Analyzing Every Two-Start Pitcher For Week 13 (6/27 – 7/3)

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.  The...

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.  The first tier features starters that are no doubters for the week ahead followed by a tier of pitchers that look like good plays but may create a hesitation or two. Players inside Questionable Starts are for deeper leagues or have one-of-two outings that should be avoid. Pitchers labeled Bench should be avoided despite their dual week ahead.

Definitely Start

Jake Arrieta (@CIN, @NYM)

Jon Lester (@CIN, @NYM)

Noah Syndergaard (@WSH, CHC)

Corey Kluber (@ATL, @TOR)

Cole Hamels (@NYY, @MIN)

Tanner Roark (NYM, CIN)

Joe Ross (NYM, CIN)

Probably Start

Jose Quintana (MIN, @HOU) – Normally he would be in the first tier, though I understand some owners hesitating based on his recent outings. I’d still be rolling with him given these matchups ahead.

Jeff Samardzija (OAK, @ARI) – Even with the somewhat worrisome start in Arizona, this is a good play.

Collin McHugh (@LAA, CWS) – McHugh has been rocky this year, but he gets two weak offenses that he should take advantage of.

Matt Shoemaker (HOU, @BOS) – That Boston start is uninviting, though you have to roll with Shoemaker given how well he has been performing.

CC Sabathia (TEX, @SD) – The thought is CC won’t miss the Texas start, making him a solid two start option this week as he’s been on fire (last start had its blips due to his rolled ankle).

Adam Wainwright (@KCR, MIL) – Waino holds a 2.72 ERA across his last seven starts, and this week doesn’t present enough concern to anticipate a relapse.

Michael Wacha (@KCR, MIL) – Wacha has been sharp his last three starts and should capitalize against the Brewers, with a chance to also succeed against his local rivals.

Eduardo Rodriguez (@TBR, LAA) – This could be the week that Erod turns it around with one of the best situations of anyone in week 13.

Matt Harvey (@WSH, CHC) – Harvey has been a bit disappointing in back-to-back starts against the Braves, and now he gets a pair of tough opponents. I’d still be rolling with him, but understand the risk.


Danny Duffy (STL, @PHI) – Duffy hasn’t looked great recently, and it could be a disaster in Busch Stadium. However, if he makes it through that start, he could walk all over the Phillies.

Trevor Bauer (@ATL, @TOR) – I’m a huge fan of Bauer’s start against Atlanta, though heading to Toronto makes me question the overall results.

Julio Urias (@PIT, COL) – Not the worst matchups, but the bigger question mark is if he’s going to get both of these outings. He’s a decent choice if he’s guaranteed both starts, but if there’s question heading into Monday, it’s best to play it safe and look elsewhere.

Daniel Mengden (@SFG, PIT) – Mengden has strikeout upside that could return a decent week for owners needing some extra help as there are worse matchups that Giants + Pirates.

Robbie Ray (PHI, SFG) – Ray has expressed good upside lately, and a date with the Phils could be very beneficial. While the Giants are above average, they aren’t intimidating enough to prevent consideration.

Adam Conley (@DET, @ATL) – Conley is a good option against weak teams, making that Atlanta start mighty tempting. Problem is that he has to go through the Tigers first, making this a risky play.

Vincent Velasquez (@ARI, KCR) – Not the most terrifying matchups, though given that VV is coming back from an elbow scare, I’d be a little worried about a shortened start and it affecting the way VV pitches.


Chris Archer (BOS, DET) – How the mighty have fallen. Given Archer’s inability to dominate mixed with two of the toughest teams in the majors, owners don’t have much of a choice but to bench Archer this week.

Blake Snell (BOS, DET) – While I think Snell will be a solid add for the second half, these two starts aren’t helping his transition to the bigs.

Junior Guerra (LAD, @STL) – I want to go with Guerra, but the Dodgers aren’t a solid enough stream to counteract the threat of the Cardinals.

Jon Gray (TOR, @LAD) – I like the start in L.A. for Gray, though there is simply too much caution hosting Toronto.

Dan Straily (CHC, @WSH) – He’s a TEEs and the wheels have been falling off. These tough opponents will not help his cause.

John Lamb (CHC, @WSH) – As much as I think Lamb can put it all together at one point, this week looks too scary to believe in a major step forward so soon.

Kris Medlen (STL, @PHI) – This is a speculative two-starts as the Royals haven’t made it clear if Medlen will still be in the rotation for that Sunday start. Either, way I wouldn’t be throwing Medlen out there when he has to face the Cardinals.

Francisco Liriano (LAD, @OAK) – Even with the Oakland start, Liriano is way too volatile with a horrendous floor to be trusted in.

Jon Gant (CLE, MIA) – Gant doesn’t hold the upside to take advantage of a decent week ahead.

Kyle Gibson (@CWS, TEX) – You don’t want to be starting Gibson in any circumstance.

Ivan Nova (TEX, @SD) – While the San Diego start is tantalizing, it’s not enough to look over the low floor of Nova.

Kendall Graveman (@SFG, PIT) – Graveman is not someone to consider for a stream, let alone two starts in a week.

Adam Morgan (@ARI, KCR) – Morgan is far from a serviceable option. Update: Morgan has been replaced with Vincent VelasquezHallelujah!

Albert Suarez (OAK, @ARI) – I can conceive of Suarez being an okay stream against Oakland, but heading to Chase Field makes this too messy of a choice.

Hisashi Iwakuma (PIT, BAL) – Iwakuma has been shaky in 2016, and a matchup against Baltimore makes this a sour week regardless of his first matchup.

Mystery Rangers Starter (@NYY, @MIN) – The Rangers haven’t announced who will take Colby Lewis‘ spot in the rotation, but whoever fills in the role will get two starts. There isn’t a good immediate option that will take advantage of these two outings, making it easy to resist.

Marco Estrada (@COL, CLE) – A heavy flyball pitcher in Coors does not sound like a fun time, even with Estrada’s success. I like his outing against Cleveland, but not enough to overcome a potential disaster start.

J.A. Happ (@COL, CLE) – Happ has been too inconsistent lately to endure a start in Coors regardless of his second matchup.

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.

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