Week 13 Two-Start Pitcher Rankings

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers

Week 13 Two-Start Pitcher Rankings are once again headlined by some dynamic aces including two Chicago Cubs, Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester. Some may have concern with Arrieta after two 5 inning outings in his last four but I have little. He is still the dominant starter we have seen all season. Both matchups come on the road against strikeout prone teams. The Mets bats have struggled of late and that shouldn’t change this week against Arrieta.

This week also provides opportunities for young guns like Julio Urias, Blake Snell and Jon Gray. There are some real minefields to navigate for Gray and Snell especially. They are worth the risk if you need to use them but proceed with caution.

PITCHERSTART #1OPP. TEAMOPP. PITCHERSTART #2OPP. TEAMOPP. PITCHERRANKING 
Jake Arrieta CHC(06/27)@ CINDan Straily(07/02)@ NYMNoah Syndergaard1
Noah Syndergaard NYM(06/27)@ WASTBA(07/02)vs. CHCJake Arrieta2
Jon Lester CHC(06/28)@ CINJohn Lamb(07/03)@ NYMMatt Harvey3
Cole Hamels TEX(06/28)@ NYYCC Sabathia(07/03)@ MINKyle Gibson4
Matt Harvey NYM(06/28)@ WASJoe Ross(07/03)vs. CHCJon Lester5
Corey Kluber CLE(06/28)@ ATLMatt Wisler(07/03)@ TORJ.A. Happ6
Jeff Samardzija SF(06/27)vs. OAKDaniel Mengden(07/02)@ ARIPatrick Corbin7
Michael Wacha STL(06/28)@ KCYordano Ventura(07/03)vs. MILChase Anderson8
Danny Duffy KC(06/27)vs. STLAdam Wainwright(07/02)@ PHIAaron Nola9
Adam Wainwright STL(06/27)@ KCDanny Duffy(07/02)vs. MILJimmy Nelson10
Joe Ross WAS(06/28)vs. NYMMatt Harvey(07/03)vs. CINJohn Lamb11
Julio Urias LAD(06/28)@ MILChase Anderson(07/03)vs. COLJon Gray12
Robbie Ray ARI(06/27)vs. PHIVince Velasquez(07/03)vs. SFAlbert Suarez13
Daniel Mengden OAK(06/27)@ SFJeff Samardzija(07/02)vs. PITTBA14
Vince Velasquez PHI(06/27)@ ARIRobbie Ray(07/03)vs. KCYordano Ventura15
Eduardo Rodriguez BOS(06/27)@ TBBlake Snell(07/03)vs. LAAMatt Shoemaker16
Jon Gray COL(06/27)vs. TORMarco Estrada(07/03)@ LADJulio Urias17
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA(06/28)vs. PITJonathon Niese(07/03)vs. BALTBA18
Blake Snell TB(06/27)vs. BOSEduardo Rodriguez(07/02)vs. DETJustin Verlander19
Chris Archer TB(06/28)vs. BOSRick Porcello(07/03)vs. DETMike Pelfrey20
Scott Kazmir LAD(06/27)@ PITFrancisco Liriano(07/02)vs. COLChad Bettis21
Marco Estrada TOR(06/27)@ COLJon Gray(07/02)vs. CLETrevor Bauer22
Jose Quintana CHW(06/28)vs. MINKyle Gibson(07/03)@ HOUCollin McHugh23
Trevor Bauer CLE(06/27)@ ATLJohn Gant(07/02)@ TORMarco Estrada24
Kendall Graveman OAK(06/28)@ SFAlbert Suarez(07/03)vs. PITFrancisco Liriano25
Matt Shoemaker LAA(06/27)vs. HOUCollin McHugh(07/03)@ BOSEduardo Rodriguez26
J.A. Happ TOR(06/28)@ COLEddie Butler(07/03)vs. CLECorey Kluber27
Collin McHugh HOU(06/27)@ LAAMatt Shoemaker(07/03)vs. CHWJose Quintana28
Francisco Liriano PIT(06/27)vs. LADScott Kazmir(07/03)@ OAKKendall Graveman29
Adam Conley MIA(06/28)@ DETMike Pelfrey(07/03)@ ATLMatt Wisler30
John Lamb CIN(06/28)vs. CHCJon Lester(07/03)@ WASJoe Ross31
Matt Wisler ATL(06/28)vs. CLECorey Kluber(07/03)vs. MIAAdam Conley32
Albert Suarez SF(06/28)vs. OAKKendall Graveman(07/03)@ ARIRobbie Ray33
Dan Straily CIN(06/27)vs. CHCJake Arrieta(07/02)@ WASTanner Roark34
Ivan Nova NYY(06/27)vs. TEXChi Chi Gonzalez(07/02)@ SDDrew Pomeranz35
Yordano Ventura KC(06/28)vs. STLMichael Wacha(07/03)@ PHIVince Velasquez36
Kyle Gibson MIN(06/28)@ CHWJose Quintana(07/03)vs. TEXCole Hamels37
Chase Anderson MIL(06/28)vs. LADJulio Urias(07/03)@ STLMichael Wacha38
CC Sabathia NYY(06/28)vs. TEXCole Hamels(07/03)@ SDLuis Perdomo39
Mike Pelfrey DET(06/28)vs. MIAAdam Conley(07/03)@ TBChris Archer40
Chi Chi Gonzalez TEX(06/27)@ NYYIvan Nova(07/02)@ MINTyler Duffey41
John Gant ATL(06/27)vs. CLETrevor Bauer(07/02)vs. MIAJose Fernandez42
Royals Danny Duffy

John Sleezer – McClatchy-Tribune

Danny Duffy | Kansas City Royals
(45% Owned in Yahoo)

Danny Duffy enters Week 13 with a ton of potential. He has 37 strikeouts and 9 walks in the month of June. Duffy is averaging 2.2 earned runs per outing which is great to see for streaming pitchers. The danger of a awful outing is seemingly limited. This week he faces two of the poorest teams in OPS against left handed pitching with the St. Louis Cardinals ranking 27th and the Philadelphia Phillies sitting at 29th. The Cardinals are 12th in strikeouts against left handed pitching. The Phillies are near the bottom against lefties but should strike out enough to give Duffy another nice outing. He should have a nice two-start week.

Daniel Mengden | Oakland Athletics
(16% Owned in Yahoo)

Daniel Mengden is a name my podcast partner Damian Dabrowski brought to my attention. He has been really solid since joining the rotation averaging two earned runs in his three outings. His strikeout totals have been nice with seven per outing with only six total walks over the three starts. He stays in the Bay Area for both starts this week which should be helpful for his fly ball lean. He first faces off against the San Francisco Giants and returns home for a matchup with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates are second in the majors with strikeouts against right handed pitching. The Giants ballpark is advantageous for pitchers and will face a depleted Giants lineup without Hunter Pence, Matt Duffy, and potential other key hitters. Mengden’s ownership should rise for this week. Get on board before it is too late.

Robbie Ray | Arizona Diamondbacks
(13% Owned in Yahoo)

Robbie Ray is another lefty that will get to take advantage of a Phillies team that struggles against left handed pitching. He also gets to face a San Francisco Giants squad that doesn’t crush lefties themselves. They are 19th in OPS against lefties and strike out the fifth most of any MLB team.Outside of three poor outings against Tampa Bay, San Diego, and Toronto Ray has been really strong. Those teams are three of the top 15 teams in OPS against lefties. The Padres and Rays are both in the top six. Look for two really strong outings from Ray this week and is absolutely worth an add if you have room.

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