Welcome to the final installment of the 2009 Double Dipper series, where we check out the upcoming week’s two-start pitchers and give weekly-league owners some strategic pickups to give you a leg up over your opponents. Last week’s picks were a mixed bag with a couple wins and a couple of poor outings. Barry Zito went only 4.1 innings in his first start as the Giants went into a free fall out of Wild-Card contention (4.1 IP, 6 hits, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 Ks), Kuroda pitched very well against the Nationals (6 IP, 4 hits, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 Ks), and Davis pitched quite poorly against the Giants but still managed to snag a win (7.1 IP, 10 hits, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 Ks).
Now on to next week, we’ll take a look at the two-start pitchers that are available in 50-95% of Yahoo leagues. Then, I’ll analyze the best options on this list and give you my thoughts on who is worth a spot start next week. If your pitching is struggling in the final push to win your playoff match up, it may be time to start streaming a couple of two start pitchers and grab any categories you can.
|Pitcher||Start 1||Start 2||% Owned|
|Zack Duke*||vs LAD||@CIN||49%|
|Nick Blackburn||@DET||vs KC||18%|
|Rick Porcello||vs MIN||vs CWS||35%|
|Tim Hudson||vs FLA||vs WAS||25%|
|Jeremy Guthrie||@TB||vs TOR||14%|
|Wade Davis||vs BAL||vs NYY||7%|
|Clay Buchholz||vs TOR||vs CLE||44%|
|Brandon Morrow||vs OAK||vs TEX||27%|
Mixed League Pick
After a slow start to the season, Buchholz seems to have settled into the majors nicely. Over his last six starts he has given up a combined six runs and has five wins and no losses. He has also put together a 31:10 strikeout to walk ratio in that span. The Red Sox super-prospect had some worried with a less than stellar 2008 season but has certainly quelled those thoughts and will most likely be a great sleeper candidate going into 2010.
This week Buchholz will go up against the Blue Jays and Indians, both in his home ballpark where he has pitched exceedingly well this year. Toronto’s offense has slowed down in the second half, posting a .755 team OPS and sitting in the middle of the pack offensively. Buchholz has faced them twice this year and has handled them nicely picking up wins in both games to go along with 14 IP, 7 hits, 2 ER, 5 BB and 12 Ks. With the powerful Red Sox offense on a roll having lead the team to 15 wins out of 22 games this month, Buchholz should get plenty of support. He is definitely the best option to give your playoff team a finals boost as he is capable of getting a couple wins, putting together solid ratios and striking out batters, the spot start trifecta.
Hudson has been decent since his return to the Braves, posting a 3.56 ERA and very good walk rate. He has been pretty hit prone, however, as he has given up 35 hits in only 30.1 innings. Still, he has proven that he’s healthy and can still get hitters out and with the Braves still playing meaningful games trying to sneak past the Rockies for the wild card, Hudson should be on the top of his game. This week he’ll be facing the Marlins and Nationals in Atlanta, where he has pitched very well in his two starts there this season. While the Marlins have been hitting well as of late, they still strike out quite a bit and Hudson pitched decently against them in his first start back from the DL. Much the opposite of the Marlins, the Nationals have struggled in the second half, posting a .738 OPS since the All-Star break. With two home games and weak opposition this week, Hudson is a solid option as a spot starter this week as you make your final push. It all comes down to this week so it’s time to pull out all the stops and do whatever it takes to win your match up.
It’s been a long season and it’s finally winding down to a close. I hope you enjoyed the series and continue to visit the Cafe this offseason as we’re going to have plenty of content throughout it. Good luck in the finals — everything comes down to this week!
Michael Marinakis is a 23-year-old unemployed fantasy addict. You can find him roaming the Cafe all day where he posts as GiantsFan14 and waits for Bruce Bochy to be fired for incompetency.
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