Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 4/25
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As is the Friday custom, 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.
12-team mixed leagues
Jimmy Nelson (@CHC, vs. MIA)
After posting a solid 3.95 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in the second half last season, Nelson has gotten off to a strong start in 2016, going 3-1 while notching three quality starts in his first four outings. His first matchup next week is a tough one, as the Cubs lead the NL in runs scored heading into Thursday’s games. But the Marlins offense is far less formidable, ranking 14th in the Senior Circuit in runs, 11th in OPS and 13th in homers. Nelson’s overall performance this season makes him a worthy play for next week, and he should be considered an automatic start in two-start weeks going forward. If the 26-year-old righty can improve his control (3.5 BB/9) and do a better job limiting home runs (six homers allowed through four starts), he could earn a permanent spot on most 12-team mixed league rosters.
Deeper mixed leagues
Ross Stripling (vs. MIA, vs. SD)
In his first taste of the big leagues, Stripling opened the 2016 campaign by posting a 2.03 ERA and 0.75 WHIP through two starts. He wasn’t nearly as effective on Wednesday, however, lasting just 3 2/3 innings despite facing a Braves lineup that ranks near the bottom of the NL in most categories. The good news for the 26-year-old is that he will get a chance to redeem himself next week, as the Marlins and Padres both rank in the bottom half of the NL in runs, homers and OPS. Stripling’s lack of a big league track record relegates him to deep mixed league status for now, but he certainly has the potential to become a factor in 12-team mixed leagues sooner rather than later.
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