Welcome back, bar patrons!

Hey, I’ve got some… bad news. This week looks rough for double-dippers. I mean, among the Top Shelf, there isn’t anyone that particularly stands out. They’re all good, of course, but there’s not necessarily a sure thing in the bunch.

Looks like we’re all drinking the cheap stuff this week.

On to the pitchers.

The Top Shelf

Pitcher First Start Second Start
Carlos Rodon, SF @LAD(TU) STL(SU)
Brandon Woodruff, MIL CIN(TU) @ATL(SU)
Alek Manoah, TOR NYY(TU) @CLE(SU)
Charlie Morton, ATL @NYM(MO) MIL(SU)
Dylan Cease, CHW LAA(MO) @BOS(SU)


  • This whole group is good, Carlos Rodon and Brandon Woodruff the best of the bunch, but there isn’t much to separate them from the pack.
  • Charlie Morton is poised to bounce back after three rough outings that saw him go 0-2 with an 8.50+ ERA. I hope.


The Well

Pitcher First Start Second Start
Chris Bassitt, NYM ATL(MO) @PHI(SA)
Zac Gallen, ARI @MIA(MO) COL(SU)
Carlos Carrasco, NYM ATL(TU) @PHI(SU)
Pablo Lopez, MIA ARI(MO) @SD(SA)
Trevor Rogers, MIA ARI(TU) @SD(SU)
Chris Paddack, MIN @BAL(MO) OAK(SU)
Steven Matz, STL KC(MO) @SF(SA)
Jordan Montgomery, NYY @TOR(MO) TEX(SU)
Drew Rasmussen, TB @OAK(MO) @SEA(SA)
Ranger Suarez, PHI TEX(TU) NYM(SU)
Patrick Sandoval, LAA @CHW(MO) WSH(SU)
Jake Odorizzi, HOU SEA(MO) DET(SU)
Zack Greinke, KC @STL(MO) @BAL(SU)
Chris Flexen, SEA @HOU(TU) TB(SU)



The Bar Mat

Pitcher First Start Second Start
Michael Pineda, DET PIT(TU) @HOU(SU)
Tyler Wells, BAL MIN(MO) KC(SA)
Bruce Zimmermann, BAL MIN(TU) KC(SU)
Tommy Romero, TB @OAK(TU) @SEA(SU)
German Marquez, COL WSH(TU) @ARI(SU)
Marco Gonzales, SEA @HOU(MO) TB(SA)
Zach Plesac, CLE SD(TU) TOR(SU)
Daulton Jefferies, OAK TB(MO) @MIN(SU)
Ross Stripling, TOR NYY(MO) @CLE(SA)
Michael Wacha, BOS LAA(TU) CHW(SU)
Dakota Hudson, STL @KC(TU) @SF(SU)
Vladimir Gutierrez, CIN @MIL(TU) PIT(SU)
Erick Fedde, WSH @COL(TU) @LAA(SU)


  • A generally awful bunch, though the Baltimore duo of Tyler Wells and Bruce Zimmermann, with a pair of home-and-homes against two offenses in the bottom-third in MLB in runs scored stand out as an unlikely good choice. How often can you stream one Orioles hurler in a week, let alone two?
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3 months ago

Liking two start Zimmerman this week with two games slated at the suddenly “spacious “ Camden Yards. Just not sure if I like Zimmerman more than single start “No No” Megill v Atl. Thoughts?

3 months ago

This is helpful, thanks Steve. Does Thor get two starts this week? Angels have him pitching @ BOS on Tuesday. They don’t have anyone on the schedule yet for Friday v WAS. Is that a bullpen day or would they move the rotation up a day, which would put Thor on track to go Sunday v WAS? H2H, points league, so I’m trying to figure this out.

3 months ago

What’s up Steve

How do you know Romero is being called up to have two starts?

Cheers :)

Jolt In Flow
Jolt In Flow
3 months ago

Hey Steve,

Thanks for the report. I think Ohtani also has 2 starts (he’s pitched with 5 days between his last 2 starts). If he goes tomorrow @ the White Sox, then he has the potential to go next Sunday versus the Nationals.

Based on what I’ve noticed, he pitches great at home, but not so great on the road. So a mixed week for him coming up, from my perspective.

Just thought I’d share that for any Ohtani (pitcher) owners reading this.

Thanks Steve,


Surfer Dude
Surfer Dude
3 months ago

Hi Steve,

Looks like Clevinger is staring Tuesday (@ CLE), then again Sunday (MIA)

Do you think he gets high enough pitch count to finish at least 5 innings?

Start or sit for the week


Michael Murphy
Michael Murphy
3 months ago

Hey Steve-

Thanks for doing such a great job each week with information on the Double Dippers! Really appreciate all of your insights and your column is always helpful.

It looks like Joe Ryan may have been passed out under the pool table in back of the Dive Bar when you took roll call this week!

Ryan will get the O’s @Bal on Tuesday 5/3 and then host the Athletics at Target Field on Sunday, 5/8.

He’s probably not available in too many league out there (12% in Yahoo), but there is a possibility some managers are asleep at the switch.

Where would you rank Joe Cool this week?

Thanks again!