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Updated 2 start pitchers – week 8 (May 20th – May 26th 2013)

Because of the large number of rotation changes/ injuries it took me a few extra hours to put together the finalized 2 start pitchers for week 8.  We welcome back a number of big arms, and get an extended look at a few callups this week, which I will discuss at the bottom of the article.

Updated 2 start pitchers – Week 8 (May 20th – May 26th)

Team Two Start Pitcher Start 1 OPP #1 Start 2 OPP #2
  TIER 1        
LAD Clayton Kershaw (4-2, 1.39, 67 K/ 64.1 IP) 5/20 @ MIL Gallardo 5/26 vs STL Miller
DET Max Scherzer (5-0, 3.97, 68 K/ 54.3 IP) 5/21 @ CLE Kluber 5/26 vs MIN Pelfrey
BOS Jon Lester (6-0, 2.71, 50 K/ 59.2 IP) 5/20 @ CHW Axelrod 5/25 vs CLE Kazmir
STL Shelby Miller (5-2, 1.40, 57 K/ 51.1 IP) 5/20 @ SD Marquis 5/26 @ LAD Kershaw
SEA Hisashi Iwakuma (5-1, 1.84, 55 K/ 58.2 IP) 5/20 @ CLE Kazmir 5/26 vs TEX Lindblom
CIN Johnny Cueto (1-0, 2.59, 18 K/ 17.1 IP) 5/20 @ NYM Marcum 5/26 vs CHC Villanueva
  TIER 2        
ARI Patrick Corbin (6-0, 1.51, 41 K/ 53.1 IP) 5/20 @ COL Garland 5/26 vs SD Marquis
KC Jeremy Guthrie (5-1, 2.81, 30 K/ 54.3 IP) 5/20 @ HOU Harrell 5/25 vs LAA Hanson
PHI Cole Hamels (1-6, 4.60, 47 K/ 56.2 IP) 5/20 @ MIA Sanabia 5/26 @ WAS Duke
CHC Matt Garza (First start of season) 5/21 @ PIT Rodriguez 5/26 @ CIN Cueto
  TIER 3        
MIL Yovani Gallardo (3-3, 4.50, 36 K/ 52 IP) 5/20 vs LAD Kershaw 5/26 vs PIT Rodriguez
NYY Phil Hughes (2-3, 5.87, 37 K/ 41.1 IP) 5/20 @ BAL Garcia 5/26 @ TB TBD
CLE Scott Kazmir (2-2, 5.32, 28 K/ 25.1 IP) 5/20 vs SEA Iwakuma 5/25 @ BOS Lester
PIT Wandy Rodriguez (4-2, 3.24, 32 K/ 44.1 IP) 5/21 vs CHC Villanueva 5/26 @ MIL Gallardo
OAK Bartolo Colon (3-2, 4.56, 27 K/ 47.1 IP) 5/20 @ TEX Lindblom 5/26 @ HOU Keuchel
SF Ryan Vogelsong (1-4, 8.05, 38 K/ 41.1 IP) 5/20 vs WAS Duke 5/26 vs COL Garland
  TIER 4        
TEX Josh Lindblom (First start of season) 5/20 vs OAK Colon 5/26 @ SEA Iwakuma
TAM Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 9.00, 6 K/ 5 IP) 5/20 @ TOR Jenkins 5/26 vs NYY Hughes
ATL Julio Teheran (2-1, 4.57, 26 K/ 41.1 IP) 5/20 vs MIN Correia 5/26 @ NYM Marcum
MIN Kevin Correia (4-3, 3.35, 22 K/ 53.2 IP) 5/20 @ ATL Teheran 5/25 @ DET Fister
LAA Jerome Williams (2-1, 3.05, 23 K/ 38.1 IP) 5/21 vs SEA Harang 5/26 @ KC Davis
TOR Chad Jenkins (1-0, 3.60, 2 K/ 5 IP) 5/20 vs TB Odorizzi 5/25 vs BAL Garcia
TOR Ramon Ortiz (1-1, 2.34, 4 K/ 15.1 IP) 5/21 vs TB Cobb 5/26 vs BAL Gonzalez
SD Jason Marquis (5-2, 3.49, 29 K/ 49 IP) 5/20 vs STL Miller 5/26 @ ARI Corbin
KC Wade Davis (3-3, 5.97, 30 K/ 40.2 IP) 5/21 @ HOU Keuchel 5/26 vs LAA Hanson
BAL Miguel Gonzalez (2-2, 4.58, 22 K/ 35.1 IP) 5/21 vs NYY Nuno 5/26 @ TOR Ortiz
BOS Felix Doubront (3-1, 6.02, 42 K/ 37.1 IP) 5/21 @ CHW Quintana 5/26 vs CLE Kluber
NYM Shaun Marcum (0-4, 6.75, 13 K/ 21.1 IP) 5/20 vs CIN Cueto 5/26 vs ATL Teheran
  TIER 5        
HOU Dallas Keuchel (0-1, 4.82, 16 K/ 28 IP) 5/20 vs KC Guthrie 5/26 vs OAK Colon
COL Jon Garland (3-4, 4.89, 26 K/ 46 IP) 5/20 vs ARI Corbin 5/26 @ SF Vogelsong
CHW Dylan Axelrod (1-3, 4.27, 26 K/ 46.1 IP) 5/20 vs BOS Lester 5/26 vs MIA Sanabia
MIN Mike Pelfrey (3-4, 6.57, 18 K/ 38.1 IP) 5/21 @ ATL Hudson 5/26 @ DET Scherzer
BAL Freddy Garcia (0-2, 5.51, 6 K/ 16.1 IP) 5/20 vs NYY Hughes 5/25 @ TOR Morrow
CLE Corey Kluber (3-2, 5.40, 25 K/ 28.1 IP) 5/21 vs DET Scherzer 5/26 @ BOS Doubront
MIA Alex Sanabia (2-6, 5.00, 25 K/ 45 IP) 5/20 vs PHI Hamels 5/26 @ CHW Axelrod
WAS Zach Duke (Not guaranteed to have two starts) 5/20 @ SF Vogelsong 5/26 vs PHI Hamels

The Cole Hamels question

I know everyone will be wondering about my ranking of Hamels in the second tier, but the fact remains that he is basically a must start in all formats.  The strikeouts are still there, and while the Phillies can’t be counted on to produce enough runs to get him the win, Hamels still has ace ability, and it is too early to give up on him at this point in the season.

Welcome Back!

Both Johnny Cueto and Matt Garza return for week 8, and both are slated to have two starts in the week ahead.  While they clearly have a bit of injury risk, both pitchers should be active in mixed league play for the week ahead.

Sleeper streamers…

You will notice a large number of pitchers in tiers 4/5, but there are a few names in the mix that may be available off waivers for you to consider streaming this week.

Jake Odorizzi – Tampa Bay Rays

Odorizzi is a strikeout machine, and while he has yet to prove himself at the big league level, owners in desperate need of strikeouts should make Jake one of their top waiver wire adds this week, but continue to view him as a streamer option at this point.

Josh Lindblom – Texas Rangers

With Alexi Ogando going down to injury, Lindblom is slated to have two starts in week 8.  Another high strikeout pitcher, his matchups aren’t quite as good having to face the A’s at the launching pad we know as the Ballpark at Arlington, and then against the Mariners and one of the better pitchers in the AL this season in Hisashi Iwakuma.  Another guy to consider streaming simply for strikeouts, Lindblom will likely find it hard to maintain an ERA under 4 at the big league level.

Max Scherzer warming up his arm during pre-gam...

Max Scherzer warming up his arm during pre-game, Tigers at Royals, June 4, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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2 Comments

  1. jay

    May 20, 2013 at 18:30

    I have a chance to trade for lester or cliff lee in a dynasty league which one do u take

    • K J

      __KJ__

      May 20, 2013 at 20:40

      Take Lester in dynasty leagues, he is 5 years younger