2019 Fantasy Baseball: Week 12 Two-Start Pitchers

Adam Ronis

(Editor's Note: Keep in mind this is subject to change after publication due to injuries and weather.)

American League

5 Games: CLE, HOU
6 Games: BAL, CHW, DET, KC, LAA, MIN, NYY, OAK, SEA, TOR
7 Games: BOS, TB, TEX

National League

5 Games: CIN, MIL, SF
6 Games: LAD, MIA, NYM, PHI, SD, WAS
7 Games: ARI, ATL, CHC, COL, PIT, STL

TWO-START PITCHERS

ACES

  • Trevor Bauer (Indians) vs. CIN, @DET
  • Jose Berrios (Twins) vs. SEA, vs. KC
  • Charlie Morton (Rays) vs. OAK, vs. LAA
  • Masahiro Tanaka (Yankees) vs. NYM, @CWS
  • Brad Peacock (Astros) vs. MIL, vs. TOR
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu (Dodgers) @LAA, vs. CHC
  • Chris Sale (Red Sox) vs. TEX, @BAL


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GREEN LIGHT

Sandy Alcantara (Marlins) vs. STL, vs. PIT

Alcantara has pitched well after a poor April despite a high walk rate and a lack of strikeouts. In May, he pitched 30.2 innings and had a 3.23 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 15.5 percent strikeout rate and 13 percent walk rate. In his last start, he went seven innings and allowed five hits, one run, one walk and struck out five. Two home starts helps.

Pittsburgh Pirates P Chris Archer

Chris Archer (Pirates) @ATL, @MIA

Archer has been inconsistent. He started the season with a 2.74 ERA and 26:9 K:BB ratio through four starts and had a 9.68 ERA over his next four starts. Archer has shown better control in his last two starts with a 13:4 K:BB ratio against the Brewers and Braves. He also showed improved velocity, averaging 94.5 miles per hour over those starts.

Jalen Beeks (Rays) vs. OAK, vs. LAA

Beeks usually follows an opener and has done well. He doesn't throw a lot of innings, but he's in position to win games. Beeks is 5-0 with a 2.76 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 21.5 percent strikeout rate and 7.7 percent walk rate.

Griffin Canning (Angels) vs. LAD, vs. TB

Canning doesn't get the best matchups, but he's done enough to be in most lineups. He is 2-2 with a 3.52 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 26.9 percent strikeout rate and 6.4 percent walk rate. He has been aided by a .232 BABIP and 83.3 percent strand rate and hurt by a 1.64 HR/9. He hasn't allowed too much hard contact and has a 15.5 percent swinging strike rate.

Jon Duplantier (Diamondbacks) @PHI, @WAS

These aren't easy matchups, but the Phillies offense hasn't lived up to expectations. Duplantier has pitched mostly out of the bullpen and has pitched five innings in each start since entering the rotation May 31. He has an 11:3 K:BB ratio in those starts and has allowed nine hits and five runs.

Jerad Eickhoff (Phillies) vs. ARI, @ATL

Eickhoff has been hurt by home runs, allowing a 1.82 HR/9. He has a 4.14 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. He has allowed 11 home runs over his last 24.1 innings. He's more for deeper leagues.

Mike Foltynewicz (Braves) vs. PIT, vs. PHI

Foltynewicz is finally showing improvement after a terrible start to the season, which was delayed due to injury. Over his last four starts, he has pitched 23 innings and allowed 21 hits, 10 earned runs, walked one and struck out 23. The biggest issue is still home runs as he has allowed seven in those four starts.

German Marquez (Rockies) vs. CHC, vs. SD

The reason some shied away is the high draft cost for Marquez considering his problems at Coors Field. He has a 4.93 ERA at home in seven starts at home after a 4.74 ERA at home last season. He should get the strikeouts, but the ratios could be hurt.

John Means (Orioles) vs. TOR, vs. BOS

Means continues to pitch well even though some of the underlying numbers suggest it won't last. He is 5-4 with a 2.67 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 20.2 percent strikeout rate and 6.5 percent walk rate. He has been aided by a .249 BABIP, but has limited hard contact with a 31.4 percent rate. A 45 percent fly ball rate with two starts at Camden Yards is concerning. Means allowed one run over six innings in his last start at Texas and has allowed three earned runs or fewer in seven of his last eight starts.

Mike Minor (Rangers) @BOS, @CIN

Minor has pitched well, even at home with a 2.18 ERA. He gets two road starts against a good Red Sox offense and a hitters park in Cincinnati, but he's used to pitching in a tough environment. He is 5-4 with a 2.55 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 26.1 percent strikeout rate and 7.8 percent walk rate.

Joe Musgrove (Pirates) @ATL, @MIA

Musgrove dominated to start the season and then struggled. He has been better his last few starts. The matchup in Atlanta is tough, but he gets to pitch in Miami, one of the best parks for pitchers. Musgrove faced Atlanta in his last start and went eight innings and allowed five hits, three runs, one walk and six strikeouts. Even with the erratic season, he has a 1.19 WHIP.

Jose Quintana
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Jose Quintana (Cubs) @COL, @LAD

These are rough starts for Quintana and it's a judgment call. It's easy to see benching him with a start at Coors Field and a great Dodgers offense. Quintana is 4-5 with a 3.77 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 21.2 percent strikeout rate and 6.4 percent walk rate.

Anibal Sanchez (Nationals) @CWS, vs. ARI

Sanchez was awful to begin the season, but he's looked good his last two starts. He has pitched 11.1 innings and allowed five hits, one earned run, two walks and struck out 14. He has an 11.2 percent walk rate, so two walks over his last 11.1 innings is a good sign.

Spencer Turnbull (Tigers) @KC, vs. CLE

Turnbull has been a good waiver wire add and he has good matchups. He has a 3.01 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 21.9 percent strikeout rate and 8.7 percent walk rate. He has limited hard contact to 33.7 percent.

RED LIGHT

  • Taylor Clarke (Diamondbacks) @PHI, @WAS
  • Dylan Covey (White Sox) vs. WAS, vs. NYY
  • Yu Darvish (Cubs) @COL, @LAD Darvish has been better lately, but these are two of the worst matchups so beware.
  • Kevin Gausman (Braves) vs. PIT, vs. PHI
  • Dakota Hudson (Cardinals) @MIA, @NYM
  • Jake Junis (Royals) vs. DET, @MIN
  • Ariel Jurado (Rangers) @BOS, @CIN
  • Peter Lambert (Rockies) vs. CHC, vs. SD
  • Mike Leake (Mariners) @MIN, @OAK
  • Cal Quantrill (Padres) @SF, @COL
  • Trent Thornton (Blue Jays) @BAL, @HOU
  • Jason Vargas (Mets) @NYY, vs. STL
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