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Here’s a breakdown of the two-start pitchers for the tenth week of the baseball season.
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Five Stars
Roy Halladay: @WAS, @PIT
C.C. Sabathia: @OAK, @LAA
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Four Stars
Jhoulys Chacin: @LAD, @SF
Tim Hudson: vs. SD, @NYM
Ian Kennedy: vs. FLA, vs. WAS
Jon Lester: vs. CWS, vs. OAK
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Three Stars
Erik Bedard: vs. BAL, vs. TB
Chad Billingsley: vs. COL, @CIN
Madison Bumgarner: @STL, vs. COL
Trevor Cahill: vs. NYY, @BOS
Wade Davis: vs. TEX, @SEA
Mat Latos: @ATL, vs. HOU
Kyle McClellan: vs. SF, vs. CHC
Jake Peavy: @BOS, vs. DET
Ryan Vogelsong: @STL, vs. COL
C.J. Wilson: @TB, @CLE
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Two Stars
Jake Arrieta: @SEA, vs. TOR
Nick Blackburn: @DET, @KC
Chris Carpenter: SF, vs. CHC
Doug Fister: vs. BAL, vs. TB
Dillon Gee: PIT, vs. ATL
J.A. Happ: @CHC, @SD
Aaron Harang: @ATL, vs. HOU
Livan Hernandez: vs. PHI, @ARI
Derek Holland: @TB, @CLE
James McDonald: @NYM, vs. PHI
Chris Narveson: @CIN, @FLA
Brad Penny: vs. MIN, @CWS
Ervin Santana: @KC, vs. NYY
Andy Sonnanstine: vs. TEX, @SEA
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One Star
Fausto Carmona: @TOR, vs. TEX
Casey Coleman: vs. HOU, @STL
Josh Collmenter: FLA, vs. WAS
Brian Duensing: @DET, @KC
Jeff Francis: vs. LAA, vs. MIN
Luke Hochevar: vs. LAA, vs. MIN
Jeff Karstens: @NYM, vs. PHI
Jason Marquis: PHI, @ARI
Jo-Jo Reyes: vs. CLE, @BAL
Aneury Rodriguez: @CHC, @SD
Mitch Talbot: @TOR, @TEX
Chris Volstad: @ARI, vs. MIL
Travis Wood: vs. MIL, vs. LAD
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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:

  • None

Four-Star Options:

  • Matt Cain – San Francisco Giants – @ Cin, vs. Oak
  • Yovani Gallardo – Milwaukee Brewers – vs. CHC, vs. Tex
  • Dan Haren – Arizona Diamondbacks – vs. Atl, vs. Stl
  • Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners – @ Tex, @ SD
  • Phil Hughes – New York Yankees – @ Bal, vs. Hou
  • Cliff Lee – Seattle Mariners – @ Tex, @ SD
  • Mike Pelfrey – New York Mets – vs. SD, @ Bal
  • Jered Weaver – Los Angeles Angels – @ Oak, @ LAD

Three-Star Options:

  • Johnny Cueto – Cincinnati Reds – vs. SF, vs. KC
  • Cole Hamels – Philadelphia Phillies – vs. SD, @ Bos
  • Ted Lilly – Chicago Cubs – @ Mil, vs. CWS
  • Derek Lowe – Atlanta Braves – @ Ari, @ Min
  • Shaun Marcum – Toronto Blue Jays – @ TB, @ Col
  • Jeff Niemann – Tampa Bay Rays – vs. Tor, vs. Fla
  • Clayton Richard – San Diego Padres – @ NYM, vs. Sea
  • Carlos Silva – Chicago Cubs – @ Pit, vs. CWS
  • Kevin Slowey – Minnesota Twins – vs. KC, vs. Atl
  • Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals – vs. Pit, @ Cle
  • Barry Zito – San Francisco Giants – @ Cin, vs. Oak

Two-Star Options:

  • Fausto Carmona – Cleveland Indians – vs. Bos, vs. Was
  • Gavin Floyd – Chicago White Sox – vs. Det, @ CHC
  • Jeff Francis – Colorado Rockies – vs. Hou, vs. Tor
  • Armando Galarraga – Detroit Tigers – @ CWS, vs. Pit
  • Edwin Jackson – Arizona Diamondbacks – vs. Atl, vs. Stl
  • Scott Kazmir – Los Angeles Angels – @ Oak, @ LAD
  • Colby Lewis – Texas Rangers – vs. Sea, @ Mil
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka – Boston Red Sox – @ Cle, vs. Phi
  • Kris Medlen – Atlanta Braves – @ Ari, @ Min
  • Kevin Millwood – Baltimore Orioles – vs. NYY, vs. NYM
  • Wandy Rodriguez – Houston Astros – @ Col, @ NYY
  • Ben Sheets – Oakland Athletics – vs. LAA, @ SF

One-Star Options:

  • Kyle Davies – Kansas City Royals – @ Min, @ Cin
  • Dana Eveland – Pittsburgh Pirates – vs. CHC, @ Det
  • Scott Feldman – Texas Rangers – vs. Sea, @ Mil
  • Jason Hammel – Colorado Rockies – vs. Hou, vs. Tor
  • David Huff – Cleveland Indians – vs. Bos, vs. Was
  • Jeff Karstens – Pittsburgh Pirates – @ Was, @ Det
  • Kyle Kendrick – Philadelphia Phillies – vs. Fla, @ Bos
  • Wade LeBlanc – San Diego Padres – @ Phi, vs. Sea
  • Sam LeCure – Cincinnati Reds – vs. SF, vs. KC
  • Vin Mazarro – Oakland Athletics – vs. LAA, @ SF
  • Brian Moehler – Houston Astros – @ Col, @ NYY
  • Carlos Monasterios – Los Angeles Dodgers – vs. Stl, vs. LAA
  • Tim Wakefield – Boston Red Sox – @ Cle, vs. Phi
  • P.J. Walters – St. Louis Cardinals – @ LAD, @ Ari
  • Chris Volstad – Florida Marlins – @ Phi, @ TB

Scheduling News:

  • Will it be P.J. Walters or Chris Carpenter taking the ball on Monday?  If it’s Carpenter, another top option is added to the list.  The truth is, it doesn’t really matter.  Carpenter is a must use option no matter what and Walters is someone you just can’t trust yet.

Thoughts:

  • I know Stephen Strasburg has the potential to be the best pitcher of our generation and has two favorable matchups, but he is still making his major league debut.  He also is going to be on a pitch count, which may limit his ability to go deep into games.  He’s a must use option, for sure, but I just can’t put him above a three-star option for the week.
  • Wandy Rodriguez may have had a decent start against the Nationals, but that’s all it was (1 ER on 5 H and 3 BB over 5.0 IP).  Now, give him starts in Colorado and New York (against the Yankees), and is he really an option you would consider trusting?  Maybe the Rodriguez from the past few years, but not the 2010 version, that’s for sure.  Unless I had no other viable option, I’d probably leave him on my bench.
  • People may not want to consider Daisuke Matsuzaka, but he’s proven that he could pitch against the Phillies (8 shutout innings in Philadelphia on May 22) and the Phillies offense is still sputtering.  Match that with a start against the Indians and he certainly is worth considering.  His 5.49 ERA and 1.42 WHIP hold him as a two-star option, but if you need someone he’s worth the gamble.
  • Should Armando Galarraga be a better option coming off what should have been a perfect game?  He’s never pitched well against the White Sox (1-2 with a 5.06 ERA) and it’s not like he was overpowering at Triple-A (3.92 ERA over 41.1 innings).  Keep that in mind before getting too caught up in one performance.
  • Colby Lewis has a 3.62 ERA and 1.19 WHIP, but does that mean we should trust him?  He’s had over 6 Ks just once over his last six starts.  He has only 1 W over his last seven starts.  In his last six starts he has an ERA of 4.38.  There certainly are reasons not to believe.

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


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 – vs. Phi, @ NYY
  • Cliff Lee – Cleveland Indians – vs. KC, vs. Stl

4-Star Options:

  • Mat Cain – San Francisco Giants – @ Ari, vs. Oak
  • Chris Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals – @ Fla, @ Cle
  • Josh Beckett – Boston Red Sox – vs. NYY, @ Phi
  • James Shields – Tampa Bay Rays – vs. LAA, vs. Was
  • Josh Johnson – Florida Marlins – vs. Stl, @ Tor
  • Jered Waver – Los Angeles Angels – @ TB, vs. SD
  • Derek Lowe – Atlanta Braves – vs. Pit, @ Bal
  • Jair Jurrjens – Atlanta Braves – vs. Pit, @ Bal
  • Jake Peavy – San Diego Padres – vs. Ari, @ LAA
  • Johnny Cueto – Cincinnati Reds – @ Was, @ KC

3-Star Options:

  • Andy Pettitte – New York Yankees – vs. TB, vs. NYM
  • Mark Buehrle – Chicago White Sox – vs. Det, @ Mil
  • Ted Lilly – Chicago Cubs – @ Hou, vs. Min

2-Star Options:

  • Jason Marquis – Colorado Rockies – @ Stl, vs. Sea
  • Scott Baker – Minnesota Twins – @ Oak, @ CHC
  • Josh Outman – Oakland Athletics – vs. Min, @ SF
  • J.A. Happ – Philadelphia Phillies – @ NYM, vs. Bos
  • Clayton Richard – Chicago White Sox – vs. Det, @ Mil
  • Brian Tallet – Toronto Blue Jays – @ Tex, vs. Fla
  • Chien-Ming Wang – New York Yankees – @ Bos, vs. NYM
  • Scott Feldman – Texas Rangers – vs. Tor, vs. LAD
  • Jordan Zimmerman – Washington Nationals – vs. Cin, @ TB

1-Star Options:

  • Kyle Lohse – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. Col, @ Cle
  • Billy Buckner – Arizona Diamondbacks – vs. SF, vs. Hou
  • Jon Garland – Arizona Diamondbacks – @ SD, vs. Hou
  • Brandon McCarthy – Texas Rangers – vs. Tor, vs. LAD
  • Armando Galarraga – Detroit Tigers – @ CWS, @ Pit
  • Dontrelle Willis – Detroit Tigers – @ CWS, @ Pit
  • Ross Ohlendorf – Pittsburgh Pirates – @ Atl, vs. Det
  • Jeff Karstens – Pittsburgh Pirates – @ Atl, vs. Det
  • Brian Bannister – Kansas City Royals – @ Cle, vs. Cin
  • Braden Looper – Milwaukee Brewers – vs. Col, vs. CWS
  • Jeff Niemann – Tampa Bay Rays – @ NYY, vs. Was
  • Jason Vargas – Seattle Mariners – @ Bal, @ Col
  • David Hernandez – Baltimore Orioles – vs. Sea, vs. Atl
  • Brett Anderson – Oakland Athletics – vs. Min, @ SF
  • Anthony Swarzak – Minnesota Twins – @ Oak, @ CHC
  • Sean West – Florida Marlins – vs. SF, @ Tor
  • Casey Janssen – Toronto Blue Jays – @ Tex, vs. Fla
  • Brian Moehler – Houston Astros – vs. CHC, @ Ari
  • Jason Hammel – Colorado Rockies – @ Mil, vs. Sea

Scheduling Notes:

  • The Giants double-header on Thursday definitely throws a wrench in their probable pitchers.  At this point it isn’t known who is going to pitch on Monday.  As for Tuesday, I’m thinking it is going to be Matt Cain over Randy Johnson, which is why he’s the one on the list.
  • As of right now it is still Armando Galarraga for the Tigers, but there are rumblings that Jeremy Bonderman could take his spot in the rotation.  He would be a very difficult play if he does get bumped into the rotation, but he’s worth keeping an eye on.
  • At this point I have no faith in Kyle Lohse being able to take the ball, so don’t touch him.  We’ll have to wait to find out if the injury is going to ultimately keep him from the mound or not.

Thoughts:

  • Scott Feldman has been great as a starting pitcher, but does anyone really have faith in any Rangers starter right now?  I’m skeptical in trusting him at this point, but in deeper formats I certainly could see throwing him out there.
  • After his lights out performance last night, Scott Baker could be seen as a very useful option considering his match-ups.  He’s flirted with putting it together for a couple of weeks and even with his struggles he still has managed to post a solid WHIP.
  • Is Jake Peavy healthy?  That’s certainly worth asking, but unless news comes out saying he will be unable to take the ball, he’s a pitcher that has to be in your line-up.
  • With the way he started, did anyone expect Cliff Lee to get back to being a 5-star option?  He has certainly been lights out of late and is deserving of the rating.

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

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