2012 Two Start Pitchers – Week 5

The Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals game was rained out today which will change up the pitchers who were slated to get two starts next week as the rotations for both teams got pushed back one day. Here is a look at all of the two start pitchers for week five of the major league baseball season.

American League:

Start them:

Chris Sale (CWS) ~ CLE (Jimenez), @DET (Below)
C.J. Wilson (LAA) ~ MIN (Blackburn), TOR (Drabek)
Felix Hernandez (SEA) ~ @TB (Hellickson), MIN (Marquis)
Jeremy Hellickson (TB) ~ SEA (Hernandez), OAK (Colon)
Yu Darvish (TEX) ~ @TOR (Drabek), @CLE (Jimenez)

Roll the Dice:

Jason Hammel (BAL) ~ @NYY (Kuroda), @BOS (Buchholz)
Duane Below (DET) ~ KC (Sanchez), CWS (Sale)
Jerome Williams (LAA) ~ MIN (Liriano), TOR (Hutchison)
Tommy Milone (OAK) ~ @BOS (Buccholz), @TB (Moore)
Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) ~ BAL (Hammel), @KC (Sanchez)
Kyle Drabek (TOR) ~ TEX (Darvish), @LAA (Wilson)

Moore has struggled this season with too many walks allowed and his strikeout rate has not matched what he did in his short major league stint last season or in the minor leagues. Now would be a good buy-low point if you are playing in a trade league. Drabek has allowed two runs or less in each of his four starts this season but faces a tough test in his first start against Texas this week. Milone has 16 scoreless innigs at home, but has two road starts next week where he has a 4.91 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. Williams has not enjoyed the same type of success he did last season, but was solid in two of three starts this year. We will see this week if Hammel is for real or not with road starts at New York and Boston.

Sit Them:

Clay Buchholz (BOS) ~ OAK (Milone), BAL (Hammel)
Ubaldo Jimenez (CLE) ~ @CWS (Sale), TEX (Darvish)
Jonathan Sanchez (KC) ~ @DET (Below), @NYY (Kuroda)
Luke Hochevar (KC) ~ @DET (Porcello), NYY (Hughes)
Phil Hughes (NYY) ~ BAL (Matusz), KC (Mendoza)
Nick Blackburn (MIN) ~ @LAA (Wilson), @SEA (Noesi)
Hector Noesi (SEA) ~ @TB (Moore), MIN (Blackburn)
Drew Hutchison (TOR) ~ TEX (Feliz), @LAA (Williams)

Sanchez has more walks than strikeouts this season and sports a 6.75 ERA and 2.02 WHIP in four starts. Hutchison is a rookie pitcher making the jump from Double-A and faces Texas in his first start next week. Hochevar has been decent in three of four starts this season¬† but is on the road at Detroit and gets the Yankees in his second start next week. Jimenez has more walks than strikeouts and just isn’t the same pitcher he was back in 2010. Buchholz has a .340 batting average against and has almost as many walks as he does strikeouts.

National League:

Start them:

Mike Minor (ATL) ~ PIT (McDonald), @COL (Moyer)
Brandon Beachy (ATL) ~ PHI (Hamels), @COL (Nicasio)
Mark Buehrle (MIA) ~ ARI (Collmenter), @SD (Richard)
Cole Hamels (PHI) ~ @ATL (Beachy), @WAS (Zimmermann)
Vance Worley (PHI) ~ CHC (Samardzija), @WAS (Gonzalez)
Matt Cain (SF) ~ MIA (Nolasco), MIL (Wolf)
Jordan Zimmermann (WAS) ~ ARI (Cahill), PHI (Hamels)

Roll the Dice:

Trevor Cahill (ARI) ~ @WAS (Zimmermann), @NYM (Dickey)
Jeff Samardzija (CHC) ~ @PHI (Worley), LAD (Capuano)
Bronson Arroyo (CIN) ~ CHC (Volstad), @PIT (Morton)
Juan Nicasio (COL) ~ LAD (Harang), ATL (Beachy)
Ricky Nolasco (MIA) ~ @SF (Cain), @SD (Wieland)
R.A. Dickey (NYM) ~ @HOU (Happ), ARI (Cahill)
Charlie Morton (PIT) ~ @STL (Wainwright), CIN (Arroyo)
James McDonald (PIT) ~ @ATL (Minor), CIN (Latos)
Joe Wieland (SD) ~ MIL (Wolf), MIA (Nolasco)
Adam Wainwright (STL) ~ PIT (Morton), @HOU (Happ)

Wainwright allowed one run in six innings in his last start with seven strikeouts and faces two of the weaker teams in the National League Central next week. Outside of his eight runs allowed at Atlanta, Dickey was solid in his other three starts with four runs allowed in 20 innings. Wieland has been good in two of his three starts, both of which occurred in Petco Park where he has twp starts next week.

Sit Them:

Josh Collmenter (ARI) ~ @MIA (Buehrle), @NYM (Santana)
Chris Volstad (CHC) ~ @CIN (Arroyo), LAD (Harang)
J.A. Happ (HOU) ~ NYM (Dickey), STL (Wainwright)
Aaron Harang (LAD) ~ @COL (Nicasio), @CHC (Volstad)
Randy Wolf (MIL) ~ @SD (Wieland), @SF (Cain)

Disregard Harang’s 13 strikeout performance in his second start and instead focus on his poor ratios and the fact he has a start at Coors Field next week. Happ is allowing more than a hit per inning and has yet to make it past six innings in any of his four starts this season.¬† Collmenter’s rotation spot is hanging on by a thread. There is a good chance he will be in the bullpen after next week.

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