Most of these chuckers on this list are owned in a good percentage of Yahoo! fantasy baseball leagues but it’s nice to know which pitchers of yours will be throwin’ twice for your fantasy team this week. Here are a look at the best and not-so-best two-start pitchers for week 19 in fantasy baseball.
Max Scherzer leads the way for two-start pitchers this coming fantasy baseball week. Since suffering his first lost of the season about a month ago, Scherzer has spun four straight quality starts that have all resulted in wins. The Tigers are rolling and Scherzer has been money all year, chalk up two more wins for Max this week. He hasn’t had a game this year with less than five strikeouts and he’s reached double digit Ks in a game five times.
Darvish is coming off a win in Los Angeles against the Angels Wednesday where he didn’t necessarily have his best stuff plus he was bothered by muscle tightness, but he still managed to pull out the win. Fantasy baseball owners are hoping he doesn’t land on the DL again this season – you can’t afford to lose those strikeouts! He has 25 over his last 13 innings and 192 on the season. With the Houston Astros first up for Darvish this week, he’ll give you a good start on Ks for the week. He has 28 in 21.2 innings against Houston this year including a 14 K game. You’re in for a good fantasy week.
So with the two strikeout leaders off the board, Madison Bumgarner rolls in at number three. Bumgarner is coming off a start where he allowed three earned runs for the first time since June 8th. The Nationals have had their offensive issues of late and the Marlins have had all sorts of issues all year so this should be another good chance for the Giants pitcher to keep on rolling for fantasy owners. Him and Gio will go toe-to-toe but he should have no problem in Marlins Park.
Mat Latos is up against the Cubs and the Brewers so I like his chances to add to his already impressive win total. He’s undefeated against Chicago this year and is 3-0 over his last four starts with a sparkling 1.73 ERA, beating up on some good teams as well (A’s, Dodgers and Pirates).
Fister couldn’t make it five straight wins last week in Cleveland but he did still manage another strong showing. Although he recently had a stint that had fantasy owners pulling their hair out (6ER in 3 of 4 games), he’s now only given up five earned runs over his last five – he and the Tigers have been lights out. Even with the Chris Sale matchup this week it’s likely that Chicago can’t outscore Detroit. I like him two put up two wins for owners.
Wainwright had his start pushed back so he’ll take on the Pirates on Tueday. St. Louis lost four of five against Pittsburgh last week and Wainwright gave up eight hits and four runs in one of those losses. In fact, Wainwright falls down our list because he’s lost three straight games, and in two starts against the Cubs this year he’s given up 15 hits.
I don’t think anybody really thought Kuroda would top his 3.32 ERA from last year but he’s well on his way. I do however see a bit of a down week ahead for Kuroda. He gave up nine hits in his last start against the White Sox which was the most he’s given up all year and he’ll have two tough hitting teams in the Angels and the Red Sox this week (and hurling in two hitters parks). He’s already been roughed up against Boston twice this year. If he can get a few Yankee runs it’ll go along way in whether or not he can scrape out a win or two for you.
8.Chris Sale – Chicago White Sox (7-11 / 2.77 ERA) vs. DET (Doug Fister) & @MIN (Andrew Albers)
Despite having the sixth lowest ERA in the American League, Sale has only one win since the All-Star break. He’s been able to lower fantasy owners ERA and WHIP but he’ll be hard pressed to beat the Tigers this week – he gave up 17 hits in two starts against Detroit last month. Lucky for owners, Sale has the Twins in his second start of the week with a good chance at a W.
Amazing that Teheran will get Bryce Harper and the Nationals again this week. He’s up against two studs in Hamels and Gonzalez, but Teheran has been dealin’ of late having allowed only three earned runs in his last four games. Plus when is the last time you saw the Nationals and Phillies score runs for their aces? Atlanta’s offense however has no problem doing it’s part of late.
10. Cole Hamels – Philadelphia Phillies (4-13 / 3.81 ERA) vs. @ATL (Julio Teheran) & LAD (Rickey Nolasco)
Don’t let the record fool you. Hamels has given up two runs or less in four of his last five starts and has nothing to show for it. It’s not going to be easy for his Phillies to outscore the Braves and Dodgers this week. He went eight scoreless against the Giants and couldn’t even get a win.
Colon is finally coming off a poor start, losing for the first time in his last six outings, where he gave up five runs to the Reds in 2.2 innings. Although he was battling a stomach virus he didn’t use it as an excuse, although it could have very well been the reason he struggled. Outside that start Colon hadn’t surrendered more than three runs since May 9th, and I like him to get back on track starting against the Astros.
After losing four straight Homer Bailey has reeled off two in a row – and like Latos – he’ll gets the Cubs and Brewers this week, two teams who have had their fair share of offensive troubles. I like him and the Reds to score enough runs for Bailey to produce two fantasy wins this week. He’s given up an average of eight hits a game over his last six games so he slips a bit down the list.
13. Gio Gonzalez – Washington Nationals (8-5 / 3.52 ERA) vs. SF (Madison Bumgarner) & @ATL (Julio Teheran)
Gonzalez was stellar between June and July winning four straight games, but has failed to register a win in his last four starts since. He was roughed up against the Pirates and Tigers and although he had a good showing last week against the Braves (who he’ll get to face again) he was out-pitched by Teheran. Even with two tough pitching matchups this week, Gio is probably too good to sit.
What an off year this has been for CC Sabathia; he has one win over his last eight starts, and it came over a month ago. He finally ended a streak of six straight games of allowing seven straight hits, and if it wasn’t for Mariano Rivera last week he would have had the win. He’s up against two pretty powerful offenses this week in the Angels and Red Sox, but he’s better than Hanson and Dempster, isn’t he? Let’s see if the Yanks can give him some runs.
Wade Miley has been fantastic of late with five wins over his last six starts, and he’s only given up a total of eight runs in those games. He gave up just a single run against the Rays over his last two starts and has an ERA of 1.91 over his last 33.0 innings. Only owned in 56 percent of Yahoo! leagues he’s there for the taking but with Baltimore and Pittsburgh this week he’ll have to prove his worth. He was fantastic in two straight wins against the Rays, so he may get it done.
The Rays and fantasy owners survived a big scare when Archer left early in his last start with forearm tightness, but he’s expected to not miss any time and make his start on Tuesday against the Mariners. In his 13 starts with the Rays he’s allowed more than three earned runs only twice. Archer is turning into one of the best waiver wire pitching pick ups of the year and he’s a perfect dynasty keeper who has a couple of terrific matchups this week.
17. Danny Salazar – Cleveland Indians (1-0 / 3.29 ERA) vs. @MIN (Andrew Albers) & @OAK (Bartolo Colon)
With Corey Kluber on the DL you’re about to get to know Danny Salazar pretty well. In just his second career start, the 23 year old fanned 10 Tigers including Miguel Cabrera (three times) and Prince Fielder (twice). In his first start last month he struck out seven Jays for the win. The kid has a lot of heat and was only owned in 15 percent of Yahoo! leagues two days ago, now he’s owned in 25 percent. Go and get him while you can!
18. Rickey Nolasco – Los Angeles Dodgers (8-9 / 3.65 ERA) vs. NYM (Jenrry Mejia) & @PHI (Cole Hamels)
Over his last five starts Nolasco has failed to put in a full six innings of work, but he hasn’t given up more than three runs in those six Dodger starts since coming over from the Marlins. He also only has one loss in those games and the Dodgers are rolling, therefore Nolasco is a must start both times this week.
19. Bruce Chen – Kansas City Royals (5-0 / 1.79 ERA) vs MIA (Jose Fernandez) & @DET (Max Scherzer)
Since joining the rotation Chen has allowed only four runs in his five starts – all wins. He’ll be in tough against Fernandez and Scherzer this week, but his Royals are playing good ball so he should be a nice play in at least one of his two matchups, although it’s always nerve racking putting in a pitcher against Detroit.
Chacin has thrown six straight quality starts but has only two wins to show for it. He’ll face the Padres who he only gave up a run against last month but he also gets the Orioles who can put up runs at ease and the Rockies just haven’t been able to keep up offensively at late.
Worth A Look:
Hector Santiago – Chicago White Sox (3-7 / 3.43) vs DET (Max Scherzer) & @MIN (Samuel Deduno)
Santiago hasn’t won a start since June 21st but he has a solid 3.43 ERA. His last start against the Yankees was the first time he allowed more than three runs in seven appearances. He’ll have a tough go against the Tigers but he has a very winnable game against the Twins to wrap up the week.
Scott Feldman – Baltimore Orioles (9-9 / 4.10 ERA) vs @ARI (Wade Miley) & COL (Jhoulys Chacin)
Feldman had his last start skipped after two recent outings where he gave up nine earned runs on 13 hits in 9.2 total innings between the Mariners and Red Sox. Even though he’s struggled of late the Orioles score enough runs to maybe pull out a win this week.
Marco Estrada – Milwaukee Brewers (4-4 / 4.96 ERA) vs @TEX (Alexi Ogando) & CIN (Homer Bailey)
Estrada allowed just one hit in five scoreless innings while striking out six Giants in his first start in more than two months last week. He has two tough offenses to deal with this week, but he’s definitely a guy to keep an eye on. He has 68 Ks in 74.1 innings this year with the Brewers.
Garrett Richards – Los Angeles Angels ( 3-4 / 4.20 ERA) vs @NYY (Hiroki Kuroda) & HOU (Dallas Keuchel)
The Angels don’t know what they are doing with this guy, but he’ll be making start eight and nine this week with the club. He’s been decent in his last three starts (1-0) since being inserted in the Angels rotation for the second time this year. In a total of 18.0 innings against the Rangers, Jays and A’s he gave up only five earned runs and went seven strong in his win against Toronto.
Five quality starts in the last six for Stults but he’s still lost three of his last four. He had a great outing against the Rockies last month going the distance allowing only one run on four hits but this time he’ll be playing at Coors Field. Keep in mind Stults has allowed 26 hits over his last three games.
Ryan Dempster – Boston Red Sox (6-8 / 4.67 ERA) vs @TOR (J.A. Happ) & NYY (CC Sabathia)
Dempster has allowed 12 earned runs over his last two starts and although he hasn’t lost since June 14th – 9 starts ago – he has only won once and has given up an average of seven hits a game during that span.
Travis Wood – Chicago Cubs (7-8 / ERA 3.04)vs CIN (Mat Latos) & STL (Adam Wainwright)
Wood has only two wins over his last 12 starts. He gave up 10 hits against the Cards in his last start against them and is 0-3 against the Reds this season. It might not be a bad idea to keep him on the bench this week.
Tommy Hanson – Los Angeles Angels (4-3 / 5.59 ERA) vs @NYY (CC Sabathia) & HOU (Brett Oberholtzer)
Hanson isn’t worth the pick up against the Yankees, especially in New York with that short porch, but he may be worth a look towards the end of the week if you’re in need of a win or some Ks against Houston. Keep in mind he’s given up five runs over his last three starts with 11 total walks.
Johnson cleared waivers and can now be traded but I wouldn’t count on it. Maybe it’s exactly what this guy needs. He’s coming off a win last week against Seattle where he went five scoreless innings with five strikeouts. Remember his 15-5 / 197 K season with the Marlins in 2009? Lifetime ago. Probably safe to keep him on the bench.
Dan Straily – Oakland Athletics (6-6 / 4.41 ERA) vs @TOR (Josh Johnson) & CLE (Justin Masterson)
Straily has lost his last four starts and hasn’t reached the fifth inning over his last three games. He does have a struggling Josh Johnson on Monday, but balls tend to fly out of the Rogers Centre, and he’ll be hard pressed in his second matchup against Justin Masterson.