Week 12 Two Start Pitchers

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The week 12 two start pitchers are the shakiest options we have had in a number of weeks. The top end talent are having questionable seasons and then even the mid-teens options are struggling to a point where every game is constant start sit debate. Jon Lester makes it to number one based on match-ups (he gets San Diego and Miami) because both Corey Kluber and Zack Greinke have at least one match-up which could be tough (@ BAL and @ COL respectively).

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PlayerDate 1Vs 1Pitcher 1Date 2Vs 2Pitcher 2
Jon Lester CHC (06/19) vs. SD Clayton Richard (06/24) @ MIA Edinson Volquez 
Corey Kluber CLE (06/19) @ BAL Dylan Bundy (06/24) vs. MIN Kyle Gibson 
Zack Greinke ARI (06/20) @ COL German Marquez(06/25) vs. PHI Jeremy Hellickson 
Michael Pineda NYY(06/20) vs. LAA Matt Shoemaker (06/25) vs. TEX Nick Martinez 
Rich Hill LAD(06/20) vs. NYM Matt Harvey (06/25) vs. COL German Marquez
Johnny Cueto SF (06/19) @ ATL R.A. Dickey (06/24) vs. NYM Jacob deGrom 
Justin Verlander DET (06/20) @ SEA Ariel Miranda (06/25) @ SD Clayton Richard 
Ervin Santana MIN (06/20) vs. CHW Miguel Gonzalez(06/25) @ CLE Josh Tomlin
Jake Odorizzi TB (06/19) vs. CIN Scott Feldman (06/25) vs. BAL Chris Tillman
Mike Leake STL(06/20) @ PHI Jeremy Hellickson (06/25) vs. PIT Chad Kuhl
Zack Wheeler NYM (06/19) @ LAD Brandon McCarthy (06/25) @ SF Matt Moore
Brandon McCarthy LAD (06/19) vs. NYM Zack Wheeler (06/24) vs. COL Tyler Chatwood 
Gerrit Cole PIT (06/19) @ MIL Matt Garza (06/24) @ STL Lance Lynn 
Tanner Roark WAS (06/19) @ MIA Edinson Volquez (06/25) vs. CIN Scott Feldman 
Sonny Gray OAK (06/20) vs. HOU Francis Martes (06/25) @ CHW Miguel Gonzalez
Marco Estrada TOR (06/19) @ TEX Andrew Cashner (06/24) @ KC Jason Vargas 
Dylan Bundy BAL (06/19) vs. CLE Corey Kluber (06/24) @ TB Jacob Faria 
Julio Teheran ATL (06/20) vs. SF Matt Moore(06/25) vs. MIL Zach Davies
Mike Montgomery CHC (06/20) vs. SD Jhoulys Chacin (06/25) @ MIA TBA
Francisco Liriano TOR (06/20) @ TEX Nick Martinez (06/25) @ KC Jason Hammel 
Jason Hammel KC (06/19) vs. BOS Brian Johnson (06/25) vs. TOR Francisco Liriano 
Francis Martes HOU (06/20) @ OAK Sonny Gray (06/25) @ SEA Ariel Miranda 
Miguel Gonzalez CHW(06/20) @ MIN Ervin Santana (06/25) vs. OAK Sonny Gray 
Brad Peacock HOU (06/19) @ OAK Daniel Gossett (06/24) @ SEA Sam Gaviglio 
Matt Moore SF(06/20) @ ATL Julio Teheran (06/25) vs. NYM Zack Wheeler 
Matt Shoemaker LAA (06/20) @ NYY Michael Pineda(06/25) @ BOS Brian Johnson 
Chris Tillman BAL(06/20) vs. CLE Josh Tomlin(06/25) @ TB Jake Odorizzi 
Chad Kuhl PIT(06/20) @ MIL Zach Davies(06/25) @ STL Mike Leake
Jordan Zimmermann DET (06/19) @ SEA Sam Gaviglio (06/24) @ SD Luis Perdomo 
Brian Johnson BOS (06/19) @ KC Jason Hammel (06/25) vs. LAA Matt Shoemaker 
Matt Garza MIL (06/19) vs. PIT Gerrit Cole (06/24) @ ATL R.A. Dickey 
Edinson Volquez MIA (06/19) vs. WAS Tanner Roark (06/24) vs. CHC Jon Lester 
Andrew Cashner TEX (06/19) vs. TOR Marco Estrada (06/24) @ NYY TBA
Zach Davies MIL(06/20) vs. PIT Chad Kuhl(06/25) @ ATL Julio Teheran 
Sam Gaviglio SEA (06/19) vs. DET Jordan Zimmermann (06/24) vs. HOU Brad Peacock 
Daniel Gossett OAK (06/19) vs. HOU Brad Peacock (06/24) @ CHW Derek Holland 
Ariel Miranda SEA (06/20) vs. DET Justin Verlander (06/25) vs. HOU Francis Martes 
Nick Martinez TEX (06/20) vs. TOR Francisco Liriano (06/25) @ NYY Michael Pineda
R.A. Dickey ATL (06/19) vs. SF Johnny Cueto (06/24) vs. MIL Matt Garza 
Jeremy Hellickson PHI (06/20) vs. STL Mike Leake(06/25) @ ARI Zack Greinke 
Clayton Richard SD (06/19) @ CHC Jon Lester (06/25) vs. DET Justin Verlander 
Josh Tomlin CLE(06/20) @ BAL Chris Tillman(06/25) vs. MIN Ervin Santana 
Scott Feldman CIN (06/19) @ TB Jake Odorizzi (06/25) @ WAS Tanner Roark 
German Marquez COL(06/20) vs. ARI Zack Greinke (06/25) @ LAD Rich Hill

Notes:

  • Michael Pineda should be fine but Texas have the potential to blast balls out of the park if he makes mistake and we know he can be prone to leaving it in dangerous areas.
  • Rich Hill was all set to challenge for the top three until Thursdays 7 ER performance meant I had to exercise caution.
  • Johnny Cueto is not having a good season and I don’t think a visit to SunTrust park is going to improve his fortunes this week. He is still a top 20 pitcher and I think you have to roll with him.
  • Justin Verlander has struggled but hopefully the San Diego match-up can be a positive experience for owners.
  • Ervin Santana is starting to regress to the mean but both of these starts have the potential to be good.
  • Jake Odorizzi is must start this week because of two home match-ups and Mike Leake has two of the easiest match-ups in baseball right now.
  • Zack Wheeler benefits massively from being shifted back a day and will get two starts in pitcher leaning stadiums.
  • Brandon McCarthy and Tanner Roark are perhaps my last must start two start options in 12 team leagues because I think both starts are ones they could have success in.
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  • Man it’s hard to start Gerrit Cole right now but his last start against Colorado was good and both Milwaukee and St. Louis are prone to bad days. However, the start in Mille Park means he is only a borderline option for me.
  • This whole group have one good and one rough start which is why they are borderline 12 team options but must use 14 team options:
    • If Sonny Gray can survive the Houston start he could make good against the White Sox.
    • Marco Estrada has to go to Texas which can always be tough and then he gets a Royals team who are showing signs of heating up but are still a pretty poor line-up.
    • Dylan Bundy has to face Cleveland which should be tough but I think he can have success in Tampa.
  • I am going to gamble on Mike Montgomery this week in some 12 team leagues. With San Diego and Miami match-ups I think there is a really good chance of success.
  • Julio Teheran is a 14 team only option with two home starts.
  • I think one out of Francisco Liriano, Jason Hammel and Francis Martes will be successful but because I can’t pick one for sure they all have to sit as 14 team options.
  • Matt Shoemaker left a game this week with some tightness so lets see how that plays out but he is the last guy on this list I would consider must start in 14 team leagues.
  • As for borderline in that format Chris Tillman and Jordan Zimmermann both make the cut because I think they can both have at least one good start.

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