Week 4 Two Start Pitchers

Will Strasburg's dominant second half performance last season carry over into 2016?

Rankings always feel more positive when Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner are pitching and ranking the Week 4 two start pitchers was no exception. There is a clear tier of four guys heading the rankings followed by another four man tier right behind them. Then we have a group of 12-14 pitchers who are really interesting and there will be tough some decisions this week who to pick up and who to leave out on the waiver wire.

At this stage of the season we are starting to get a feel for whether pitchers are truly struggling or if they have just had a couple of bad starts and actually they could be fairly decent. Two good examples are Masahiro Tanaka and Jeff Samardzija. Tanaka had two bad starts to open the season but the bounce back since then tells us it is probably just a start of season blip whereas Samardzija’s struggles seem to indicate that maybe he just isn’t the same pitcher anymore. In addition, we also have pitchers emerging from the 50-150 jumble and showing themselves to be a potential gem or at the very least a decent streaming option.

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Tune in each week to hear the team discuss the previous week and take a look forward at what we can hope to expect in the coming week. We will be discussing waiver wire, start sit along with all the major topics surrounding the world of fantasy baseball.

PlayerDate 1Vs 1Pitcher 1Date 2Vs 2Pitcher 2
Clayton Kershaw LAD (04/25) @ SF Madison Bumgarner (04/30) vs. PHI Vince Velasquez
Madison Bumgarner SF (04/25) vs. LAD Clayton Kershaw (04/30) vs. SD Clayton Richard 
Chris Archer TB (04/24) @ BAL Ubaldo Jimenez (04/30) @ TOR Aaron Sanchez 
Stephen Strasburg WAS (04/25) @ COL Tyler Anderson(04/30) vs. NYM Robert Gsellman 
Felix Hernandez SEA (04/25) @ DET Jordan Zimmermann(04/30) @ CLE Trevor Bauer 
Zack Greinke ARI (04/24) vs. SD Jhoulys Chacin (04/29) vs. COL TBA
Dallas Keuchel HOU (04/25) @ CLE Trevor Bauer (04/30) vs. OAK Jesse Hahn 
Julio Teheran ATL (04/25) @ NYM Robert Gsellman (04/30) @ MIL Tommy Milone
Michael Wacha STL (04/25) vs. TOR Aaron Sanchez (04/30) vs. CIN Amir Garrett
Rick Porcello BOS (04/25) vs. NYY Luis Severino (04/30) vs. CHC Brett Anderson 
Joe Ross WSH(04/24) @ COLTBA(04/29) vs. NYM Zack Wheeler
Francisco Liriano TOR (04/24) @ LAA JC Ramirez (04/29) vs. TB Matt Andriese 
Vince Velasquez PHI(04/25) vs. MIA Wei-Yin Chen (04/30) @ LAD Clayton Kershaw 
Luis Severino NYY (04/25) @ BOS Rick Porcello (04/30) vs. BAL Wade Miley 
Jason Vargas KC(04/24) @ CHW Miguel Gonzalez (04/30) vs. MIN Adalberto Mejia 
Wei-Yin Chen MIA (04/25) @ PHI Vince Velasquez(04/30) vs. PIT Chad Kuhl 
Amir Garrett CIN(04/24) @ MIL Tommy Milone(04/30) @ STL Michael Wacha 
Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD (04/24) @ SF Matt Cain (04/29) vs. PHI Zach Eflin 
Matt Shoemaker LAA (04/25) vs. OAK Jesse Hahn (04/30) @ TEX Martin Perez 
Robert Gsellman NYM (04/25) vs. ATL Julio Teheran (04/30) @ WAS Stephen Strasburg 
Chad Kuhl PIT (04/24) vs. CHC Brett Anderson (04/30) @ MIA Wei-Yin Chen 
Jordan Zimmermann DET(04/25) vs. SEA Felix Hernandez (04/30) vs. CHW Dylan Covey 
Patrick Corbin ARI (04/25) vs. SD Clayton Richard (04/30) vs. COL Tyler Anderson
Ubaldo Jimenez BAL (04/24) vs. TB Chris Archer (04/29) @ NYY Jordan Montgomery 
Jesse Hahn OAK (04/25) @ LAA Matt Shoemaker (04/30) @ HOU Dallas Keuchel 
Marco Estrada TOR(04/25) @ STL Michael Wacha (04/30) vs. TB Chris Archer 
Matt Cain SF (04/24) vs. LAD Hyun-Jin Ryu (04/29) vs. SD Jhoulys Chacin 
Trevor Bauer CLE (04/25) vs. HOU Dallas Keuchel (04/30) vs. SEA Felix Hernandez 
Tyler Anderson COL(04/25) vs. WAS Stephen Strasburg (04/30) @ ARI Patrick Corbin 
Martin Perez TEX (04/24) vs. MIN Adalberto Mejia (04/30) vs. LAA Matt Shoemaker 
Brett Anderson CHC (04/24) @ PIT Chad Kuhl (04/30) @ BOS Rick Porcello 
Clayton Richard SD (04/25) @ ARI Patrick Corbin (04/30) @ SF Madison Bumgarner 
Dylan Covey CHW (04/25) vs. KC Danny Duffy (04/30) @ DET Jordan Zimmermann
Miguel Gonzalez CHW (04/24) vs. KC Jason Vargas(04/29) @ DET Michael Fulmer
Wade Miley BAL (04/25) vs. TB Erasmo Ramirez (04/30) @ NYY Luis Severino 
Tommy Milone MIL(04/24) vs. CIN Amir Garrett(04/30) vs. ATL Julio Teheran 
JC Ramirez LAA (04/24) vs. TOR Francisco Liriano (04/29) @ TEX Yu Darvish 
Phil Hughes MIN(04/24) @ TEX Martin Perez (04/30) @ KC Jason Vargas
Jhoulys Chacin SD (04/24) @ ARI Zack Greinke (04/29) @ SF Matt Cain 
King Felix Hernandez

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Notes:

  • Felix Hernandez struggled a little against Miami but the damage was mostly done on singles in the early stages of the outing. The approach Miami took is something I am interested to see if other teams copy but for now I am going with the thought that some good slap hitting combined with a bit of bad BABIP luck for King Felix contributed to his worst outing of the season.
  • Julio Teheran also struggled in his last start but the Nationals can be so hot at times that I am willing to look over it and say he is the good pitcher we thought. He has already shown this season he can stifle the Mets on the road and whilst a trip to Milwaukee has its concerns I think he is good enough to get through it.
  • Michael Wacha has looked good so far this season and Toronto are truly awful right now.
  • Aaron Sanchez against the equally poor Cardinals and then getting to face Tampa Bay should mean he has at least one really good start this week.
  • I like the two matchups for Francisco Liriano especially being on the road at the Angels.
  • Urgh Vince Velasquez is really causing me a headache. One start he strikes out 10 but gives up a handful of earned runs and then he strikes out two but doesn’t give up many runs. I think the Miami start could be a good enough to hide any damage the Dodgers might do.
  • Luis Severino is the high upside guy of this group and genuinely this time next year could considered along with that second tier of pitchers (Greinke through Teheran) but these matchups do scare me a little and hence he slipped in behind Velasquez.
  • Jason Vargas has started the year hot but a run of starts against meh teams has really helped him. Luckily that continues this week as he get the White Sox and the hot and cold Twins so there is a real chance he could have two more good outings this week. Worth a pick up for this week at the very least because if what he is doing is real he could be a useful piece all season.
  • Wei-Yin Chen has two really nice match-ups
  • Amir Garrett is a better pitcher than Chen but I fear that match up in Miller Park just enough to slide him in below him

    Mets robert gsellman

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  • Robert Gsellman and Chad Kuhl have one good and one bad match-up each and are my last must start guys in 12 team leagues.
  • I want to trust Jordan Zimmermann so badly with one start against the White Sox but there’s just so little upside for the risk it isn’t worth it. The White Sox match-up does mean I will consider him in 12 team leagues but he isn’t a must get for me
  • Patrick Corbn gets to face the Padres and Ubaldo Jimenez gets the Rays so there is a glimpse of upside for both
  • Jesse Hahn is my last 14 team must start guy because I think he can get enough good out of the Angels start that the Astros one won’t kill you.
  • I hate ranking Matt Cain over pretty much anyone but he’s been good lately and he does get to face the Padres at the end of the week. Oh and look at those names behind him and tell me you feel confident starting any of them?
  • Clayton Richard is the last guy I’d definitely go with in 16 team mixed leagues.

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