This is the worst week to try and figure out two-start pitchers. Nobody has rotations set with 5th starters being skipped in some places and swapped in other situations. Outside of that part of it, this may be the least affected article by overreaction to a few days. This is a streaming article at its heart anyway. You aren’t picking up Justin Verlander if you don’t already own him, so, let’s get to some early season streaming. As with wins in real baseball, or H2H leagues, every win counts and every stat counts towards that roto total.

No Doubt

# Name Team OPP
1 Mike Clevinger CLE CHW, TOR
2 Justin Verlander HOU OAK, @TEX
3 Masahiro Tanaka NYY DET, @BAL
4 Chris Sale BOS @ARI, @OAK
5 David Price BOS @ARI, @OAK

Don’t speak, I know just what you’re saying. So, please stop explaining. Okay, I won’t explain. You’re starting these 5 guys if you have them. I’m not worried about Chris Sale for the season, but do think he may have to work up to the Chris Sale we know and love, so, I docked him to 4. I have Clevinger over Verlander because I like his match ups better, but that’s a coin flip for me. Tanaka isn’t always a no doubter, but with Detroit and Baltimore on the docket, he’s singing backup vocals this week.

 

Good Enough In a 2-Start Week

# Name Team OPP
6 Chris Archer PIT STL, CIN
7 Brad Peacock HOU TEX, OAK
8 Steven Matz NYM @MIA, WSH
9 Sean Newcomb ATL MIA, CHC
10 Matt Strahm SD ARI, @STL
11 Madison Bumgarner SF TB, @LAD
12 Marcus Stroman TOR BAL, @CLE
13 Chris Stratton LAA TEX, @SEA

These options don’t offer the same security as the first set, but there’s still some good pitchers and nice opponents. Peacock is higher on the list than he probably should be, but I like him getting his shot at the starting spot after spending last season in the ‘pen. Even in 2017 where he split time as a starter and reliever, he had a 29.5% K rate and had a 35.3% K rate last year as a relief arm. Not overly concerned about Texas or Oakland either.

 

Throw Em If You Got Em

# Name Team OPP
14 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD SF, @COL
15 Kyle Gibson MIN @KC, @PHI
16 Marco Gonzales SEA @CHW, LAA
17 Brad Keller KC MIN, @DET
18 Caleb Smith MIA NYM, @ATL
19 Clayton Richard TOR BAL, @CLE

In a league with a strict innings cap or in a shallow 10 or 12 team league, I might lean toward sitting them. Happy belated birthday to Ryu who turned 32 on the 25th of the month. Ryu got off to a strong first start of the season, but I hope you play in a daily lineup league because his second start this week is in Coors. The first start is a beautiful home start against the Giants.

 

Ryu has 4 starts in Coors over his career, 1 in 2014, 3 in 2017. His first 2 starts in Coors were solid, but his last 2 starts have been absolute train wrecks  totaling 6 IP, 15 R, 10 ER, 7 BB, 5 K). In weekly lineup league, start him at your own risk. Hopefully by then he has done enough good for your lineup to mitigate the risk to some extent.

 

Basic B**ch

# Name Team OPP
20 Kyle Hendricks CHC @ATL, @MIL
21 Anthony DeSclafani CIN MIL, @PIT
22 Merrill Kelly ARI @SD, BOS
23 Anibal Sanchez WSH @NYM, PHI
24 Jalen Beeks TB COL, @SF
25 Drew Smyly TEX @LAA, HOU
26 Kyle Freeland COL @TB, LAD
27 Ivan Nova CHW SEA, @CLE
28 Jordan Zimmermann DET KC, @NYY
29 Jose Urena MIA NYM, @ATL

Nothing flashy in this category. I like Kelly, Smyly, and Beeks as guys to monitor through the season, but I don’t trust them all yet. The one guy of the bunch I do trust somewhat is Kyle Hendricks, but at Atlanta and at Milwaukee means he’s playing in 2 hitters parks against 2 good lineups. With the Ks iffy to begin with  for Hendricks, he’s a 2 starter in deeper leagues, but a bench in those shallow stream heavy ones.

Jordan Zimmermann threw 7 shutout innings with 4 Ks to start his season, but let’s just say I’m not buying into it, especially in weekly lineup leagues. The match up against Kansas City may be nice enough to take the chance he can continue his hot streak, but I don’t want any part of him in Yankee Stadium.

 

Well, They Have 2 Starts at Least

# Name Team OPP
30 Tyler Mahle CIN MIL, @PIT
31 Chad Bettis COL @TB, LAD
32 Tyson Ross DET @NYY, KC
33 Zach Davies MIL CHC, @CIN
34 Shelby Miller TEX @LAA, HOU
35 Mike Fiers OAK BOS, @HOU
36 Andrew Cashner BAL @TOR, NYY
37 Aaron Brooks OAK BOS, @HOU
38 David Hess BAL @TOR, NYY

About all you can say for this group is that you get 2 shots at a decent outing from the group. I’m not excited about any of these guys and can’t recommend you throw them unless it’s the deepest of leagues or you’re simply chasing IP.

 

 

  1. LuGu sucks says:
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    I need to cut one of these RP eligible Starters in my weekly h2h points league. Which do I cut?

    Kyle Wright RP | ATL
    Matt Strahm RP,SP | SD
    Dakota Hudson RP | STL

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      Hudson, lacks the upside of the other 2.

  2. lubey says:
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    Is Domingo getting 2?

    • Cable says:
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      Looks like German got 2 ..iTanaka has 1

      • B_Don

        B_Don says:
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        It does look like German is getting 2 starts vs DET and @BAL. He’d likely slot in the “Good Enough in a 2 Start Week” category. Start em if you got em.

        • B_Don

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          As another commenter mentioned, you may get the innings and Ks out of Domingo, but there is talk of using an opener for him. Doesn’t make much sense to me in this scenario, but something to consider if you’re trying to chase Wins or QS.

  3. Harley Earl says:
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    Not sure if you did this on purpose or by accident, since you ranked the two-start pitchers.

    However, Julio Urias has a start Monday at SF and Sunday at Colorado.

    Just like Ryu, I think I’ll pitch Urias against the Giants and avoid the thin air of Coors.

    • B_Don

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      I missed Urias. I have to put the article together on Saturday, and especially this first week, there were a lot of questions in regards to 2 start pitchers and rotation spots. He likely goes into the “Throw Em if you Got Em” category with one great start vs Giants and one in Coors.

      • Harley Earl says:
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        I’ve got him, and he sure looked damn good last night against the Giants!!!

        • B_Don

          B_Don says:
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          He’s on my list to go back and watch, but the line at least looks great. Now, on to Coors… ugh..

  4. Raindoggg says:
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    Snell will start two with an off day for the Rays midweek…..

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      Yeah, vs Rockies and at White Sox. He’s in the ‘No Doubt’ group for me and I’m not overly concerned with his first start. The Rays rotation was completely up in the air and tough to pin down for this week. And may be so going forward with the openers they utilize.

      • Raindoggg says:
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        I agree with everything you said there but they will always try to keep Snell on his 5 days and skip an “opener” or whatever when they have an off day I think…..

        • B_Don

          B_Don says:
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          Totally agree. Snell is their ace. I don’t see any reason they would use an opener or get him off schedule. They paid Morton so maybe the same thing there, and I’m hoping that Glasnow gets regular innings, but who knows with the Rays.

  5. Walter says:
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    From what I’ve read…
    Scherzer is starting Tuesday; Sanchez bumped to Wednesday.
    German is starting Monday; Tanaka on Tuesday.
    Not sure what else is wrong here, but I’d double-check.

  6. Raindoggg says:
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    If in a deep league Roark also starting twice….and may not look too bad……

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      In a deep league, I agree. The Brewers match up isn’t something to look forward to, but until the Pirates get healthy, that’ll be a nice match up.

  7. Stumanji! says:
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    Careful with Domingo German in QS leagues. Looks like he’s lined up for 2, but Boone said they might use an “opener” for him…

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      That is interesting. I don’t know that it makes much sense to me as both the Tigers and Orioles have mostly righty bats at the start of their lineup, but we’ll see what Boone does here. Seems odd to me that Jonathan Villar and Jeimer Candelario are enough to use an opener.

  8. big league wood says:
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    Looks like Zach Eflin is starting @ Washington and home vs Minnesota.
    Talk me out of leaving him on the bench…

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      If it’s 15 teams or more, I may throw him for the 2 starts. In anything shallower, go ahead and sit him down. We’re talking about a 4+ ERA, 1.30+ WHIP, sub 23% K rate.

  9. Buttered Bread says:
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    Do you have concerns about starting Price after so few ST innings?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I do

      • B_Don

        B_Don says:
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        Concerns, yes. Am I sitting him? No.

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