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Two-Start Pitcher Preview: 5-18-15

Last week was a great start for two-start pitchers, and although Corey Kluber is a two-start pitcher this week, he accumulated strikeouts as a two-start pitcher in just one start. We are in no shortage of aces this week, Kluber, Chris Sale, Johnny Cueto, James Shields, Matt Harvey, and Sonny Gray all headline this week’s pitchers. As always, things change and this is a look at the probable starters, according to ESPN, through the week.

Corey Kluber, CLE (@ CWS, vs. CIN)
John Lackey, STL (@ NYM, @ KC)
Kyle Lobstein, DET (vs. MIL, vs. HOU)
Jordan Lyles, COL (vs. PHI, vs. SF)
Lance McCullers Jr., HOU (vs. OAK, @ DET)
Wade Miley, BOS (vs. TEX, vs. LAA)
Jimmy Nelson, MIL (@ DET, @ ATL)
Jon Niese, NYM (vs. STL, @ PIT)
Drew Pomeranz, OAK (@ HOU, @ TB)
Jose Quintana, CWS (vs. CLE, vs. MIN)
Chris Sale, CWS (vs. CLE, vs. MIN)
Aaron Sanchez, TOR (vs. LAA, vs. SEA)
Anibal Sanchez, DET (vs. MIL, vs. HOU)
Hector Santiago, LAA (@ TOR, @ BOS)
James Shields, SD (vs. CHC, @ LAD)
Chris Tillman, BAL (vs. SEA, @ MIA)
Michael Wacha, STL (@ NYM, @ KC)
Taijuan Walker, SEA (@ BAL, @ TOR)
C.J. Wilson, LAA (@ TOR, @ BOS)
Trevor Bauer, CLE (@ CWS, vs. CIN)
Chad Bettis, COL (vs. PHI, vs. SF)
Jarred Cosart, MIA (vs. ARI, vs. BAL)
Johnny Cueto, CIN (@ KC, @ CLE)
Rubby De La Rosa, ARI (@ MIA, vs. CHC)
Mike Fiers, MIL (@ DET, @ ATL)
Mike Foltynewicz, ATL (vs. TB, vs. MIL)
Carlos Frias, LAD (@ SF, vs. SD)
Yovani Gallardo, TEX (@ BOS, @ NYY)
Sonny Gray, OAK (@ HOU, @ TB)
Cole Hamels, PHI (@ COL, @ WAS)
Jason Hammel, CHI (@ SD, @ ARI)
Aaron Harang, PHI (@ COL, @ WAS)
Dan Haren, MIA (vs. ARI, vs. BAL)
Matt Harvey, NYM (vs. STL, @ PIT)
Jeremy Hellickson, ARI (@ MIA, vs. CHC)
Roberto Hernandez, HOU (vs. OAK, @ DET)
Tim Hudson, SF (vs. LAD, @ COL)
Drew Hutchison, TOR (vs. LAA, vs. SEA)
Nate Karns, TB (@ ATL, vs. OAK)


The aces headlined above you can start with confidence in both starts, as you should, that is why you drafted them so highly. A few guys that I will not be starting this week that may have slipped onto your teams due to early success. Aaron Harang faces two tough matchups, especially the game in Coors. John Lackey at Kansas City is another one, he should not be contributing much fantasy value in that start, Royals have been crushing right-handed pitching. There are a lot of great two-start streaming options for this week. Nate Karns, Jason Hammel, Carlos Frias, and Rubby De La Rosa all have excellent matchups. They face bottom of the league offenses, and/or are in solid pitching environments. There are some iffy starts that have a red flag, but can go either way. Jose Quintana takes on two teams that are hitting the ball well, and have destroyed some pitchers this season. The Twins have been decent against lefties, but Quintana’s upside is enough to start him. Taijuan Walker takes on two dangerous offenses in hitting environments, but have high strikeout tendencies. He can go either way, but would lean towards skipping him if you own him.