Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 9/21

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Gio Gonzalez

Hey everyone,

As is the Friday routine, here’s a sampling of my latest two-start pitcher article. To read the full version, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Looking to upgrade your fantasy starting rotation? Or maybe making up ground in wins and strikeouts are your primary goals? Then consider these pitchers, who are each slated for two starts in Week 25.

12-team mixed leagues

Gio Gonzalez (vs. BAL, vs. PHI)

Although Gonzalez has fallen short of expectations this season, his recent pitching, which includes a 1.47 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 26 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings over his first three starts in September, suggests that a strong finish to 2015 is well within reach. In four combined starts versus the Orioles and Phillies this year, the Nationals southpaw sports a 2.46 ERA and 1.29 WHIP, so it would not be surprising to see him deliver a pair of quality performances next week. Patient owners who drafted Gonzalez and held onto him despite his earlier struggles are now being rewarded.

Deeper mixed leagues

Jon Niese (vs. ATL, @CIN)

Niese’s most recent outing, in which he limited the Braves to two earned runs across six innings, was encouraging. Still, the Mets lefty was coming off four straight starts of at least five earned runs, so those in 12-team mixed leagues are better off playing it safe by benching Niese until he shows more consistency. But the upcoming matchup against the Braves, the lowest scoring team in the Majors, is enough of a reason for owners in deeper mixed formats to consider starting him next week. That said, pitching Niese on the road against the Reds is a risky move, as Cincinnati ranks 3rd in the NL in runs scored at home. Ultimately, fantasy owners will need to place a heavy emphasis on league context when deciding whether or not to start him.

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