Injuries are the worst. That isn’t exactly breaking news, I know. But you know what else is the worst? Rain. Oh, sure, farmers will tell you we need it in order to grow the crops that allow us to eat. Your third grade teacher probably told you it’s a normal and necessary part of the water cycle. Whatever. You know what else rain does? It leads to baseball games being postponed. When baseball games get postponed, it messes up pitching rotations. And when pitching rotations get messed up, it makes my job harder. I don’t like it when my job gets harder. Do you like it when your job gets harder? Exactly. So, what do we do about it?

One option would be breaking the water cycle by getting rid of all the earth’s water. However, that seems difficult and would make some people and all the fish upset, so that’s probably not an option.

That leaves us with forcing every team to build a dome. All it will take is several billion dollars, and my occasional minor weekend inconvenience would be solved. Seems like a no-brainer, to me. Get on it, Rob Manfred!


As always, what follows are our projections at time of writing as to who will be making two-starts this week, but weather, injuries and secretive team management mean they are just that: projections. To stay as up-to-date as possible, consult Rudy Gamble’s invaluable Streamonator.


Chocolate Chip Cookies (Must Start)

They’re safe. They’re reliable. They’re comforting. They are kings of the cookie world for a reason. A warm, freshly baked chocolate chip cookie just makes you feel happy. Sort of like getting to set your rosters knowing you get two starts this week from these guys.

Pitcher First Start Second Start
Tyler Glasnow, LAD WSH NYM
Aaron Nola, Phi COL CWS
Sonny Gray, StL @OAK MIN
Merrill Kelly, Ari CHC @SF
  • It’s a short list here this week. Streamonator has Glasnow and Nola so far ahead of the rest of the field this week it’s ridiculous.
  • Kelly actually rates out behind several other names, but considering the relative performance and matchups compared to everyone else in his range, I feel more confident in him having a good week and thus include him here.


Sugar Cookies (Should Start)

They’re fine. They’re not really anyone’s favorite, and they often need help from other additions, but they get the job done well enough. You could certainly do worse than having these guys in your lineup, but don’t expect it to be remarkable.

Pitcher First Start Second Start
Aaron Civale, TB LAA @NYY
George Kirby, Sea CIN @COL
Tanner Bibee, Cle @BOS OAK
Joe Musgrove, SD @MIL TOR
Jordan Hicks, SF @MIA ARI
Kutter Crawford, Bos CLE @PIT
Garrett Whitlock, Bos CLE @PIT
Kyle Harrison, SF @MIA ARI
Seth Lugo, KC @CHW BAL
Chris Bassitt, Tor NYY  @SD
  • Aaron Civale has looked excellent with solid peripherals, but that Yankee matchup could leave an unpleasant taste in your mouth.
  • Bibee and Bassitt are guys you drafted to be safe and reliable choices for your staff, but they’ve each come out looking flat and burnt so far. You don’t want to give up hope they can get the recipe right, but you can’t feel entirely confident those first tests of the week will be crowd-pleasers.


Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (Could Start)

These aren’t for everyone. And even if you are inclined to like them, you don’t know for sure what to expect when you get one. Will it be chewy and flavorful? Will you chip your tooth because it’s as hard as a rock? Who knows! These are the pitchers that may be a pleasant surprise, or they could ruin your week. Tread lightly.

Pitcher First Start Second Start
Frankie Montas, Cin @SEA LAA
Martin Perez, Pit @NYM BOS
Zack Littell, TB LAA @NYY
Cody Bradford, Tex @DET @ATL
Reynaldo Lopez, Atl @HOU TEX
Joe Ross, Mil SD @STL
Luis Gil, NYY @TOR TB
  • If you’re in a points league, Montas moves up a tier.
  • Lopez is purely chasing wins with those matchups. If your ratios matter to you at all, be very, very cautious.
  • Do I trust Joe Ross? No I do not. But he looked good in his last outing and the Cardinals offense hasn’t been setting the world on fire. How much do you like gambling? No, that wasn’t a question for you, Ippei!
  • Yankees beat writers said Gil was the likely starter on Monday if he wasn’t used in Saturday’s doubleheader. If something changes and it’s Carlos Rodon making those starts instead, he’s a Sugar Cookie.

Fortune Cookies (Do Not Start)

Yeah, they’re technically cookies. If you’re truly desperate for something sweet they might work in a pinch, but they aren’t anything you go actively searching for. Hold on, what does that little slip of paper say? “Bad times are heading your way.” Oh. Okay, then.

Pitcher First Start Second Start
Jon Gray, Tex @DET @ATL
Ben Brown, ChC @ARI MIA
Reese Olson, Det TEX @MIN
Patrick Sandoval, LAA @TB @CIN
Louie Varland, Min @BAL DET
Cole Irvin, Bal MIN @KC
Ryan Weathers, Mia SF @CHC
Erick Fedde, ChW KC @PHI
A.J. Puk, Mia SF @CHC
Ross Stripling, Oak STL @CLE
Jose Siriano, LAA @TB @CIN
Kyle Hendricks, ChC @ARI MIA
Tommy Henry, Ari CHC @SF
Adrian Houser, NYM PIT @LAD
Cal Quantrill, Col @PHI SEA
Hunter Gaddis, Cle @BOS OAK
Joan Adon, Was @LAD HOU
Spencer Arrighetti, Hou ATL @WAS
  • I had such high hopes for Varland to start the season. So far, those hopes have been a dud. Maybe Detroit helps him get his groove back, but I need to see it first.
  • Speaking of busted hopes, remember how good Puk looked in spring training? Oops.
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1 month ago

In a weekly points league where QS, W and Saves are worth a lot. IP and K are nice, but QS and W are where it’s at to maximize points.

I am debating benching one of Gil or Olson in favour of Mason Miller. An SP that can get Saves?! Could be great!

Am I big braining this? 2-starts are usually money, but Olson and Gil don’t scream Quality Starts right now, despite the streamonator loving 1 of both of their starts.

Tim Yeaglin
Tim Yeaglin
1 month ago

This will likely be unpopular but I preferred Dive Bar to cookie shop. The tiers didn’t need to be explained and didn’t seem as forced. Content is great though.

1 month ago

CBS has Mize as two start v Tx @ Minny. also eyeing the suddenly impressive Max Meyer @ Cubs and also Gavin Stone v NYM. Would you start any of the aforementioned in place of Jack Flaherty @ Minny?

Jeremy Burke
Jeremy Burke
1 month ago

Would you start Luzardo @Cubs or Montas for his 2 starts this week? Luzardo got roughed up again today. Thanks