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

Andy Behrens

That's Detroit starter Doug Fister pictured above, auditioning for another turn in your fake team's rotation. He's still available in a significant percentage of Yahoo! leagues (45 as of this writing) and he's coming off back-to-back excellent efforts. Just check the game log. Fister has struck out 18 batters over his last two appearances, walking just two and allowing only five hits and two runs.

No, this hasn't been a stellar season thus far for the right-hander — he's visited the DL twice and his ERA is 4.04. But when we toss his stats in the SABR-a-tor, it spits out a not-terrible result (3.16 xFIP). Fister gets a pair of un-intimidating match-ups this week, facing the Tribe and the Bautista-less Jays, so please consider the add.

You'll find the rest of the two-start club after the jump, ranked and tiered (Magic 8-ball style). Let's do this thing...


It is certain

Felix Hernandez — vs. NYY, vs. KC
CJ Wilson — vs. KC, vs. TB

You may rely on it

Hiroki Kuroda — at SEA, vs. BOS
Francisco Liriano — at CWS, vs. CLE
Jeremy Hellickson — at BAL, at LAA
Doug Fister — at CLE, at TOR

Signs point to yes

Justin Masterson — vs. BAL, at MIN
Wei-Yin Chen — vs. TB, vs. OAK
Roy Oswalt — vs. BOS, vs. CWS

Concentrate and ask again

Travis Blackley — at TOR, at BAL
Ubaldo Jimenez — vs. DET, at MIN
Bruce Chen — at LAA, at SEA
Kevin Millwood — vs. NYY, vs. KC

Don't count on it

Felix Doubront — at TEX, at NYY
Gavin Floyd — vs. MIN, at TEX
Tommy Hunter — at CLE, vs. OAK
Brett Cecil — vs. OAK, vs. DET
Will Smith — at LAA, at SEA


It is decidedly so

Clayton Kershaw — at STL, at SF
Jordan Zimmermann — at NYM, at MIL
RA Dickey — vs. WAS, at ARI
Gio Gonzalez — at NYM, at MIL
Adam Wainwright — vs. LAD, at CHC
Roy Halladay — vs. MIL, at ATL
Zack Greinke — at PHI, vs. WAS

Outlook good

Ryan Vogelsong — vs. SD, vs. LAD
James McDonald — vs. CHC, at HOU
Jeff Samardzija — at PIT, vs. STL
Mat Latos — at HOU, at COL
Ian Kennedy — vs. COL, vs. NYM
Joe Kelly — vs. LAD, at CHC

Most likely

Mike Minor — at MIA, vs. PHI
Josh Johnson — vs. ATL, vs. SD
Erik Bedard — vs. CHC, at HOU
Wandy Rodriguez — vs. CIN, vs. PIT
Clayton Richard — at SF, at MIA
Joe Saunders — vs. COL, vs. NYM
Chris Young — vs. WAS, at ARI

Outlook not so good

Drew Pomeranz — at ARI, vs. CIN
Lucas Harrell — vs. CIN, vs. PIT
Randy Wolf — at PHI, vs. WAS

My reply is no

Jonathan Sanchez — at ARI, vs. CIN