Two-Start Pitchers – Week of 5/21

Hey everyone,

Time for our weekly two-start pitchers post! Here are my thoughts on eight guys who stood out when I took a look at the list. Be sure to catch today’s podcast to hear what Mike and Cory have to say.


                                                                                                                                                      Ubaldo Jimenez  (vs. DET, @CWS)

He’s coming off a quality start vs. SEA but who can’t post a quality start facing the Mariners. The reality is that Jimenez has been maddeningly inconsistent this year, and even though the Tigers and White Sox haven’t put up huge offensive numbers this year, they have the potential to wake up in a hurry. For the time being, I only trust Ubaldo when he’s facing very weak lineups. Ditch.

Clay Buchholz  (@BAL, vs. TB)

His last start @TB was solid, but I’m just not a fan of his. Not enough K’s and way too many hits (61 in 44 IP this season). This is far from an easy pair of matchups. Ditch.

Jerome Williams  (@OAK, @SEA)

West Coast exacta time! He’s a great pickup in all mixed leagues with 12 or more teams. Five quality starts in his last six outings and Mariners and A’s rank 12th and 13th in AL in runs scored. Pitch.

Felipe Paulino  (@NYY, @BAL)

Very impressive through three starts this year with a 1.93 ERA and 21 K’s in 18 2/3 IP. Not the friendliest set of matchups but two of his three starts this year came against the Yankees and Orioles, in which he tossed a combined 13 shutout innings. Not a must-add, as both of these starts are on the road, but a worthy gamble in deeper mixed leagues. Gotta love the strikeouts!

Randy Wolf  (vs. SF, @ARI)

We recently recommended Wolf for a two-start week @SF and @SD but he disappointed, failing to notch even one quality start. I’ve completely given up on this guy. The road matchup vs. the D-Backs could get ugly, and at this point I don’t even fully trust him vs. the Giants. Mixed leaguers need to ditch him.

Tommy Millone  (vs. LAA, vs. NYY)

The ultimate risk/reward play. He’s been lights out at home (3-0  0.39 ERA  0.65 WHIP in three starts) and the Angels and Yankees have both been struggling to score runs of late. In an AL-only, I think he’s a must-start, but in a mixed league I’d be wary. It’s only a matter of time before those offenses heat up.

Rick Porcello  (@CLE, @MIN)

The @MIN matchup makes Porcello somewhat tempting but it’s not enough to overshadow the 5.12 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, sky high hit rate and mediocre K rate. Too much risk and not enough reward. Ditch.

Edinson Volquez  (@STL, @NYM)

Not an easy call. The Cards are tops in the NL in runs scored, home runs and batting average and the Mets haven’t been terrible offensively. BUT they’ve had a lot more trouble hitting at home, ranking 14th in the NL in runs and AVG and 15th in homers. Volquez’s starts are always hard to watch, but he’s allowed 3 ER or less in seven of his first eight starts while striking out close to a batter per inning. I’ll say pitch.



Keeper league deal
Side A: Kipnis and Hosmer
Side B: Fielder and Valverde
who wins?


A lot depends on the format of the keeper league (straight keeper or round/dollar values etc.), but I’d lean towards Side B. Fielder’s clearly the best player in the deal, Kipnis’ trade value probably won’t get much higher than it is right now, and despite his health concerns and poor performance so far, Valverde has a solid track record.


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