2017 MLB Two-Start Pitchers: Week 9 Cover Image
2017 MLB Two-Start Pitchers: Week 9
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Marwin González Headshot

Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI in Sunday's 8-4 win over Baltimore.

Gonzalez has now reached base safely in 21 straight games and has an American League-best .381 average in May to raise his impressive line to .299/.394/.632. The super-utility man also leads Houston with 30 RBI and is tied with George Springer with 11 long balls. Those are impressive numbers considering how potent Houston's lineup is with the best record in baseball. Gonzalez should continue to see playing time somewhere for the Astros if he keeps up this pace.
1:38 am (EST)
George Springer Headshot

Springer went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 8-4 win over the Orioles.

The long ball was Springer's 11th on the season and second in as many games to help raise his slash line up to .243/.322/.464 on the year. After a rough stretch in mid-May, the young outfielder has recorded two hits apiece in each of his last three games and could be starting a new hot streak. The fact that Springer is well on his way to his first 30-homer season is great, but his fantasy owners must be worried about his zero steals in two attempts.
1:34 am (EST)
Alec Asher Headshot

Ashler (1-3) allowed six runs on six hits (one home run) while walking one and striking out one over just two innings in Sunday's 8-4 loss to the Astros.

It wasn't a good first start as he takes Ubaldo Jimenez's rotation spot. Asher had allowed four runs combined in his previous two starts this year, and his ERA rose to 3.77 in the 54-pitch effort. The right-hander may not be long for the rotation himself with just 23 strikeouts in 31 innings so far this season. Because he's been pitching in relief, Asher provides little upside with his inability to go deep into games, too.
1:30 am (EST)
Gorkys Hernández Headshot

Hernandez started in the left field and went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in Sunday's 7-1 win over the Braves.

The veteran outfielder got a rare start in left field due to his success -- albeit in a small sample size -- against R.A. Dickey (2-for-7 with a home run). The move paid off, as Hernandez delivered two hits and produced two runs for a struggling Giants offense. Despite injuries opening up playing time in the outfield, the 29-year-old is unlikely to see a regular role due to his paltry ,173 batting average.
1:26 am (EST)
Chris Davis Headshot

Davis went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Sunday's 8-4 loss to Houston.

You have to take the good with the bad when it comes to the all-or-nothing power bat of Davis. The hitless night drops the slugger's average to .228 on the season, but he does have 10 homers in 196 plate appearances. His career-high 37.8 strikeout percentage isn't doing his owners any favors besides his homer output, and he also has a disappointing 18 RBI. Davis' power is a constant, but nothing else is a guarantee with him.
1:25 am (EST)
Jonathan Schoop Headshot

Schoop went 2-for-4 with his seventh home run of the year, a run scored and three RBI in Sunday's 8-4 loss to the Astros.

Schoop has been on a bit of a tear of late and has homered in two of his last four games to raise his triple-slash line to a respectable .275/.326/.479 with 22 RBI and 23 runs scored in 184 plate appearances. The 25-year-old should continue to be a solid source of power from the second base position in a potent Baltimore lineup.
1:21 am (EST)
Johnny Cueto Headshot

Cueto (5-4) turned in a quality start Sunday, firing six innings of one-run ball while striking out eight in a win over the Braves.

It was a nice bounceback performance from the 31-year-old after he gave up nine runs over his last two outings. Cueto was dealing with blisters on his throwing hand in his last start, but he was able to pitch through the minor ailment with little resistance Sunday. The veteran still owns a sub-par -- by his standards -- 4.37 ERA, but a 3.54 xFIP indicates that there are better days ahead for the Giants' interim ace.
1:16 am (EST)
David Robertson Headshot

Robertson pitched a perfect two-thirds of the ninth inning in Sunday's 7-3 win over the Tigers to earn his seventh save of the season.

Robertson now has back-to-back saves after closing out Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader. The right-hander has given up just two runs this month and is 7-for-8 in save chances while sporting an impressive 12.5 K/9. His value could only increase this summer, as contending teams like the Nationals look to the trade market to beef up their bullpen. Chicago has a good chance of being sellers, with Robertson a top target.
1:15 am (EST)
Miguel González Headshot

Gonzalez (4-5) allowed three runs on six hits while walking none and fanning six over 7.2 innings in Sunday's 7-3 win over the Tigers.

The 33-year-old right-hander took a perfect game into the seventh inning to snap his five-start losing streak. Gonzalez consistently got ahead of hitters all day and retired his first 18 hitters before Andrew Romine led off with a single. The streak to begin the game was the longest by a Chicago starter since Chris Sale retired his first 19 against the Angels on May 12 2013. Gonzalez lowered his ERA to 4.43 but still has a concerning 5.57 K/9 in 63 innings. The right-hander is purely a matchup play in deep mixed and AL-only leagues, and a risky one at that.
1:12 am (EST)
Todd Frazier Headshot

Frazier went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 7-3 win over the Tigers.

The home run was just Frazier's sixth on the year. It's been a very disappointing season for the 31-year-old, and he's slashing an embarrassing .186/.305/.364 to date. Another 40-home run season is in jeopardy, but there's hope for a rebound due to his incredibly low .194 BABIP. Frazier has always been more of an all-or-nothing bat, though, so you know what you're getting. There's buy-low potential here, however.
1:07 am (EST)
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