Analyzing Every Two-Start Pitcher For Week 12 (6/19 – 6/25)

Every Friday I look at every projected two-start pitcher for the week ahead and detail my thoughts about rolling with them on your roster. There are four tiers: Definitely, Probably, Questionable, Bench. Definitely Start features...

Every Friday I look at every projected two-start pitcher for the week ahead and detail my thoughts about rolling with them on your roster. There are four tiers: Definitely, Probably, Questionable, Bench. Definitely Start features starters that are no doubters for the week ahead followed by Probably Start with pitchers that look like good plays but may create a hesitation or two. Players labeled as Questionable are for deeper leagues or have one-of-two outings that should be skipped. Pitchers under Bench should be avoided despite their two starts in the week ahead.

Definitely Start

Clayton Kershaw (NYM, COL)

Corey Kluber (@BAL, MIN)

Johnny Cueto (@ATL, NYM)

Jon Lester (SDP, @MIA)

Michael Pineda (LAA, TEX)

Zack Greinke (@COL, PHI)

Lance McCullers (@OAK, @SEA) – I’m expecting McCullers to return in time and DLH doesn’t really apply after just one start, especially against the A’s.

Probably Start

Dylan Bundy (CLE, @TBR) – He’s been shaky, but if you own him you should start him.

Ervin Santana (CHW, @CLE) – Santana isn’t looking the man he was at the start of the year. Still, a date with the ChiSox is enough to escalate him into the second tier.

Brandon McCarthy (NYM, COL) – McCarthy is a solid add for any team at this point, and I’m comfortable throwing him out there for two, even if it includes hosting the Rockies.

Marco Estrada (@TEX, @KCR) –While Estrada is going through a rough patch, two bottom half offenses should work in his favor.


Brad Peacock (@OAK, @SEA) – If you own Peacock, you understand his massive strikeout potential, He’s on the border of tiers 2/3 given his low floor and in most cases I’d roll with him.

Jordan Zimmermann (@SEA, @SDP) – It’s odd seeing an endorsement of Zim, but his Slider has taken new shape and one of these starts is against the Padres. I have my concerns against the Mariners, though.

Mike Leake (@PHI, PIT) – Leake has been struggling mightily lately, while his two matchups are as good as you’ll find.

Justin Verlander (@SEA, @SDP) – I wanted to put Verlander in the second tier but there’s no denying that he’s labored through his recent starts. In most cases, you roll with this but I want to bench where possible against the Mariners.

Mike Montgomery (SDP, @MIA) – Monty looks to have his spot in the rotation secured with Kyle Hendricks out for extended time. Paired with a start of 88 pitches last time out and it’s possible he goes 2-for-2 in the week ahead.

Gerrit Cole (@MIL, @STL) – Cole has been far from good, but he did have a rebound this week and could help against middling offenses.

Tanner Roark (@MIA, CIN) – I don’t like owning Roark, though you can’t count out the possibility of a pair of QS and Wins under his belt at the end of this.

Jake Odorizzi (CIN, BAL) – Odorizzi is as boring as they come, which could lead to a pair of solid outings or a pair of duds.

Sonny Gray (HOU, @CHW) – I don’t like Gray against the Astros, but he’s showing K upside that could shine there and negate his ratios against a weak ChiSox offense.

Zack Wheeler (@LAD, @SFG) – The Dodgers scare me, but I love the idea of Wheeler inside AT&T park.

Francisco Liriano (@TEX, @KCR) – It’s a coin flip when you start Liriano, even if he gets two weak opponents ahead.

Derek Holland (@MIN, OAK) – These last two are desperate plays for a cheap Win, and don’t be surprised if they let you down.

Julio Teheran (SFG, MIL) – Teheran has been a shadow of his former self, though he did have a strong start against the Nationals. It’s possible he’s returned, while it’s a big risk that could kill your week.


Alex Cobb (CIN, BAL) – This is on the border, but I don’t trust Cobb

Andrew Cashner (TOR, @NYY) – If you still own Andrew, please Cash Out now.

Ariel Miranda (DET, HOU) – Miranda is a TEEs and you’re going to see more starts like Thursday night’s 6 ER clunker.

Clayton Richard (@CHC, DET) – It’s the wrong Clayton! I can see this as a desperate hope for a Quality Start, but in most cases I’m benching.

Austin-Bibens Dirkx (TOR, @NYY) – Dirkx is a Cup of Schmo meaning you don’t want anything to do with him.

Chad Kuhl (@MIL, @STL) – Yeah, Kuhl just isn’t good enough.

Daniel Gossett (HOU, @CHW) – I actually think Gossett is better than how he pitched, but I’m not ready to toss him out there for two starts including a date with the hot hitting Astros offense.

Chris Tillman (CLE, @TBR) – You Can’t Spell Win With Tillman. Seriously, you don’t want anything to do with Tillman right now.

Edinson Volquez (WSH, CHC) – Yes, he threw a no-hitter and had a great start afterward. Then he had a bad day and now gets the Nationals and Cubs. No thanks.

German Marquez (ARI, @LAD) – Marquez is not a bad pitcher, but he has to host the Dbacks in Coors and face the Dodgers offense.

Hector Velazquez (@KCR, LAA) – I love these matchups, but it’s too soon to trust Velazquez and this could be ugly.

Jason Hammel (BOS, TOR) – He’s performing better as of late, too bad he has a tough road ahead.

Jeremy Hellickson (STL, @ARI) – Don’t do this to yourself.

Josh Tomlin (@BAL, MIN) – Tomlin doesn’t have the upside to toss him out there twice.

Matt Garza (PIT, @ATL) – Regardless of the matchups, you don’t want to start Garza or you’ll start acting like this.

Matt Moore (@ATL, NYM) – Moore has seen better days. Much better days.

Matt Shoemaker (@NYY, @BOS) – Shoemaker has had upside in the past, but it’s so hard to believe he’s going to start a hot streak while pitching against the Yankees and Red Sox.

R.A. Dickey (SFG, MIL) – Don’t Trust A Knuckleballer.

Robert Gsellman (@LAD, @SFG) – Gsellman is so far away from the man we want him to be. Sigh.

Sam Gaviglio (DET, HOU) – Like Dirkx, Gaviglio is a Cup of Schmo and you should not chase him, especially against the Tigers and Astros.

Scott Feldman (@TBR, @WSH) – Feldman Schmeldman. He couldn’t even handle the Padres last time out.

Vance Worley (WSH, CHC) – Never.

Zach Davies (PIT, @ATL) – Davies best days are behind him and I have trouble believing he’s someone that you’ll want for both of these days.

Nick Pollack

Founder of Pitcher List. Creator of CSW, The List, and SP Roundup. Worked with MSG, FanGraphs, CBS Sports, and Washington Post. Former college pitcher, travel coach, pitching coach, and Brandeis alum. Wants every pitcher to be dope.

3 responses to “Analyzing Every Two-Start Pitcher For Week 12 (6/19 – 6/25)”

  1. chrish011 says:

    Aw man, definitely should’ve capitalized on Kuhl isn’t Kuhl enough. Y’all hiring? ?

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