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Two-Start Pitchers 2015: July 27 – August 2: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

This is one of the toughest weeks for fantasy owners when it comes to two-start pitchers. Rumors are flying in every direction and we all know that there are going to be players dealt, sending rotations into flux. For now all we can do is plan based on what we know, as of today, and be willing to take the changes as they come. With that in mind, let’s take a look at all of the options for the upcoming week:

Tier 1 (The Elite):

  • David Price – Detroit Tigers – at TB, at Bal
  • Jose Fernandez – Miami Marlins – vs. Was, vs. SD
  • Masahiro Tanaka – New York Yankees – at Tex, at CWS
  • Sonny Gray – Oakland A’s – at LAD, vs. Cle

Tier 2 (Must Start Options):

  • James Shields – San Diego Padres – at NYM, at Mia
  • Lance Lynn – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. Cin, vs. Col
  • Jeff Samardzija – Chicago White Sox – at Bos, vs. NYY
  • Hisashi Iwakuma – Seattle Mariners – vs. Ari, at Min
  • Noah Syndergaard – New York Mets – vs. SD, vs. Was
  • Jordan Zimmermann – Washington Nationals – at Mia, at NYM
  • John Lackey – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. Cin, vs. Col

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Two-Start Pitchers 2015: July 6-12: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

It is hard to believe that we have already eclipsed the halfway point of the season. With the All-Star break quickly approaching now is as good a time as any to evaluate your roster and try to determine how you expect things to shake out over the second half. However we still have one week left to go, so let’s make sure to finish the first half strong. Here is a look at those pitchers taking the mound twice this week:

Tier One:

  1. Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros – at Cleveland; at Tampa Bay
  2. Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs – vs. St. Louis; vs. Chicago White Sox
  3. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians – vs. Houston; vs. Oakland
  4. Johnny Cueto – Cincinnati Reds – at Washington; at Miami

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Two-Start Pitchers 2015: June 29 – July 5: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There are few true aces slotted for two starts this week, though that doesn’t mean that there aren’t ample opportunities.  Instead it’s a matter of deciding which risks are worth taking and which are better left on your bench or waiver wire.  Who are the pitchers to try and exploit?  Who should be ignored?  Let’s take a look:

Tier 1 (The Aces):

  • Sonny Gray – Oakland A’s – vs. Col, vs. Sea
  • Cole Hamels – Philadelphia Phillies – vs. Mil, at Atl
  • Gerrit Cole – Pittsburgh Pirates – at Det, vs. Cle
  • Lance Lynn – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. CWS, vs. SD
  • Jordan Zimmermann – Washington Nationals – at Atl, vs. SF

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Streaming Starters: June 22-28: Mike Fiers For Two, Deep Sleepers & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Streaming starting pitchers is always an intriguing notion, but this early in the season there’s no reason to force the issue.  You want to be cautious and not risk torpedoing your ratios for the sake of chasing a win and little else.  Keep that in mind, as that’s why there will be days that we don’t recommend any options.

That said, let’s take a look at the potential options for the coming week:

 

Monday, June 22
Tommy Milone – Minnesota Twins – vs. Chicago White Sox
This isn’t so much about trusting Milone (which we don’t) as it is about how poor the White Sox have been offensively. Entering Saturday they ranked last in baseball in average (.205) and second to last in SLG (.319) for the month of June. That’s a good reason to gamble on a pitcher that we normally may not, though it doesn’t make Milone a must start streamer. Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2015: June 22-28: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

It is Ace Week. If you have one of the top pitchers (Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner, Felix Hernandez, Zack Greinke, David Price & Johnny Cueto), then you have a clear advantage over your opponents. If you do have the misfortune of going against these top options, then fear not as you are not without alternatives, you will just have to work a little harder:

Tier 1:

  1. Clayton Kershaw – LA Dodgers – at Chicago Cubs; at Miami
  2. Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners – vs. Kansas City; at LA Angels
  3. David Price – Detroit Tigers – at Cleveland; vs. Chicago White Sox
  4. Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants – vs. San Diego; vs. Colorado
  5. Johnny Cueto – Cincinnati Reds – at Pittsburgh; at NY Mets
  6. Zack Greinke – LA Dodgers – at Chicago Cubs; at Miami

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Streaming Starters: June 15-21: Charlie Morton, Chad Bettis, Deep Sleepers & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Streaming starting pitchers is always an intriguing notion, but this early in the season there’s no reason to force the issue.  You want to be cautious and not risk torpedoing your ratios for the sake of chasing a win and little else.  Keep that in mind, as that’s why there will be days that we don’t recommend any options.

That said, let’s take a look at the potential options for the coming week:

 

Monday, June 15
Chad Bettis – Colorado Rockies – at Houston
Bettis calls Coors Field home, so pitching in Houston shouldn’t be a significant concern. The Astros’ offense has been struggling of late, entering Saturday with a .224 average (fourth worst in the league), and we all know how prone to the strikeout they are. Just to refresh your memory:

  • June – 107 K (most in league)
  • 2015 – 571 K (one behind the Cubs for most in the league)

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