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The user’s guide to two-start pitchers, Week 16

Andy Behrens
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Michael Fiers, piling up Ks at 88-89 mph (US Presswire)

Well...it's an ugly week for two-start pitchers, gamers. The All-Star break allowed teams to reset rotations, so a big batch of No. 4-6 starters were dumped into Week 16. You won't find many high-quality pitchers double-dipping. Sorry 'bout that.

The dude pictured above, Milwaukee right-hander Michael Fiers, brings excellent ratios into his two-start week, but he's facing a pair of degree-of-difficulty match-ups (STL, at CIN). Fiers has whiffed 50 batters over 46.2 frames so far this season, he's issued only nine walks, and he's delivered a 2.31 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. He's certainly not getting it done with velocity (88.1 mph average fastball), but his control has been great, his curve is a nasty thing, and his cutter and change have been plenty effective. Video right here for your review.

Fiers has a career minor league K/9 of 9.6, so perhaps we shouldn't consider his MLB strikeout rate a total fluke. He's available in 59 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Take a shot, if you have a need. If you need (many) additional scouting details, here's a link to a pretty fabulous piece at Beyond the Box Score.

For the rest of this week's two-start SPs, continue beyond the jump. Wish it were a better batch. Apologies, again. Next week's collection should be more appealing.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Do it. No reservations whatsoever

--empty--

Yeah, do it. Minimal reservations

Chris Capuano — vs. PHI, at NYM
Anibal Sanchez — at CHC, at PIT
Lance Lynn — at MIL, vs. CHC
Michael Fiers — vs. STL, at CIN
Edwin Jackson — at MIA, vs. ATL
Ryan Vogelsong — at ATL, at PHI

OK, fine. Sure. Go ahead

Wade Miley — at CIN, vs. HOU
Bronson Arroyo — vs. ARI, vs. MIL
Ross Detwiler — vs. NYM, vs. ATL
Carlos Zambrano — vs. WAS, at PIT
Jonathon Niese — at WAS, vs. LAD
Jair Jurrjens — vs. SF, at WAS
Homer Bailey — vs. ARI, vs. MIL
Travis Wood — vs. MIA, at STL
Joe Blanton — at LAD, vs. SF
Trevor Bauer — at CIN, vs. HOU
JA Happ — at SD, at ARI

Wait, who? Really? Was Josh Fogg not available?

Kip Wells — vs. HOU, vs. COL

It's your team, pal. I can't really stop you from doing anything

Jeff Karstens — at COL, vs. MIA
Jeff Francis — vs. PIT, at SD
Jordan Lyles — at SD, at ARI
Christian Friedrich — vs. PIT, at SD

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Matt Moore gets a pair of favorable-ish starts (US Presswire)

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Enthusiastic "yes"

CC Sabathia — vs. TOR, at OAK

Slightly less enthusiastic "yes," but still "yes"

Phil Hughes — vs. TOR, at OAK
Matt Moore — vs. CLE, vs. SEA
Scott Diamond — vs. BAL, at KC
Zach McAllister — at TB, vs. BAL
Jason Vargas — at KC, at TB
Alex Cobb — vs. CLE, vs. SEA

Seriously? I'm expected to sort out this mess? Bah. Here's a big list, in decreasing order of not-much-confidence...

Roy Oswalt — at OAK, at LAA
Jacob Turner — vs. LAA, vs. CWS
Bartolo Colon — vs. TEX, vs. NYY
Gavin Floyd — at BOS, at DET
Aaron Cook — vs. CWS, vs. TOR
Rick Porcello — vs. LAA, vs. CWS
Josh Tomlin — at TB, vs. BAL
Henderson Alvarez — at NYY, at BOS
Chris Tillman — at MIN, at CLE
Jonathan Sanchez — vs. SEA, vs. MIN
Samuel Deduno — vs. BAL, at KC
Zach Britton — at MIN, at CLE
Ervin Santana — at DET, vs. TEX
Blake Beavan — at KC, at TB
Garrett Richards — at DET, vs. TEX
Everett Teaford — vs. SEA, vs. MIN
Travis Blackley — vs. TEX, vs. NYY

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