Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 4/29
Back with more of my two-start pitcher notes! We have a very special podcast coming your way today as Rotowire’s Jeff Erickson joins us to go over many of these two-start options and answer a bunch of listener questions, so be sure to catch the podcast when it becomes available later this afternoon.
Brett Anderson (vs. LAA, @NYY)
I’m still an Anderson fan but with a combined 17 ER allowed over his last three starts (10 2/3 IP), there’s no way I’m pitching him next week, as these matchups are far from enticing. Despite all of their injuries, the Yankees still lead the AL in homers. The Angels? Well, they only lead the AL in hits. In shallower mixed leagues, I wouldn’t be opposed to dropping Anderson. But in mixed leagues with 12 or more teams, bench but don’t cut.
Jose Quintana (@TEX, @KC)
After getting roughed up in his first outing of the season, Quintana is on a nice little run, allowing 2 ER or less in each of his last three starts while striking out 17 over 18 2/3 innings. Still, I don’t trust him enough @TEX to recommend him for next week. There are plenty of better two-start options out there.
Julio Teheran (vs. WAS, vs. NYM)
Teheran’s only quality start this season happens to be his most recent one, as he held the Rockies to one run over seven innings, and he did it pitching at Coors. Strange stuff. At just 22 years of age and coming off a dominant spring training, there’s certainly a lot to like about Teheran. But I’d like to see a little more consistency before I can consider him a no-brainer mixed league starter. These matchups aren’t awful but they aren’t great either. If you want to take a chance on him in a deep league, that’s fine. A 12-team mixed league? I’ll pass.
Edwin Jackson (vs. SD, vs. CIN)
A longtime 411 favorite, E-Jax has been nothing special thus far. On the bright side, he’s striking out roughly a batter per inning. On the other hand, he’s walking too many guys and his high pitch counts have prevented him from going more than six innings in any one of his first five starts. Also, his two worst outings have come at Wrigley, where he’ll be making both of his starts next week. I’m lukewarm about this one but in a 12-team mixed, I’d lean towards pitching E-Jax. At least you know you’ll get the K’s and he actually pitched well against both the Padres and Reds last season.
Garrett Richards (@OAK, vs. BAL)
If you asked me 24 hours ago, I would’ve said that pitching Richards next week was a decent gamble. But after last night’s mediocre performance, I’m scared off. Guess which team leads the AL in runs scored so far and is tied for 2nd in the Junior Circuit in hits? Yep, the A’s. Guess which team ranks 2nd in the AL in runs scored and 4th in hits? Yep, the Orioles. Pass.
Zach McAllister (vs. PHI, vs. MIN)
McAllister struggled in his most recent start on the road vs. the White Sox but still managed to limit the damage (5 2/3 IP, 3 ER). Overall this year, he’s been solid, limiting the opposition to a .239 batting average while sporting a 20-to-8 K/BB ratio over 23 innings. The vs. PHI matchup will be somewhat challenging but I love the vs. MIN matchup. I’d give McAllister a shot. Pitch.
Ted Lilly (vs. COL, @SF)
Quite a 2013 debut for Lilly, as the veteran lefty tossed five scoreless innings against the Mets while whiffing seven. Avoiding the DL has been Lilly’s biggest obstacle over the course of his career, but when he’s been able to pitch, he’s been very effective, particularly in the all-important K/BB department. And you have to like these matchups. Pitch.
Clayton Richard (@CHC, vs. ARI)
The poster boy for the pitch at home but ditch on the road approach, Richard is coming off a disaster outing. And it was at home. My overall confidence in him is waning, and the fact that one of these starts will be on the road combined with the fact that he’s a low-strikeout pitcher makes him a ditch in any mixed league.
Wade Davis (vs. CLE, vs. CWS)
Two great starts, two horrible starts. That’s been the story of Davis’ 2013 season. Inconsistent command and mounting pitch counts have been recurring issues and I’m not in love with these matchups. In a 15-team mixed league, you might want to take a chance on him, as he has shown the ability to post solid strikeout numbers. But in a 12-team mixed, I just don’t think that the reward is worth the risk.
Tommy Hanson (@OAK, vs. BAL)
Remember when this guy was a no doubt future ace? Hanson has been a complete enigma this year. On one hand, he’s posted two quality starts in three outings. On the other, the strikeouts have been nonexistent and the hit rate sky-high. He has the same unappealing matchups as Richards and quite frankly, I’d let him be someone else’s problem. Ditch.