||Two Start Pitchers :: Week 7
by Scott Mickels
Published: May 12, 2013, 8:35 am
What the Hec?
We've got lots of two-start pitchers to keep in mind this week, but there's one pitcher I find particularly intriguing and that's the White Sox's Hector Santiago. Santiago took over for Gavin Floyd during a game back on April 27th. Subsequently, he was moved into the White Sox's rotation almost immediately thereafter. Over his last two starts, not including the appearance in which he took over for Floyd, he has gone 1-0 with 14 strikeouts in 12.1 innings of work only giving up one run in the process. He also sports a nice shiny 1.69 ERA and .98 WHIP. Of course, that's mainly due to the fact he has been working out of a reliever role most of the season. The strikeouts shouldn't come as too big of a surprise though as he was a decent source of K's last season with 79 in 70 innings pitched. The ERA and WHIP will most likely increase as the season progresses, but nothing too alarming. Also, his transition from reliever to starter has been a fairly smooth one. Not too shocking as he was stretched out through spring training while in a competition for the fifth spot in the White Sox's rotation, but lost it to Dylan Axelrod. Now with Floyd done for the rest of the 2013 season, Santiago looks to be a long-term piece of the Pale Hose's pitching staff. However, that plan could be derailed by the return of John Danks from the DL. Keep an eye on what Chicago chooses to do with Santiago once Danks returns. If he keeps pitching well, they'll have a hard decision ahead of them. He's not going to blow anyone away in the fantasy baseball world, but I think given a long-term chance as a starter he can develop into a solid fantasy option for standard league owners. Plus, he has two favorable matchups this week at Minnesota and at Anaheim. Consider Santiago a high-end Keep in Mind option.
We also have one minor Injury Watch. For this we head down to south beach where the Miami Marlins' starting pitcher Alex Sanabia is dealing with a tight groin. Sanabia was pulled in his last start after 4.1 innings after experiencing tightness in his groin. He says he doesn't expect to miss his next start, but Marlins' manager Mike Redmond said he could opt to push Sanabia's next start back a day or so, if for nothing else to let the kid clear his head. I'm not going to get too far into this situation as I know 99.9% of you aren't even considering this guy in any league, but I wanted to be fair. Whether he makes his next scheduled start on Tuesday at home against Cincinnati remains to be seen, but even if he does, Sanabia is someone you want to avoid in all leagues.
Good luck to your fantasy teams! Now, on to what we all came here for, the Two-Start Pitchers!
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NOTE: These starts are not set in stone. They can change for any variety of reasons: managerial moves, injuries, rain-outs, etc. Please keep in mind they are probable.
NO-BRAINERS Matt Moore, TB: vs. BOS, @ BAL
Jake Peavy, CHW: @ MIN, @ ANA
C. C. Sabathia, NYY: vs. SEA, vs. TOR
Anibal Sanchez, DET: vs. HOU, @ TEX
ADVISABLE OPTIONS Doug Fister, DET: vs. HOU, @ TEX
A. J. Griffin, OAK: vs. Tex, vs. KC
Derek Holland, TEX: @ OAK, vs. DET
OTHERS TO KEEP IN MIND R. A. Dickey, TOR: vs. SF, @ NYY
Justin Grimm, TEX: @ OAK, vs. DET
John Lackey, BOS: @ TB, @ MIN
Justin Masterson, CLE: vs. NYY, vs. SEA
Bud Norris, HOU: @ DET, @ PIT
Hector Santiago, CHW: @ MIN, @ ANA
Jason Vargas, ANA: vs. KC, vs. CHW
TRY TO AVOID Joe Blanton, ANA: vs. KC, vs. CHW
Aaron Harang, SEA: @ NYY, @ CLE
Pedro Hernandez, MIN: vs. CHW, vs. BOS
Luis Mendoza, KC: @ ANA, @ OAK
David Phelps, NYY: @ CLE, vs. TOR
INJURY WATCH None
NO-BRAINERS A. J. Burnett, PIT: vs. MIL, vs. HOU
Lance Lynn, STL: vs. NYM, vs. MIL
Mike Minor, ATL: @ ARI, vs. LA
Jordan Zimmerman, WAS: @ LA, @ SD
ADVISABLE OPTIONS Wade Miley, ARI: vs. ATL, @ MIA
Travis Wood, CHC: vs. COL, vs. NYM
OTHERS TO KEEP IN MIND Homer Bailey, CIN: @ MIA, @ PHI
Josh Beckett, LA: vs. WAS, @ ATL
Hiram Burgos, MIL: @ PIT, @ STL
Andrew Cashner, @ BAL, vs. WAS
Dillon Gee, NYM: @ STL, @ CHC
Dan Haren, WAS: @ LA, @ SD
Jeff Locke, PIT: vs. MIL, vs. HOU
Kyle Lohse, MIL: @ PIT, @ STL
Juan Nicasio, COL: @ CHC, vs. SF
Jake Westbrook, CLE: vs. NYM, vs. MIL
TRY TO AVOID Jeff Francis, COL: @ CHC, vs. SF
Jeremy Hefner, NYM: @ STL, @ CHC
Barry Zito, SF: @ TOR, @ COL
INJURY WATCH Alex Sanabia, MIA: vs. CIN, vs. ARI
* = this pitcher's two-start status is questionable.
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