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Two-Start Pitchers for Fantasy Baseball Week 25 (9/19-9/25)

If you are reading this article then you are more than likely in the semifinals or in the championship of your fantasy baseball league. If that’s the case, make sure you are very strategic with streaming two-start pitchers this week. A solid one-start pitcher is almost always better than a risky two-start pitcher. Lastly, pitching rotations are very unpredictable at this point. Therefore, it is crucial that you consistently check the Fangraphs Starting Pitchers Grid before you make any moves or transactions. Let’s take a look at the two-start pitchers for Week 25 (9/19-9/25)!

Week 25 Two-Start Pitchers

Must-Start: These pitchers should be started regardless of match-up. They are a must-start in all leagues until further notice.

Should-Start: These pitchers should start in most leagues. This is based on the pedigree of the pitcher and/or favorable matchups.

Risky Business: Only start these pitchers if you are in a deep roto or points league, desperate for counting stats, or feeling lucky.

Must Sit: Do not start these pitchers.

Must Start

PitcherxERAStart 1wRC+Start 2wRC+
Carlos Rodon SF2.69@ COL102@ ARI85
Clayton Kershaw LAD2.53ARI85STL132
Corbin Burnes MIL3.12NYM118@ CIN94
Dylan Cease CHW2.57CLE102DET72
Kyle Wright ATL3.82WAS96@ PHI102
Luis Castillo SEA3.26@ OAK83@ KC87
Max Scherzer NYM2.93@ MIL109@ OAK83

Fantasy owners of Luis Castillo finally had their prayers answered when he was traded to the Seattle Mariners. After leaving the unfriendly confines of the Great American Ball Park, Castillo has a 2.37 ERA with a 1.03 WHIP with 60 strikeouts in 49.1 innings. Next week Castillo has two great matchups on the road as he takes on the Oakland Athletics and the Kansas City Royals.

Right now Dylan Cease is battling Justin Verlander for the American League Cy Young Award. On the year, Cease has a 2.57 xERA with a 31.8 K%. Hitters have struggled to a .180 xBA and .251 xwOBAcon against him. Simply put, he’s been incredible. Coming up, Cease will stay home to take on the Cleveland Guardians and the Detroit Tigers.

Should Start

PitcherxERAStart 1wRC+Start 2wRC+
Charlie Morton ATL4.02WAS96@ PHI102
Edward Cabrera MIA4.10CHC98WAS96
Logan Gilbert SEA4.07@ LAA94@ KC87
Nick Lodolo CIN3.64BOS111MIL88
Sonny Gray MIN3.53@ CLE102LAA94
Tyler Anderson LAD3.16ARI85STL132
Luis Garcia HOU3.56@ TB102@ BAL99
Luis Severino NYY3.07PIT82BOS99

Edward Cabrera has been a pleasant surprise to fantasy owners and is another example that the Miami Marlins know how to develop pitching. The 24-year-old has done a great job limiting hard contact and striking batters out. However, he is struggling with his command. His 12.3 BB% is in the bottom sixth percentile in baseball and his 4.10 xERA is drastically higher than his 2.70 ERA. With that said, Cabrera has two very friendly matchups next week. He will face the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals at home.

Risky Business

PitcherxERAStart 1wRC+Start 2wRC+
Aaron Civale CLE4.30@ CHW96@ TEX95
Adam Wainwright STL4.33@ SD100@ LAD123
Cal Quantrill CLE4.33MIN110@ TEX95
Drew Rasmussen TB3.46HOU110TOR116
Dylan Bundy MIN4.13@ KC87LAA94
Jose Suarez LAA3.58SEA110@ MIN107
Kyle Gibson PHI4.33TOR116ATL106
Merrill Kelly ARI3.28@ LAD123SF95
Mike Clevinger SD4.64STL111@ COL80
Ross Stripling TOR3.46@ PHI102@ TB102
Wade Miley CHC3.26@ MIA68@ PIT81

For the first time this season, Adam Wainwright is categorized as a “risky business” starter. Waino has given up 9 earned runs over his last 15 innings for a 5.40 ERA. On the bright side, it appears he has gotten a bit unlucky. During that time, he holds a .426 BABIP. Next week the Cardinals hit the road for a west coast road trip. Wainwright will start against the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers. It’s possible the Padres continue to struggle and the Dodgers rest some of their stars but I still don’t love those matchups.

Usually, I would never recommend Wade Miley. Especially during playoff season. However, I cannot overlook his matchups. Miley lines up against the worst hitting team in baseball against lefties, the Miami Marlins. Then he goes against the second worst hitting team, the Pittsburgh Pirates. Since returning from the IL, Miley has had nine strikeouts while only giving up three earned runs across nine innings. Maybe I am crazy but it’s possible he has a solid week.

Must Sit

PitcherxERAStart 1wRC+Start 2wRC+
Austin Voth BAL4.36DET72HOU110
Brayan Bello BOS3.77@ CIN99@ NYY112
Chad Kuhl COL5.30SF95SD100
Cole Ragans TEX5.37LAA86CHC96
Cory Abbott WAS3.74@ ATL106@ MIA92
Jakob Junis SF3.90@ COL80@ ARI97
Joey Wentz DET4.02@ BAL94@ CHW128
Josh Lindblom MIL9.57NYM118@ CIN84
JP Sears OAK4.86SEA110NYM104
Kyle Freeland COL5.03SF106SD102
Roansy Contreras PIT4.39@ NYY112CHC98
Tyler Wells BAL3.79DET72HOU110
Zach Davies ARI4.42@ LAD123SF95
Zack Greinke KC4.96MIN110SEA105
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