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Two-Start Pitchers for the Week of May 8

I love all the call-ups for top pitching prospects. I do, however, have to admit that their mixed results make this job of evaluating two-start pitchers much more difficult.

On top of just trying to project those pitchers going forward, we have no idea how teams are going to handle these pitchers. How long are the leashes for Brandon Pfaadt and Gavin Stone? Is there room for both Tanner Bibee and Logan Allen once the other Cleveland starters get healthy? Is Bryce Miller up for good? How often do the A’s let Mason Miller throw more than five innings?

The uncertainty on these pitchers makes the probable starters list for the coming week even more fluid than it usually is.

We’ve done our best to identify the likely starting pitchers for next week. We’ve compared lists from various sites and made our best guesses in some cases. We hope we’re accurate but as always, it’s on you to keep your eye on all the latest news that may change things. A good place to start is Dave Funnell’s Daily MLB Injury Report. He’s been yeoman’s work on the injury front and we know pitchers aren’t exactly immune to injuries.

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Two-Start Pitchers for the Week of May 8

Start in All League Sizes

Zac Gallen and Shane McClanahan are performing as well as any pitchers in baseball thus far in the season. You are starting them in all formats and all league sizes.

Dylan Cease and Max Scherzer haven’t been quite as good but you’re not going to sit that kind of strikeout upside.

Hunter Brown is listed as a Sunday start on some sites and a Monday start on others. We’ll obviously know more at the latest by Sunday morning. As good as he’s been you’re not sitting him anyway.

I’m pretty liberal on the two-start pitchers I’m willing to start. If you’re streaming pitchers, then you’re probably making decisions largely on volume so I figure you can handle a little risk to your ratios in exchange for the extra counting stats. Your league context may dictate you sit some of these pitchers. If you’re near the top of the standings in ERA and WHIP maybe you’re a bit more selective.

RnkPLAYERStart #1Opposing PitcherSTART NO. 2Opposing Pitcher
1Zac Gallen ARI  RHPMay 8 vs MIABraxton GarrettMay 13 vs SFAnthony DeSclafani
2Shane McClanahan TB  LHPMay 8 @ BALKyle GibsoNMay 13 @ NYYNestor Cortes
3Dylan Cease CHW  RHPMay 8 @ KCZack GreinkeMay 13 vs HOUHunter Brown
4Max Scherzer NYM  RHPMay 9 @ CINGraham AshcraftMay 14 @ WASChad Kuhl
5Logan Webb SF  RHPMay 9 vs WASPatrick CorbinMay 14 @ ARIBrandon Pfaadt
6Logan Gilbert SEA  RHPMay 8 vs TEXJon GrayMay 14 @ DETMichael Lorenzen
7*Hunter Brown HOU  RHPMay 8 @ LAAPatrick SandovalMay 14 @ CWSLucas Giolito
8Lucas Giolito CHW  RHPMay 9 @ KCJordan LylesMay 14 vs HOUHunter Brown
9Nestor Cortes NYY  LHPMay 8 vs OAKJP SearsMay 13 vs TBShane McClanahan
10Julio Urias LAD  LHPMay 8 @ MILEric LauerMay 14 vs SDMichael Wacha
11Mitch Keller PIT  RHPMay 8 vs COLKyle FreelandMay 14 @ BALKyle Gibson
12Tanner Bibee CLE  RHPMay 8 vs DETMichael LorenzenMay 14 vs LAAJose Suarez
13Graham Ashcraft CIN  RHPMay 9 vs NYMMax ScherzerMay 14 @ MIABraxton Garrett
14Zach Eflin TB  RHPMay 9 @ BALGrayson RodriguezMay 14 @ NYYClarke Schmidt
15Marcus Stroman CHC  RHPMay 8 vs STLMiles Mikolas May 14 @ MINLouie Varland
16Anthony DeSclafani SF  RHPMay 8 vs WASChad KuhlMay 13 @ ARIZac Gallen

Start in 15-Team Mixed Leagues

Yeah, it’s a small list but of course, the two-start pitchers from the category above also apply here. I’m not a huge fan of Gray or Heaney but they get starts in Oakland and Seattle this coming week. The Oakland offense hasn’t been as bad as some people think but it still makes a pretty good streaming target. The Mariners have a little more offensive upside but that ballpark is a nice place to pitch.

RnkPLAYERStart #1Opposing PitcherSTART NO. 2Opposing Pitcher
17Jon Gray TEX  RHPMay 8 @ SEALogan GilbertMay 13 @ OAKJP Sears
18Andrew Heaney TEX  LHPMay 9 @ SEAGeorge KirbyMay 14 @ OAKDrew Rucinski
19Kyle Gibson BAL  RHPMay 8 vs TBShane McClanahanMay 14 vs PITMitch Keller

Start in AL- and NL-Only Leagues

This is where your league context really comes into play. Many analysts seem to think that you can start almost all pitchers in AL- or NL-only leagues. That’s not always so. I find that ERA and WHIP are two categories that are more easily exploited in mono-leagues, so tread lightly with these pitchers. Don’t damage a top-three WHIP or ERA for the very low upside of most of these pitchers. If however, you’re just trying to pile up as many wins and strikeouts as you can, then fire away and damn the carnage.

RnkPLAYERStart #1Opposing PitcherSTART NO. 2Opposing Pitcher
20Braxton Garrett MIA  LHPMay 8 @ ARIZac GallenMay 14 vs CINGraham Ashcraft
21Louie Varland MIN  RHPMay 9 vs SDMichael WachaMay 14 vs CHCMarcus Stroman
22Miles Mikolas STL  RHPMay 8 @ CHCMarcus StromanMay 14 @ BOSTanner Houck
23Clarke Schmidt NYY  RHPMay 9 vs OAKDrew RucinskiMay 14 vs TBZach Eflin
24JP Sears OAK  LHPMay 8 @ NYYNestor CortesMay 13 vs TEXJon Gray
25Eric Lauer MIL  LHPMay 8 vs LADJulio UriasMay 14 vs KCJordan Lyles
26Michael Wacha SD  RHPMay 9 @ MINLouie VarlandMay 14 @ LADJulio Urias
27Zack Greinke KC  RHPMay 8 vs CWSDylan CeaseMay 13 @ MILFreddy Peralta
28Michael Lorenzen DET  RHPMay 8 @ CLETanner BibeeMay 14 vs SEALogan Gilbert

I’d Rather Have a Thousand Paper Cuts

Rank this group of two-start pitchers however you want. Just don’t put them in your active roster for the week ahead. The chances of a huge 10-ER start just aren’t worth it

RnkPLAYERStart #1Opposing PitcherSTART NO. 2Opposing Pitcher
29Jordan Lyles KC  RHPMay 9 vs CWSLucas GiolitoMay 14 @ MILEric Lauer
30Chad Kuhl WAS  RHPMay 8 @ SFAnthony DeSclafaniMay 14 vs NYMMax Scherzer
31Drew Rucinski OAK  RHPMay 9 @ NYYClarke SchmidtMay 14 vs TEXAndrew Heaney
32Kyle Freeland COL  LHPMay 8 @ PITMitch KellerMay 14 vs PHITaijuan Walker
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