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Two-Start Pitchers 2018: May 7-13: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Mikolas, Darvish & More)

by Ray Kuhn

While there are options this week, some stronger than others, it might be best not hone in those pitchers taking the mound twice as there is also a lot of risk (even at the top of the rankings).  Let’s take a look at how our choices rank for this week and try to determine who should be trusted and who should be avoided:

 

Tier One:

  1. Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians – at Detroit; at Houston
  2. Jose Quintana – Chicago Cubs – vs. Atlanta; at Cincinnati

Tier Two:

  1. Sean Manaea – Oakland A’s – at Boston; at Toronto
  2. Patrick Corbin – Arizona Diamondbacks – vs. Milwaukee; at NY Mets
  3. Lance McCullers – Houston Astros – at LA Angels; vs. Cleveland
  4. Julio Teheran – Atlanta Braves – at Chicago Cubs; vs. Miami
  5. Yu Darvish – Chicago Cubs – at Atlanta; at Cincinnati
  6. Rick Porcello – Boston Red Sox – vs. Oakland; vs. Baltimore
  7. Miles Mikolas – St. Louis Cardinals – at Minnesota; vs. Philadelphia

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Streaming Starters: May 14-20: Are There Any Under-The-Radar Options To Trust? (Heaney, Harvey & More)

by Ken Balderston

Streaming pitchers off the waiver wire can be a very effective way to add innings to your staff.  Maybe you missed out on some of your end game pitchers in the draft, have run into a string of injuries or just want to take advantage of some matchups.  Here’s a look at some options owned in less than 50% of CBS leagues to help you gain an advantage this week.

 

A Grade

To be considered in most leagues

Chad Kuhl – Pirates (vs. Padres, 35% owned) ‘A’
I’m surprised Chad Kuhl is only 35% owned in CBS leagues as he’s owned in all the leagues I play in.  He’s been solid so far, putting up a 4.12 ERA (3.17 at home) with a 3:1 K:BB ratio and 8.24 K/9.  He does give up a few home runs (7 so far) but thanks to a 2.75 BB/9 and .296 BABIP he’s managed to minimize the damage.  This week he’ll be facing the Padres, who have had all sorts of trouble on offense this season.  Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2018: May 7-13: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Newcomb, Romero & More)

by Ray Kuhn

Here we are for another week, and while there are a multitude of options, there is also some risk (despite the top two tiers seemingly being loaded with options).  Who can we trust?  Who should we avoid?  Are there any gambles worth taking? Let’s take a look at how our choices rank:

 

Tier One:

  1. Clayton Kershaw – LA Dodgers – vs. Arizona; vs. Cincinnati
  2. Carlos Martinez – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. Minnesota; at San Diego
  3. Luis Severino – NY Yankees – vs. Boston; vs. Oakland
  4. Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals – at San Diego; at Arizona
  5. Jacob de Grom – New York Mets – at Cincinnati; at Philadelphia

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Streaming Starters: May 7-13: Are There Any Under-The-Radar Options To Trust? (C. Smith, McCarthy & More)

by Ken Balderston

Streaming pitchers off the waiver wire can be a very effective way to add innings to your staff.  Maybe you missed out on some of your end game pitchers in the draft, have run into a string of injuries or just want to take advantage of some matchups.  Here’s a look at some options owned in less than 50% of CBS leagues to help you gain an advantage this week.

 

A Grade

To be considered in most leagues

Brandon McCarthy – Braves (at Marlins, 49% owned) ‘A’
McCarthy’s ownership rate is borderline to make this list despite pitching very well until he ran into the Giants on Saturday night.  Before that start he had allowed 2 runs or fewer earned runs in 4 of 6 starts, and Saturday was the first time this year he allowed over 3 runs in a start.  It’s no secret the Marlins have a terrible offense, ranking last in baseball in both home OPS (.640) and overall OPS (.621).  They rarely score more than 3 runs in a full 9 inning game and are dead last with 23 home runs in 32 games.  McCarthy’s last start should not scare off owners of a strong matchup, and he should be streamed in any league where he’s available and a roster spot can be opened. Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2018: April 30 – May 6: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (A. Sanchez, Greinke & More)

by Ray Kuhn

It’s time to make some moves. We are a month into the season and fantasy owners should have a good idea of their strengths and weaknesses.  If you are looking to make a move in the standings this week then you are in luck. We have at least three future Hall of Famers sitting atop the list, and there are plenty of options to choose from overall. Of course some are better than others, but at least there are options. If you have an elite pitcher taking the mound you should more averse to taking on risk as you don’t want to let two dud starts spoil two Clayton Kershaw gems. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how they rank:

Tier One:

  1. Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals – vs. Pittsburgh; vs. Philadelphia
  2. Justin Verlander – Houston Astros – vs. NY Yankees; at Arizona
  3. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians – vs. Texas; at NY Yankees
  4. Clayton Kershaw – LA Dodgers – at Arizona; at San Diego

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Streaming Starters: April 30 – May 6: Are There Any Under-The-Radar Options To Trust? (Triggs, Gibson & More)

by Ken Balderston

Streaming pitchers off the waiver wire can be a very effective way to add innings to your staff.  Maybe you missed out on some of your end game pitchers in the draft, have run into a string of injuries or just want to take advantage of some matchups.  Here’s a look at some options owned in less than 50% of CBS leagues to help you gain an advantage this week.

Note: The weather has wreaked havoc on the schedule and the matchup is very important factor when streaming pitchers.  Keep an eye on the schedule and make sure these starters don’t get bumped back a day and end up facing a much more difficult offense.

 

A Grade

To be considered in most leagues

There are no A graded options this week

 

B Grade

Some nice upside but also some risk

Andrew Triggs – Athletics (at Mariners, 35% owned) – “B”
If you take a quick glimpse at Triggs and you might want to shy away due to his 4.70 ERA on the year.  A closer look at the numbers will show you that he got blown up in a home start against the White Sox, allowing 6 ER in 1.1 IP.  Excluding that start he has been able to keep his opponent at 2 ER or less in all 4 of his other starts. Read more