Rotoprofessor’s 2-Start Pitchers: Week 21

Aug 22, 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:

Five-Star Options:

  • Johan Santana – New York Mets – @ Fla, @ CHC
  • Justin Verlander – Detroit Tigers – @ LAA, vs. TB
  • Roy Halladay – Toronto Blue Jays – vs. TB, @ Bos
  • Cliff Lee – Philadelphia Phillies – @ NYM, vs. Atl
  • Zack Greinke – Kansas City Royals – vs. Cle, @ Sea

Four-Star Options:

  • Jon Lester – Boston Red Sox – vs. CWS, vs. Tor
  • Matt Cain – San Francisco Giants – vs. Ari, vs. Col
  • Adam Wainwright – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. Hou, vs. Was
  • Yovani Gallardo – Milwaukee Brewers – @ Was, vs. Pit
  • Dan Haren – Arizona Diamondbacks – @ SF, vs. Hou
  • Jair Jurrjens – Atlanta Braves – vs. SD, @ Phi 

Three-Star Options:

  • Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers – @ Col, @ Cin
  • Jered Weaver – Los Angeles Angels – vs. Det, vs. Oak
  • John Lackey – Los Angeles Angels – vs. Det, vs. Oak
  • Jason Marquis – Chicago Cubs – vs. SF, @ SF
  • Joe Blanton – Philadelphia Phillies – @ Pit, vs. Atl
  • Scott Baker – Minnesota Twins – vs. Bal, vs. Tex
  • Joba Chamberlain – New York Yankees – vs. Tex, vs. CWS

Two-Star Options:

  • Kevin Millwood – Texas Rangers – @ NYY, @ Min
  • Jeff Niemann – Tampa Bay Rays – @ Tor, @ Det
  • Carlos Zambrano – Chicago Cubs – vs. Was, vs. NYM
  • Bronson Arroyo – Cincinnati Reds – @ Mil, vs. LAD
  • Clay Buchholz – Boston Red Sox – vs. CWS, vs. Tor
  • Barry Zito – San Francisco Giants – @ Col, vs. Col
  • Mat Latos – San Diego Padres – @ Atl, @ Fla
  • Gil Meche – Kansas City Royals – vs. Cle, @ Sea
  • Justin Masterson – Cleveland Indians – @ KC, @ Bal

One-Star Options:

  • Ross Ohlendorf – Pittsburgh Pirates – vs. Phi, @ Mil
  • Ryan Rowland-Smith – Seattle Mariners – vs. Oak, vs. KC
  • Chris Tillman – Baltimore Orioles – @ Min, vs. Cle
  • Brian Matusz – Baltimore Orioles – @ Min, vs. Cle
  • Jason Hammel – Colorado Rockies – vs. LAD, @ SF
  • Ian Snell – Seattle Mariners – vs. Oak, vs. KC
  • Bobby Parnell – New York Mets – vs. Phi, @ CHC
  • Jose Contreras – Chicago White Sox – @ Bos, @ NYY
  • Sean West – Florida Marlins – vs. NYM, vs. SD
  • Vin Mazzaro – Oakland Athletics – @ Sea, @ LAA
  • Brett Anderson – Oakland Athletics – @ Sea, @ LAA
  • Jeremy Sowers – Cleveland Indians – @ KC, @ Bal
  • Jeff Suppan – Milwaukee Brewers – vs. Cin, vs. Pit
  • Garrett Mock – Washington Nationals – @ CHC, @ Stl
  • Freddy Garcia – Chicago White Sox – @ Bos, @ NYY
  • Collin Balester – Washington Nationals – vs. Mil, @ Stl
  • Yorman Bazardo – Houston Astros – @ Stl, @ Ari

Schedule Notes:

  • Carlos Zambrano is scheduled to come off the DL and take the ball on Tuesday, making him a 2-start option.  I generally shy away from a pitcher’s in their first start off the DL, but the Nationals are not a big imposing force that should scare you away.  It’s a risk, yes, but with it is one I would consider taking, especially with the potential payoff against the Mets waiting in the wings.
  • While Jeff Suppan is supposed to come off the DL and start on Tuesday, his 11.57 ERA in two minor league starts may say differently.  Even if the Brewers do use him, there is absolutely no way he should be owned, let alone active, in any format.


  • Mat Latos has hit a little bump in the road in his past two starts.  Couple that with the talk that he is only going to get two more starts this season to limit his innings and he’s a tough play.  It also wouldn’t be surprising to see the Padres use Monday’s off day to give him a little bit of extra rest, meaning I wouldn’t consider him a guaranteed 2-start pitcher.  I’m going to leave him as a 2-star option, but I’d consider him a last resort for a desperate owner.
  • Disagree that Dan Haren is a 4-star option?  Despite the match-ups, a 5.75 ERA over the last 30 days makes it impossible to list him among the elite.
  • Gil Meche has not been particularly good since returning from the DL, giving up 8 earned runs over 10 innings, though he has netted a pair of Ws.  I spoke about him about three weeks ago (click here to read) and said that I thought he would be worth using upon his return.  I still stand by that, and with match-ups against the Indians & Mariners, this is the perfect week to give it a shot. 
  • We’ve heard for a long time that Justin Masterson has the potential to be a successful starter and now he’s getting the chance to prove it.  Having tossed 6.1 shutout innings against the Angels is impressive, though his control issues (9 walks over his last 9.2 innings) will catch up to him.  Still, the match-ups appear favorable, so depending on your other options he could be worth rolling the dice on.
  • Joe Blanton’s a 3-star option?!  I know, I can’t believe it either but he has favorable match-ups and a 2.70 ERA over his last 36.2 innings.
  • Scott Baker finally seems to have turned things around.  He was drafted as a potential source for WHIP help and over the past 30 days he’s got a 1.09 WHIP (overall he’s now at 1.17 despite a 4.62 ERA).  A lot of his problems in the ERA department stem below average 68.4% LOB%.  I know the Rangers could be a tough match-up, but with the way he’s been going I still believe he’s worth the gamble.

What are your thoughts?  Which pitcher are you willing to gamble on?  Who are you trying to avoid?

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One Response so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Frank
    August 22nd, 2009 at 11:28 am #

    Verlander a 5-star on the road (including the Angels) over 4-star Cain with 2 homes games? In my mind, nada.

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