2012 Two Start Pitchers – Week 6

A couple of pitchers who have struggled in past seasons are off to good starts this year as Edison Volquez, Carlos Zambrano and Joe Saunders all have two starts next week in week six of the fantasy baseball season. If you own any of them, I would be looking to trade them and cash in on them while their value is high. Here is a look at all of the two start pitchers for week six of the major league baseball season.

American League:

Start them:

Justin Verlander (DET)  ~ @SEA (Millwood), @OAK (Parker)
Jered Weaver (LAA) ~ @MIN (Liriano), @TEX (Harrison)
James Shields (TB) ~ @NYY (Nova), @BAL (Arrieta)
Ricky Romero (TOR) ~ @OAK (Parker), @MIN (Hendriks)

Roll the Dice:

Jake Arrieta (BAL) ~ TEX (Harrison), TB (Shields)
Daniel Bard (BOS) ~ @KC (Duffy), CLE (Masterson)
Felix Doubront (BOS) ~ @KC (Sanchez), CLE (Tomlin)
Justin Masterson (CLE) ~ CWS (Danks), @BOS (Bard)
Philip Humber (CWS) ~ @CLE (Tomlin), KC (Sanchez)
Doug Fister (DET) ~ @SEA (Beavan), @OAK (Milone)
Ivan Nova (NYY) ~ TB (Shields), SEA (Beavan)
Jarrod Parker (OAK) ~ TOR (Romero), DET (Verlander)
Blake Beavan (SEA) ~ DET (Fister), @NYY (Nova)
Neftali Feliz (TEX) ~ @BAL (Matusz), LAA (Williams)
Matt Harrison (TEX) ~ @BAL (Arrieta), LAA (Weaver)

Harrison was om fire to start the season with three straight wins but then was pounded in his last two outings, allowing 14 runs in 8 1/3 innings. Beavan has allowed three runs or less in four of his five starts but racks up few strikeouts and wins are tough to come by with the Mariners lack of offense. Nova has picked up his strikeout rate this year but is getting hit at a .341 clip. He should fare well in his second start of the week against Seattle. Bard has been inconsistent this season thanks to an elevated walk rate. I would be willing to give him another week to see if he can get it done with two starts on the docket. Fister comes off of the disabled list to get two starts next week. He worked four scoreless innings in his rehab start at AAA earlier in the week.

Sit Them:

Brian Matusz (BAL) ~ TEX (Feliz), TB (Moore)
Josh Tomlin (CLE) ~ CWS (Humber), @BOS (Doubront)
Jonathan Sanchez (KC) ~ BOS (Doubront), @CWS (Humber)
Francisco Liriano (MIN) ~ LAA (Weaver) TOR (Hutchison)
Liam Hendriks (MIN) ~ LAA (Haren), TOR (Romero)

Matusz is a boom or bust pick this week after three rocky starts to start the season, he then allowed one run in his last 12 1/3 innings against New York and Toronto. Liriano is 0-4 on the season and has allowed five runs in four of his last five starts. Sanchez is holding hitters to a .229 batting average, but he has walked 19 in 22 1/3 innings and has yet to make it past five innings in any of his starts.

National League:

Start them:

Joe Saunders (ARI) ~ STL (Lynn), SF (Zito)
Tommy Hanson (ATL) ~ @CHC (Samardzija), @STL (Lynn)
Bronson Arroyo (CIN) ~ @MIL (Gallardo), WAS (Jackson)
Ted Lilly (LAD) ~ SF (Zito), COL (Pomeranz)
Carlos Zambrano (MIA) ~ @HOU (Happ), NYM (Niese)
Roy Halladay (PHI) ~ NYM (Niese), SD (Volquez)
Lance Lynn (STL) ~ @ARI (Saunders), ATL (Hanson)

Roll the Dice:

Drew Pomeranz (COL) ~  @SD (Volquez), @LAD (Lilly)
Jeff Samardzija (CHC) ~ ATL (Hanson), @MIL (Gallardo)
Yovani Gallardo (MIL) ~ CIN (Arroyo), CHC (Samardzija)
Jonathon Niese (NYM) ~ @PHI (Halladay), @MIA (Zambrano)
A.J. Burnett (PIT) ~ WAS (Jackson), HOU (Happ)
Edinson Volquez (SD) ~ COL (Pomeranz), @PHI (Halladay)
Barry Zito (SF) ~ @LAD (Lilly), @ARI (Saunders)
Edwin Jackson (WAS) ~ @PIT (Burnett), @CIN (Arroyo)

Jackson faced Cincinnati earlier this season and worked nine innings, allowing one run with nine strikeouts. Volquez is off to a good start but I am not ready to bump him up to the top tier yet until he has a few more road starts. He pitched five of his six starts at PETCO Park so far in 2012. Pomeranz with two road starts is a little bit more attractive than if he were starting in Coors Field. Burnett was hammered in his last start, allowing 12 runs in 2 2/3 innings, so things can only go up from there next week

Sit Them:

J.A. Happ (HOU) ~ MIA (Zambrano), @PIT (Burnett)


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