Two Start Pitchers for Week 9 (5/27/19 - 6/2/19)


We've got a laundry list of two-start pitchers coming up this week for May 27th through June 5th, and here at Fighting Chance, we're going to sort through them so you don't have to! I've separated them into many different tiers. I'm sure you don't need me to tell you to start Trevor Bauer or Max Scherzer, but I did add some tidbits on those down the line if you're looking to differentiate between the options to add to your roster for the coming week. As always, please follow me on Twitter @ktompkinsii for any questions pertaining to lineups, roster decisions, or anything in between!

Please also remember that all pitching matchups are tentative and can be moved at any point by their corresponding team.

So without further adieu...

STUDS

Max Scherzer, WAS (MIA, @CIN)

Stephen Strasburg, WAS (@ATL, @CIN)

Gerrit Cole, HOU (CHC, @OAK)

Clayton Kershaw, LAD (NYM, PHI)

Jacob deGrom, NYM (@LAD, @ARI)

Luis Castillo, CIN (PIT, WAS)

SOLID

Cole Hamels, CHC (@HOU, @STL)

Masahiro Tanaka, NYY (SD, BOS)

Rich Hill, LAD (NYM, PHI)

Lucas Giolito, CHW (KC, CLE)

Marco Gonzales, SEA (TEX, LAA)

Jordan Lyles, PIT (@CIN, MIL)

Zack Greinke, ARI (@COL, NYM)

Matt Strahm, SD (@NYY, MIA)

You know, Jordan Lyles has been pretty remarkable up to this point, before last Thursday when the Rockies shelled him for 6 earned runs in 5 2/3, but he keeps on winning in the games he starts, the Pirates being 8-1 in such starts. He draws a road start in Cincinnati and comes home to face Milwaukee, but he should keep on rolling the way he has… Lucas Giolito has been some kind of awesome in the month of May. Namely his last 4 starts where he’s allowed no more than 1 earned on 4 hits in each of his starts. Could we be seeing a breakout from this former top prospect? He faces the Royals and Indians at home this upcoming week and could be in line for a couple more fine outings… Matt Strahm? Still quality. Only 2 strikeouts the last time out vs. Arizona last Tuesday but kept with his theme over this month of only allowing 2 earned. He should be able to have a decent outing even in New York against the Yankees but then comes home for a great matchup against the Marlins. Fire him up! So apparently Rich Hill has found the fountain of youth. At the tender age of 39, he's been nothing short of dynamite this season and has two quality home starts against east coast teams.

BORDERLINE

Rick Porcello, BOS (CLE, @NYY)

Jeff Samardzija, SF (@MIA, @BAL)

Chris Bassitt, OAK (LAA, HOU)

Gio Gonzalez, MIL (@MIN, @PIT)

Sonny Gray, CIN (PIT, WAS)

Michael Wacha, STL (@PHI, CHC)

Lance Lynn, TEX (@SEA, KC) 

Rick Porcello is more of a points league option this week but is a solid option this week as he's been going deeper into games since the end of April. An innings eater through and through, Porcello has the solid backing of his Red Sox offense behind him and should be a net positive in his starts this week... Sonny Gray’s two starts this week (Pirates and Nationals, both at home) aren’t super imposing, but I’ve had concerns this season about Gray’s inability to go too deep into games as well as his control (or lack thereof.) Gray has some value this week if you’re scrounging around for a two starter, I don’t think he hurts you but there’s not much upside… Chris Bassitt has been pretty good so far in the first month and change, and his Angels start is certainly a nice matchup for him, but then the Astros come to town. He had his worst start of the season this past Tuesday walking 6 and only lasting 3 2/3 innings in Cleveland. Worth a shot this week with a bounce back effort and should have enough points coming out of the Houston start to make it a net positive for Bassitt this week… Jeff Samardzija gets starts on the road in Baltimore and Miami, so he's probably the top streamer this week all things considered... Since coming over from the Yankees almost 5 weeks ago, Gio Gonzalez’ Brewers odyssey has been a fruitful one, to the tune of a 2.39 ERA and solid peripherals. He visits the homer-happy Twins early next week and then goes on the road to Pittsburgh, so I’d be tempering expectations with Gio this week.

START AT YOUR OWN RISK

Steven Matz, NYM (@LAD, @ARI)

Brad Keller, KC (@CHW, @TEX)

Michael Pineda, MIN (MIL, @TB)

Aaron Sanchez, TOR (@TB, @COL)

Jefry Rodriguez, CLE (@BOS, @CHW)

Trevor Richards, MIA (SF, @SD)

Merrill Kelly, ARI (@COL, NYM)

Jose Urena, MIA (@WAS, @SD)

Jon Gray, COL (ARI, TOR)

Adam Plutko, CLE (@BOS, @CHW)

Matt Harvey, LAA (@OAK, @SEA)

Daniel Norris, DET (@BAL, @ATL)

Homer Bailey, KC (@CHW, @TEX)

Antonio Senzatela, COL (ARI, TOR)

Trevor Cahill, LAA (@OAK, @SEA)

Ivan Nova, CHW (KC, CLE)

Ryan Yarbrough, TB (TOR, MIN)

Adrian Sampson, TEX (@SEA, KC)

Dan Straily, BAL (DET, SF)


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