Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 4/11
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For owners in weekly lineup leagues looking to routinely maximize their wins and strikeouts, two-start pitchers carry a significant amount of appeal. In some cases, two-start pitchers with a pair of favorable matchups can be added via the waiver wire. In other cases, the waiver wire will not offer many viable options. Instead, owners in search of an edge in counting stats will need to stick to their roster and perhaps play a riskier two-start pitcher over a more dependable hurler who is in line for one unfavorable matchup.
Every Friday throughout the season, I’ll be writing an article for the MLB.com site solely devoted to previewing the following week’s two-start pitchers who are worth considering. I will mostly focus on 12-team mixed leagues but will also mix in some pitchers more suitable for deeper mixed leagues or even non-mixed formats. Keep in mind that I will not be discussing the obvious choices. I don’t need to tell you to pitch Clayton Kershaw in two-start weeks. A sampling of the full piece along with a link to the complete article will be available right here on the blog. Below is a portion of this week’s article.
Aaron Nola (vs. SD, vs. WAS)
Nola certainly deserved a win on Wednesday night as he held the Reds to just one run on four hits with eight strikeouts across seven innings. Unfortunately, the Phillies bullpen was unable to preserve a one-run lead, so Nola had to settle for a no-decision. Wins might be tough to come by for Nola this season as Philadelphia’s lineup and bullpen could struggle often, but the 22-year-old righty has already proven that he can be a highly effective big league pitcher. He should be owned in all 12-team mixed leagues and belongs in starting lineups for all of his two-start weeks. This is especially true for next week, as Nola’s first opponent, the Padres, were shut out in each of their first three games this season.
Wei-Yin Chen (@NYM, vs. ATL)
Chen owners should not be too concerned about his rough opening outing against the Tigers. I still expect a strong season thanks to his career-long consistency and his move from the AL East to the much more pitcher-friendly NL East. Next week, the new Marlins southpaw gets one favorable matchup (vs. ATL) and one matchup of medium difficulty (@NYM), but like Nola, I view Chen as an automatic start in two-start weeks.
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