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Two-Start Pitcher Preview: 6-21-15

The Dodger aces highlight this week’s two-start preview, and a few other west coast starters. Outside of that, there is not a lot to like this week for streaming, and there is a lot you can trash right off the bat. Johnny Cueto, Felix Hernandez, Madison Bumgarner, and David Price are all aces going two-starts this week. Kershaw and Greinke have the Cubs and the Marlins, so owners are lucky this week. They should pick up at least one win, and plenty of strikeouts.

Zack Greinke @CHC,@MIA

Clayton Kershaw @CHC, @MIA

David Price @CLE, CWS

Johnny Cueto @PIT, @NYM

Felix Hernandez KC, @LAA

Madison Bumgarner SD, COL

Brett Oberholtzer @LAA, NYY

Jon Niese @MIL, CIN

Kevin Correia @NYY, WSH

Jeff Locke CIN, ATL

Matt Andriese TOR, BOS

Odrisamer Despaigne @SF, ARI

Joe Blanton @SEA, @OAK

Joe Kelly BAL, @TB

John Danks @MIN, @DET

Carlos Martinez @MIA, CHC

Alex Wood @WSH, @PIT

Michael Pineda PHI, @HOU

Jordan Zimmermann ATL, @PHI

Ubaldo Jimenez @BOS, CLE

Chase Anderson @COL, @SD

Jason Hammel LAD, @STL

Tsuyoshi Wada LAD, @STL

Jesse Chavez @TEX, KC

Chi Chi Gonzalez OAK, @TOR

Hector Santiago HOU, SEA

Jeff Samardzija @MIN, @DET

Drew Hutchison @TB, TEX

Collin McHugh @LAA, NYY

C.C. Sabathia PHI, @HOU

Mike Fiers NYM, MIN

Tommy Milone CWS, @MIL

Jose Urena STL, LAD

Kyle Kendrick ARI, @SF

Kyle Ryan @CLE, CWS

Tier 1

Starting off with the top tier lefties, David Price, Madison Bumgarner, and Clayton Kershaw all pack two starts this week. All have favorable matchups, and lucky for us, Bumgarner will face the Rockies at home. Colorado’s wOBA drops big time when on the road, compared to when they are at home. Price’s matchups this week are also in his favor, especially against the White Sox, who rank dead last in wRC+ against left-handed pitching. The Indians are more of a middle of the road offense against left-handed pitching. The Marlins and Cubs both have strikeout rates in the top half, which will create a ton of strikeout upside for Kershaw and Greinke. Not like they really need the extra help, but it is a nice boost. Johnny Cueto has been short of his 2014 self, but he has two matchups that can help build some momentum. The Mets rank 24th in wRC+ against right-handed pitching, while the Pirates rank 22nd.

Tier 2

Now tier two has a decent amount of pitchers with above average matchups. Michael Pineda is my favorite this week, facing Philadelphia and Houston. The Phillies rank last against right-handed pitching, although every now and then they put up some runs against good pitchers. I am looking at you Michael Wacha. Houston has a 26% strikeout rate against right-handed pitching this season, so be on the lookout for a high strikeout start from Pineda. Jason Hammel, Jesse Chavez, and Jordan Zimmermann all get a bump this week, facing mediocre or average offensive teams. Zimmermann could face a Freeman-less Braves team, which makes them a lot less threatening. Chi-Chi Gonzalez is going to head to the Rogers Centre in his second start, and he will also head to the bench if you own him. His low strikeout rate, and inexperience will be something the Jays feast one. They are a different team at home, and have the third best wOBA against right-handed pitching. Chase Anderson visiting Coors is a one and done, but make sure to get him in for his next start against San Diego.

Tier 3

Tommy Milone is my favorite two-start pitcher this week, and you might be able to snag him off the waivers if you are streaming. He takes on two weak offenses this week, starting with the Chicago White Sox, who I touched on above. He will also face Milwaukee in his second start, who have been awful against left-handed pitching this season (.281 wOBA, 83 wRC+, 22.6 K%) He has looked a lot better over the last few starts, with a 2.37 ERA in three June starts. Next up is Mike Fiers, who was pitching well until his recent blowup against Kansas City. That may have caused his ownership to drop a little bit. He will face two teams that rank in the bottom five against right-handed pitching, and also carry bigger strikeout rates against right-handed pitching. C.C. Sabathia could carry some value this week, he faces Philly which is a safer start than Houston in his second. Their strikeout rate makes it a high risk high reward for Sabathia, because he is not the pitcher he once was. Houston also can slug the ball, as they have put up tons of runs before off left-handed pitching. Jeff Samardzija has fallen into the use at your own risk each week, and if he has a nice two starts this week, try and get rid of him.