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Let’s Play Two: Week Eight

Published May 27, 2012

The following is a list of all pitchers slated to make two starts in the upcoming fantasy week (5/28-6/3). All home games are in CAPS.

Two Start Pitchers

American League

Tommy Hunter - Blue Jays, Rays
Felix Doubront - TIGERS, Blue Jays
Daniel Bard - TIGERS, Blue Jays
Chris Sale - Rays, MARINERS
Josh Tomlin - ROYALS, TWINS
Doug Fister - Red Sox, YANKEES
Justin Verlander - Red Sox, YANKEES
Nate Adcock - Indians, A'S
Scott Diamond - A'S, Indians
Phil Hughes - Angels, Tigers
Graham Godfrey - Twins, Royals
Kevin Millwood - Rangers, White Sox
Matt Harrison - MARINERS, Angels
Drew Hutchison - ORIOLES, RED SOX

Start of the Week: Chris Sale

Do I have to pick one? Verlander and Fister look strong until you see they're facing the Red Sox and Yankees. Weaver has to face the Yankees and Rangers, and got absolutely lit up in Texas when last he faced the division rival. I think we're going to go with the sleeper and take Chris Sale. The Rays offense has been surprisingly strong even without Evan Longoria, but their three best power hitters - Carlos Pena, Luke Scott, Matt Joyce - with Longo out are all left-handed. The Mariners offense has been better than advertised to this point as well, but they're certainly not the '27 Yankees. Sale has been pitching well of late, allowing just 1 run in 12.1 innings over his past two starts. Look for it to continue.

Last Week's Selection: Yu Darvish - 1-1, 9.0 IP, 8 R, 7 ER, 11 H, 9 BB, 8 K - Darvish wasn't very sharp in either start, as evidenced by the walk per inning. The Mariners (particularly countryman Ichiro Suzuki) have had his number in two starts this season, while he was unable to repeat the dominant outing that he had in Toronto when he faced the Jays at home.

On the Year: 5-5, 84.0 IP, 37 R, 33 ER, 81 H, 43 BB, 77 K, 3.54 ERA, 1.48 WHIP

National League

Trevor Cahill - Giants, Padres
Tommy Hanson - CARDINALS, Nationals
Travis Wood - PADRES, Giants
Bronson Arroyo - Pirates, Astros
Juan Nicasio - ASTROS, DODGERS
Wandy Rodriguez - Rockies, Reds
Jordan Lyles - Rockies, Reds
Aaron Harang - BREWERS, Rockies
Ted Lilly - BREWERS, Rockies
Carlos Zambrano - NATIONALS, Phillies
Shaun Marcum - Dodgers, PIRATES
Manny Parra - Dodgers, PIRATES
Cole Hamels - Mets, MARLINS
James McDonald - REDS, Brewers
Lance Lynn - Braves, Mets
Jeff Suppan - Cubs, DIAMONDBACKS
Jordan Zimmermann - Marlins, BRAVES

Start of the Week: Lance Lynn

There's not much in the way of splits to go on with Lynn, but nobody blows me away this week. Lynn was solid if unspectacular in his only showing against Atlanta this season, allowing 3 runs in 6 innings. The fact of the matter is that the Braves lineup doesn't appear to be the same monster it was when it faced him. Freddie Freeman is 2 for his last 25. Brian McCann hasn't started in almost a week with the flu. Chipper is on the DL. The Braves and Mets could keep him from netting two wins if his opposing pitchers (Hanson and Niese) pitch well, but Lynn should have a nice week with his ERA and WHIP.

Last Week's Selection: Bud Norris - 1-0, 11.2 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 13 H, 7 BB, 12 K - Norris was terrific at home against the Cubs, throwing seven shutout innings in a victory. He was almost as bad Saturday as he was good on Monday, though, as he was pulled after allowing twelve baserunners in just 4.2 innings.

On the Year: 5-2, 91.2 IP, 25 R, 22 ER, 76 H, 30 BB, 71 K, 2.16 ERA, 1.16 WHIP

Jim Meyerriecks

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