Week 3 Two-Start Pitchers

Nationals Max Scherzer

Trying to put together rankings for the week 3 two-start pitchers was not a fun experience. There are a lot of bad pitchers who are two start options this week. This has pushed a lot of middling pitcher into very high places and the rankings so you will excused for wincing when you see how high names like Brandon McCarthy and Ivan Nova are. This is probably going to be one of the weakest two start weeks of the season and it may be that you decide not to go with many at all especially in 10 or 12 team leagues.

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PlayerDate 1Vs 1Pitcher 1Date 2Vs 2Pitcher 2
Max Scherzer, WSH(04/18)@ ATLMike Foltynewicz(04/23)@ NYMZack Wheeler
Yu Darvish TEX(04/18)@ OAKJesse Hahn(04/23)vs. KC Jason Hammel
Michael Fulmer DET (04/18) @ TB Matt Andriese (04/23) @ MIN TBA
Marcus Stroman TOR (04/18) vs. BOS Eduardo Rodriguez (04/23) @ LAA Ricky Nolasco 
John Lackey CHC (04/17) vs. MIL Chase Anderson (04/23) @ CIN TBA
Danny Salazar CLE(04/17) @ MIN Kyle Gibson (04/22) @ CHW Derek Holland 
Gio Gonzalez WAS (04/18) @ ATL Jaime Garcia (04/23) @ NYM TBA
Robbie Ray ARI (04/17) @ LAD Brandon McCarthy (04/22) vs. LAD Alex Wood 
Brandon McCarthy LAD (04/17) vs. ARI Robbie Ray (04/23) @ ARI Shelby Miller
Ivan Nova PIT (04/17) @ STL Lance Lynn (04/23) vs. NYY Jordan Montgomery 
Andrew Triggs OAK (04/17) vs. TEX A.J. Griffin (04/22) vs. SEA Ariel Miranda 
Lance Lynn STL (04/17) vs. PIT Ivan Nova (04/22) @ MIL Chase Anderson 
Zack Wheeler NYM(04/18)vs. PHITBA(04/23)vs. WSHMax Scherzer
Mike Leake STL(04/18)vs. PIT Chad Kuhl(04/23)@ MILJimmy Nelson
Mike Foltynewicz ATL(04/17) vs. SD Jered Weaver (04/22) @ PHI Jerad Eickhoff 
A.J. Griffin TEX (04/17) @ OAK Andrew Triggs (04/22) vs. KC Nathan Karns 
Joe Musgrove HOU (04/17) vs. LAA Jesse Chavez (04/22) @ TB Blake Snell 
Josh Tomlin CLE(04/18)@ MINPhil Hughes(04/23)@ CWSMiguel Gonzalez
Shelby Miller ARI(04/18)@ SDZach Lee(04/23)vs. LAD Brandon McCarthy
Tom Koehler MIA (04/17) @ SEA Ariel Miranda (04/23) @ SD Luis Perdomo 
Jaime Garcia ATL (04/18) vs. WAS Gio Gonzalez (04/23) @ PHI Clay Buchholz 
Blake Snell TB (04/17) @ BOS Steven Wright (04/22) vs. HOU Joe Musgrove 
Steven Wright BOS (04/17) vs. TB Blake Snell (04/22) @ BAL TBA
Yovani Gallardo, SEA(04/18)vs. MIA Wei-Yin Chen(04/23)@OAKJesse Hahn
Jordan Montgomery NYY (04/17) vs. CHW Derek Holland (04/23) @ PIT Ivan Nova 
Jason Hammel KC (04/18) vs. SF Matt Cain (04/23) @ TEX Yu Darvish
Amir Garrett, CIN(04/18)@ BALUbaldo Jimenez(04/23)@ CHCJohn Lackey
Jesse Hahn OAK (04/18) vs. TEX Yu Darvish (04/23) vs. SEA TBA
Mike Fiers HOU(04/18)vs. LAA Jesse Chavez (04/23)@ TBMatt Andreise
Matt Andriese TB(04/18)vs. DETMichael Fulmer(04/23)vs. HOU Mike Fiers
Eduardo Rodriguez BOS(04/18)@ TORMarcus Stroman(04/23)@ BALUbaldo Jimenez
Phil Hughes MIN(04/18)vs. CLE Josh Tomlin(04/23)vs. DET Michael Fulmer
Jimmy Nelson MIL(04/18)@ CHCBrett Anderson(04/23)vs. STL Mike Leake
Ariel Miranda SEA (04/17) vs. MIA Tom Koehler (04/22) @ OAK Andrew Triggs 
Kyle Gibson MIN (04/17) vs. CLE Danny Salazar(04/22) vs. DET Matthew Boyd 
Derek Holland CHW (04/17) @ NYY Jordan Montgomery (04/22) vs. CLE Danny Salazar
Chase Anderson MIL (04/17) @ CHC John Lackey (04/22) vs. STL Lance Lynn 
Zach Lee SD(04/18) vs. ARI Shelby Miller (04/23) vs. MIA Tom Koehler 
Miguel Gonzalez CHW (04/18) @ NYY Luis Severino (04/23) vs. CLE TBA
Ricky Nolasco LAA (04/18) @ HOU Mike Fiers (04/23) vs. TOR Marcus Stroman 
Ubaldo Jimenez BAL (04/18) @ CIN Amir Garrett (04/23) vs. BOS TBA
Jered Weaver SD (04/17) @ ATL Bartolo Colon(04/22) vs. MIA Dan Straily
Jesse Chavez LAA (04/17) @ HOU Joe Musgrove (04/22) vs. TOR J.A. Happ
Philly pitcher TBA(04/18) @ NYM Zack Wheeler (04/23) vs. ATL Jaime Garcia 

Notes:

  • I love all of the top 6 and honestly you are starting them all in an 8 team league.
  • Gio Gonzalez and Robbie Ray are where I draw the line for must starts in 10 team leagues
  • Brandon McCarthy has looked really solid this year and when one of those start is at the Cubs it holds a lot of gravitas for me.
  • I am giving Zack Wheeler the benefit of the doubt here because I think he pitched better than his line was Wednesday night. However, it wouldn’t shock me if they either did two shorter starts or pulled him from his second start given he is mid injury recovery still.
  • Mike Leake is my last must start in a 12 teamer. He has been really good so far and I think a predominantly ground ball pitcher can survive Miller Park better than most.
  • I’ve gone for Mike Foltynewicz at #15 because I think these are two of the better match-ups in the league right now. He is right on the border of startable in a 12 team league because I am not sure how deep he goes in either start.
  • A.J. Griffin gets the nod at 16 because I like anyone facing Oakland and Kansas City right now.
  • Shelby Miller is only this high because he gets the Padres once buts honestly I shiver thinking about starting him.
  • Blake Snell has been really freaking awful but the raw stuff is good and the guys behind him are pretty yuck. Perhaps the last 14 team guy for me this week.
  • Steven Wright is a conundrum wrapped in an enigma because knuckleballers can be so good one outing and horrific the next. He just got lit up by Baltimore but I wouldn’t be shocked if he bounced back this week.
  • Yovani Gallardo is not a favourite of mine but if he comes out of a week at home to Miami and on the road in Oakland smelling of roses I will not be surprised in the slightest.
  • Jordan Montgomery has decent match-ups that I could see him surviving given the slow starts of the White Sox and Pirates.
  • Amir Garrett has been amazing so far but this is going to be a massive test. Baltimore and the Cubs on the road may be the scariest 1-2 punch a pitcher can face right now. Look I am not dropping him but if I can bench him this week in 14 teams or shallower I may well be doing it.
  • Ariel Miranda is perhaps my if I want to take a gamble type pick this week. He has decent match-ups and pitches in two pitching friendly parks and those two usually add up to something interesting.
  • Chase Anderson was awesome Wednesday but the Cubs on the road and St. Louis in Miller park is something I am avoiding in most leagues.
  • At the time of writing the Phillies had yet to name a starter for either of Clay Buchholz scheduled starts but unless they are pushing Velasquez, Nola or Eickhoff in this slot then it is likely they will be close to the bottom of this list.

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