Zach’s Two-Start Pitcher Notes – Week of 5/30
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As is the Friday ritual, here’s a sampling of my latest two-start pitcher article. For the complete version, click on the link at the bottom of this post.
12-team mixed leagues
Ervin Santana (@OAK, vs. TB)
Fresh off his worst performance of the season (3 2/3 IP, 9 H, 6 ER vs. Royals on Tuesday), Santana will look to regroup next week. Considering these matchups, the Twins righty has a good chance of getting back on track, as the Athletics and Rays both rank in the bottom third of the AL in runs scored. Also note that prior to Tuesday’s rough outing, Santana had allowed a combined three runs over his last two starts spanning 14 innings. The 33-year-old’s inconsistency this season makes him a somewhat risky fantasy option, but when it comes to next week, the reward outweighs the risk.
Deeper mixed leagues
Jeremy Hellickson (vs. WAS, vs. MIL)
Since capturing AL Rookie of the Year honors in 2011, Hellickson has turned in mostly mediocre results. This year has been a different story, however, as the Phillies righty carries a solid 3.97 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 9.1 K/9 into next week’s two starts. While the matchup against the Brewers is favorable (Milwaukee ranks 10th in the NL in OPS), the Nationals present a tougher challenge, as Washington ranks 3rd in the Senior Circuit in runs scored this month. For this reason, Hellickson is more of a deep-league option, but his 2.25 ERA and 0.95 WHIP over his last three starts makes him well worth considering in those formats.
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