Two-Start Pitchers – Week of 5/28
To prep you for next week, here are my thoughts on nine projected two-start pitchers. Be sure to catch today’s podcast to hear Cory’s picks.
Matt Harrison (vs. SEA, @LAA)
A couple of appealing matchups here, especially the Mariners one. Coming off a strong outing at Seattle (7 IP, 1 ER, 6 K, W) and keep in mind that his 4.72 ERA is somewhat inflated by two disaster starts. I’m throwing him out there.
Jon Niese (vs. PHI, vs. STL)
A no-brainer in my mind but I’m including him on this list because Siano still views him as Pitch or Ditch material (I strongly disagree!) and the Cardinals matchup is a challenging one. That said, Niese has been stellar at home (3.79 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 18 K’s in 19 IP) and the Phillies’ offense is erratic. Pitch.
Felix Doubront (vs. DET, @TOR)
This decision could turn out to be a disaster but I’m cautiously optimistic about Doubront next week, despite the tough matchups. 3 ER or less in seven of his nine starts this year and he did pretty well @TOR back in April (5 IP, 2 ER, 6 K). Not to mention his 53 K’s in 50 IP. Pitch.
Phil Hughes (@LAA, @DET)
He’s been pitching a lot better of late but still makes me very nervous. Got rocked by the Angels earlier this year and the Tigers’ lineup can explode at any moment. He’s also served up 11 homers through nine starts. If you pitch him, you’re basically chasing wins and strikeouts. No thanks.
Bronson Arroyo (@PIT, @HOU)
This guy always burns me but he’s very quietly posted a 3.22 ERA and 1.26 WHIP this year. I’ll take my chances on him vs. a mediocre Astros’ lineup and an awful Pirates’ offense which ranks last in the NL in both runs scored and AVG.
Scott Diamond (vs. OAK, @CLE)
Very impressive so far. 3 ER or less in all four of his starts, including two 7 IP, 0 ER performances. You have to think that hitters will make adjustments to him and he will then need to make the necessary adjustments, but let’s ride him while he’s hot. A’s rank last in AL in runs scored and AVG and Indians are just a mid-tier offense. Diamond’s a worthy gamble.
Daniel Bard (vs. DET, @TOR)
Too inconsistent to trust. Has yet to post back to back quality starts and is walking too many batters (29 BB in 48 IP). With these matchups in mind, next week is a terrible time to pitch Bard.
Barry Zito (vs. ARI, vs. CHC)
After solid start to the season, he’s beginning to flame out. 8.64 ERA and 1.80 WHIP over last two starts. Even though he will be at home for both games, I just don’t see the upside. Ditch.
Aaron Harang (vs. MIL, @COL)
Harangatang is having a decent but not great year. Really struggled last time out @ARI. The @COL matchup is very scary (5 2/3 IP, 5 ER in start at Coors earlier this season) and the home start against the Brewers doesn’t make up for it. Ditch in mixed leagues.