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Fantasy Baseball Two-Start Pitchers – Week 5

Quality starting pitching is essential to winning in fantasy baseball. If you have a pitcher that hasn’t been carrying their weight, consider adding a starting pitcher who will make two starts in week four.

If the pitcher you consider isn’t at the top of the rankings, there’s often a chance he’ll throw at least one good game out of the two he is probable to start. Worst case, a pitcher with two starts will generally keep a lower ERA and bring in more strikeouts, which could save owners in weekly head-to-head matchups.

Tim Linecum of the San Francisco Giants, who is 4-0 with a 1.23 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 29.3 innings, tops our list of two-start fantasy baseball pitchers in week four. Other “must starts” include:

  • Johan Santana, New York Mets
  • Roy Halladay, Toronto Blue Jays
  • Fausto Carmona, Cleveland Indians
  • Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies
  • Dan Haren, Arizona Diamondbacks

Two two-start pitchers that should impress you with their performances in week five:

  • Derek Lowe, Los Angeles Dodgers. Lowe is owned in around 90% of fantasy baseball leagues, so why aren’t more people starting him? He is scheduled to start Tuesday 4/29 on the road against lefty Andrew Miller and the Florida Marlins, then Sunday 5/4 at Coors Field against Franklin Morales of the Colorado Rockies. He had trouble at Colorado in 2007, but pitched a complete game loss last year at Florida. Lowe has given up more than two earned runs only once this season, and is 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 29.3 innings.
  • Jon Garland, Anaheim Angels. Garland has a history of being a hot and cold fantasy baseball pitcher, but has two promising matchups in week five. He’ll take the mound Monday 4/28 at home against Oakland and Chad Gaudin, then Saturday 5/3 versus Baltimore and Daniel Cabrera. His ERA is high (5.04), his record isn’t really impressive (3-2), and he hasn’t produced many strikeouts (4) in his 30.3 innings of work. Pitching against the anemic Oakland lineup and against Baltimore, who is bound to come back to earth sometime soon, puts him in line for a potential 2-0 week.

Waiver Wire Wonder (One two-start pitcher owned in less than 40% of fantasy baseball leagues to consider in week three):

  • Tom Glavine, Atlanta Braves. Fantasy Baseball Dugout advises all fantasy baseball owners to take advantage of all future Hall-Of-Famers or former Cy Young winners on the waiver wire. Glavine is BOTH, and is scheduled to come off the DL Tuesday at the Washington Nationals against Tim Redding. Assuming he gets through that start with no complications, his second start will come Sunday at Turner Field against Bronson Arroyo and the Cincinnati Reds. While Glavine didn’t log a win in his first three starts, he has six strikeouts in 11.1 innings of work and has not given up more than two earned runs in a start this season.
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