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

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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)

TeamTwo Start PitcherStart 1OPP #1Start 2OPP #2
 TIER 1    
LADClayton Kershaw (4-2, 1.39, 67 K/ 64.1 IP)5/20 @ MILGallardo5/26 vs STLMiller
DETMax Scherzer (5-0, 3.97, 68 K/ 54.3 IP)5/21 @ CLEKluber5/26 vs MINPelfrey
BOSJon Lester (6-0, 2.71, 50 K/ 59.2 IP)5/20 @ CHWAxelrod5/25 vs CLEKazmir
STLShelby Miller (5-2, 1.40, 57 K/ 51.1 IP)5/20 @ SDMarquis5/26 @ LADKershaw
SEAHisashi Iwakuma (5-1, 1.84, 55 K/ 58.2 IP)5/20 @ CLEKazmir5/26 vs TEXLindblom
CINJohnny Cueto (1-0, 2.59, 18 K/ 17.1 IP)5/20 @ NYMMarcum5/26 vs CHCVillanueva
 TIER 2    
ARIPatrick Corbin (6-0, 1.51, 41 K/ 53.1 IP)5/20 @ COLGarland5/26 vs SDMarquis
KCJeremy Guthrie (5-1, 2.81, 30 K/ 54.3 IP)5/20 @ HOUHarrell5/25 vs LAAHanson
PHICole Hamels (1-6, 4.60, 47 K/ 56.2 IP)5/20 @ MIASanabia5/26 @ WASDuke
CHCMatt Garza (First start of season)5/21 @ PITRodriguez5/26 @ CINCueto
 TIER 3    
MILYovani Gallardo (3-3, 4.50, 36 K/ 52 IP)5/20 vs LADKershaw5/26 vs PITRodriguez
NYYPhil Hughes (2-3, 5.87, 37 K/ 41.1 IP)5/20 @ BALGarcia5/26 @ TBTBD
CLEScott Kazmir (2-2, 5.32, 28 K/ 25.1 IP)5/20 vs SEAIwakuma5/25 @ BOSLester
PITWandy Rodriguez (4-2, 3.24, 32 K/ 44.1 IP)5/21 vs CHCVillanueva5/26 @ MILGallardo
OAKBartolo Colon (3-2, 4.56, 27 K/ 47.1 IP)5/20 @ TEXLindblom5/26 @ HOUKeuchel
SFRyan Vogelsong (1-4, 8.05, 38 K/ 41.1 IP)5/20 vs WASDuke5/26 vs COLGarland
 TIER 4    
TEXJosh Lindblom (First start of season)5/20 vs OAKColon5/26 @ SEAIwakuma
TAMJake Odorizzi (0-0, 9.00, 6 K/ 5 IP)5/20 @ TORJenkins5/26 vs NYYHughes
ATLJulio Teheran (2-1, 4.57, 26 K/ 41.1 IP)5/20 vs MINCorreia5/26 @ NYMMarcum
MINKevin Correia (4-3, 3.35, 22 K/ 53.2 IP)5/20 @ ATLTeheran5/25 @ DETFister
LAAJerome Williams (2-1, 3.05, 23 K/ 38.1 IP)5/21 vs SEAHarang5/26 @ KCDavis
TORChad Jenkins (1-0, 3.60, 2 K/ 5 IP)5/20 vs TBOdorizzi5/25 vs BALGarcia
TORRamon Ortiz (1-1, 2.34, 4 K/ 15.1 IP)5/21 vs TBCobb5/26 vs BALGonzalez
SDJason Marquis (5-2, 3.49, 29 K/ 49 IP)5/20 vs STLMiller5/26 @ ARICorbin
KCWade Davis (3-3, 5.97, 30 K/ 40.2 IP)5/21 @ HOUKeuchel5/26 vs LAAHanson
BALMiguel Gonzalez (2-2, 4.58, 22 K/ 35.1 IP)5/21 vs NYYNuno5/26 @ TOROrtiz
BOSFelix Doubront (3-1, 6.02, 42 K/ 37.1 IP)5/21 @ CHWQuintana5/26 vs CLEKluber
NYMShaun Marcum (0-4, 6.75, 13 K/ 21.1 IP)5/20 vs CINCueto5/26 vs ATLTeheran
 TIER 5    
HOUDallas Keuchel (0-1, 4.82, 16 K/ 28 IP)5/20 vs KCGuthrie5/26 vs OAKColon
COLJon Garland (3-4, 4.89, 26 K/ 46 IP)5/20 vs ARICorbin5/26 @ SFVogelsong
CHWDylan Axelrod (1-3, 4.27, 26 K/ 46.1 IP)5/20 vs BOSLester5/26 vs MIASanabia
MINMike Pelfrey (3-4, 6.57, 18 K/ 38.1 IP)5/21 @ ATLHudson5/26 @ DETScherzer
BALFreddy Garcia (0-2, 5.51, 6 K/ 16.1 IP)5/20 vs NYYHughes5/25 @ TORMorrow
CLECorey Kluber (3-2, 5.40, 25 K/ 28.1 IP)5/21 vs DETScherzer5/26 @ BOSDoubront
MIAAlex Sanabia (2-6, 5.00, 25 K/ 45 IP)5/20 vs PHIHamels5/26 @ CHWAxelrod
WASZach Duke (Not guaranteed to have two starts)5/20 @ SFVogelsong5/26 vs PHIHamels

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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