Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 8/24
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Time for another installment of my two-start pitcher series. As usual, here’s a portion of the latest article. For the complete version, click on the link at the bottom of this post.
Looking to improve your fantasy starting rotation? Need to gain ground in wins and strikeouts? Then consider these pitchers, who are each scheduled to make two starts in Week 21.
12-team mixed leagues
Charlie Morton (@MIA, vs. COL)
Coming off a shaky showing at home against the Dodgers, Morton bounced back nicely his last time out, limiting the Mets to two earned runs on four hits across 6 1/3 innings to go along with a season-high nine strikeouts. His matchups next week are quite favorable, as the Marlins rank 12th in the NL in runs and 11th in OPS while the Rockies’ offense has struggled away from Coors Field, ranking 13th in the Senior Circuit in both runs and OPS. If available, Morton is a quality addition to any 12-team mixed league roster.
Deeper mixed leagues
Derek Holland (vs. TOR, vs. BAL)
Making his first start since early-April and just his second of the season, Holland pitched well on Wednesday, tossing 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball against the Mariners while striking out six. Considering the extended layoff, there’s a possibility that Holland is on the waiver wire even in deeper mixed leagues. That will not be the case for much longer, so owners in need of starting pitching help should look to add him, regardless of league format. That said, he’s a risky play for next week, the matchup against the Blue Jays being particularly challenging. In mixed leagues of 12 or fewer teams, I’d play it safe and leave him benched. But if he gets through next week in good shape, I would fully trust him going forward. In his last DL-free season back in 2013, the Rangers southpaw registered a 3.42 ERA to go along with 189 strikeouts, so he’s already proven himself to be a reliable mid-rotation fantasy starter.
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