Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 8/5

Zach here,

Time for your weekly filling of my two-start pitcher notes. I guess I’m in a particularly good mood today as I like all of these guys…except one.

And make sure to listen to today’s podcast, as Mike, Cory and special guest Derek Carty will share their two-start pitcher thoughts.

Ricky Nolasco  (@STL, vs. TB)

Nolasco continues to pitch just well enough to be start-worthy in most mixed leagues. He’s allowed three earned runs or less in each of his first five starts with the Dodgers yet he’s made it through the 6th inning in only one of those outings. He gets a tough set of matchups next week, but unless you’re in a mixed league with fewer than 12 teams, I’d throw him out there, close my eyes and hope for the best. He’s already had success against both teams this year and seems to be a rejuvenated pitcher now that he’s away from a losing environment.

Kyle Kendrick  (vs. CHC, @WAS)

It was a rocky month of July for Kendrick, who failed to post back-to-back quality starts and is coming off a disastrous outing versus a far from intimidating Giants lineup. Still, I’d give him a shot next week. The Cubs offense is average at best while the Nats are a team that Kendrick has fared well against this season (3.20 ERA, 1.07 WHIP in three starts).

Corey Kluber  (vs. DET, vs. LAA)

I know, the vs. DET matchup is plenty scary. But how can you bench a guy who has posted a 2.41 ERA and 1.04 WHIP over his last five starts to go along with 34 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings? I can’t, so I’d pitch Kluber. But if you would prefer to sit this week out, it’s understandable. I guess it ultimately comes down to your specific situation and whether chasing K’s is worth the ERA/WHIP risk.

Andy Pettitte  (@CHW, vs. DET)

Although Pettitte has been far from dominant this season, he always manages to keep his team in the game, so the risk of a disaster start isn’t all that high. Usually, I’d stay away from an aging two-start pitcher who has one very unfavorable matchup on tap, but in the case of Pettitte, I’d lean towards pitching him because I just don’t see him getting completely roughed up vs. the Tigers and expect him to do well vs. the White Sox.

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Colorado Rockies

Tyler Chatwood  (@NYM, vs. PIT)

Nine quality starts in 15 tries and a 2.77 road ERA, even after his most recent start, an absolute shellacking @ATL. Chatwood is an extreme ground ball pitcher who has given up a mere four homers over 85 2/3 innings this year, a skill that is obviously essential for a pitcher who calls Coors Field home. The @NYM matchup is outstanding and even the Pirates, despite their overall team success, aren’t exactly a club that lights up the scoreboard. Pitch!

Wily Peralta  (@SF, @SEA)

Like most young pitchers, Peralta is prone to blowups, but three earned runs or less in seven of his last eight starts combined with solid strikeout numbers is enough of a reason to start him next week. Oh yeah, and the matchups are ultra-favorable. Pitch.

Chad Gaudin  (vs. MIL, vs. BAL)

It’s hard to argue with the results, and both of these starts will come at home, where Gaudin sports a 1.96 ERA. But I just don’t trust him. Maybe it’s the career 4.43 ERA and 1.48 WHIP and the fact that the vs. BAL matchup scares me to no end. I’m passing.

Wow. Six pitches to one ditch. I won’t even bother looking it up. For me, an 87% thumbs up rate is definitely a record.               

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