2011 Two Start Pitchers – Week 12

Here is a look at the options for two start pitchers in week 12 of the major league baseball season, covering June 13 – June 19.

2 start pitchers week 12: the list below is focused on mixed leagues since in AL or NL only leagues in most cases you do not have the option to rotate starting pitchers with the smaller player pool. The pitchers below are listed in alphabetical order by team name per category.

American League:

Start them:

Gavin Floyd (CHW) ~ @MIN (Pavano), @ARI (Collmenter)
Justin Verlander (DET) ~ CLE (Masterson), @COL (Cook)
Dan Haren (LAA) ~ @SEA (Vargas), @NYM (Niese)
CC Sabathia (NYY) ~ TEX (Ogando), @CHC (Wells)
James Shields (TB) ~ BOS (Wakefield), FLA (Volstad)
Alexi Ogando (TEX) ~ @NYY (Sabathia), @ATL (Jurrjens)

Roll the Dice:

Tim Wakefield (BOS) ~ @TB (Shields), MIL (Gallardo)
Justin Masterson (CLE) ~ @DET (Verlander), PIT (Karstens)
Carlos Carrasco (CLE) ~ @NYY (Burnett), PIT (Maholm)
Carl Pavano (MIN) ~ CWS (Floyd), SD (Bass)
A.J. Burnett (NYY) ~ CLE (Carrasco), @CHC (Dempster)
Josh Outman (OAK) ~ KC (Duffy), SF (Cain)
Jason Vargas (SEA) ~ LAA (Haren), PHI (Kendrick)
Alex Cobb (TB) ~ @DET (Coke), FLA (Nolasco)
Carlos Villanueva (TOR) ~ BAL (Jakubauskas), @CIN (Arroyo)

Masterson is 0-4 in his last eight starts and has not won since April 26th. He still has good numbers for the season with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Villanueva is 3-0 since moving into the starting rotation with 14 strikeouts in 22 1.3 innings. Cobb is on the fence as a starter with the lack of control he has shown so far in the major leagues. He had a 1.14 ERA in Triple-A with 50 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings. Pavano has two home starts next week where he has been a much better pitcher with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Outman has been solid in three of his four starts since being recalled from the minor leagues and gets two home starts next week. Burnett had three good starts in a row before getting blasted for seven runs by the Boston Red Sox in his last outing. Carrasco has won four of his last five starts and tossed 8 1/3 shutout innings in his last outing. Wakefield is 3-0 in his last four outings though he will face two tough opposing pitchers next week.

Sit Them:

Chris Jakubauskas (BAL) ~ @TOR (Villanueva), @WAS (Maya)
Phil Coke (DET) ~ TB (Cobb), @COL (Jimenez)
Danny Duffy (KC) ~ @OAK (Outman), @STL (Garcia)

Duffy looks like he is still a year away with 17 walks and 18 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings and opposing hitters batting .309 against him. Coke lost his first start after coming off the disabled list, allowing 13 baserunners and four runs in five innings. With a tough second start at Colorado next week, I would keep him benched.

National League:

Start them:

Jair Jurrjens (ATL) ~ NYM (Niese), TEX (Ogando)
Cole Hamels (PHI) ~ FLA (Volstad), @SEA (Vargas)
Jeff Karstens (PIT) ~ @HOU (Norris), @CLE (Masterson)
Matt Cain (SF) ~ @ARI (Collmenter), @OAK (Outman)
Jaime Garcia (STL) ~ @WAS (Maya), KC (Duffy)

Roll the Dice:

Josh Collmenter (ARI) ~ SF (Cain), CWS (Floyd)
Derek Lowe (ATL) ~ @HOU (Rodriguez), TEX (Harrison)
Ryan Dempster (CHC) ~ MIL (Wolf), NYY (Burnett)
Ricky Nolasco (FLA) ~ ARI (Duke), @TB (Cobb)
Bud Norris (HOU) ~ PIT (Karstens), @LAD (Kuroda)
Wandy Rodriguez (HOU) ~ ATL (Lowe), @LAD (De La Rosa)
Hiroka Kuroda (LAD) ~ CIN (Arroyo), HOU (Norris)
Randy Wolf (MIL) ~ @CHC (Dempster), @BOS (Lester)
Yovani Gallardo (MIL) ~ @CHC (Wells), @BOS (Wakefield)
Jonathon Niese (NYM) ~ @ATL (Jurrjens), LAA (Haren)
Paul Maholm (PIT) ~ NYM (Pelfrey), @CLE (Carrasco)

Maholm has pitched better this season but is still finding wins hard to come by despite his improved numbers due to a lack of offensive support. Kuroda is on a four game losing streak but was better in his last two outings, allowing three runs in 11 1/3 innings.  Norris has allowed two runs or less in three of his last four starts and has won two starts in a row. Lowe has not won in more than a month, though he has been pitching better in June 2.13 ERA and .95 WHIP vs. May 4.86 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. Niese has allowed two runs or less in five consecutive starts, lowering his overall ERA by 1.5 runs. Gallardo had won six straight starts before lasting only four innings against the New York Mets in his last appearance. Rodriguez returns from the disabled list as a two start pitcher. He was rolling before the injury, allowing three runs or less in five straight starts. Dempster has been better at Wrigley Field where he has a 4.76 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. He has yet to face the Brewers this year, but posted a 2.23 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in five starts against them last year.

Sit Them:

Zach Duke (ARI) ~ @FLA (Nolasco), CWS (Humber)
Randy Wells (CHC) ~ MIL (Gallardo), NYY (Sabathia)
Bronson Arroyo (CIN) ~ @LAD (Kuroda), TOR (Villanueva)
Aaron Cook (COL) ~ SD (Bass), DET (Verlander)
Chris Volstad (FLA) ~ @PHI (Hamels), @TB (Shields)
Mike Pelfrey (NYM) ~ @PIT (Maholm), LAA (Chatwood)
Anthony Bass (SD) ~ @COL (Cook), @MIN (Pavano)
Yunesky Maya (WAS) ~ STL (Garcia), BAL (Jakubauskas)

Bass moves into the rotation for the San Diego Padres with Aaron Harang going on the disabled list. Bass had a 3.53 ERA in AA with 60 strikeouts in 63 2/3 innings and had one start at Triple-A where he allowed one run in five innings with three strikeouts. I need to see a few more starts from Duke before I believe he is a different pitcher than previous seasons. His improved control and lack of home runs allowed in three starts is no guarantee going forward. Maya has made it to six innings in only two of eight career starts and is too hittable with little control at this point. Pelfrey seemed to be turning things around in May with a 3.09 ERA and 1.06 WHIP but got pummeled in his first June start, allowing seven runs in five innings. Volstad has not won since April 26th and has been more homer prone in 2011.

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