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Two Start Pitchers: Week of May 30 - June 5

Our breakdown of all the two-start pitchers in Week 9 with a special look at the resurgence of CC Sabathia

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When streaming starting pitching in fantasy baseball, especially in leagues with moves limits, knowing who the two-start pitchers are is valuable information to have. Each week we will give you the rundown on who is in line for a big week and give you one option which is poised to make for a great streaming option for the week.

Week 9 is stacked with double starts due to the Memorial Day holiday. With 22 of the 30 MLB teams playing seven games and the remaining eight playing six, we have a whopping 51 pitchers taking the mound twice.

A lot of times our spotlight pitcher is a young up-and-comer with exceptional matchups. This week, however, could not be more polar opposite.

CC Sabathia (@BAL, @TOR)

A 4.81 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and a losing record over the past three seasons, removed Sabathia from the fantasy radar. A disastrous start to the 2016 season, 5.06 ERA, 1.68 WHIP, and .293 BA against has made the one-time Yankees ace waiver wire poison. In his last three starts, though, the big southpaw has looked liked the All-Star and perennial Cy Young contender of old.

In his last 20 IP, Sabathia has 21 punchouts while allowing only one earned run. Opponents are slashing a pitiful .157/.224/.186 with only two extra-base hits. Naturally, this all comes from a small sample size, but it appears the addition of a cutter to his repertoire this offseason is finally clicking.

While some may be hesitant to pick up Sabathia as he faces two strong offenses in the Orioles and Blue Jays this week, keep in mind that two of his past three starts have come against the same teams. In fact in both of those starts, Sabathia did not allow an earned run to either team in 14 total innings. Still available in nearly 90 percent of Yahoo! leagues, Sabathia is worth a pickup while he has the mojo going.


Jake Arrieta (LAD, ARI)

Gerrit Cole (@MIA, LAA)

Jose Fernandez (PIT, NYM)

Aaron Nola (WAS, MIL)

Over the past two-plus weeks, Fernandez has been the best pitcher in all of fantasy. With a 4-0 record, 1.00 ERA and 42 punchouts in his last 27 IP, the Marlins flamethrower will look to continue his roll against fellow ace Cole on Tuesday...Nola is only 22-years-old but is already a dominant ace for the Phillies. His eight quality starts rank him second behind only Clayton Kershaw in the NL. His 0.92 WHIP puts him in the top three as well. The only concern for Nola this year is the expected late-season innings cap.

Lineup Locks

Jason Hammel (LAD, ARI)

Corey Kluber (TEX, KC)

Jose Quintana (@NYM, @DET)

Tanner Roark (@PHI, @CIN)

Jeff Samardzija(@ATL, @STL)

Drew Smyly (@KC, @MIN)

Justin Verlander (@LAA, CWS)

Last time out against the Phillies, Roark tossed seven scoreless innings while allowing only two hits. Add in a start against the Reds, who rank dead last in batting average, run to the wire to pick up the Nats righty if you are in one of the 38% of leagues he is still available...After a train-wreck of a season on the south side of Chicago, Samardzija has bounced back by the Bay. His 2.54 ERA and 1.05 WHIP would represent career-bests if able to maintain them, which with a FIP of 2.93 and a BAbip of .278 it seems likely...Verlander, just like Sabathia was left for dead while it looked his usefulness in fantasy had run out. But with a 1.19 ERA and 37 Ks in his last 30.1 innings pitched, the Tigers ace has regained lineup lock status until further notice.

Solid Starts

Kevin Gausman (BOS, NYY)

Nathan Karns (SD, @TEX)

Ian Kennedy (TB, @CLE)

Hisashi Iwakuma (SD, @TEX)

James Shields (@SEA, COL)

Josh Tomlin (TEX, KC)

Matt Wisler (SF, @LAD)

Gausman has scuffled as of late, one QS in his past three starts, but has pitched better at home this season (2.87 ERA, .236 BA against). Even with a daunting matchup against the Red Sox, fantasy owners can expect a respectable week from the 25-year-old...The owner of a 9.0 K/9 strikeout rate plus a .238 BA against, Karns would be fantasy gold if he could make it out of the sixth inning. He has pitched six-plus innings in only four of his nine starts this year...Tomlin may not strikeout a ton, 6.4 K/9, but with only six walks allowed through 51 IP, the Indians hurler leads the AL in BB/9. No wonder he owns a 7-0 record in eight starts.

Not a Sure Thing

Patrick Corbin (HOU, @CHC)

Marco Estrada (NYY, @BOS)

Jon Gray (CIN, @SD)

Matt Harvey (CWS, @MIA)

Scott Kazmir (@CHC, ATL)

Carlos Martinez (@MIL, SF)

Lance McCullers (@ARI, OAK)

Collin McHugh (@ARI, OAK)

Steven Wright(@Bal, TOR)

If not for Sonny Gray or Dallas Keuchel, Harvey would be the biggest bust in fantasy this year. The Mets are so worried about his 6.08 ERA and 1.68 WHIP through 10 starts that they have contemplated skipping a turn or two. If he can't get it done in two favorable matchups this week, expect the Dark Knight to disappear for a while...Before his last turn, Kazmir was carrying a plus 5.00 ERA and had allowed the second-most homers in the NL, 12. But after a six-inning one run, 12 strikeout performance versus the Reds, hope is renewed that the southpaw is finally adjusting to the NL...On the surface, Martinez's 4.25 ERA and 1.20 WHIP looks respectable. However, the Cardinals hurler has imploded to the tune of a 6.84 ERA and .292 BA against in his last five starts. While opponents BAbip of .347 suggests Martinez is the victim of bad luck, his falling K-rate doesn't boost my confidence.

Shot in the Dark

Matt Andriese (@KC, @MIN)

Andrew Cashner (@SEA, COL)

Tyler Duffey (@OAK, TB)

Mike Foltynewicz (SF, @LAD)

Junior Guerra (STL, @PHI)

Alex Wood (@CHC, ATL)

The four starts of Andriese have been a mixed bag. Is he the pitcher who came out with 16 innings of one-run ball or the one who holds a 5.56 ERA in the past 11.1 IP. With matchups against the two worst offenses in the AL, I would take a chance that the hurler who tossed a two-hit shutout of Oakland appears this week...A 31-year-old rookie, Guerra has shown the ability make batters swing and miss, 30 Ks in 30 IP, but also gives up a lot of free passes, seven walks in past two starts. While he has a rough start to the week against the Cardinals, he has a cake matchup with the Phillies next Sunday

No Thank You

Chad Bettis (CIN, @SD)

Jhoulys Chacin (DET, @PIT)

Edwin Escobar (HOU, @CHC)

Dillon Gee (TB, @CLE)

Kendall Graveman(MIN, @HOU)

Jeremy Hellickson (WAS, MIL)

Colby Lewis (@CLE, SEA)

Jeff Locke (@MIA, LAA)

Justin Nicolino (PIT, NYM)

Ivan Nova (@TOR, @BAL)

Jake Peavy (@ATL, @STL)

Wily Peralta (STL, @PHI)

Eduardo Rodriguez (@BAL, TOR)

Anibal Sanchez (@LAA, CWS)

Ervin Santana (@OAK, TB)

Dan Straily (@COL, WAS)

Tyler Wilson (BOS, NYY)