Two-Start Pitchers (6/3-6/9)

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Two-start weeks are very important because it is a way to gain a little edge in your head to head matchups.  Picking up a pitcher that toes the rubber on Monday or Tuesday AND Saturday or Sunday can be the difference maker when it comes to winning or losing.  Here are some of my favorite two-start pitchers this week.

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To start let me just get all the no doubters out of the way.  These pitchers are scheduled to pitch twice but are not available in most leagues.  And by most I mean they are owned in basically every single league.  If you’re luckily enough to have these guys, play them with no concern.  Fantasy aces like Blake Snell, Thor, Stephen Strasburg, Luis Castillo, Aaron Nola, and Madison Bumgarner are all must plays.  This week there are a bunch of fantasy number twos that should be played without much thought.  Masahiro Tanaka, Mike Minor, Walker Buehler, Shane Bieber, and even Kyle Hendricks are set it and forget it. 

These are my favorite two-start pitchers you can either add, maybe trade for, or could have questions about starting.


Frankie Montas (@LAA, @TEX)

Shop the 2019 Father's Day Collection at MLBshop.comFrankie Montas has been a diamond in the rough this year.  That rough is Oakland.  Montas is coming off of an iffy start, but his four previous outings were nothing short of fantastic, including a 10 strikeout performance against the Tigers.  Montas has an ERA of 2.81 and has over 60 strikeouts.  So far this season Montas has lowered three key stats.  He has dropped his walk rate, hard hit percentage and barrel percentage.  He has also raised his strikeout rate by almost 10%.  Frankie Montas has been pretty good in 2019 and I would start him with confidence for his upcoming two-start week.

Corbin Martin (@SEA, BAL)

The Astros’ Corbin Martin hasn’t been able to continue the success that he had in his Major League debut, but given his matchups this week I think it would be a good idea to add Martin and use him for his two-start week.  Martin has a very good fastball, and on the right night he can be very good.  When he made his debut earlier this year he struck out nine Rangers.  Martin doesn’t have overly great secondary pitches but he can thrive with his fastball.  Seattle has already begun their descent into the tanking class of the league and Baltimore…well they have been the king of that class all year.  If you’re in need of pitching this week, I think you can turn to the young Houston Astro.

Griffin Canning (OAK, SEA)

Canning is another rookie, but unlike Martin, Griffin has had quite a bit of success in his first year in the bigs.  The Angels starter has already racked up 34 strikeouts in his first 32 innings.  He also has only walked nine batters this year.  So far Canning’s swinging strike rate ranks amongst the highest in all of baseball.  His stuff is so good that he gets the opposing batter to swing and miss a lot.  I really like his two matchups this week too.  Two home starts versus division rivals, Athletics and Mariners.  Oakland has some good bats, so that does make me nervous but given his softer second matchup, I think Canning is a must start this week. 

Eric Lauer (PHI, WAS)

The Padres’ lefty has been quietly solid so far in 2019.  Five out of his last six starts have been strong, giving up no more than two earned runs and his two starts both come at home.  San Diego’s home ballpark is very pitcher friendly.  Lauer isn’t a big-time strikeout pitcher.  He doesn’t have a strike per inning, which most great pitchers do, but the southpaw can get outs, especially at home.  His career ERA at home is a full four runs lower than his road ERA.  So those two home starts will definitely play to his advantage.  Lauer’s underlying metrics are very similar to his career marks, so I don’t think he is a guy you will want to hold all season.  But given the two starts I think if you roll the dice and use Lauer this week you will not be disappointed.

I would avoid using Baltimore starting pitcher Dylan Bundy this week.  Bundy has begun to throw his slider a ton this year and it has brought him some success so far this year.  But his matchups are buh-ru-tal this week.  Bundy faces off against the Rangers and the Astros this week, both starts on the road.  Weirdly enough, I think Bundy can be useful for fantasy this year, but stay away this week.  If Bundy goes out and gets hit around this week, it will easy to go out and add him for next week. 


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