Quality starting pitching is essential to winning in fantasy baseball. If you have a pitcher that hasn’t been carrying their weight, consider adding a starting pitcher who will make two starts in week eight.
If the pitcher you consider isn’t at the top of the rankings, there’s often a chance he’ll throw at least one good game out of the two he is probable to start. Worst case, a pitcher with two starts will generally keep a lower ERA and bring in more strikeouts, which could save owners in weekly head-to-head matchups.
John Maine of the New York Mets, who is 5-2 with a 2.81 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 48 innings, tops our list of two-start fantasy baseball pitchers in week eight. Other “must starts” include:
- Jake Peavy, San Diego Padres (FBD Week 1 Pitcher of the Week)
- C.C. Sabathia, Cleveland Indians (FBD Week 4 Pitcher of the Week)
- James Shields, Tampa Bay Rays (FBD Week 6 Pitcher of the Week)
- Roy Halladay, Toronto Blue Jays (FBD Week 5 Pitcher of the Week)
- Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies
The Sunday Special – Two two-start pitchers that should impress you with their performances in week eight:
- Mark Hendrickson, Florida Marlins: Hendrickson was FBD’s Waiver Wire Wonder two-start pitcher in week three, and he has worked his way up the ranks into our Sunday Two-Start Special. Through nine starts this season, the seven-year vet is 5-2 and on pace to eclipse his career high in wins (11 with Tampa Bay in 2005). His two-starts in week eight come at home Tuesday versus the Diamondbacks and hurling slugger Micah Owings, and Sunday 5/25 at home versus Patrick Misch and the San Francisco Giants. Hendrickson doesn’t strikeout many batters (24 K’s in 53 innings), but he’s only given up more than three runs once in his last eight starts.
- Greg Maddux, San Diego Padres: While the pressure of winning his 350th career game is behind him, Maddux still has trouble winning games because the Padres offense is anemic. His two-starts in week eight are both at Petco Park, Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals and Joel Pinero and Sunday against Cincinnati and Matt Belisle. Similar to Hendrickson, Maddux isn’t striking out batters with much regularity (27 K’s in 54.3 innings), but his underwhelming record (3-4) has more to do with lack of run support than poor pitching. San Diego’s speed-changing control freak has only given up more than four runs on one occasion this season.
Waiver Wire Wonder – A two-start pitcher owned in less than 40% of leagues to consider in week eight:
- Claudio Vargas, New York Mets: Vargas has won 32 games over the last three seasons and made his season debut Wednesday 5/14 with the Mets after being released by the Brew Crew the week before Opening Day. Currently a fill-in starter for the Mets until Pedro Martinez returns, Vargas’ two starts this week come versus “dos Jorge’s” – Tuesday at Atlanta against Senor Campillo and Sunday at Colorado against Senor De La Rosa. In his season debut, Vargas gave up two earned runs and struck out six in 6.3 innings. Not only is Vargas a solid fill-in for the Mets while Pedro is on the mend, he makes a great temporary pick up for teams looking to replace the many starting pitchers currently sitting on the DL.