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Two-Start Pitchers 2016: September 26-October 2: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

We have made it. After a long, challenging, fun, frustrating, and exciting (sometimes all at the same time) 2016 season, we have reached it’s final week. In general, pitching plans are not set in stone, but this week things are even worse. To say that this is subject to change could be an understatement, as there are multiple factors each juggles when making their decisions. Let’s take a look at how the pitcher’s taking the mound twice for this week. At this point, it’s all about finding value in places you might not generally look in the middle of the season, so that is the approach we will take in highlighting different options.

Tier One:

  1. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians – at Detroit; at Kansas City
  2. Justin Verlander – Detroit Tigers – vs. Cleveland; at Atlanta
  3. Chris Sale – Chicago White Sox – vs. Tampa Bay; vs. Minnesota
  4. Kyle Hendricks – Chicago Cubs – at Pittsburgh; at Cincinnati
  5. Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners – at Houston; vs. Oakland
  6. David Price – Boston Red Sox – at New York Yankees; vs. Toronto
  7. Noah Syndergaard – New York Mets – at Miami; at Philadelphia

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Two-Start Pitchers 2016: September 19-25: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

Maximize, that is the key with two weeks left to go in the regular season as everything takes on an even greater level of importance. Not only must you pay attention to where you are in the standings and in what categories you can gain the most ground, but this is the time of year where innings limits come into play. If you don’t have to worry about said limits, or you are in a head to head league, then we have you covered as you look to maximize your starts. Just don’t force anything, as there are some risky and less than desirable options as we work our way down the list. Let’s take a look at how the pitchers taking the mound twice this week rank:

Tier One:

  1. Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants – at LA Dodgers; at San Diego
  2. Johnny Cueto – San Francisco Giants – at LA Dodgers; at San Diego
  3. Noah Syndergaard – New York Mets – vs. Atlanta; vs. Philadelphia
  4. Jose Fernandez – Miami Marlins – vs. Washington; vs. Atlanta
  5. Clayton Kershaw – LA Dodgers – vs. San Francisco; vs. Colorado

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Two-Start Pitchers 2016: September 12-18: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

Don’t do it. Your fantasy baseball season likely started some time in January or early February, so you’ve put in a significant amount of time and energy. Just because football season has officially started, that is not an excuse to take your foot off the gas now. If you are still in the race for a finish in the money, this is when you need to pay the most attention. Things become especially harder this time of year as rosters expand and teams tend to forgo the use of the Disabled List. There are a lot of young names on the below list of pitchers who either began the season, or spent a lot of time in the minor leagues and there most certainly is risk. Let’s take a look at how this week’s options stack up:

Tier One:

  1. David Price – Boston Red Sox – vs. Baltimore; vs. New York Yankees
  2. Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians – at Chicago White Sox; vs. Detroit
  3. Kyle Hendricks – Chicago Cubs – at St. Louis; vs Milwaukee

Tier Two:

  1. Drew Pomeranz – Boston Red Sox – vs. Baltimore; vs. New York Yankees
  2. Anthony DeSclafani – Cincinnati Reds – vs. Milwaukee; vs. Pittsburgh
  3. Jeff Samardzjia – San Francisco Giants – vs. San Diego; vs. St. Louis
  4. Gerrit Cole – Pittsburgh Pirates – at Philadelphia; at Cincinnati
  5. Ivan Nova – Pittsburgh Pirates – at Philadelphia; at Cincinnati

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Streaming Starters (2016): September 5-11: Tyler Anderson For 2, Robert Gsellman & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Are you someone who looks to stream pitchers every week?  It can be a high risk, high reward strategy and you have to be willing and ready to swing and miss from time to time.  With that in mind let’s take a look at some of the recommended streaming options for the coming week, though that doesn’t mean that they are “safe” or guarantees to produce (please note all stats are through Friday, unless otherwise noted):

 

Monday, September 5
Mike Clevinger – Cleveland Indians – vs. Houston
This is a big gamble so keep that in mind before throwing him out there, as it’s not an easy matchup.  That said, Clevinger does bring strikeout potential (9.39 K/9 over 93.0 IP at Triple-A, 8.07 in the Majors) and we all know the Astros’ propensity to swing and miss.  The key is going to be his control (5.05 BB/9) and keeping the ball in the ballpark, and neither are a guarantee.  If you are alright with the risk of ERA/WHIP, he’s worth the gamble. Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2016:September 5-11: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

This is it… This is what we prepare for and work for all season. September is upon us and the season is in the home stretch. Let’s take a look at who is taking the mound twice this week, as at this point in the season you are looking for every advantage you can find to gain any ground at all in the standings. Just be careful, because a large portion of these options don’t exact elicit much confidence from owners:

Tier One:

  1. Chris Sale – Chicago White Sox – vs. Detroit; vs. Kansas City
  2. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians – vs. Houston; at Minnesota
  3. Cole Hamels – Texas Rangers – at Seattle; at LA Angels
  4. Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners – vs. Texas; at Oakland

Tier Two:

  1. Masahiro Tanaka – New York Yankees – vs. Toronto; vs. Tampa Bay
  2. Zack Greinke – Arizona Diamondbacks – at LA Dodgers; vs. San Francisco
  3. Kyle Hendricks – Chicago Cubs – at Milwaukee; at Houston
  4. Adam Wainwright – St. Louis Cardinals – at Pittsburgh; vs. Milwaukee
  5. Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros – at Cleveland; vs. Chicago Cubs

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Two-Start Pitchers 2016: August 29 – September 4: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

As crazy as it may sound, with this week we are entering September. While that means we are in the home stretch of the baseball season, it also means that rosters are expanding. We likely have another week, until the minor league season is complete, before we see lineups otherwise associated with Grapefruit League games but it is something to keep in mind when evaluating pitchers. Let’s take a look at who is taking the mound twice this week and how they rank. Don’t get too excited though, as the comfort level does fall off quickly:

Tier One:

  1. Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs – vs. Pittsburgh; vs. San Francisco
  2. Jose Fernandez – Miami Marlins – at NY Mets; at Cleveland
  3. Johnny Cueto – San Francisco Giants- vs. Arizona; at Chicago Cubs
  4. Yu Darvish – Texas Rangers – vs. Seattle; vs. Houston

Tier Two:

  1. Carlos Martinez – St. Louis Cardinals – at Milwaukee; at Cincinnati
  2. Kyle Hendricks – Chicago Cubs – vs. Pittsburgh; vs. San Francisco
  3. Rick Porcello – Boston Red Sox – vs. Tampa Bay; at Oakland

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