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 19.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.
Cliff Lee of the Cleveland Indians, an FBD All-Star who is 14-2 with a 2.58 ERA, 125 strikeouts, and a 1.06 WHIP in 146.7 innings, tops our list of two-start fantasy baseball pitchers in Week 19. He takes the mound Monday against the Tampa Bay Rays and Matt Garza, then Sunday at Toronto against Scott Richmond. Other “must starts” in Week 19 include:
- Roy Halladay, Toronto Blue Jays (12-8, 2.85, 141, 1.04) Week 5 / Week 14 Pitcher of the Week
- Andy Pettitte, New York Yankees (12-8, 4.18, 111, 1.34) Week 12 Pitcher of the Week
- Gavin Floyd, Chicago White Sox (11-6, 3.43, 89, 1.21) Week 10 Pitcher of the Week
- Brandon Webb, Arizona Diamondbacks (15-4, 3.04, 130, 1.13)
A two-start pitcher who will impress you with their starts in Week 19:
- Chris Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals (0-0, 2.25, 2, 1.75). Its awesome to see the 2005 Cy Young winner back on the mound after recovering from Tommy John surgery. He’s owned in around 77% of leagues right now, and he takes the mound twice in Week 19 – Tuesday against the Dodgers and Chad Billingsley, then Sunday against the rival Cubs and Ryan Dempster. If Carpenter can stay healthy, he will definitely make a difference for your team. Where he’s available, he is must-add to your roster. Anytime a former Cy Young winner is available in your league, its generally good practice to pick them up.
Waiver Wire Wonder – A two-start pitcher owned in less than 40% of leagues to consider in Week 19:
- Edwin Jackson, Tampa Bay Rays (7-7, 4.20, 71, 1.21). Jackson is 3-1 since July 4 and has only given up more than 2 earned runs on one occasion. He takes the mound Tuesday versus Cleveland and Fausto Carmona, then Sunday on the road against Seattle and R.A. Dickey. Jackson was a “can’t miss” prospect in 2003 after posting a sub-4.00 ERA in AA and a brief Major League stint in 2003 with the Dodgers, but has lost some of his shine. He went 5-15 last season, but hopefully has found his groove again. Keep an eye on him for the first place Rays as the season draws to a close.