The 2022 fantasy baseball season is under way! After months of research and lockouts, we've finally kicked off the season so I would like to welcome you to the recurring Two-Start and Streaming Starting Pitcher article. Each week, we examine those pitchers that are slated to pitch in dual starts, and then take a gander at the lower percentage owned arms that might be available and desirable to pick up off the wire or free agent market for a start during the current scoring period.


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

Starting PitcherFirst Start/Opponent/DateSecond Start/Opponent/Date
Yu Darvish SD Apr 12 @ SFApr 17 vs ATL
 Alex Cobb Max Fried 
Max Fried ATL Apr 12 vs WASApr 17 @ SD
 Patrick Corbin Yu Darvish 
Tyler Mahle CIN Apr 12 vs CLEApr 17 @ LAD
Aaron Civale CLE Apr 11 @ KCApr 17 vs SF
 Carlos Hernández   Alex Wood 
Patrick Corbin WAS Apr 12 @ ATLApr 17 @ PIT
 Max Fried José Quintana  
Alex Wood SF Apr 11 vs SDApr 17 @ CLE
  Nick MartínezAaron Civale 
Eric Lauer MIL Apr 12 @ BALApr 17 vs STL

These are the hurlers you want to express gratitude for having had the wisdom to add to your rotations during the recent draft season. Wind them up, let them go and reap the benefits. These arms are useful for fantasy purposes no matter the opponent or the venue where they will ply their trade.


Maybe Yes, Maybe No

Starting PitcherFirst Start/Opponent/DateSecond Start/Opponent/Date
Elieser Hernandez MIA Apr 11 @ LAAApr 17 vs PHI
 Michael Lorenzen  TBD
Jameson Taillon NYY Apr 11 vs TORApr 16 @ BAL
  TBDTyler Wells   
Huascar Ynoa ATL Apr 11 vs WASApr 16 @ SD
Taijuan Walker NYM Apr 11 @ PHIApr 17 vs ARI
  TBDCaleb Smith 
Luis Patiño TB Apr 11 vs OAKApr 16 @ CHW
 Paul Blackburn Michael Kopech 
Adrian Houser MIL Apr 11 @ BAL Apr 16 vs STL
 Bruce ZimmermanDakota Hudson
Taylor Hearn TEX Apr 11 vs COLApr 17 vs LAA
 Austin Gomber José Suarez 
Carlos Hernández KC Apr 11 vs CLEApr 16 vs DET
 Aaron Civale Matt Manning 

Elieser Hernandez, MIA

Hernandez, the Marlin 26-year-old righthander, promises to provide good K numbers, likely better than a strikeout per inning pitched. He also exhibits nice control while toeing the rubber, with a useful 2.44 BB/9 over his 51.2 IP in 2021. His home/road splits have been fairly consistent the last couple of seasons, so having just one home game at the end of the period against the visiting Phillies is not a major concern. 


Jameson Taillon, NYY

Taillon recovered well from his second Tommy John surgery in 2021, exhibiting good if not superb control (2.74 BB/9 over 144.1 IP) and coming close to striking out a batter per frame (8.73 K/9 last season). Look for more of the same as he settles into his slot in the Yankee rotation. His tougher matchup against the Blue Jays is at home, with his second trip to the hill occurring in Baltimore, making him a useful two start option in Week 1.


Huascar Ynoa, ATL

The young Brave righty burst onto the scene last season, and things were going gangbusters until he decided to punch an unyielding surface…with his pitching hand. Huge no-no that. He came back into the fold, but was not nearly as dynamic, posting an 0-4 record and inflated 5.05 ERA over those final 46.1 IP. Still, his skills were evident prior to the self-inflicted injury, and the projections if they come true show him as a sub-4 ERA candidate that demonstrates good control and thus useful WHIP numbers, while providing better than a K per inning. His home/road splits are much more tilted toward him as a home start option, so keep that in mind when he takes the ball in San Diego for his second start of the scoring period. 


Taijuan Walker, NYM

The veteran righthander was dealing with some knee soreness this spring, but has been cleared to start games this season for the Mets. There is little tremendously exciting about Walker, but he does offer a valuable WHIP to bolster your ratio stats, and a 4.00 neighborhood ERA is useful at the back of your rotation. His fastball is in the mid-90 MPH range, but his K and BB numbers are just average. His home park is pitcher friendly, so when the Diamondbacks come a’callin’ at the end of the week, that seems the optimal time to use him in your rotation.


Luis Patiño, TB

Patino projects to be a quality provider of ratio stats as a member of the Tampa Bay rotation, and has the added benefit of offering better than a strikeout per inning while he is atop the hill. Last season saw him struggle more on the road than at home, so his second start against the White Sox in the Windy City might give some pause among his owners and discretion might advise using him just for the home start at the beginning of the week against the visiting A’s.


Adrian Houser, MIL

The Brewer righty was one of those who was affected by the implementation of the MLB ban on foreign substances mid-2021, as it effected his curveball rotation dramatically. He still profiles as a useful ratio producer, and his owners should expect useful 3.60-3.70 ERA ranges on an elevated GB rate (59% in 2021 over 142.1 IP). His walk rate is a tad elevated and thus his WHIP is not in the elite range, but he should be a fixture in the Brewer rotation this coming season.


Taylor Hearn, TEX

The Ranger rotation is nothing overly exciting on paper, and thus Hearn settles in nicely in Arlington. He has a pair of home starts on tap in Week 1, and while he is not exactly one who thrives on pitching in his home park, at least he is not heading off to foreign territory to open the season. Facing the Rockies away from their home park is a definite plus, and having the Angels come to visit not a fear-inducing event.


Carlos Hernández, KC

The last entry in the middle tier has been inserted into the Royal rotation and needs to pitch well to maintain that role. Just as with the Ranger hurler above, he has a pair of home starts to set the stage for his season in Week 1. He should provide nearly a K per IP, and despite a middle of the road BB average, his WHIP should not be so great to be a detrimental reason to avoid using him in limited action.


Not On My Roster

Starting PitcherFirst Start/Opponent/DateSecond Start/Opponent/Date
Matt Brash SEA Apr 12 @ CHWApr 17 vs HOU
  TBDJosé Urquidy   
Chris Flexen SEA Apr 11 @ MINApr 16 vs HOU
 Dylan Bundy Justin Verlander 
Matt Manning DET Apr 11 vs BOSApr 16 @ KC
  Michael WachaCarlos Hernández 
Austin Gomber COL Apr 11 @ TEXApr 17 vs CIN
 Taylor Hearn  TBD
Ryan Yarbrough TB Apr 12 vs OAKApr 17 @ CHW
 Adam Oller    TBD
Nestor Cortes NYY Apr 12 vs TORApr 17 @ BAL
  TBDBruce Zimmermann   
Dylan Bundy MIN Apr 11 vs SEAApr 17 @ BOS
 Chris Flexen  Michael Wacha
Zach Thompson PIT Apr 11 @ STLApr 16 vs WAS
 Dakota Hudson    TBD
Dakota Hudson STL Apr 11 vs PITApr 16 @ MIL
 Zach Thompson  Adrian Houser
Bruce Zimmermann BAL Apr 11 vs MILApr 17 vs NYY
  Adrian HouserNestor Cortes  
Tyler Alexander DET Apr 12 vs BOSApr 17 @ KC
José Quintana PIT Apr 12 vs CHCApr 17 vs WAS
 Drew SmylyTBD
Paul Blackburn OAK Apr 11 @ TBApr 16 @ TOR
 Luis Patiño  TBD
Adam Oller OAK Apr 12 @ TBApr 17 @ TOR
 Ryan Yarbrough  TBD
Nick Martínez SDApr 11 @ SFApr 16 vs ATL
 Alex WoodHuascar Ynoa
Drew Smyly CHCApril 12 @ PITApr 16 @ COL 
 José QuintanaAntonio Senzatela
Michael Wacha BOSApr 11 @ DETApr 17 vs MIN
 Matt Manning Dylan Bundy

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:


Monday, April 11, 2022

Michael Wacha BOS @ DET Matt Manning

The Red Sox have been allowing their 30-year-old SP4 righty to stretch himself out in a pair of spring contests, and while he has collected just a pair of Ks over those 7.0 IP, he should be better than that a missing bats now that the games that count in the standings have commenced. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Tucker Davidson ATL vs WAS Patrick Corbin

Davidson showed enough in the spring and in his brief action in 2021 to make the opening day roster for Atlanta. He has a tougher matchup facing the presumptive for now National SP1 in Corbin. He does get to do so at home, so that plays in his favor.

Wednesday, April 13, 2033

Nick Lodolo CIN vs CLE Triston McKenzie

With injuries sidelining both Mike Minor and Luis Castillo to open season for the Reds, the rookie southpaw will have at a minimum a small window to showcase his skills on the bump. He offers high K potential, and has demonstrated excellent control this spring (12:2 K/BB ratio over 11.1 IP). He gets to face in-state rival Cleveland at home here in his first MLB start.


Thursday, April 14, 2022

Reiver Sanmartin CIN @ LAD Walker Buehler

Not exactly the best matchup but at least the weather will be presumably warmer than in his first start of 2022. He struggled with his control mightily during a cold-weather start against the Braves, which limited his outing to just 2.1 IP where he was charged with five earned tallies on four hits and five walks. His minor league work suggests he is better than he has shown so far.


Dane Dunning TEX vs LAA Shohei Ohtani

Yet another poor matchup, but Dunning is at home here, where he has enjoyed significant success over the past couple of seasons. He should be good for about a K per inning, although he does not exhibit the best control. He does keep the ball in the park, with a superb GB% in excess of 50%.


Friday, April 15, 2022

Kris Bubic KC vs DET Casey Mize

Reports out of spring training are that the Royal third-year southpaw has added a slider to his repertoire on the hill, and with an uptick in velocity on his fastball, he should see his K rate improve heading into 2022. Here, he has a home start against the revamped Detroit lineup, so this should be a decent test of his continuing development as a starting pitcher in the majors.

Saturday, April 16/Sunday, April 17, 2022

Either the options are two-start pitchers profiled above, or are too widely owned across fantasy leagues to make the cut here at the end of the week.

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