Two-Start Pitchers to Target For May 27 thru June 2
Matt Harvey and Lance Lynn are a couple of two-start pitchers you’ll want to target for your fantasy baseball team in Week 9. Read on to find out why.
Two-Start Pitchers for Week 9
Adding two-start pitchers in fantasy baseball is a popular way to maximize your team’s statistical output. It can also help save you FAAB and help you cut down on weekly adds.
There are a few dozen two-start pitchers lined up for Week 9, but for this article, I’ll be recommending ones who are under 60% owned in Fantrax leagues.
Matt Harvey, Los Angeles Angels – 29% owned
It’s not often I’ll recommend Matt Harvey, especially after Thursday’s ghastly outing vs. the Twins, but I guess there’s a time and place for everything (yeah, I’m obviously talking about my Two-Start Pitchers to Target column).
Harvey has not been good this season, or in any season since 2016, but he’s pitched better of late allowing two earned runs or less in four of his last six starts. He’s also fared far better on the road (3.80 ERA) — where both games will take place — than at home (10.47 ERA).
Harvey’s strikeouts have been bad with just a 17% K-rate on the season, but he’ll face the Mariners in one of his two matchups (the A’s are the other), whose 25% K rate vs. right-handed pitchers is the eighth worst in baseball. The Mariners also find themselves with the eighth-worst team wOBA (.299) in the month of May.
This is not an add for the queasy, but if you’re in a deep weekly league he may be one of the better available options.
Lance Lynn, Texas Rangers – 58% owned
There was a time when Lance Lynn was considered one of the better pitchers in baseball; from 2011-15, the right-hander posted a 3.37 ERA and averaged 12 wins per season. Unfortunately, Lynn underwent Tommy John surgery after the 2015 season, missed all of 2016, and struggled to the tune of a 4.04 ERA and 1.36 WHIP the past two years.
As we know, TJS is no longer a death sentence for pitchers, which is why so many are opting to have the surgery these days. Some pitchers jump right back into the swing of things, while others take longer to regain their form. The latter is the case with Lynn, who despite a 4.67 ERA, has pitched very well in 2019, which is backed up by a 3.47 FIP and career low 7.2% BB.
In Week 9, Lynn faces the Mariners and Royals. We touched on the M’s issues earlier, and while the Royals have hit the ball better lately, they’re still in the bottom half of the league when it comes to many offensive statistics, especially in homers.
Lynn has a nice two-start week and may even be someone to consider keeping on your roster, as his rest-of-season outlook looks promising.
Want to be even more prepared for the coming weeks? Check out Eric Cross’ Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire.
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