Let’s Play Two: Week Seven
The following is a list of all pitchers slated to make two starts in the following fantasy week (5/20-5/26). All home games are in CAPS.
Two Start Pitchers
Tommy Hunter - RED SOX, ROYALS
Clay Buchholz - Orioles, RAYS
Gavin Floyd - TWINS, INDIANS
Ubaldo Jimenez - TIGERS, White Sox
Rick Porcello - Indians, Twins
Felipe Paulino - Yankees, Orioles
Jerome Williams - A's, Mariners
C.J. Wilson - A's, Mariners
P.J. Walters - White Sox, TIGERS
Hiroki Kuroda - ROYALS, A's
Tommy Milone - ANGELS, YANKEES
Felix Hernandez - RANGERS, ANGELS
Hector Noesi - RANGERS, ANGELS
Jeremy Hellickson - BLUE JAYS, Red Sox
Yu Darvish - Mariners, BLUE JAYS
Kyle Drabek - Rays, Rangers
Start of the Week: Yu Darvish
The selection of Darvish can tell you one of two things... It could mean that I really like him and the slate ahead (which, to be honest, I do) or it could tell you that there just isn't anyone that I really like out of the rest of the group. Darvish has actually faced both opponents on the schedule for him already this season. He didn't look so hot early in his big league debut against the Mariners, but settled down after a five run first to get the win. He dominated the Jays in Rogers Centre, striking out nine in seven innings of one-run ball. As for the option 1?
- Felix's ERA hovers around 4.00 against the Angels and Rangers
- Buchholz actually has some decent career numbers against the O's and Rays, but (and no... this isn't rude. It's just fact [speaking as a fantasy owner]) he's been absolute garbage this season and may actually belong in the minors
- Based on his career splits, C.J. Wilson has been fairly average against two of the weakest offenses in baseball, who are divisional rivals
- Floyd has an ERA of 5.67 against the Twins in 15 career starts. His ERA against the Indians (4.42) isn't so stellar either
- Hellickson looked spectacular last time out against the Red Sox, but that hasn't been his M.O. so far in his career. He's been decent against the Jays. If both starts were at home......
So yeah... It's a little of each. Darvish should be phenomenal this week, though.
Last Week's Selection: Dan Haren - 0-2, 12.2 IP, 7 R, 7 ER, 12 H, 5 BB, 10 K - Haren faced two of the lowest scoring teams in the majors and made them look like average offenses. He allowed four against the visiting A's on Monday in a 5-0 loss. While the Angels scored their first run in his past four starts Saturday, they didn't quite score enough for him. Haren left after allowing the game-winning run in the seventh inning of a 3-2 loss in San Diego.
On the Year: 4-4, 75.0 IP, 29 R, 26 ER, 70 H, 34 BB, 69 K, 3.12 ERA, 1.39 WHIP
Patrick Corbin - DODGERS, BREWERS
Mike Minor - Reds, NATIONALS
Brandon Beachy - Reds, NATIONALS
Matt Garza - Astros, Pirates
Mike Leake - BRAVES, ROCKIES
Mat Latos - BRAVES, ROCKIES
Jamie Moyer - Marlins, Reds
Bud Norris - CUBS, Dodgers
Chris Capuano - Diamondbacks, ASTROS
Mark Buehrle - ROCKIES, GIANTS
Ricky Nolasco - ROCKIES, GIANTS
Randy Wolf - GIANTS, Diamondbacks
Johan Santana - Pirates, PADRES
R.A. Dickey - Pirates, PADRES
Kyle Kendrick - NATIONALS, Cardinals
Roy Halladay - NATIONALS, Cardinals
Erik Bedard - METS, CUBS
Jaime Garcia - PADRES, PHILLIES
Adam Wainwright - PADRES, PHILLIES
Clayton Richard - Cardinals, Mets
Edinson Volquez - Cardinals, Mets
Madison Bumgarner - Brewers, Marlins
Matt Cain - Brewers, Marlins
Gio Gonzalez - Phillies, A's
Start of the Week: Bud Norris
Yeah... I really want to take the good doctor (Halladay is 11-1 lifetime with a 2.28 ERA and 0.99 WHIP against the Expos/Nats. He's really good in a much smaller sample against the Redbirds, too...), but I'll hold by the promise that if there's a borderline waiver wire type available, I'll take him. I actually picked up Norris in my two most shallow leagues this past week, so.......
Living in St. Louis, I hear the constant whining from Cardinals fans that Norris is an ace against them and a back end starter against the rest of the league. It's just not true. Is Bud Norris (7-2, 2.17 ERA, 1.15 WHIP lifetime against St. Louis... irrelevant this week) really good against the Cardinals? Absolutely. He also had a 3.77 season-long ERA in 2011 and is sitting at 3.58 so far in 2012, so he's not so bad against everyone else either. The Dodgers (minus Matt Kemp) and the Cubs will prove that this week. Norris is just 2-2 in his four career starts against the Cubs, but he does boast a 2.39 ERA and over a strikeout an inning against them (OK... the 1.44 WHIP is a bit high, but still). In five lifetime starts against the Dodgers, Norris has yielded just a 2.67 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP while striking out 28 in 30 innings.
Oh.... And if he really is still sitting on the waiver wire in your league? He shouldn't be!
Last Week's Selection: Ryan Vogelsong - 1-0, 14.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 6 BB, 8 K - Vogelsong was typically stingy against the Rockies, allowing just one run in Monday's 3-2 win. Unfortunately, he didn't factor in the decision. He was incredible Saturday, allowing just one hit and one walk over seven innings in a 4-0 win over the A's.
On the Year: 4-2, 80 IP, 22 R, 19 ER, 63 H, 23 BB, 59 K, 2.14 ERA, 1.08 WHIP