Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 8/17
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In keeping with the Friday routine, here’s a portion of my latest Two-Start Pitcher article. To read the full version, click on the link at the bottom of this post.
Need to upgrade your fantasy starting staff? Or maybe gaining points in wins and strikeouts is your primary goal? Then consider these pitchers, who are in line to make two starts each in Week 20.
12-team mixed leagues
Taijuan Walker (@TEX, vs. CWS)
Walker has been far from consistent in his first full season in the big leagues. However, the 23-year-old righty has registered a 2.86 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 28 strikeouts across 28 1/3 innings over his last four starts. The White Sox rank last in the AL in runs and OPS while the Rangers rank 11th in the Junior Circuit in runs scored at home. Plus, in Walker’s lone start against Texas this year, he allowed only one unearned run over seven innings. If for some reason he’s still on your league’s waiver wire, now might be your final chance to add him.
Deeper mixed leagues
Chris Tillman (vs. OAK, vs. MIN)
Following two consecutive stellar 200-plus inning seasons in 2013 and 2014, most fantasy owners expected similar results from Tillman this year. Instead, the Orioles righty sports his highest ERA and WHIP since 2011. He’s also fresh off one of his worst outings of the year (2 1/3 IP, 8 H, 5 ER @SEA on 8/11). So why am I cautiously optimistic about next week? Well, prior to his most recent start, Tillman had pitched at least six innings while allowing two or fewer runs in four straight starts, including a dominant performance against the Braves in which he finished one out shy of a complete game shutout. As for his opponents next week, the A’s and Twins both rank in the bottom third of the AL in runs scored on the road and runs scored since the All-Star break.
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