Fantasy Baseball: Pitching Preview Week 2

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So week 1 is nearly in the books and it is time to start looking forward to what week 2 may have in store for us with the week 2 Pitching Preview. This week there are 34 two start pitchers with only six teams playing 7 games and five teams paying just 5 games. In addition, this week there are far less aces with two start weeks so there are more pitchers on one start weeks who are virtually guaranteed to be in your line up. So without further ado let’s preview those pitchers!

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

BOS

vs TEX

vs TEX

vs TEX

@NYY

@NYY

@NYY

@NYY

NYY

vs BAL

vs BAL

vs BAL

vs BOS

vs BOS

vs BOS

vs BOS

BAL

@NYY

@NYY

@NYY

vs TOR

vs TOR

vs TOR

TB

@KC

@KC

@KC

@CIN

@CIN

@CIN

TOR

vs HOU

vs HOU

vs HOU

@BAL

@BAL

@BAL

DET

@LAD

@LAD

@SD

@SD

@SD

CWS

@COL

@COL

@COL

vs CLE

vs CLE

vs CLE

vs CLE

KC

vs TB

vs TB

vs TB

@MIN

@MIN

@MIN

CLE

vs SD

vs SD

vs SD

@CWS

@CWS

@CWS

@CWS

MIN

vs OAK

vs OAK

vs OAK

vs KC

vs KC

vs KC

TEX

@BOS

@BOS

@BOS

vs HOU

vs HOU

vs HOU

OAK

@MIN

@MIN

@MIN

@SEA

@SEA

@SEA

LAA

@HOU

@SEA

@SEA

vs NYM

vs NYM

vs NYM

HOU

vs LAA

@TOR

@TOR

@TOR

@TEX

@TEX

@TEX

SEA

vs LAA

vs LAA

vs OAK

vs OAK

vs OAK

NYM

@ATL

@ATL

@ATL

@LAA

@LAA

@LAA

WSH

vs MIA

vs MIA

vs MIA

@ATL

@ATL

@ATL

ATL

vs NYM

vs NYM

vs NYM

vs WSH

vs WSH

vs WSH

MIA

@WSH

@WSH

@WSH

@PHI

@PHI

@PHI

PHI

vs MIL

vs MIL

vs MIA

vs MIA

vs MIA

CHC

vs PIT

vs PIT

vs PIT

@STL

@STL

@STL

MIL

@PHI

@PHI

vs PIT

vs PIT

vs PIT

STL

vs CIN

vs CIN

vs CIN

vs CHC

vs CHC

vs CHC

CIN

@STL

@STL

@STL

vs TB

vs TB

vs TB

PIT

@CHC

@CHC

@CHC

@MIL

@MIL

@MIL

LAD

vs DET

vs DET

@ARI

@ARI

@ARI

ARI

@SF

@SF

@SF

vs LAD

vs LAD

vs LAD

SF

vs ARI

vs ARI

vs ARI

vs COL

vs COL

vs COL

COL

vs CWS

vs CWS

vs CWS

@SF

@SF

@SF

SD

@CLE

@CLE

@CLE

vs DET

vs DET

vs DET

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

BOS

Lackey

Doubront

Peavy

Buccholz

Lester

Lackey

Doubront

NYY

Kuroda

Nova

Tanaka

Pineda

Sabathia

Kuroda

Nova

BAL

Jimenez

Chen

Gonzalez

Norris

Tillman

Jimenez

TB

Moore

Archer

Odorizzi

Price

Cobb

Moore

TOR

Buehrle

Morrow

McGowan

Dickey

Hutchison

Buehrle

DET

Scherzer

Sanchez

Porcello

Verlander

Scherzer

CWS

Paulinho

Quintana

Johnson

Danks

Sale

Paulino

Quintana

KC

Vargas

Ventura

Guthrie

Chen

Shields

Vargas

CLE

Kluber

McAllister

Salazar

Carrasco

Masterson

Kluber

McAllister

MIN

Correia

Hughes

Pelfry

Gibson

Nolasco

Correia

TEX

Scheppers

Perez

Ross

Lewis

Darvish

Scheppers

OAK

Kazmir

Chavez

Straily

Milone

Gray

Kazmir

LAA

Wilson

Santiago

Richards

Skaggs

Weaver

Wilson

HOU

Cosart

Oberholtzer

Harrell

Keuchel

Feldman

Cosart

Oberholtzer

SEA

Paxton

Elias

Hernandez

Ramirez

Paxton

NYM

Colon

Wheeler

Mejia

Gee

Niese

Colon

WSH

Gonzalez

Roark

Zimmermann

Strasburg

Jordan

Gonzalez

ATL

Harang

Santana

Hale

Teheran

Wood

Harang

MIA

Alvarez

Turner

Koehler

Fernandez

Eovaldi

Alvarez

PHI

Hernandez

Lee

Burnett

Kendrick

Undecided

CHC

Jackson

Hammel

Wood

Samardzija

Villanueva

Jackson

MIL

Lohse

Garza

Estrada

Peralta

Gallardo

Lohse

STL

Wacha

Lynn

Miller

Kelly

Wainwright

Wacha

CIN

Cingrani

Bailey

Leake

Cueto

Cingrani

Bailey

PIT

Kendrick

Morton

Rodriguez

Cole

Liriano

Volquez

Morton

LAD

Haren

Ryu

Undecided

Grienke

Haren

ARI

Cahill

Arroyo

Delgado

McCarthy

Miley

Cahill

SF

Hudson

Lincecum

Vogelsong

Bumgarner

Cain

Hudson

COL

Lyles

Morales

Nicasio

De La Rosa

Anderson

Undecided

SD

Ross

Erlin

Stults

Cashner

Kennedy

Ross

 

Two Start Pitchers

Within the tiers below players are not listed in any particular order.

Must Start (Ownership %):

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  • Scherzer (100): Away at LA and SD means he is pitching in two decent ball parks. Ok I’ll be realistic you probably wouldn’t sit him if he was playing in the worst two ball parks. Definitely the best of the two start pitchers this week.
  • Kazmir (33): Two road games is not ideal but one is in Seattle and the other is vs the Twins
  • Wilson (100): At Houston means a small park but against a weaker line up and then at home against Mets means he is back in familiar settings against a hit or miss line up
  • Gonzalez (100): A decent pitchers park in Miami followed by a visit to Atlanta which could be a bit tougher.
  • Wacha (100): A great first game this year and now he gets a game against Cincy but at home which is a big boost and then another home game against a weak Cubs line up.
  • Cingrani (100): Ok I won’t lie to you I have a man crush on this guy and he is probably my favourite pitcher for this year. The game against STL will be tough and then he faces a hit or miss Tampa team but I think his talent shines through two potentially tough starts.
  • Hudson (33): Two home matches; the first against Arizona who have struggled to score runs at times this year and then Colorado who I feel will struggle away from home all year.

Safe Starts (Ownership %):

  • Lackey (100): My issue with Lackey this week is that he is playing a fantastic Texas line up and then he faces the Yankees in a lefty friendly park as a right hand pitcher. However, I still see him putting up decent numbers.
  • Kuroda (100): Two relatively tough match ups against Baltimore and Boston but there should still be a decent output from him.
  • Nova (98): As above
  • Moore (100): A nice match up against Houston nearly put him in must start but Im worried that a start in Camden Yards could be a wrecking ball.
  • Vargas (3): A hit and miss Tampa line up followed by what is considered by many to be a weak line up in Minnesota
  • Paxton (27): Lit up twitter with his performance in week 1 and with two home match ups putting him here may be seen as conservative.
  • Colon (71): Struggled last week and his match up with Atlanta could be tough but then he faces the familiar Angels in a pitcher friendly park.
  • Harang (3): Hit or miss Mets line up followed by a tough game against Washington is why he isn’t going any higher this week.
  • Bailey (100): Has a similar pair of tough match ups to Cingrani but I think he struggles more because I feel Cingrani is the better pitcher.
  • Morton (2): A weak Cubs line up followed by a tough match up in hitter friendly Milwaukee
  • Haren (100): The Tigers have a fiery line up but being at home negates that. His second match against Arizona is a problem though because Chase Field is largely hitter friendly.

Tough Choices (Ownership %):

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  • Doubront (100): As with Lackey but he isn’t as good
  • Jimenez (37): As an owner I am worried about him whenever he plays at home especially against a powerful Toronto line up. His first game is in New York and I’m not confident on that one either.
  • Buehrle (43): A nice match up against Houston at home is followed by a tough match up in Camden Yards against Baltimore and he could get smashed in both match ups
  • Kluber (5): Would be higher if the game against San Diego was on the West coast in the Padres pitcher friendly park and then he plays a tough White Sox line up.
  • McAllister (1): As above
  • Correia (1): Two home games with one against the Mariners who have started off mashing the ball worries me.
  • Scheppers (1): A terrible first start and playing in Boston won’t help him bounce back. Playing Houston should be better for him but his home park is always a dangerous one to pitch in.
  • Cosart (2): At home against the Angels isn’t a great match up and then he follows that up by pitching in Texas against a superb line up.
  • Alvarez (1): Two tough match ups and one of them is in hitter friendly Philly
  • Jackson (2): Pitt are a tough match up and then STL away is another tough one.
  • Lohse (27): A tough start in hitter friendly Philly followed by a Pitt line with a ton of potential
  • Cahill (1): San Fran are off to a flyer and then facing the Dodgers in chase field could see him get some punishment
  • Ross (1): Two tough games but the one at home gives me hope even if it is against Detroit.

Risky Starts (Ownership %):

  • Paulinho (0): A game in Colorado completely ruins this week for me. He could give up 5+ runs easily. Then he faces a decent Cleveland line up but the Colorado start means I want nothing to do with him.
  • Quintana (4): As above.
  • Oberholtzer (1): Two line ups capable of mashing in Toronto and Texas with both being away from home.

 

One Start Pitchers

Must Starts

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  • Verlander: A game in PETCO is always welcome
  • Sale: Cleveland are a decent team but Sale is a must start nearly every week for me
  • Shields: Minnesota are nothing special
  • Darvish: Nearly had a perfect game when he faced Houston last year
  • Felix Hernandez: Home against Oakland sounds good to me
  • Strasburg: Struck out 10 in his first start and should bounce back in terms of earned runs
  • Fernandez: Tough game in Philly but he is one of my Cy Young picks
  • Lee: Cannot be as bad as his first start was in Texas!
  • Wainwright: One of the best and in a good match up against the Cubs he should be awesome
  • Bumgarner: Home against a Colorado team that I have already said I don’t trust away from home

Intriguing match ups (Ownership %):

  • Morrow (2): Away at Houston means he gets a weak line up but in a hitter friendly park
  • Porcello (88): A nice match up in San Diego means Porcello is worth a look this week
  • Milone (1): Playing in Seattle will get many people on this list this year
  • Skaggs (2): A former high end prospect pitching in Seattle? Yes please
  • Erasmo Ramirez (8): Pitching at home in Seattle means I’d give him a chance
  • Gee (32): Pitching in Angels stadium means potential for a nice day
  • Cole (100): Cole is another guy I love this year and playing the Cubs just increases that
  • Cueto (100): Tampa Bay can be very hit a miss but pitching in his home run friendly park could spell disaster
  • Cashner (100): Love him at home and would be a must start if it wasn’t a team with the destructive power of Detroit
  • Kennedy (10): Also love him at home but Detroit makes me a little nervous.

So there we have it for my two start pitchers and my intriguing one start guys for week 2. By no means am I saying drop people who don’t appear on this list for those that do. I decided to list my must start one start pitchers as well so that people can see that there are still one start guys I would rather have than some two start guys. Just because your one start pitcher isn’t on this list doesn’t mean I wouldn’t use him it just means I might consider a couple of options first.

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