||Two Start Pitchers :: Week 16
by Scott Mickels
Published: July 28, 2012, 8:47 pm
We've got a couple of things to get to this week. We start things off with an Injury Watch, and for this we head down to the Lone Star state to talk about the Rangers' Roy Oswalt. Oswalt, who has a long history of back problems, is once again dealing with tightness in his lower back. He was scratched from his last start last Monday because of the soreness. Since then he returned to Houston to see his back specialist and received a cortisone injection. He also threw a 50-pitch bullpen session before Friday's game without any setbacks. The Rangers had him slated to start on Sunday, but elected to give him one more day of rest and now have him starting on Monday against the Angels. Oswalt had been pitching rather effectively before his back flared up. His ERA (5.22) and WHIP (1.67) are rather pedestrian, but he is 3-1 and has given up no more than one earned run in 3 of his 5 starts this season. He'll look to continue pitching effectively on Monday as it seems to be a safe bet he'll make his next start. Consider Oswalt a slightly risky yet advisable option going into Week 16.
I also wanted to touch on the Oakland A's Tommy Milone. He might still be available in your league, although he's getting picked up quick. For the second week in a row the article focuses on an A's pitcher. Not to mention, A. J. Griffin is one of my Mick's Picks this week on the podcast. But you'll have to listen to that to get the low-down on Griffin. As for Milone, the rookie out of Southern Cal has pitched fantastic this season. He's 9-7 on the year with a 3.51 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. He's also very fond of pitching in the friendly confines of Oakland Coliseum as evidenced by his 5-1 record, his minuscule 0.91 ERA and the fact hitters are only hitting .184 against him. And wouldn't you know it, both of his starts this week just happen to be at home as the A's host the Rays and Blue Jays. If Milone is still hanging around on your league's wire, go get him as he makes an advisable option in all standard leagues.
Good luck to your fantasy teams! Now, on to what we all came here for, the Two-Start Pitchers!
Of course, if you have any pitching questions, don’t hesitate to email me with them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, don’t forget to check out Mick’s Fantasy Podcast! It goes hand-in-hand with this article!
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-BRAINERSDavid Price, TB: @ OAK, vs. BAL
Jered Weaver, ANA: @ TEX, @ CHW
ADVISABLE OPTIONSClay Buchholz, BOS: vs. DET, vs. MIN
A. J. Griffin, OAK: vs. TB, vs. TOR
Tommy Milone, OAK: vs. TB, vs. TOR
Max Scherzer, DET: @ BOS, vs. CLE
OTHERS TO KEEP IN MINDJosh Beckett, BOS: vs. DET, vs. MIN
Freddy Garcia, NYY: vs. BAL, vs. SEA
Luke Hochevar, KC: vs. CLE, vs. TEX
Derek Holland, TEX: vs. ANA, @ KC
Aaron Laffey, TOR: @ SEA, @ OAK
Jose Quintana, CHW: @ MIN, vs. ANA
TRY TO AVOID
Nick Blackburn, MIN: vs. CHW, @ BOS
Cole De Vries, MIN: vs. CHW, @ BOS
Miguel Gonzalez, BAL: @ NYY, @ TB
Hiashi Iwakuma *, SEA: vs. TOR, @ NYY
Derek Lowe, CLE: @ KC, @ DET
Ervin Santana, ANA: @ TEX, @ CHW
Roy Oswalt, TEX: vs. ANA, @
NO-BRAINERSMadison Bumgarner, SF: vs. NYM, @ COL
Cliff Lee, PHI: @ WAS, vs. ARI
Stephen Strasburg, WAS: vs. PHI, vs. MIA
ADVISABLE OPTIONSHomer Bailey, CIN: vs. SD, vs. PIT
Mark Buehrle, MIA: @ ATL, @ WAS
Tommy Hanson, ATL: vs. MIA, vs. HOU
Aaron Harang, LA: vs. ARI, vs. CHC
Tim Lincecum, SF: vs. NYM, @ COL
Kyle Lohse, STL: @ COL, vs. MIL
Edison Volquez, CIN: @ CIN, vs. NYM
OTHERS TO KEEP IN MINDErik Bedard, PIT: @ CHC, @ CIN
Trevor Cahill, ARI: @ LA, @ PHI
Marco Estrada, MIL: vs. HOU, @ STL
Matt Harvey, NYM: @ SF, @ SD
Mike Leake, CIN: vs. SD, vs. PIT
Jason Marquis, SD: @ CIN, vs. NYM
Ricky Nolasco, MIA: @ ATL, @ WAS
TRY TO AVOIDJeff Francis, COL: vs. STL, vs. SF
Jair Jurrjens, ATL: vs. MIA, vs. HOU
Bud Norris, HOU: @ MIL, @ ATL
Drew Pomeranz, COL: vs. STL, vs. SF
* = this pitcher's two-start status is questionable.
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