Welcome, Patrons, sidle on up to the bar and let’s take a look together at the coming week’s double-dippers.

I’m sure I’m going to generate plenty of angry comments from fantasy managers with certain players below on their rosters, but hey, I’m just the messenger. These pitchers are who they are, and no amount of preseason bias, draft season zeal, or in-season hopes and dreams can change that.

Does that mean I think I’m right all the time? Of course not. Don’t be ridiculous. But then again… I’m writing this column, and you’re reading it, and not the other way around…

On to the hurlers.


The Top Shelf

Pitcher First Start Second Start
Kevin Gausman, TOR CHW(TU) MIN(SU)
Walker Buehler, LAD PIT(MO) NYM(SA)
Framber Valdez, HOU @OAK(MO) @KC(SU)
Jordan Montgomery, NYY LAA(TU) DET(SU)


  • Just four names, and just Kevin Gausman with the extra confidence at this level.
  • Special shout-out to Framber Valdez, who has the best road-and-road setup one could ask for, in a pair of pitchers’ parks against two struggling offenses. Kauffmann and the Coliseum are the 2nd- and 5th-most repressive parks for Home Runs this year, FYI.


The Well

Pitcher First Start Second Start
Zac Gallen, ARI ATL(MO) @PIT(SU)
Julio Urias, LAD PIT(TU) NYM(SU)
Eric Lauer, MIL @CHC(TU) SD(SU)
Drew Rasmussen, TB @TEX(MO) CHW(SA)
Logan Webb, SF @PHI(MO) @MIA(SA)
George Kirby, SEA @BAL(TU) @TEX(SU)
Pablo Lopez, MIA @COL(MO) SF(SA)
Michael Kopech, CHW @TOR(TU) @TB(SU)
Aaron Ashby, MIL @CHC(MO) SD(SA)
Adam Wainwright, STL SD(TU) @CHC(SU)
Paul Blackburn, OAK HOU(MO) BOS(SU)
Rich Hill, BOS BAL(MO) @OAK(SU)
Zach Plesac, CLE KC(MO) @BAL(SU)
Martin Perez, TEX TB(TU) SEA(SU)
Glenn Otto, TEX TB(MO) SEA(SA)
Kyle Gibson, PHI SF(MO) LAA(SU)


  • It isn’t always true, but I actually like a lot of these plays this week, especially Zac Gallen and Julio Urias.
  • Paul Blackburn on this list? After an absolutely stunning April? There are signs of worry: sure, he’s 5-0 with 4 NDs, but opponents were batting just .219 against him in April, with a big jump to .297 in May. In April, his K-rate was 24.7%, dropping to just 16.1% in May. So watch out.


The Bar Mat

Pitcher First Start Second Start
David Peterson, NYM WSH(MO) @LAD(SA)
Nick Martinez, SD @STL(MO) @MIL(SU)
Charlie Morton, ATL @ARI(MO) @COL(SA)
Luis Castillo, CIN @BOS(TU) WSH(SU)
Kyle Wright, ATL @ARI(TU) @COL(SU)
Dylan Bundy, MIN @DET(MO) @TOR(SA)
Ryan Yarbrough, TB @TEX(TU) CHW(SU)
Drew Smyly, CHC MIL(MO) STL(SA)
Jakob Junis, SF @PHI(TU) @MIA(SU)
Tyler Wells, BAL @BOS(MO) CLE(SA)
Kyle Hendricks, CHC MIL(TU) STL(SU)
Erick Fedde, WSH @NYM(MO) @CIN(SU)
Wade Miley, CHC MIL(MO) STL(SA)
Thomas Szapucki, NYM WSH(TU) @LAD(SU)
Rony Garcia, DET MIN(TU) @NYY(SU)
Zach Thompson, PIT @LAD(MO) ARI(SU)
Angel Rondon, STL SD(MO) @CHC(SA)
Devin Smeltzer, MIN @DET(TU) @TOR(SU)
Beau Brieske, DET MIN(MO) @NYY(SA)
Jon Heasley, KC @CLE(MO) HOU(SU)
Cody Poteet, MIA @COL(TU) SF(SU)
Cody Sedlock, BAL SEA(TU) CLE(SU)
Ryan Feltner, COL MIA(MO) ATL(SU)