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Two-Start Pitchers 2017: August 21-27: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Rodon, Giolito & More)

by Ray Kuhn

Any two day stretch where Jon Lester, Yu Darvish and Max Scherzer all hit the DL is never a good thing. We know how difficult good pitching is to find and the worst thing you can try to do is force the issue. While there aren’t many truly elite options out there this week, there are some solid pitchers taking the mound twice. Let’s take a look at the options, how they rank, and who can help:

Tier One:

  1. Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians – vs. Boston; vs. Kansas City
  2. Cole Hamels – Texas Rangers – at LA Angels; at Oakland
  3. Alex Wood – LA Dodgers – at Pittsburgh; vs. Milwaukee

Tier Two:

  1. Marcus Stroman – Toronto Blue Jays – at Tampa Bay; vs. Minnesota
  2. Lance Lynn – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. San Diego; vs. Tampa Bay
  3. Aaron Nola – Philadelphia Phillies – vs. Miami; vs. Chicago Cubs
  4. Gerrit Cole – Pittsburgh Pirates – vs. LA Dodgers; at Cincinnati

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Two-Start Pitchers 2017: August 14-20: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Peacock, Lamet & More)

by Ray Kuhn

The dust has settled from the MLB Trade Deadline and we have had some minor league promotions, so now it’s time to settle in for the rest of the fantasy season. For those looking to gain some ground in the pitching categories, let’s take a look at those pitchers taking the mound twice this week:

Tier One:

  1. Jacob deGrom – New York Mets – at New York Yankees; vs. Miami
  2. Zack Greinke – Arizona Diamondbacks – vs. Houston; at Minnesota

Tier Two:

  1. Gio Gonzalez – Washington Nationals – vs. LA Angels; at San Diego
  2. Danny Salazar – Cleveland Indians – at Minnesota; at Kansas City
  3. Kyle Hendricks – Chicago Cubs – vs. Cincinnati; vs. Toronto
  4. Jose Quintana – Chicago Cubs – vs. Cincinnati; vs. Toronto
  5. Sonny Gray – New York Yankees – vs. New York Mets; at Boston

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Two-Start Pitchers 2017: August 7-13: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Maeda, Bridwell & More)

by Ray Kuhn

This is the time when you start to make a move. With about two months left in the season you need to make an honest assessment of where you are in the standings and which categories represent an opportunity to gain ground. Where do you stand in the ratio categories? Should you continue to work on managing your ERA and WHIP or should the focus be on wins, or quality starts, and strikeouts? What about saves? If you are attempting to maximize your innings, let’s take a look at the pitchers who are taking the mound twice and how they rank:

Tier One:

  1. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians – vs. Colorado; at Tampa Bay
  2. Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals – vs. Miami; vs. San Francisco
  3. Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs – at San Francisco; at Arizona

Tier Two:

  1. Carlos Martinez – St. Louis Cardinals – at Kansas City; vs. Atlanta
  2. Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros – at Chicago White Sox; at Texas
  3. Gio Gonzalez – Washington Nationals – vs. Miami; vs. San Francisco

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Two-Start Pitchers 2017: July 31 – August 6: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Fiers, Fulmer & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With the trade deadline tomorrow we all know that rotation plans are going to change.  There could be numerous pitching changing teams, leading to rotation changes galore.  It makes it tougher to plan for, but just make sure you know the risks before potentially entrusting a lesser option.  With that in mind, let’s get to the rankings:

 

Tier 1 – The Elite

  • Chris Sale – Boston Red Sox – vs. Cle, vs. CWS

 

Tier 2 – The Nearly Elite

  • Chris Archer – Tampa Bay Rays – at Hou, vs. Mil
  • Yu Darvish – Texas Rangers – vs. Sea, at Min
  • Luis Severino – New York Yankees – vs. Det, at Cle
  • Carlos Martinez – St. Louis Cardinals – at Mil, at Cin
  • Sonny Gray – Oakland A’s – vs. SF, at LAA

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Two-Start Pitchers 2017: July 24-30: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Peacock, Chacin & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

This is always one of the trickier weeks of the season to plan for as things feel like they are in flux across the league.  Forget about injuries or other circumstances, the trade deadline is fast approaching and that will certainly impact rotations across the league in the coming week.  Just be prepared for things to change, but given what we know today here’s how we rank the two-start options:

 

Tier 1 – The Elite

  • Jacob deGrom – New York Mets – at SD, at Sea
  • Zack Greinke – Arizona Diamondbacks – vs. Atl, at Stl

Is there any pitcher on a better roll than deGrom?  He’s allowed 1 ER or less in six of his past seven starts, quickly making everyone forget about his mid-year debacle (15 ER over 8.0 IP)… Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2017: July 17-23: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Bundy, Wacha & More)

by Ray Kuhn

Hopefully the All-Star break treated you right, but four days without baseball was a little too much. At the same time it was nice to have the opportunity to take a closer look at your team to evaluate it for the second half. As we get rolling once again, let’s take a look at our options among the pitchers who are taking the mound twice. The problem, though, is that there are not that many strong options.

Tier One:

  1. Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers – at Chicago White Sox; vs. Atlanta
  2. Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals – at Cincinnati; at Arizona
  3. Zack Greinke – Arizona Diamondbacks – at Cincinnati; vs. Washington

Tier Two:

  1. Marcus Stroman – Toronto Blue Jays – at Boston; at Cleveland
  2. Lance McCullers – Houston Astros – vs. Seattle; at Baltimore

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