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Two-Start Pitchers 2015: September 28 – October 4: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

It is hard to believe, but we have now reached the last week of the baseball season. Hopefully you are still in contention, and if that’s the case this week’s lineup will have the utmost importance. Carefully monitor this list, as with many teams merely playing out the string it is quite possible these pitchers change (especially towards the end of the week). With that in mind, here is our best understanding at who will be taking the mound twice to close out the season:

Tier One:

  1. Clayton Kershaw – LA Dodgers – at San Francisco; vs. San Diego
  2. Zack Greinke – LA Dodgers – at San Francisco; vs. Colorado
  3. Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants – vs. LA Dodgers; vs. Colorado
  4. Cole Hamels – Texas Rangers – vs. Detroit; vs. LA Angels
  5. Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals – vs. Cincinnati; at NY Mets

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Two-Start Pitchers 2015: September 21-27: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

There is a reason why the fantasy baseball season is called a marathon. For as much work as you did drafting your team in March and tinkering through the early part of the season, things can just as easily be lost in September. Each decimal place of ERA matters the same in May as it does in September, but the problem is that in September, there isn’t nearly as much time to recover. The problem though, is that good pitching this time of year could be hard to find. If you are trying to maximize strikeouts and wins, then your quest could become even more difficult. Let’s take a look at who is taking the mound twice this week and how they rank.

Tier One:

  1. David Price – Toronto Blue Jays – vs. NY Yankees; vs. Tampa Bay
  2. Chris Archer – Tampa Bay Rays – at Boston; at Toronto
  3. Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros – vs. LA Angels; vs. Texas

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Two-Start Pitchers 2015: September 14-20: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

While you are enjoying football this Sunday and Monday, don’t neglect your baseball teams. You have made it this far, so this is not the time to let up. There are multiple options who will be taking the mound twice, but that doesn’t mean they are all suitable. Of course the options at the top of the list will be an asset to your squad, but there are plenty of pitchers who could ultimately make things worse rather than better. Let’s take a look at how they rank.

Tier One:

  1. Cole Hamels – Texas Rangers – vs. Houston; vs. Seattle
  2. Gerrit Cole – Pittsburgh Pirates – vs. Chicago Cubs; at LA Dodgers
  3. Jon Lester – Chicago Cubs – at Pittsburgh; vs. St. Louis
  4. Sonny Gray – Oakland A’s – at Chicago White Sox; at Houston
  5. Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals – at Philadelphia; vs. Miami

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Two-Start Pitchers 2015: September 7-13: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

September is a different animal. You have teams competing for a playoff berth playing teams competing for the first overall pick next June. Rosters are expanded, some players are beginning to be shut down and prospects are being given a chance to see what they can do. All of these issues come into account when selecting the best starting pitchers for your fantasy squads. With that in mind let’s take a look at who is taking the mound twice this week, at least who we are expecting to:

Tier One:

  1. Zack Greinke – LA Dodgers – at LA Angels; at Arizona
  2. Chris Sale – Chicago White Sox – vs. Cleveland; vs. Minnesota
  3. Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals – vs. NY Mets; at Miami
  4. Cole Hamels – Texas Rangers – at Seattle; vs. Oakland
  5. Lance Lynn – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. Chicago Cubs; at Cincinnati
  6. Michael Wacha – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. Chicago Cubs; at Cincinnati

Tier Two:

  1. Francisco Liriano – Pittsburgh Pirates – at Cincinnati; vs. Milwaukee
  2. Yordano Ventura – Kansas City Royals – vs. Minnesota; at Baltimore
  3. Masahiro Tanaka – New York Yankees – vs, Baltimore; vs. Toronto

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Two-Start Pitchers 2015: August 31 – September 6: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

By the time this week is over the calendar will read September. That means both pennant and fantasy races are in full swing. With that being said, each start is quite critical and we are here to help. Maximizing your innings and starting pitcher spots is vital, as each strikeout and win could prove to be important. The list of pitchers taking the mound twice is filled with multiple aces and top options, so let’s take a look at how they rank:

Tier One:

  1. Zack Greinke – LA Dodgers – vs. San Francisco; at San Diego
  2. Chris Sale – Chicago White Sox – at Minnesota; at Kansas City
  3. Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants – at LA Dodgers; at Colorado
  4. David Price – Toronto Blue Jays – vs. Cleveland; vs. Baltimore
  5. Chris Archer – Tampa Bay Rays – at Baltimore; at NY Yankees
  6. Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners – at Houston; at Oakland
  7. Johnny Cueto – Kansas City Royals – vs. Detroit; vs. Chicago White Sox

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Two-Start Pitchers 2015: August 24-30: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

At this point in the season, things become even more difficult when searching for pitchers taking the mound twice in any given week. As pitchers near innings limits they are either skipped all together or have their starts shifted by a day or two. Spot starters could be inserted into the rotation at any time and young pitchers begin to make their way into the rotation of teams who are out of playoff contention. With that being said, let’s take a look at how the options ranks for this week:

Tier One:

  1. Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs – at San Francisco; at LA Dodgers
  2. Jacob deGrom – New York Mets – at Philadelphia; vs. Boston
  3. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians – at Chicago Cubs; vs. LA Angels

Tier Two:

  1. Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals – vs. San Diego; vs. Miami
  2. Jon Lester – Chicago Cubs – vs. Cleveland; at LA Dodgers
  3. James Shields – San Diego Padres – at Washington; at Philadelphia
  4. Lance Lynn – St. Louis Cardinals – at Arizona; at San Francisco
  5. Julio Teheran – Atlanta Braves – vs. Colorado; vs. NY Yankees
  6. Hisashi Iwakuma – Seattle Mariners – vs. Oakland; at Chicago White Sox

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