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Two-Start Pitcher Preview: 5-3-15

It is a great week for fantasy owners who have stock in those top aces, most of them have two starts this week. Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner, and Felix Hernandez all will be throwing twice, while there are a ton of tier two plays going as well. There are a couple not listed below, like Trevor May, Bud Norris, Jeremy Guthrie, Clay Buchholz, and Wandy Rodriguez., if they are owned anywhere, I highly recommend not starting them.

Starting Pitcher Start Dates Opponents
Felix Hernandez Monday, Sunday At LAA, OAK
Clayton Kershaw Monday, Saturday At MIL, At COL
Zack Greinke Tuesday, Sunday At MIL, At COL
Madison Bumgarner Monday, Saturday SD, MIA
Dallas Keuchel Monday, Saturday TEX, At LAA
Carlos Martinez Monday, Saturday CHI, At PIT
Jordan Zimmermann Monday, Sunday MIA, ATL
Michael Pineda Tuesday, Sunday At TOR, BAL
Garrett Richards Tueday, Sunday SEA, HOU
Andrew Cashner Tuesday, Sunday At SF, At ARI
Jesse Hahn Monday, Saturday At MIN, At SEA
Josh Collmenter Monday, Saturday At COL, SDP
Jeff Samardzija Tuesday, Sunday DET, CIN
Danny Salazar Tuesday, Sunday At KC, MIN
Tyson Ross Monday, Saturday At SF, At ARI
Travis Wood Monday, Saturday At STL, At MIL
Kyle Hendricks Tuesday, Sunday At STL, At MIL
Scott Feldman Tuesday, Sunday TEX, At LAA
Alex Wood Monday, Sunday PHI, At WAS
Jake Odorizzi Monday, Saturday At BOS, TEX
Phil Hughes Monday, Saturday OAK, At CLE
Drew Smyly Tuesday, Sunday At BOS, TEX
Matt Shoemaker Monday, Saturday SEA, HOU
Mat Latos Tuesday, Sunday At WAS, At SF
Shane Greene Tuesday, Sunday At CHW, KC
Jeff Locke Tuesday, Sunday CIN, STL
R.A. Dickey Monday, Sunday NYY, BOS


The aces up top are always must start guys, although I wouldn’t blame you sitting Zack Greinke in Coors. Clayton Kershaw’s strikeout potential gives him leeway if he allows a few earned runs.That is the only downside to their two-start week. Felix Hernandez, and Madison Bumgarner have some great matchups this week, start them as usual. Your ERA leader, Dallas Keuchel, has another two starts in his favor. The matchup against Texas is not a threat to him, and the Angels are not scaring many right now. Those tier two pitchers have great matchups this week, I am loving Carlos Martinez, Garrett Richards, and Andrew Cashner this week as fantasy studs. Jordan Zimmermann and Tyson Ross have not been living up to potential, but this week looks like a good one for them to get back on track. Those are all guys that you probably don’t need me telling you to start, but just a quick rundown. There are a few guys going this week that I would only have them make one of their two starts. Josh Collmenter is one, make sure he hits the bench for today’s game in Colorado, the start against San Diego is fine. Alex Wood is another, start him against Philly, in Washington I am leaning on putting him on the bench. Drew Smyly against Boston is a sit for me, but fire him up when he is back at home against Texas. The rest of the guys are worth the risk, or fine to make both starts. R.A. Dickey, Jeff Samardzija, and Shane Greene are three guys I am not high on for any of their starts.