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Two-Start Pitchers for Fantasy Baseball: Week 4 (4/25-5/1)

Here are the two-start pitchers for Week 4 (4/25-5/1) in fantasy baseball. As a reminder, this article was mostly produced on Saturday (4/23) before the week starts so make sure to double-check teams’ rotations before you make any moves. Week 4 is filled with elite two-start pitchers so you may need to pick up a few starters just to keep up in your head-to-head leagues. Let’s take a look at the two-start pitchers for Week 4!

Two-Start Pitchers for Week 4

Tier Description:

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. However, these pitchers are not elite and are more subject to variance in performance. Tread lightly.

Questionable: Only start these pitchers if you are in a very deep league or if you are desperate for counting stats.

Sit: Do not start these pitchers.

Must Start

PitcherERAStart 1wRC+Start 2wRC+
Shane Bieber2.25@ LAA137@ OAK89
Kevin Gausman2.89BOS85HOU114
Luis Severino2.08BAL78@ KC86
Logan Gilbert0.54@ TBR102@ MIA119
Max Fried (L)3.50CHC139@ TEX155
Sandy Alcantara1.86@ WSN86SEA116
Corbin Burnes2.37SF114CHC118
Brandon Woodruff4.30@ PIT99CHC118
Walker Buehler4.02@ ARI72DET67
Joe Musgrove1.89@ CIN49@ PIT99
Carlos Rodon (L)1.06@ MIL49WSN61
Max Scherzer2.50@ STL108PHI90
Nathan Eovaldi3.68@ TOR123@ BAL78

Logan Gilbert has been absolutely incredible so far this season. Over 16.2 innings, Gilbert has a 0.54 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP. He has struck out 15 batters while only walking one. Although his advanced stats suggest regression is coming, this week should be a slam dunk for Gilbert.

Carlos Rodon skyrocketed into one of the best pitchers in baseball right now. Rodon has an absurd 44.6 strikeout percentage over his first 17 innings pitched this year. Rodon is limiting hard contact at an elite rate and opponents have a .144 xBA against him. If he can stay healthy, Rodon is on his way to CY Young consideration.

Should Start

PitcherERAStart 1wRC+Start 2wRC+
Framber Valdez (L)4.50@ TEX155@ TOR64
Merrill Kelly0.59LAD134@ STL108
Jose Berrios6.35BOS85HOU114
Miles Mikolas1.76NYM132ARI72

Jose Berrios has been riding the struggle bus all season so far in 2022. Berrios has a 6.35 ERA and a 2.03 WHIP. He has given up 17 hits in 11.1 innings and batters are crushing the ball off him.  This is going to be a tough week for Berrios as he faces the Red Sox and Astros but I have not given up on the Jay’s ace just yet.


PitcherERAStart 1wRC+Start 2wRC+
Michael Lorenzen4.82CLE146@ CHW67
Marcus Stroman8.78@ ATL104@ MIL83
Kyle Gibson3.57COL117@ NYM132
German Marquez4.67@ PHI90CIN49
Jordan Hicks0.00NYM132ARI72
Eduardo Rodriguez5.27@ MIN88@ LAD134

Marcus Stroman has not been able to find his groove yet on the North Side of Chicago. Stroman enters this week with an 8.78 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP. Stroman has given up the hardest contact of his career and he is walking batters at a career-high rate. Right now you are only starting him if you are desperate for some counting stats and/or you are feeling extremely lucky.

The 34-year-old Kyle Gibson has quietly had a good start to the season. Gibson has a 3.57 ERA with a 1.02 WHIP. Over 17.2 innings he has struck out 19 batters while only walking five. Both of these matchups are tough but by the end of the week but he could have good ratios along with double-digit strikeouts.

This week German Marquez takes on the Philadelphia Phillies and the worst hitting team in baseball, the Cincinnati Reds. The Phillies are dangerous as they currently rank fourth in team OPS (.754) while the Reds are dead last in baseball (.558). Marquez has only pitched at Coors this year so it will be great to see him on the road. So far this year, Marquez has 13 strikeouts with only three walks but he has struggled to limit contact. If you are in a daily league, Marquez vs the Reds is one of the best streaming matchups you could hope for even though it is in Coors.

After 114 relief outings, Jordan Hicks made his first career start against the Marlins this week. Hicks allowed two hits over three innings while striking out three. Hicks currently holds a 1.29 ERA with a 1.00 WHIP. The 25-year-old is one of the hardest throwers in baseball and he finally has a chance in the rotation. According to Statcast, his 30.8 strikeout percentage is in the 81st percentile league-wide. I would be more bullish on him but he may not pitch more than three or four innings each time out. But with both starts combined he should be able to help your ratios and add some strikeouts.


PitcherERAStart 1wRC+Start 2wRC+
Jordan Lyles3.52@ NYY101BOS85
Josh Fleming (L)5.40SEA91@ KC44
Dallas Keuchel (L)16.50KC44LAA109
Daniel Lynch (L)5.40@ CHW173NYY92
Dane Dunning5.68HOU114ATL104
Taylor Hearn (L)7.59HOU76ATL121
Mitch Keller6.23MIL93SD88
Zach Davies5.02LAD134@ STL108
Kyle Freeland7.71@ PHI90CIN49
Nick Pivetta10.03@ TOR123@ BAL78
Jake Odorizzi9.00@ TEX72@ TOR123
Zach Eflin5.27COL117@ NYM132

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