Looking for two-start pitchers for the upcoming week?
Of course you are. It’s fantasy baseball, you are addicted to those two-starts, as well as streaming. Well, you’ll have to dig a little deeper this week, as Week 5 offers far fewer options than in week’s past. There are only 89 games scheduled for this week, while six teams play just five games, including strong pitching teams for fantasy such as the Tigers and Nationals.
Let’s do it.
CC Sabathia, New York Yankees (vs SEA, vs TB) - Sadly, Sabathia is not only no longer an ace in the league, but on his own team, too. Nope. That title belongs to Masahiro Tanaka, but Sabathia could have a sneaky nice week for fantasy owners who refuse to give up on him, myself included. His first opponent, Seattle, has gone cold at the plate, and Sabathia has a good history against them, winning al four of his last outings, sporting an ERA of 2.08 and 39 strikeouts. The velocity is still a concern, but when his breaking stuff is there, he can still produce strong outings. He eats up innings, which is great, and there are signs of optimism here. His ground ball percentage is sitting at 56.7 percent, by far the highest of his career, and is striking out 9.84 batters per nine innings. Seattle is 13th in the majors in team strikeouts (212).
Tyler Skaggs, Los Angeles Angels (vs CLE, vs TEX) - Skaggs is one of those players who I have on my team, don’t necessarily need, but refuse to drop because of the upside he prevents. The 22-year old is 2-0 with a 3.21 ERA and 16 strikeouts, and has consumed plenty of innings, averaging seven innings per outings thus far. He’ll draw two home starts in more of a pitcher-friendly park, starting with the Indians who are third-to-last in at-bats per game on the year (33). Cleveland is also sporting the 8th-worst team batting average in the league (.237).
Alfredo Simon, Cincinnati Reds (vs CHC, vs MIL) - Week 5 is so rough that Simon is inside my top-15 two-start options for the week. Simon has had four straight quality starts, sporting a 3-1 record with an ERA of 1.30. Now, look. There is some serious regression coming, as his insane 90.9 percent strand rate is the 8th-highest among pitchers. However, he draws two starts this week, one of which against the lowly Cubs offense that is striking out 9.20 times per nine innings, the third-most in baseball. Chicago is also allowing opposing pitchers to sport the 4th-lowest ERA. Simon is adding more to his breaking stuff, which has helped him in a big way. It’ll also be interesting to see what the Brewers lineup looks like with Ryan Braun and Jean Segura shaken up.
Others to consider: Tyson Ross, Tyler Chatwood.