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Week 2 Fantasy Baseball Tips: Two Start Pitchers

Chris Volstad two start pitchersAre you two-start pitcher streaming? If not, you’re likely missing out on a great opportunity to increase your weekly strikeout total, log more innings pitched, and potentially lower your team ERA and WHIP.

We will be tracking two start pitchers again in 2009 to make sure you win your pitching categories. To go above and beyond, we’ve listed every two start pitcher for the upcoming week with their probable starts and ownership percentage at our two start pitchers home base.

Now, we can provide you better tips on what pitchers to stream each week to get the most out of your player transactions and waiver wire.

The following three pitchers are owned in less than 50% of fantasy baseball leagues and should garner consideration for your fantasy baseball roster this week, as they take the mound for two starts a piece.

  • Todd Wellemeyer, St. Louis Cardinals: Despite taking a loss in his first start this year, Wellemeyer went 13-9 last season with a 3.71 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 191.7 innings. He takes the mound Monday on the road against Arizona and Saturday on the road against the Cubs. Last year, he went 4-2 away from Busch Stadium with a 2.98 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. Wellemeyer won’t light up your strikeout totals but should pick up at least one win this week and keep your ERA and WHIP low.
  • Chris Volstad, Florida Marlins: Volstad was great in his first outing of the year against Washington, allowing 1 earned run and striking out 7 in 5 innings of work. He takes the mound Tuesday at the Braves and Sunday on the road against the Nationals. Volstad didn’t fare well against the Braves in 2008, but he went 4-1 on the road last year with a 1.95 ERA and struck out 24 in 37 innings. He’s only owned in around 50% of leagues despite the fact that we had him listed as one of the top 75 starters in fantasy baseball heading into this season.
  • Jesse Litsch, Toronto Blue Jays: Litsch is very similar to Wellemeyer in the fact that most fantasy owners must’ve forgotten about him during the offseason. Owned in only around 15% of fantasy leagues, he went 13-9 with a 3.58 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 176 innings last year. He will pitch Monday on the road against Minnesota and Saturday at home against Oakland. Litsch loves turf surfaces – last season, he went 8-4 with a 2.89 ERA and 2 complete game shutouts on the fake stuff.
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