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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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Two-Start Pitchers 2017: July 3-9: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Newcomb & More)

by Ray Kuhn

As crazy as it may sound we are already half way through the 2017 season. With that being said, this our last week before the All-Star break and there is no time like the present to try and make a move in the standings. Let’s take a look at the pitchers who are taking the mound twice this week and see who may be able to help us do so:

Tier One:

  1. Yu Darvish – Texas Rangers – vs. Boston; vs. Los Angeles Angels
  2. Chris Archer – Tampa Bay Rays – at Chicago Cubs; vs. Boston
  3. Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals – vs. New York Mets; vs. Atlanta

Tier Two:

  1. Masahiro Tanaka – New York Yankees – vs. Toronto; vs. Milwaukee
  2. David Price – Boston Red Sox – at Texas; at Tampa Bay
  3. Marcus Stroman – Toronto Blue Jays – at New York Yankees; vs. Houston
  4. Steven Matz – New York Mets – at Washington; at St. Louis

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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