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Two-Start Pitchers 2017: June 26 – July 2: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Fiers, Marquez & More)

by Ray Kuhn

If you want options this week you are in the right place. There are plenty of pitchers taking the mound twice who can help you in the standings, but there are also some hurlers who could do more harm than good. Who should we be targeting?  Who should be ignored?  Where are the gambles to take?  Let’s take a look at how the options rank for the coming week:

Tier One:

  1. Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals – vs. Chicago Cubs; at St. Louis
  2. Chris Sale – Boston Red Sox – vs. Minnesota; at Toronto
  3. Carlos Martinez – St. Louis Cardinals – at Arizona; vs. Washington
  4. Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians – vs. Texas; at Detroit

Tier Two:

  1. Zack Greinke – Arizona Diamondbacks – vs. Philadelphia; vs. Colorado
  2. Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs – at Washington; at Cincinnati

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Two-Start Pitchers 2017: June 19-25: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Martes, Gossett & More)

by Ray Kuhn

At this point, in most leagues, the waiver wire has been picked dry as injuries have taken their toll and options are limited. Some teams have been hit harder than others, but for the most part it has been an uphill battle. While there are some legitimate options taking the mound twice this week, including Clayton Kershaw, it gets risky pretty quickly. Let’s take a look at how those options rank:

Tier One:

  1. Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers – vs. New York Mets; vs. Colorado
  2. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians – at Baltimore; vs. Minnesota

Tier Two:

  1. Zack Greinke – Arizona Diamondbacks – at Colorado; vs. Philadelphia
  2. Jon Lester – Chicago Cubs – vs. San Diego; at Miami
  3. Justin Verlander – Detroit Tigers – at Seattle; at San Diego
  4. Johnny Cueto – San Francisco Giants – at Atlanta; vs. New York Mets

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Two-Start Pitchers 2017: June 12-18: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Tanaka/deGrom Debates & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

As we hit the middle of the season we have learned who the best options are and who the worst options are…  At least we think we do, and deciding whether or not to utilize those pitchers is easy.  It’s the pitchers in the middle, especially those who we had high expectations for entering the season, that makes for tricky decisions.  It feels like almost every one of those pitchers are taking the ball twice this week (they aren’t, of course, it just feels like it), making for an intriguing set of rankings.  Who do we trust?  Who should we be skeptical about?  Let’s take a look:

 

Tier 1 – The Elite

  • Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals – vs. Atl, at NYM

This season Stephen Strasburg has pitched well against both the Braves (2.45 ERA in two starts) and Mets (3.86 ERA in 1 start).  Couple that success with 89 K over 80.1 IP and a 1.02 WHIP, and it’s impossible to argue against him as the best option in the league for the coming week…  Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2017: June 5-11: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Masahiro Tanaka & More)

by Ray Kuhn

Things are getting real, as it is June and it is make or break time. When it comes to making a move, either as a buyer or a seller, there is an advantage to being the first to act. With that being said, depending on what your objective is regarding the pitching categories utilizing pitchers who are taking the mound twice in a given week could certainly help. Let’s take a look at how those options rank for the coming week, and if there are any risks worth taking:

Tier One:

  1. Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals – at Los Angeles Dodgers; vs. Texas
  2. Carlos Martinez – St. Louis Cardinals – at Cincinnati; vs. Philadelphia
  3. Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs – vs. Miami; vs. Colorado
  4. Chris Archer – Tampa Bay Rays – vs. Chicago White Sox; vs. Oakland

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Two-Start Pitchers 2017: May 29 – June 4: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Tyler Anderson & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and by now you have gained a feel for where your team sits in the hierarchy of your league.  Do you need to start taking a few more risks when setting your lineup?  Do you need to maximize your chances in terms of strikeouts and wins?  Finding a high upside two-start pitcher can certainly help, so let’s take a look at the options this week and determine who can be trusted and who should be ignored:

 

Tier 1 – The Elite

  • Chris Sale – Boston Red Sox – at CWS, at Bal
  • Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians – vs. Oak, at KC

You can argue that Carlos Carrasco has had some luck on his side this season (.241 BABIP), but he continues to show strikeouts (8.95 K/9) and control (2.31 BB/9) while drawing two of the worst offense in the AL (in fact, entering play on Friday they were the two lowest scoring teams)… Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2017: May 22-28: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

What a surprise, there are more questions than answers among the pitchers who are taking the mound twice this week. After all, it does make sense considering the state that starting pitching is in so far this season due to injuries and ineffectiveness. However, that doesn’t mean we are without strong pitching choices and some sleeper and streaming options with potential. And of course, it doesn’t hurt that Clayton Kershaw gets two starts this week. Let’s take a look at how all of the pitchers rank:

Tier One:

  1. Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers – vs. St. Louis; vs. Chicago Cubs

Tier Two:

  1. Lance McCullers – Houston Astros – vs. Detroit; vs. Baltimore
  2. Johnny Cueto – San Francisco Giants – at Chicago Cubs; vs. Atlanta
  3. Zack Greinke – Arizona Diamondbacks – vs. Chicago White Sox; at Milwaukee
  4. Gerrit Cole – Pittsburgh Pirates – at Atlanta; vs. New York Mets
  5. Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians – at Cincinnati; vs. Kansas City

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