Two-Start Pitchers 2019: September 16-22: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Luis Severino, Nathan Eovaldi, Zach Davies & More)

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At this point in the season, it is what it is. The standings to this point aren’t changing, and players and teams are who they are. It’s not about what a player potentially can do and being patient, but it’s all about what can they do for you now? And what do you need in the standings? It is also important to keep in mind that we will begin to see some odd lineups and veteran players with any type of injury can be potentially shut down for the remainder of the season. But based on where things stand at the moment, here are the pitchers who are slated to take the mound twice this week and how they rank:

Tier One:

  1. Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals – at St. Louis; at Miami

Tier Two:

  1. Yu Darvish – Chicago Cubs – vs. Cincinnati; vs. St. Louis
  2. Jose Berrios – Minnesota Twins – vs. Chicago White Sox; vs. Kansas City

Tier Three:

  1. Sonny Gray – Cincinnati Reds – at Chicago Cubs; vs. NY Mets
  2. Robbie Ray – Arizona Diamondbacks – vs. Miami; at San Diego
  3. Dallas Keuchel – Atlanta Braves – vs. Philadelphia; vs. San Francisco
  4. Dakota Hudson – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. Washington; at Chicago Cubs
  5. Cole Hamels – Chicago Cubs – vs. Cincinnati; vs. St. Louis
  6. Luis Severino – NY Yankees – vs. LA Angels; vs. Toronto

Tier Four:

  1. Matthew Boyd – Detroit Tigers – at Cleveland; vs. Chicago White Sox
  2. Steven Matz – NY Mets – at Colorado; at Cincinnati
  3. Miles Mikolas – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. Washington; at Chicago Cubs
  4. Marco Gonzales – Seattle Mariners – at Pittsburgh; at Baltimore
  5. Zach Eflin – Philadelphia Phillies – at Atlanta; at Cleveland
  6. Gio Gonzalez – Milwaukee Brewers – vs. San Diego; vs. Pittsburgh

Tier Five:

  1. Zach Davies – Milwaukee Brewers – vs. San Diego; vs. Pittsburgh
  2. John Means – Baltimore Orioles – at Detroit; vs. Seattle
  3. Reynaldo Lopez – Chicago White Sox – at Minnesota; at Detroit
  4. Kyle Gibson – Minnesota Twins – vs. Chicago White Sox; vs. Kansas City
  5. Martin Perez – Minnesota Twins – vs. Chicago White Sox; vs. Kansas City
  6. Adam Plutko – Cleveland Indians – vs. Detroit; vs. Philadelphia
  7. Trent Thornton – Toronto Blue Jays – at Baltimore; at NY Yankees
  8. Nathan Eovaldi – Boston Red Sox – vs. San Francisco; at Tampa Bay
  9. Dylan Bundy – Baltimore Orioles – vs. Toronto; vs. Seattle
  10. Pablo Lopez – Miami Marlins – at Arizona; at Washington
  11. Jose Suarez – LA Angels – at NY Yankees; at Houston
  12. Mitch Keller – Pittsburgh Pirates – vs. Seattle’ at Milwaukee

Tier Six:

  1. Jorge Lopez – Kansas City Royals – at Oakland; at Minnesota
  2. Ronald Bolanos – San Diego Padres – at Milwaukee; vs. Arizona
  3. Glenn Sparkman – Kansas City Royals – at Oakland; at Minnesota
  4. Logan Webb – San Francisco Giants – at Boston; at Atlanta
  5. Antonio Senzatela – Colorado Rockies – vs. NY Mets; at LA Dodgers

Notes:

  • Talk about finishing the season off strong. After striking out 14 batters in his last start, Yu Darvish has 28 strikeouts over 19 innings in his last three starts. The right-hander has been getting progressively better as the season has progressed, and his ERA is now under four (3.97). With a 1.11 WHIP, your ratios shouldn’t be in much danger, and his 204 strikeouts in 163.1 innings could provide a nice boost in the standings.
  • While he continue to be skeptical regarding Dakota Hudson based on his 4.96 FIP, it might be time (at least for the next two weeks) to give him credit for his actual performance on the mound; 3.38 ERA. Of course the 6.93 strikeouts and 4.23 walks per nine innings are a problem, but it really hasn’t slowed him down to this point. Instead, let’s focus on his 15 victories even though there is some risk involved as he faces the Nationals and Cubs this week. As much as you might want to be cautious with Hudson, now is not the time to over analyze over think things. Of course, that means he is going to pitch to his FIP this week since I said that now.
  • As of now Robbie Ray appears to be one of the more attractive options for this week. The left-hander, and his prodigious strikeout totals, are facing the Marlins and Padres this week, but his last start had to have a left a sour taste in fantasy owners mouths. Ray didn’t get out of the first inning against the Mets, and he allowed five runs in just 0.2 innings. The problem though, is that a blister which had developed in his previous start, returned. If there are no issues with the blister, then Ray is an attractive option this week, but we might not have that answer until it is too late. Be prepared to watch the news closely and have a potential replacement in line, but the left-hander’s strikeout production, 208 in 157 innings helps to make up for any other shortcomings.
  • Normally, Zach Davies’ lack of strikeouts would keep me away. But the fact that he is taking the mound twice this week does work in his favor, but for me, I’m more interested in his opponents. In facing the Padres and Pirates, Davies is in prime position to pick up two victories, and with a 3.77 ERA on the season, the right-hander continues to get the job done.
  • Nathan Eovaldi is back in Boston’s rotation, but the Red Sox aren’t looking to get much in the way of length from him. In just one of his last five starts did Eovaldi even get to five innings, and with a 5.81 ERA on the season, it hasn’t exactly gone according to play for the right-hander. Look past the 3.38 in his last three starts, because you will be taking on risk without the potential for a victory or quality start. The strikeouts are there, but I’m likely looking elsewhere.
  • After missing all of 2019 to the point, Luis Severino is making his season debut on Tuesday. That lines the right-hander up to make two starts this week, but keep in mind that in his last outing, his pitch count was just 64. It’s unclear how much the Yankees will look to extend Severino, and keep in mind there likely will be some rest. You have gotten this far without Severino, but it’s very possibly he’s one of the best pitchers you have for this week. Just tread carefully here.
  • As far as streaming options this week, they all have more cons than pros in their evaluation, and it’s a tough situation to be in. While some are ranked higher than others, and each league is different, it’s hard to advocate to pick up any of them. The exceptions to this, based on the under 50% ownership rule, are likely owned in any league in which they would crack your lineup for this week; Zach Eflin (46%) and Gio Gonzalez (39%).

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