Analyzing Every Two-Start Pitcher For Week 3

Here on Fridays 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,...

Here on Fridays 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

Marcus Stroman (@BAL, OAK)

Carlos Rodon (LAA, TEX)

Michael Pineda (OAK, TBR)

Carlos Carrasco (SEA, @DET)

Jose Fernandez (WSH, @SFG)

Noah Syndergaard (@PHI, @ATL)

Stephen Strasburg (@MIA, MIN) 

Francisco Liriano (@SDP, @ARI)

Probably Start

Jerad Eickhoff (NYM, @MIL) – Eickhoff is in the zone lately, and both of these teams are looking terrible offensively.

Drew Smyly (@BOS, @NYY) – Yes, these matchups aren’t great for Smyly, but he’s good enough to be productive despite the circumstance.

Ervin Santana (MIL, @WSH) – Santana is a decent streamer this year and both of these outings look to amplify his strikeout ability.

Jason Hammel (@STL, @CIN) – Hammel isn’t the sharpest of pitchers, but he should have a solid outing against the Reds, and the Cards aren’t a top tier offense they once were.  A pair of Wins could head Hammel’s way.

John Lackey (@STL, @CIN) – Same goes for Lackey.  

J.A. Happ (@BOS, OAK) – Oakland is a very fun team to pitch against, and while the Red Sox offense can be intimidating, Happ has the capability to silence the Boston bats to make this a good two-start week.


Chase Anderson (@MIN, PHI) – Anderson has K upside and is facing two very exploitable teams.

Hector Santiago (@CWS, SEA) – It’s not easy heading to Chicago for the White Sox, but mixed with a meeting against the Mariners may be a worthwhile stream.

Mat Latos (LAA, TEX) – It’s hard endorsing Latos, but the Halos have very little to offer outside of Mike Trout and Albert Pujols.  Texas isn’t favorable but it could be worse.

Shane Greene (@KCR, CLE) – Greene looked like his 2014 self in his outing against the Pirates, and he may be a productive asset this week.  The Royals could give him a rough time, though. 

Yordano Ventura (DET, BAL) – Almost in the Bench tier as Ventura could run into a lot of trouble with both teams.  Still, his upside is big enough to be used as a lottery ticket for those in need.

Phil Hughes (MIL, @WSH) – Hughes could easily perform adequately against both these opponents, but I still don’t like him.

Wade Miley (@CLE, @LAA) – I don’t like Miley much at all, but it’s tough to resist throwing him against these poor offenses.

Adam Conley (WSH, @SFG) – Conley killed it against the Mets, and it could carry over against the Nats and Giants.  Or it could blow up in our faces.

Alex Wood (@ATL, @COL) – His homecoming could be a fun afternoon, though his trip to Coors doesn’t sound pleasant. 

Raisel Iglesias (COL, CHC) – I like Iglesias a lot this season, but this week could be very tough against these teams.

Tanner Roark (@MIA, MIN) –Two good matchups and chances at Wins are what make Roark a last resort.  Very close to being in the Bench tier.

Mike Leake (CHC, @SDP) – I’m not a fan of Leake against the Cubs, but he should have a fun time against the Padres.


Ubaldo Jimenez (TOR, @KCR) – It was a tough time out for Ubaldo last time and it doesn’t look to get much better with these two starts.

Jake Peavy (ARI, MIA) – I can see people wanting to put Peavy in the higher tier given that he could escape with a Win in both games, but I’m a little scared of both lineups and Peavy isn’t looking like his younger self.

Matt Cain (ARI, MIA) – Ditto for Cain.

Scott Feldman (@TEX, BOS) – He’s not very good, don’t let his good outing against the Royals sway you.

Matt Shoemaker (@CWS, SEA) – It’s not the worst matchups, but Shoemaker is so enigmatic that he’s destined to screw one of these up if not both.

Colin Rea (PIT, STL) – The chances of a Win are slim and Rea doesn’t do enough to salvage the rest.

Kendall Graveman (@NYY, @TOR) – These are two great offenses against a not-so-great pitcher.

A.J. Griffin (HOU, @CWS) – Griffin isn’t ready for these teams yet.

Clay Buchholz (TOR, @HOU) – Bucky is struggling and he could easily get walloped by both of these teams.

Joe Kelly (TOR, @HOU) – Kelly is even worse than Bucky, so this is an easy call.

Matt Wisler (LAD, NYM) – This could actually be serviceable, but you shouldn’t be rostering Wisler at all.

Wily Peralta (@MIN, PHI) – It doesn’t matter that these are solid matchups, Peralta just isn’t a pitcher you want to be starting.

Rubby De La Rosa (@SFG, PIT) –  We’re still waiting for Rubby to find his groove and these teams won’t help.

Robbie Ray (@SFG, PIT) – Ray certainly has some upside, but he’s walked nine batters in just over 12 innings thus far and I need to see him settle down before rolling with against two good teams.

Alfredo Simon (COL, CHC) – We should have a tier called “if you do one thing this week, it’s make sure Simon is not on your team.”  This could be the worst week I’ve ever seen from a pitcher.

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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