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Two-Start Pitchers: Week 23 (Sept. 1-7)

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Ranking and tiering the two-start pitchers for Week 23, including Carlos Carrasco, Bud Norris and Jeremy Hellickson.

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Double dipping De La Rosa backfired in Week 22, as neither Jorge nor Rubby picked up a win in three combined starts. Dillon Gee saved my butt, however, with two wins and two quality starts of his own against the Braves and Phillies. This week I'm staying in the AL, with all three recommendations coming from the senior circuit.

Results (through Week 22)

53-34
7.22 K/9
2.67 BB/9
3.54 ERA
1.20 WHIP

Start!

David Price: Mon-@CLE (Kluber), Sat-SF (Bumgarner)
Corey Kluber: Mon-DET (Price), Sat-CWS (Sale)
Adam Wainwright: Tue-PIT (Locke), Sun-@MIL (Nelson)
Cole Hamels: Mon-@ATL (Teheran), Sun-@WSH (Gonzalez)
Julio Teheran: Mon-PHI (Hamels), Sun-@MIA (Alvarez)
Tyson Ross: Mon-ARI (Cahill), Sat-@COL (De La Rosa)

Tier 1

Drew Smyly: Mon-BOS (De La Rosa), Sat-BAL (Gausman)
Gio Gonzalez: Mon-@LAD (Hernandez), Sun-PHI (Hamels)
Gerrit Cole: Mon-@STL (Lynn), Sun-@CHC (Turner)
Carlos Carrasco: Tue-DET (Lobstein), Sun-CWS (Quintana)
Mat Latos: Tue-@BAL (Norris), Sun-NYM (Wheeler)
Lance Lynn: Mon-PIT (Cole), Sat-@MIL (Lohse)
Zack Wheeler: Mon-@MIA (Alvarez), Sun-@CIN (Latos)
James Paxton: Tue-@OAK (Gray), Sun-@TEX (Holland)
Phil Hughes: Mon-@BAL (Gausman), Sat-LAA (Shoemaker)

Tier 2

R.A. Dickey: Tue-@TB (Hellickson), Sun-@BOS (Kelly)
Henderson Alvarez: Mon-NYM (Wheeler), Sun-ATL (Teheran)
Bud Norris: Tue-CIN (Latos), Sun-@TB (Hellickson)
Wade Miley: Tue-@SD (Despaigne), Sun-@LAD (Hernandez)
Jeremy Hellickson: Tue-TOR (Dickey), Sun-BAL (Norris)
Kevin Gausman: Mon-MIN (Hughes), Sat-@TB (Smyly)
Jimmy Nelson: Mon-@CHC (Turner), Sun-STL (Wainwright)
Yordano Ventura: Mon-TEX (Lewis), Sun-@NYY (Greene)

Tier 3

Shane Greene: Tue-BOS (Kelly), Sun-KC (Ventura)
C.J. Wilson: Tue-@HOU (Peacock), Sun-@MIN (Milone)
Derek Holland: Tue-@KC (Guthrie), Sun-SEA (Paxton)
Chris Young: Mon-@OAK (Hammel), Sat-@TEX (Lewis)
Tim Hudson: Mon-@COL (Morales), Sun-@DET (Lobstein)
Jason Hammel; Mon-SEA (Young), Sun-HOU (Keuchel)
Rubby De La Rosa: Mon-@TB (Smyly), Sat-TOR (Happ)
Trevor Cahill: Mon-@SD (Ross), Sat-@LAD (Ryu)

Not this week 

Odrisamer Despaigne: Tue-ARI (Miley), Sun-@COL (Morales)
Roberto Hernandez: Mon-WSH (Gonzalez), Sun-ARI (Miley)
Joe Kelly: Tue-@NYY (Greene), Sun-TOR (Dickey)
Colby Lewis (TEX) -- Mon-@KC (Ventura), Sat-SEA (Young)
Kyle Lobstein: Tue-@CLE (Carrasco), Sun-SF (Hudson)
Tommy Milone: Tue-CWS (Noesi), Sun-LAA (Wilson)
Franklin Morales: Mon-SF (Hudson), Sun-SD (Despaigne)
Jacob Turner: Mon-MIL (Nelson), Sun-PIT (Cole)

My Week 23 Picks

Carlos Carrasco, Indians
2014: 6-4, 89.2 IP, 8.63 K/9, 2.11 BB/9, 53.1 GB%, 3.01 ERA, 1.00 WHIP

Carrasco is en fuego since re-joining Cleveland's starting five, going 3-0 in four starts with a 0.73 ERA and 24 strikeouts across 24 2/3 innings. He hasn't done it against the stiffest of competition (at White Sox, Astros, Orioles, at Yankees), but he's shown great command with only three walks in four starts while allowing just 11 hits. In Week 23, Carrasco gets the Tigers and White Sox at home. Tuesday's start against Detroit might seem daunting, but the Tigers have been very beatable since the break. And Detroit is throwing out Kyle Lobstein in only his second career start. Ride the hot streak.

Bud Norris, Astros
2014: 11-8, 135 IP, 7.00 K/9, 2.73 BB/9, 43.6 GB%, 4.00 ERA, 1.24 WHIP

Norris is basically a league-average pitcher, but he's made big improvements this year, starting with a career-best 7.3 percent walk rate (down from 8.7 percent in 2013). His strikeouts have tailed off slightly, but he's still punching out about seven batters per nine. But over his last five starts, the 29-year-old right-hander has 25 Ks in 25 1/3 innings of work (8.88 K/9). What I like most about Norris in Week 23 are his matchups. The Reds have scored the second fewest runs (138) since the break behind only the Mets (137), and the Rays aren't far behind (157, 23rd fewest). Norris is only owned in 13 percent of Yahoo leagues and five percent of ESPN leagues, so deep leaguers should take advantage.

Jeremy Hellickson, Rays
2014: 1-2, 42.1 IP, 7.44 K/9, 2.34 BB/9, 32.8 GB%, 2.98 ERA, 1.20 WHIP

Hellickson has been excellent since returning to the Rays rotation, allowing two runs or fewer in five of eight starts. He hasn't gone very deep into games, which has limited him to only one win, but I feel confident using him now that he's officially stretched out. He gets the Blue Jays and Orioles at home in Week 23, where he owns a 3.43 ERA across 322-plus innings and career slash line against of .234/.291/.391. Toronto scored the fewest runs of any team in August, and Hellickson is 9-4 with a 3.25 ERA in 15 starts against the Baltimore.

Stats from FanGraphs.com