Fantasy Baseball Two-Start Pitchers/Streaming Starters: Gerrit Cole Tops The List
Published: Jun 18, 2022, 3:47 PM EDT
Now that we're in the middle of June, here’s to hoping your fantasy baseball roster is graced with one or more of top tier starting pitchers to aid you in your fantasy baseball lineup decisions. Of course, keep an eye on the weather in the host MLB cities this coming scoring period, as this can have an effect on a pitcher’s dual start eligibility, as well as shifting the streaming matchups potentially. Once more into another scoring period for the 2022 fantasy baseball season, and it's time to set your fantasy baseball rosters for the coming scoring period. Not much help in the middle tier this week you work on setting your fantasy baseball rotations, but if you drafted well, or employed your fantasy league’s waiver wire/free agent marketplace efficiently, you may have one or more starting pitchers from the upper tier to use for dual starts this coming scoring period. Loads of bottom group arms, as ever, that you are suggested to avoid. Remember to keep a close eye on the MLB injury report, so as to be able to bob and weave accordingly.
Please realize that these articles feature most recent rotation information available when the article is written, but that circumstances do change due to weather conditions, injuries and general craziness with managers. If a pitcher listed here as having two starts ends up with one (or perhaps none) in the upcoming week, apologies but this article is meant to provide analysis, it is up to the manager to set the lineups or rotations. Without further ado, here are this week’s two start pitchers.
Start 'em If You Own 'em
|Gerrit Cole||@ TB||vs. HOU|
|NYY||Shane McClanahan||Cristian Javier|
|Mon, 6/20, 7:10 PM||Sat, 6/25, 1:05 PM|
|Corbin Burnes||vs. STL||vs. TOR|
|MIL||Miles Mikolas||Yusei Kikuchi|
|Mon, 6/20, 8:10 PM||Sat, 6/25, 4:10 PM|
|Shane McClanahan||vs. NYY||vs. PIT|
|TB||Gerrit Cole||Roansy Contreras|
|Mon, 6/20, 7:10 PM||Sun, 6/26, 1:40 PM|
|Tony Gonsolin||@ CIN||@ ATL|
|LAD||Tyler Mahle||Spencer Strider|
|Tue, 6/21, 6:40 PM||Sun, 6/26, 7:08 PM|
|Max Fried||vs. SF||vs. LAD|
|Mon, 6/20, 7:20 PM||Sat, 6/25, 7:15 PM|
|Nestor Cortes||@ TB||vs. HOU|
|Tue, 6/21, 7:10 PM||Sun, 6/26, 1:35 PM|
|Joe Musgrove||vs. ARI||vs. PHI|
|SD||Zac Gallen||Kyle Gibson|
|Tue, 6/21, 9:40 PM||Sun, 6/26, 4:10 PM|
|Sean Manaea||vs. ARI||vs. PHI|
|SD||Zach Davies||Zach Eflin|
|Mon, 6/20, 9:40 PM||Sat, 6/25, 10:10 PM|
|José Berríos||@ CHW||@ MIL|
|TOR||Lance Lynn||Aaron Ashby|
|Mon, 6/20, 8:10 PM||Sun, 6/26, 2:10 PM|
|Miles Mikolas||@ MIL||vs. CHC|
|Mon, 6/20, 8:10 PM||Sat, 6/25, 2:15 PM|
|Dylan Cease||vs. TOR||vs. BAL|
|Tue, 6/21, 8:10 PM||Sun, 6/26, 2:10 PM|
|Spencer Strider||vs. SF||vs. LAD|
|Tue, 6/21, 7:20 PM||Sun, 6/26, 7:08 PM|
These dozen starting pitchers are those who provide the best option if you are fortunate enough to have them gracing your active roster and can slide them into your fantasy baseball rotation for the coming week. The venue and the opponent do not matter; these are the hurlers that deserve to grace your lineup for both of their trips to the hill in Week 11. Strider is the newcomer this week; interested to see if he sticks atop the tiers.
Maybe Yes, Maybe No
|Zach Davies||@ SD||vs. DET|
|ARI||Sean Manaea||Alex Faedo|
|Mon, 6/20, 9:40 PM||Sun, 6/26, 4:10 PM|
|Alex Faedo||@ BOS||@ ARI|
|DET||Josh Winckowski||Zach Davies|
|Mon, 6/20, 7:10 PM||Sun, 6/26, 4:10 PM|
|Tyler Mahle||vs. LAD||@ SF|
|Tue, 6/21, 6:40 PM||Sun, 6/26, 4:05 PM|
|Joe Ryan||vs. CLE||vs. COL|
|MIN||Aaron Civale||Austin Gomber|
|Tue, 6/21, 7:40 PM||Sun, 6/26, 2:10 PM|
Davies tops the middle tier, despite opening on the road and dueling one of the other middle group in his second start of Week 11 when Detroit trots out Alex Faedo on the road. He has been unlucky to an extreme, having tossed three consecutive quality starts (QS), all no-decision efforts. He has also upped his K game, striking out a batter per inning over his last three starts.
Speaking of Davies’ second opponent of the scoring period, Faedo saw his storied 2022 season suffer a roadblock, having been roughed up by the White Sox in Week 10 to the tune of seven earned runs in just three innings of action. Prior to that, his seven starts had seen him compile an attractive 2.92 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. The K count is not spectacular, with 28 Ks over those 37.0 IP. Both his Week 11 trips to the bump are away from Comerica Park, but he has fared better on the road in his first season in the majors, so that should not be off-putting if you were considering employing his services this coming week.
Mahle, as a Cincy SP, is certainly not sitting atop the list of desirable arms to plug into a fantasy rotation, yet he has twirled seven QS out of his last eight starts. He also has collected double digit Ks in both of his most recent trips atop the bump. Having to face a couple of tough opponents is not an ideal setup to continue his recent success, but his skills have been displayed enough in recent times to have some faith in his talents on the mound.
Ryan’s return to action after a COVID-19 induced absence saw a pitcher that had some rust to cast off. Given his production prior to the illness-2.81 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 45:15 K/BB ratio-the chances are reasonably likely to see him return to dominance as he settles back in. Especially with two home games on the calendar.
Not On My Roster
|Roansy Contreras||vs. CHC||@ TB|
|PIT||Matt Swarmer||Shane McClanahan|
|Tue, 6/21, 7:05 PM||Sun, 6/26, 1:40 PM|
|Kyle Gibson||@ TEX||@ SD|
|PHI||Glenn Otto||Joe Musgrove|
|Tue, 6/21, 8:05 PM||Sun, 6/26, 4:10 PM|
|Lance Lynn||vs. TOR||vs. BAL|
|CHW||José Berríos||Jordan Lyles|
|Mon, 6/20, 8:10 PM||Sat, 6/25, 2:10 PM|
|Marco Gonzales||@ OAK||@ LAA|
|SEA||James Kaprielian||Reid Detmers|
|Tue, 6/21, 9:40 PM||Sun, 6/26, 4:07 PM|
|Aaron Ashby||vs. STL||vs. TOR|
|MIL||Jack Flaherty||José Berríos|
|Tue, 6/21, 8:10 PM||Sun, 6/26, 2:10 PM|
|José Urquidy||vs. NYM||@ NYY|
|Tue, 6/21, 8:10 PM||Sun, 6/26, 1:35 PM|
|Jack Flaherty||@ MIL||vs. CHC|
|STL||Aaron Ashby||Matt Swarmer|
|Tue, 6/21, 8:10 PM||Sun, 6/26, 2:15 PM|
|Trevor Rogers||@ NYM||vs. NYM|
|MIA||David Peterson||Chris Bassitt|
|Mon, 6/20, 1:10 PM||Sat, 6/25, 4:10 PM|
|Josh Winckowski||vs. DET||@ CLE|
|BOS||Alex Faedo||Aaron Civale|
|Mon, 6/20, 7:10 PM||Sun, 6/26, 1:40 PM|
|Reid Detmers||vs. KC||vs. SEA|
|LAA||Kris Bubic||Marco Gonzales|
|Mon, 6/20, 9:38 PM||Sun, 6/26, 4:07 PM|
|David Peterson||vs. MIA||@ MIA|
|NYM||Trevor Rogers||Daniel Castano|
|Mon, 6/20, 1:10 PM||Sun, 6/26, 12:05 PM|
|Austin Gomber||@ MIA||@ MIN|
|COL||Daniel Castano||Joe Ryan|
|Tue, 6/21, 6:40 PM||Sun, 6/26, 2:10 PM|
|J.T. Brubaker||vs. CHC||@ TB|
|Mon, 6/20, 7:05 PM||Sat, 6/25, 1:10 PM|
|James Kaprielian||vs. SEA||@ KC|
|OAK||Marco Gonzales||Kris Bubic|
|Tue, 6/21, 9:40 PM||Sun, 6/26, 2:10 PM|
|Daniel Castano||vs. COL||vs. NYM|
|MIA||Austin Gomber||David Peterson|
|Tue, 6/21, 6:40 PM||Sun, 6/26, 12:05 PM|
|Aaron Civale||@ MIN||vs. BOS|
|CLE||Joe Ryan||Josh Winckowski|
|Tue, 6/21, 7:40 PM||Sun, 6/26, 1:40 PM|
|Matt Swarmer||@ PIT||@ STL|
|CHC||Roansy Contreras||Jack Flaherty|
|Tue, 6/21, 7:05 PM||Sun, 6/26, 2:15 PM|
|Kris Bubic||@ LAA||vs. OAK|
|KC||Reid Detmers||James Kaprielian|
|Mon, 6/20, 9:38 PM||Sun, 6/26, 2:10 PM|
Plenty of pitchers to avoid this week despite their dual start status. Although these arms are not necessarily toxic in all circumstances, say when facing a lesser opponent (Detroit, KC, Washington, Cincy, etc.), the sad reality is that more frequently plugging them into your rotation will have a negative effect on your ratio stats and not provide much help in terms of boosting your counting stats, either. Avoid these pitchers unless you are truly desperate for innings due to league settings. Just a suggestion, mind ya.
Potential Streaming Options for Week
There is no promise that each game day will provide a streaming option. First of all, the pitcher must be available in at least 50% of leagues to be a viable candidate to snag off the wire. Then, the pitchers discussed above are not included as they have a different sort of value, even though some might be available as free agents in your league. Plus, some days the matchups and/or venues just do not figure as positive enough factors to favor plugging the arm into your rotation, even for one start. That all being said, here are this week’s best streaming candidates:
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
The sole streaming option this day exists on both sides of the field. It is fairly easy to discount the Tigers this season, but their pitching has kept them in contests while their bats are frequently absent or extremely quiet. Beau Brieske has been on a nice roll of late, with two QS sandwiching another fine start where he came within one out of collecting another QS while holding the opponents scoreless. But Rich Hill is also in play. Neither of these arms are going to wow you with their strikeout prowess, but are effective at limiting the free passes. Hill has struggled more at home, especially with the long ball, but Detroit is not an offense that frequently finds the seats.
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
MadBum again makes it onto the slate of streaming options, this time on the road where his results have been less impressive than when pitching at home. Then again, he is on a four loss streak, although that is attributable to his teams’ lack of offensive support, as he sports a useful 3.50 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. He is pitching well, but the results in the W/L column do not reflect his competency.
Stripling has been working as both a starter and out of the bullpen, but his latest efforts may secure him a spot in the Blue Jay rotation going forward. He has collected a pair of victories by holding the opponents off the scoreboard over 11.0 IP, while allowing merely one hit in each of the last two trips to the hill as an SP. He is demonstrating excellent control (1.7 BB/9 through 43.0 IP) while contributing an average number of Ks (7.3 K/9). He heads to the Windy City for this start, but the host White Sox are a sub-.500 team at Guaranteed Rate Field this season to date.
Thompson has had one bad game over his last seven trips to the bump, and sports an excellent 2.34 ERA and 0.98 WHIP over those 34.2 IP. He gets to face a weak division opponent at home, where he has been more effective in 2022, not that his team is exactly burning up the league, either. He is an average source of Ks, if you like that sort of thing.
Thursday, June 23, 2022
Flexen now possesses an unattractive 2-8 record this season, after suffering two consecutive losses while not pitching terribly. He accumulated a 3.04 ERA over his last four starts, comprised of 23.2 IP, although his 1.39 WHIP and 6.1 K/9 rate over those frames may explain his failure to notch any victories. Here, he takes on a team that sports an awful 7-23 record at home, so perhaps things will turn around for the Seattle righty. No promises, though.
Over the veteran southpaw’s last five outings, he has compiled a useful 3.72 ERA and 1.21 WHIP, and that with a stumble against the Nationals where he allowed five earned tallies. He has been more effective on the road again this season, not a surprise for a SP that calls Coors Field his home park. Continuing a trend among these streaming options, he is merely an average K producer, but to his credit, he does not yield many round trippers when toeing the rubber.
The 31-year-old righty is coming off a nine K effort, his best of the season, but not a surprise as he is averaging just over a K per inning on the season (9.1 K/9 through 55.1 IP). His control is an ongoing issue, as evidenced by his inflated 1.39 WHIP. This is not a superb matchup, since Martinez has been more efficient on the road than at home, but given recent results, not a poor gamble that he can continue to provide fantasy value.
Friday, June 24, 2022
The A’s 28-year-old lefty took a loss in his most recent appearance, and a bump in his ratio stats, although he still possesses an attractive 3.34 ERA and 1.25 WHIP through his 10 starts in 2022. He is a below average K producer with good control. He is a much better hurler at home, so heading to Kansas City is not ideal for this streaming option, but the Royals are not exactly an intimidating opponent, either.
Sunday, June 26, 2022
If not for the opponent, there would be little to recommend the Texas righty, as his offense is not doing him a lot of favors in his search for his second win this season. He does offer quality K potential, sporting a useful 8.6 K/9 through 71.1 IP. The 4.04 ERA is not terrible by any means, although the bloated 1.30 WHIP is not pretty for fantasy purposes.
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