Rotoprofessor’s 2-Start Pitchers: Week 13

Jun 27, 2009


Written by Eric Stashin the Rotoprofessor

It’s time to look at the potential two-start options for the upcoming fantasy week.  If I have someone rated as a three, four or five-star option, they are someone I would definitely use.  A two-star option is someone who is borderline, but I’d strongly lean against it unless I have no other options.  The one-star options are an absolutely not scenario.

So, with that said, let’s take a look at the players available to you this week:

5-Star Options:

  • Johan Santana – New York Mets – @ Mil, @ Phi
  • Chris Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. SF, @ Cin
  • Dan Haren – Arizona Diamondbacks – @ Cin, @ Col
  • Tim Lincecum – San Francisco Giants – @ Stl, vs. Hou
  • Roy Halladay – Toronto Blue Jays – vs. TB, @ NYY

4-Star Options:

  • Jon Lester – Boston Red Sox – @ Bal, vs. Sea
  • Roy Oswalt – Houston Astros – @ SD, @ SF
  • Matt Garza – Minnesota Twins – @ Tor, @ Tex

3-Star Options:

  • Ted Lilly – Chicago Cubs – @ Pit, vs. Mil
  • Joba Chamberlain – New York Yankees – vs. Sea, vs. Tor
  • Gavin Floyd – Chicago White Sox – @ Cle, @ KC
  • Joe Saunders – Los Angeles Angels – @ Tex, vs. Bal
  • Ricky Nolasco – Florida Marlins – vs. Was, vs. Pit
  • Zach Duke – Pittsburgh Pirates – vs. CHC, @ Fla
  • Rick Porcello – Detroit Tigers – @ Oak, @ Min
  • Nick Blackburn – Minnesota Twins – @ KC, vs. Det
  • Randy Johnson – San Francisco Giants – @ Stl, vs. Hou

2-Star Options:

  • Ubaldo Jimenez – Colorado Rockies – @ LAD, @ Ari
  • Rich Harden – Chicago Cubs – @ Pit, vs. Mil
  • Randy Wolf – Los Angeles Dodgers – vs. Col, @ SD
  • Bronson Arroyo – Cincinnati Reds – vs. Ari, vs. Stl
  • Joe Blanton – Philadelphia Phillies – @ Atl, vs. NYM
  • Kenshin Kawakami – Atlanta Braves – vs. Phi, @ Was
  • Fernando Nieve – New York Mets – @ Mil, @ Phi
  • Vicente Padilla – Texas Rangers – vs. LAA, vs. TB
  • Brian Bannister – Kansas City Royals – vs. Min, vs. CWS
  • Vin Mazzaro – Oakland Athletics – vs. Det, @ Cle

1-Star Options:

  • Brandon Morrow – Seattle Mariners – @ NYY, @ Bos
  • Carl Pavano – Cleveland Indians – vs. CWS, vs. Oak
  • Ross Ohlendorf – Pittsburgh Pirates – vs. CHC, @ Fla
  • Clayton Richard – Chicago White Sox – @ Cle, @ KC
  • Braden Looper – Milwaukee Brewers – vs. NYM, @ CHC
  • Luke Hochevar – Kansas City Royals – vs. Min, vs. CWS
  • Rich Hill – Baltimore Orioles – vs. Bos, @ LAA
  • Brad Thompson – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. SF, @ Cin
  • Brian Moehler – Houston Astros – @ SD, @ SF
  • Josh Geer – San Diego Padres – vs. Hou, vs. LAD
  • Mike Burns – Milwaukee Brewers – vs. NYM, @ CHC
  • Jason Berken – Baltimore Orioles – vs. Bos, @ LAA
  • Sean O’Sullivan – Los Angeles Angels – @ Tex, vs. Bal
  • Craig Stammen – Washington Nationals – @ Fla, vs. Atl
  • Wade LeBlanc – San Diego Padres – vs. Hou, vs. LAD

Thoughts:

  • Roy Halladay is not a lock to go on Monday, but all signs are pointing to it.  I know most of the time I recommend not starting a pitcher in his first start off the DL, but this is clearly a special exception.  Under any circumstance he is a must start option, even in his first start back.
  • Ubaldo Jimenez is an extremely inconsistent option.  We all know that and it costs him from being a must start option in my book.  That’s not to say not to use him, but he’s allowed 4 earned runs in three of his last six starts and hasn’t been an overwhelming strikeout artist this season.  He’s usable, but I would have my reservations, especially with the Dodgers on the schedule.
  • We’re going to learn this week a little bit about Brandon Morrow’s chances of transitioning back into a useful starting pitcher.  It’s impossible to use him considering he faces the Red Sox & Yankees, but he should be watched closely.  If he is successful, he’s going to re-emerge.  If he struggles, you’re going to have to keep your distance for now.
  • Is Fernando Nieve a flash in the pan?  It’s possible, but it’s not like he’s been doing it against weaker teams.  You would like to see him last a little bit deeper into games, so keep that in mind.
  • Ricky Nolasco has been solid since returning from the minor leagues, allowing just 5 earned runs over 25 innings.  He gets to face the Nationals & Pirates this week and prior to the season, with match-ups like that, he clearly would have been a must use.  He’s someone I would use now as well.

Which 2-start pitchers do you like for next week?  Which ones are you trying to avoid?

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Frank
    June 29th, 2009 at 5:26 am #

    Johan is on the road at two good places to hit, thus I hedge on him. Same with Garza. I like Lester, Carpenter, & Lincecum.

  2. LestersLegends
    June 29th, 2009 at 6:54 am #

    Good point Frank.

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