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Two-Start Pitchers for Fantasy Baseball: Week 5 (5/2-5/8)

Here are the two-start pitchers for Week 5 (5/2-5/8) in fantasy baseball. We are just about a month into the season so this is a good time to start evaluating your team’s strengths and weaknesses. If you are lacking in wins and strikeouts then you may want to stream the best available two-start pitchers in your league. This week there are many “questionable” starters that you could roll the dice on.  But you’ve got to ask yourself one question. Do I feel lucky? Well, do you, punk?

As a reminder, this article was mostly produced on Saturday (4/30) before the week starts so make sure to double-check teams’ rotations before you make any moves.  Let’s take a look at the two-start pitchers for Week 5!

Two-Start Pitchers for Week 5

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.

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

Sit: Do not start these pitchers.

Must Start

PitcherERAStart 1wRC+Start 2wRC+
Alek Manoah1.44NYY120@ CLE134
Dylan Cease3.27LAA133BOS76
Pablo Lopez0.39ARI81@ SD103
Brandon Woodruff5.30CIN74@ ATL106
Zac Gallen0.60@ MIA119COL99
Carlos Rodon (L)1.17@ LAD95STL137
Chris Bassit2.25ATL106@ PHI99

Zac Gallen has bounced back beautifully from his latest round of injuries to start the 2022 season. The Diamondbacks’ ace has pitched 15 innings with a 0.60 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, 14 strikeouts, and a career-low 7.1 walk percentage. Gallen has complemented his career-high 56.9% fastball usage with a steady balance of changeups, curveballs, and cutters. Right now hitters have a .176 xBA against him which is in the 92nd percentile in baseball. Over his last two outings, Gallen has silenced the Dodgers and Mets. This week he faces the Marlins and the Rockies at home.

Pablo Lopez is off to an extraordinary start this year in Miami. Over 23.1 innings, Lopez has an absurd 0.30 ERA. Lopez is 3-0 and hasn’t given up a run since his first start of the season. He is walking batters at a career-low rate and hitters have only a .190 wOBA against him. Regressing is coming. So far he has stranded 94.1% of runners but he still has a 2.22 xERA. The biggest question is, can he stay healthy over a full season? The 26-year-old Lopez has never pitched over 112 innings in a season.

Should Start

PitcherERAStart 1wRC+Start 2wRC+
Joe Ryan1.17@ BAL90OAK94
Patrick Sandoval (L)0.00@ CHW126@ WSN82
Trevor Rogers (L)5.09ARI47@ SD128

Joe Ryan currently holds a 1.17 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, and a 30.1 strikeout percentage over 23 innings this season. Ryan’s four-seam fastball is his most popular pitch and so far batters are only hitting .103 against it. His slider is also keeping hitters off-balance to a .185 BA against. Although Ryan has mostly faced struggling offensive teams in the Tigers, Red Sox, and the Royals. He faces two more bad teams this week, the Orioles and the Athletics.

Trevor Rogers has struggled so far this season to a 5.09 ERA but it appears he has been a bit unlucky. Rogers has stranded a career-low 52 percent of runners and his expected numbers all expect positive regression is coming, 3.13 xERA, 3.04 FIP, 4.07 xFIP. Earlier this week, Rogers limited the Nationals to one run and two hits over six innings. He continues to limit hard contact but his 18.4 strikeout percentage is underwhelming. Owners need to stay patient but I can understand the frustration as Rogers was being drafted ahead of Justin Verlander, Alek Manoah, and Shane McClanahan coming into the 2022 season. 


PitcherERAStart 1wRC+Start 2wRC+
Drew Rasmussen3.50@ OAK94@ SEA113
Zach Plesac3.80SD103TOR110
Marco Gonzales (L)3.86@ HOU91TBR132
Ranger Suarez (L)4.42TEX123NYM104
German Marquez5.57WSN85ARI81
Michael Lorenzen2.93@ CHW64WSN85
Carlos Carrasco4.09ATL106@ PHI99
Dakota Hudson2.75@ KC78@ SF110
Bruce Zimmerman0.93MIN98KC78
Charlie Morton7.00@ NYM130MIL92
Jordan Montgomery2.70@ TOR110TEX72
Zack Greinke2.86@ STL94BAL90

For 2022, Jordan Montgomery currently holds a career-low strikeout percentage and is walking hitters more often than he did last year. Even with that, Montgomery has a 2.70 ERA with a 3.04 xERA. The most interesting thing about Montgomery is his approach to hitters. He is one of the only pitchers in baseball that basically throws four different pitches close to an equal amount of time. Although I like what I have seen so far, I am still a bit skeptical. Montgomery has faced the Tigers, Orioles, and Red Sox this year and all are in the bottom six in team OPS. His start in Toronto against the Blue Jays scares me.


PitcherERAStart 1wRC+Start 2wRC+
Tyler Wells5.54MIN98KC78
Michael Wacha1.77LAA133CHW64
Ross Stripling3.60NYY120@ CLE134
Michael Pineda3.60PIT82@ HOU105
Jake Odorizzi6.00SEA113DET77
Chris Flexen3.38@ HOU105TBR114
Eric Fedde6.00@ COL99@ LAA133
Vladimir Gutierrez7.41@ MIL92PIT82
Steven Matz (L)6.11KC77@ SF85
Ryan Yarbrough (L)0.00@ OAK78@ SEA140
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  1. Pete says

    You guys are off on your 2 start pitchers

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