Two-Start Pitchers – Week of 6/11
Below are my notes for next week’s two-start pitchers. Cory and Nellie covered some of these guys on today’s podcast and there are a few disagreements, so be sure to check out the podcast when it becomes available.
Max Scherzer (@CHC, vs. COL)
Yeah, Scherzer’s been maddeningly inconsistent so far and is coming off a rough outing vs. CLE, but he’s capable of throwing a gem on any given day and you’ve got to love the strikeouts. The Cubs rank 14th in the NL in runs scored and the Rockies can’t hit on the road. Pitch.
Ivan Nova (@ATL, @WAS)
Just when you’re about to give up on Nova he pitches like he did Wednesday night and reels you back in! I own him in Mixed Tout and was on the verge of dropping him on numerous occasions but somehow he’s still on my roster. He gets to pitch in two NL parks next week, which is always a plus. The Braves’ offense has cooled off in June and the Nats are batting a meager .227 this month. Pitch Nova in all but shallow mixed leagues.
Bud Norris (@SF, @TEX)
Norris wasn’t great last time out vs. STL, but he did pitch well after a rocky first inning and landed up striking out a season-high 12 batters. The scary matchup @TEX makes this a very tough call, but in 12-team mixed leagues I’d give Norris a shot. The strikeout upside will always be there and the @SF start should be a breeze!
Wei-Yin Chen (vs. PIT, @ATL)
Chen has been far from a sure thing lately, but fresh off a dominant performance at Fenway, I like his chances next week as he’ll match up against an awful Pirates’ lineup at home and an inconsistent Braves’ offense on the road, where he won’t need to face the DH. Pitch.
Bartolo Colon (@COL, vs. SD)
He has a favorable second matchup, but it might not even matter as the @COL game could get very ugly. Colon has a tendency to serve up gopher balls in bunches and the Rockies lead the majors in runs scored at home…and it’s not even close. Ditch.
Kyle Kendrick (@MIN, @TOR)
Prior to last start vs. LAD in which he gave up five runs, Kendrick had allowed two runs or less in four straight starts. Still, I can’t trust him. He’s allowed more than a hit per inning this year and his strikeout rate is mediocre at best. In a daily league, I might think about pitching him @MIN, but in a weekly I wouldn’t want to commit myself to the @TOR start as it has disaster written all over it. Ditch.
Randall Delgado (vs. NYY, vs. BAL)
He was great @MIA on Wednesday but I need to see him pitch with more consistency before I can trust him vs. mid to upper tier offenses. Forget about starting him in mixed leagues next week. Even in an NL-only, I’d be hesitant to throw him out there. Ditch.
Clayton Richard (@SEA, @OAK)
When are you allowed to break the “Bench Richard on the road” rule? Try next week, when he gets treated to the AL version of the west coast exacta. SEA and OAK rank last and next to last respectively in the AL in both runs scored and batting average. Not a slam dunk considering Richard’s 6.57 ERA on the road this season, but really, how bad can this turn out to be? Still low-risk in my mind. Pitch.