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Two-Start Pitchers: Week 6 (May 11-17)

Ranking and tiering the two-start pitchers in Week 6, including Wily Peralta, Nathan Eovaldi and Josh Collmenter.

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It was another rough week for my two-start streamers, as Travis Wood turned back into 2014 Travis Wood and Jesse Hahn couldn't take advantage of two favorable matchups in Minnesota and Seattle. Jesse Chavez saved me, however, shutting out those same Twins over 7 1/3 innings, allowing four hits, one walk and striking out seven in a victory. Chavez gets the Mariners today. This week, the two-start pickings are slim.

My results

7-10 (26 starts, 10 quality starts)
5.00 ERA
1.36 WHIP
7.50 K/9
2.56 BB/9


Gerrit Cole: Mon-@PHI (Williams), Sat-@CHC (Lester)
Max Scherzer: Tue-@ARI (Ray), Sun-@SD (Kennedy)
Jon Lester: Mon-NYM (Colon), Sat-PIT (Cole)
Stephen Strasburg: Mon-@ARI (Collmenter), Sat-@SD (Cashner)
Jake Arrieta: Tue-NYM (deGrom), Sun-PIT (Burnett)
Jacob deGrom: Tue-@CHC (Arrieta), Sun-MIL (Peralta)

Tier 1

Chris Archer: Tue-NYY (Eovaldi), Sun-@MIN (Gibson)
Carlos Carrasco: Tue-STL (Lynn), Sun-@TEX (Martinez)
Scott Kazmir: Mon-BOS (Porcello), Sun-CWS (Samardzija)
A.J. Burnett: Tue-@PHI (O'Sullivan), Sun-@CHC (Arrieta)
Jeff Samardzija: Mon-@MIL (Peralta), Sun-@OAK (Kazmir)
Shelby Miller: Mon-@CIN (Leake), Sun-@MIA (Koehler)
Ian Kennedy: Tue-@SEA (Paxton), Sun-WSH (Scherzer)

Tier 2

Bartolo Colon: Mon-@CHC (Lester), Sat-MIL (Garza)
Edinson Volquez: Tue-@TEX (Martinez), Sun-NYY (Eovaldi)
Mike Leake: Mon-ATL (Miller), Sat-SF (Vogelsong)
Lance Lynn: Tue-@CLE (Carrasco), Sun-DET (Simon)
Wily Peralta: Mon-CWS (Samardzija), Sun-@NYM (deGrom)
Anthony DeSclafani: Tue-ATL (Foltynewicz), Sun-SF (Heston)
Ubaldo Jimenez: Mon-TOR (Estrada), Sun-LAA (Richards)

Tier 3

Josh Collmenter: Mon-WSH (Strasburg), Sun-@PHI (TBA)
Nathan Eovaldi: Tue-@TB (Archer), Sun-@KC (Volquez)
Chris Heston: Tue-@HOU (TBD), Sun-@CIN (DeSclafani)
Alex Colome: Mon-NYY (Sabathia), Sat-@MIN (May)
Alfredo Simon: Tue-MIN (Gibson), Sun-@STL (Lynn)
Rick Porcello: Mon-@OAK (Kazmir), Sat-@SEA (Hernandez)
Carlos Frias: Tue-MIA (Haren), Sun-COL (Matzek)
Danny Duffy: Mon-@TEX (Lewis), Sat-NYY (Sabathia)
James Paxton: Tue-SD (Kennedy), Sun-BOS (Masterson)

Not this week

Mark Buehrle: Tue-@BAL (Tillman), Sun-@HOU (TBD)
Marco Estrada: Mon-@BAL (Jimenez), Sat-@HOU (Feldman)
Kyle Gibson: Tue-@DET (Simon), Sun-TB (Archer)
Tom Koehler: Mon-@LAD (TBD), Sun-ATL (Miller)
Colby Lewis: Mon-KC (Duffy), Sat-CLE (TBD)
Nick Martinez: Tue-KC (Volquez), Sun-CLE (Carrasco)
Justin Masterson: Tue-@OAK (Pomeranz), Sun-@SEA (Paxton)
Tyler Matzek: Tue-@LAA (Wilson), Sun-@LAD (Frias)
CC Sabathia: Mon-@TB (Colome), Sat-@KC (Duffy)
Sean O'Sullivan: Tue-PIT (Burnett), Sun-ARI (Anderson)
Jerome Williams: Mon-PIT (Cole), Sat-ARI (Bradley)

My Week 6 Picks

Wily Peralta, Brewers (CHW, @NYM)

Peralta got off to a slow start but has turned it around with three straight quality starts against the Cardinals, Cubs and Dodgers. On the season, the 26-year-old right-hander is 1-4 with a 3.92 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 24 strikeouts in 39 innings. The overall body of work isn't impressive, admittedly, but he's been somewhat unlucky thus far with a 15 percent HR/FB rate. He also owns a near-elite 4.9 percent walk rate through six turns in the rotation (21st best among SP), so he hasn't been completely sabotaged by an average of one long ball per start. The White Sox rank dead last in offense with 83 runs, while the Mets also fall in the bottom third in the category. In terms of wRC+, Chicago is 27th and New York is 24th. This is a matchups play worth taking advantage of.

Nathan Eovaldi, Yankees (@TB, @KC)

In a week without great options, I reluctantly choose Eovaldi, who takes to the road for two starts in Week 6. The 25-year-old righty has been a much more effective pitcher away from Yankee Stadium, posting a 2.41 ERA and 1.50 WHIP on the road (compared to 5.87 and 1.63, respectively, at home). While we're dealing with a very small sample size, Eovaldi, who doesn't have a history of "gopheritis," has already allowed five home runs in six starts. Those are more easily served in Yankee Stadium, so I'm crossing my fingers that Eovaldi won't run into the same trouble in Tampa Bay and Kansas City, which both yield a home run park factor of 95, according to Yankee Stadium, on the other hand, is 111. Eovaldi's walk rate is up slightly from five percent to six, but that's still better than the league average of 7.9.

Josh Collmenter, Diamondbacks (WAS, @PHI)

Collmenter predictably was hit around his latest start in Coors Field, giving up five earned runs on 10 hits over seven innings. Despite the poor outing, Collmenter still picked up his third win. There was some good too, like no free passes for the third straight start. The nice thing about Collmenter is he routinely works deep into games, helping offset a potentially mediocre start. He's gone six innings or more in four straight starts, including eight inning against Colorado (at home) and nine against the San Francisco Giants (on the road). In six starts, the 29-year-old right-hander is 3-3 with a 3.40 ERA and 1.18 WHIP, including a 3.63 FIP and 4.28 SIERA. You're not going to get strikeouts (13.1 percent K rate), but he's not going to hurt you via the walk. His 1.9 percent walk rate is second best, behind Bartolo Colon. The Nationals have been surprisingly mediocre, and the Phillies round out the Senior Circuit's worst offense. Again, this week isn't ideal for two-start streamers, but Collmenter represents one of the better options in deep leagues.

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