.A. Happ (TBR, TOR)

  • J.A. Happ and Andrew Heaney both have easy matchups, making them prime options.
  • Even with Nationals offense heating up and a threatening Milwaukee lineup, you can still trust Miles Mikolas for two starts.
  • Anibal Sanchez left Thursday’s start after taking a liner to the calf, but expect him to return for two solid outings.
  • I struggled most here with Sean Manaea as he faces a weakened Astros lineup and struggling Mariners. He’s acted more like a solid Toby this year than someone budding on the Top 25, but I think you can still roll him out there.

Questionable

Nick Pivetta (BOS, NYM)

Marco Gonzales (@OAK, LAD)

Reynaldo Lopez (@DET, KCR)

Pablo Lopez (@ATL, @WSH)

Jake Odorizzi (PIT, DET)

Jaime Barria (@SDP, @TEX)

Gio Gonzalez (@STL, MIA)

German Marquez (@HOU, @ATL)

  • I wanted to put Nick Pivetta in the second tier, but a date with the Red Sox terrifies me. It could still be fantastic – and that Mets start should be as well – or a date with Boston could end horrifically.
  • There are some decent discount options this week in the Lopez twins, Pablo Lopez and Reynaldo LopezReyLo is coming off a strong outing against the Yankees, flashing his potential with three options in his arsenal. Pablo is getting plenty of weak contact with his two-seamer off the plate and has potential in a changeup to hint at better strikeout days.
  • I’m not a big fan of either Jake Odorizzi or Gio Gonzalezbut I think there are above the bottom tier with their weak teams ahead.
  • German Marquez leaves Coors, but gets the Astros and Braves. It’s a tough call, though he’s been feeling his curveball lately and it could result in solid strikeout production for the week.
  • It’s hard to endorse Marco Gonzales as his cutter has eluded him lately, while he also gets a pair of tough outings against the A’s and Dodgers. I slightly prefer Jaime Barria‘s week ahead, but both are better plays than those below.

Bench

Homer Bailey (CLE, SFG)

Mike Hauschild (@KCR, @NYY)

Brad Keller (TOR, @CHW)

Jacob Turner (CHW, @MIN)

Clayton Richard (LAA, ARI)

Tommy Milone (@STL, MIA)

Jason Vargas (@BAL, @PHI)

Mike Montgomery (MIL, @PIT)

Blaine Hardy (CHW, @MIN)

Ryan Borucki (@KCR, @NYY)

Heath Fillmyer (TOR, @CHW)

Andrew Suarez (@LAD, @CIN)

Robbie Erlin (LAA, ARI)

John Gant (WSH, MIL)

  • Not much to mention here with already questionable pitchers getting at least one tough matchup in Week 19.
  • I’m simply not a fan of Andrew Suarez these days, though he is most likely the biggest gray area between Tier 3 and 4 as it’s possible he squeaks by with some production.
  • There are some desperate choices here even in the depths with Heath Fillmyer, Brad Kellerand Blaine Hardy each facing weak teams, but I’d hate putting faith in them twice in a row, even with poor lineups ahead.
  • I can see people going after Tommy Milone as he had his way against the Mets in the past and Miami + St. Louis shouldn’t be much different. There’s a chance at two wins here, but there’s also a chance at killing your ratios.

Nick Pollack

Founder of Pitcher List. Rotographs contributor. Worked with CBS Sports, Grantland, Washington Post, and SB Nation. Former pitching coach and Brandeis alum.

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