Rotoprofessor’s Two-Start Pitchers Week 8

May 24, 2010


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:

  • Jon Lester – Boston Red Sox – @ TB, vs. KC
  • Adam Wainwright – St. Louis Cardinals – @ SD, @ CHC

Four-Star Options:

  • Clay Buchholz – Boston Red Sox – @ TB, vs. KC
  • John Danks – Chicago White Sox – @ Cle, @ TB
  • Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers – @ CHC, @ Col
  • Mike Leake – Cincinnati Reds – vs. Pit, vs. Hou
  • James Shields – Tampa Bay Rays – vs. Bos, vs. CWS

Three-Star Options:

  • Dallas Braden – Oakland Athletics – @ Bal, @ Det
  • A.J. Burnett – New York Yankees – @ Min, vs. Cle
  • Wade Davis – Tampa Bay Rays – vs. Bos, vs. CWS
  • Jon Garland – San Diego Padres – vs. Stl, vs. Was
  • Livan Hernandez – Washington Nationals – @ SF, @ SD
  • Ian Kennedy – Arizona Diamondbacks – @ Col, @ SF
  • Randy Wolf – Milwaukee Brewers – vs. Hou, vs. NYM

Two-Star Options:

  • Scott Baker – Minnesota Twins – vs. NYY, vs. Tex
  • Brett Cecil – Toronto Blue Jays – @ LAA, vs. Bal
  • Jhoulys Chacin – Colorado Rockies – vs. Ari, vs. LAD
  • Tom Gorzelanny – Chicago Cubs – vs. LAD, vs. Stl
  • Aaron Harang – Cincinnati Reds – vs. Pit, vs. Hou
  • Kenshin Kawakami – Atlanta Braves – @ Fla, vs. Pit
  • Jamie Moyer – Philadelphia Phillies – @ NYM, @ Fla
  • Jake Peavy – Chicago White Sox – @ Cle, @ TB
  • Anibal Sanchez – Florida Marlins – vs. Atl, vs. Phi
  • Joe Saunders – Los Angeles Angels – vs. Tor, vs. Sea

One-Star Options:

  • Brian Burres – Pittsburgh Pirates – @ Cin, @ Atl
  • R.A. Dickey – New York Mets – vs. Phi, @ Mil
  • Jeremy Guthrie – Baltimore Orioles – vs. Oak, @ Tor
  • Paul Maholm – Pittsburgh Pirates – @ Cin. @ Atl
  • Justin Masterson – Cleveland Indians – vs. CWS, @ NYY
  • Gil Meche – Kansas City Royals – vs. Tex, @ Bos
  • Felipe Paulino – Houston Astros – @ Mil, @ Cin
  • Todd Wellemeyer – San Francisco Giants – vs. Was, vs. Ari

Thoughts:

  • I know Randy Wolf has been bad, but look at the matchups.  It justifies rolling the dice with him this week.
  • Kenshin Kawakami has not been good this season, an 0-6 record with a 4.98 ERA tells us that.  Still, he’s coming off his best start of the season and doesn’t have matchups that scare you, especially the Pirates.  I wouldn’t necessarily recommend him, but if you need/want to take a gamble, he’s an option.
  • Would anyone have ever expected Mike Leake, without a day of minor league experience, to be a four-star option at any point of 2010?  Well, here we are, with Leake sporting a 2.91 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and having allowed more then three earned runs in a start just once.  Throw in two great matchups and you get one of the better options this week.
  • I know what you are going to say…  Livan Hernandez has been fantastic, and he has, but he’s still Livan Hernandez.  I just can’t trust him, though he is usable.
  • I’m a fan of Scott Baker, despite his early season struggles.  Generally, when he has two-starts I’d call him a must start option, no matter how he’s been performing.  Unfortunately, starts against the Yankees and Rangers, coupled with his 4.88 ERA makes it impossible to put him in that class.  Still, depending on your situation, I would still consider using him.

What are your thoughts?  Who have I ranked too high?  Who do you think will outperform my rankings?

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