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Two-Start Pitcher Preview: 6-1-15

It is an actioned pack week for two-start pitchers, with a ton of aces, including last year’s Cy Young and Rookie Of The Year winners. Max Scherzer, Felix Hernandez, Chris Archer, and Gerrit Cole are all on the list. Johnny Cueto is listed as a starter for Tuesday, which would make him pitch Sunday if the rotation holds. He is dealing with a shoulder issue, be sure to keep an eye on him, he is expected to be fine.

Pitcher Team Opponents
Ubaldo Jimenez BAL @HOU, @CLE
Mike Fiers MIL @STL, @MIN
Alex Wood ATL @ARI, vs. PIT
Kyle Hendricks CHC @MIA, @WAS
Alfredo Simon DET vs. OAK, @CWS
Phil Hughes MIN @BOS, vs. MIL
Archie Bradley ARI vs. ATL, vs. NYM
Colby Lewis TEX vs. CWS, @KC
Alex Colome TB @LAA, @SEA
Ryan Vogelsong SF vs. PIT, @PHI
Max Scherzer WAS vs. TOR, vs. CHC
Felix Hernandez SEA vs. NYY, vs. TB
Chris Archer TB @LAA, @SEA
Gerrit Cole PIT @SF, @ATL
Johnny Cueto CIN vs. PHI, @CHC
Zack Greinke LAD @COL, vs. STL
Clayton Kershaw LAD @COL, vs. STL
Michael Pineda NYY @SEA, vs. LAA
Jacob deGrom NYM @SD, @ARI
Jason Hammel CHC @MIA, @WAS
Lance Lynn STL vs. MIL, @LAD
Garrett Richards LAA vs. TB, @NYY
Andrew Cashner SD vs. NYM, @CIN
Carlos Carrasco CLE @KC, vs. BAL
Jeff Samardzija CWS @TEX, vs. DET
Clay Buchholz BOS vs. MIN, vs. OAK
Jordan Zimmermann WAS vs. TOR, vs. CHC
Collin McHugh HOU vs. BAL, @TOR
Mike Wright BAL @HOU, @CLE
Jaime Garcia STL vs. MIL, @LAD
Rick Porcello BOS vs. MIN, vs. OAK
Josh Collmenter ARI vs. ATL, vs. NYM
R.A. Dickey TOR @WAS, vs. HOU
Mike Pelfrey MIN @BOS, vs. MIL
Kendall Graveman OAK @DET, @BOS
Jose Urena MIA vs. CHC, @COL
Kyle Kendrick COL vs. LAD, vs. MIA
Jeremy Guthrie KC vs. CLE, vs. TEX
Brett Oberholtzer HOU vs. BAL, @TOR
Sean O’Sullivan PHI vs. CIN, vs. SF

Tier 1

Clayton Kershaw kicks things off this week in Coors FIeld, but no way we sit him against anybody. Of course his ERA is going to jump there, as anybodies would, but he still has a 9.1 K/9 in Coors. His teammate Zack Greinke is in the same boat, but no shot of sitting him, he is tied for the lowest ERA in the majors right now. He has a 3.58 ERA in six starts at Coors. Jacob DeGrom has been excellent, allowing three earned runs in the last three starts. His home/away splits are pretty clear cut, but he heads to Petco Park for his first start, and takes on a middle of the road offense in Arizona. I expect a rougher outing than what he has been doing the last few starts in Arizona, but not one that has me bench him. Cole, Archer, Hernandez, Garrett Richards, and Scherzer have superb opponents this week, so fire them up as you usually would. I mentioned Cueto above, if he has zero problems or setbacks, he has a chance for a monster week. He takes on the Phillies, who are among the worst in the league in team offense, and then he will face the high strikeout Cubs.

Tier 2

Addressing the Red Sox starters this week, Rick Porcello will be bumped out of the two-start week, while Clay Buchholz will keep that title. Monday’s game has been postponed, giving Buchholz the Tuesday start, and Porcello will go Wednesday. Tier 2 has a lot of quality options this week. My favorites are Jason Hammel, Buchholz, Carlos Carrasco, and Andrew Cashner. I have seen Hammel, Buchholz, and Cashner floating around in some leagues out there, so you can definitely pick them up for a solid two-start week. Alex Wood is a tier 2 pitcher who doesn’t make the cut this week. He faces Arizona and Pittsburgh, two quality offenses against left-handed pitching. His strikeout rate and swinging strike rate is down this season, which is why right-handed bats are hitting .300 off him. He is playing damage control, and is a ticking time bomb, unless he figures out how to miss more bats. Mike Fiers is a one and done, but take him in his second start against Minnesota. They are red hot, but do the majority of their damage against left-handed pitching. They have a high strikeout rate and low wRC+ against righties this season. Ubaldo Jimenez, Collin McHugh, and Lance Lynn are all guys with above average stuff, but have a tendency of having poor starts. They take on teams who can make pitchers pay for their mistakes, but I am rolling the dice on all six starts.

Tier 3

This is where it gets ugly. Ryan Vogelsong is worth a look at, he is taking on the Pirates at home, where he has a noticeable split from pitching on the road. I don’t like his chances of getting a win, but I would not be shocked with a quality start. In his second start, he heads to Philly, and while his away struggles are a problem, he faces an offense in the bottom five. Josh Collmenter makes two home starts this week, against Atlanta and the New York Mets. There is not much to like about Collmenter’s numbers this season, his groundball rate is low, along with his strikeout rate. He has thrown eight shutout innings against Colorado, and a complete game shutout against the Giants this season. The Mets are next to last in offense against right-handed pitching, while the Braves are in the bottom half as well. A high risk-high reward option in Collmenter.