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The user’s guide to two-start pitchers, Week 2

Andy Behrens
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Tommy Milone (Getty Images)

For the benefit of those who are new to fantasy baseball, I'll take a moment here to explain why we publish a weekly preview of two-start pitchers:

It's because these guys all get two starts in the coming week. Duh.

Honestly, you new guys ask a lot of ridiculous questions. Please just keep 'em to yourself next time. And if you absolutely have to ask a silly question, then do it in comments. That's why we keep Mackdaddy around. He's like a 24/7 customer care professional (who happens to not care about you. At all).

OK, so much for the preamble. Before we get to the full list of next week's probable double-dip starters, I'll give you a few details on the guy pictured above. That's Oakland lefty Tommy Milone, a 25-year-old who opens the season as his team's No. 3 starter. (Don't be too impressed; Bartolo Colon is No. 2). Milone gets a pair of appealing match-ups in the week ahead (vs. KC, at Sea), and at the moment he's only owned in three percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Check this kid's recent minor league stats and tell me you're not interested...

2010, Double-A Harrisburg — 12-5, 2.85 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 158.0 IP, 155 Ks, 23 BB
2011, Triple-A Syracuse — 12-6, 3.22 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 148.1 IP, 155 Ks, 16 BB

No, those walk totals aren't typos. Milone issued only 16 free passes in 148.1 innings last season, while posting a K/9 of 9.4. He's not a hard-thrower, rarely exceeding 90 mph with his fastball, so there are reasonable concerns about whether his stuff will translate to the big leagues. But Milone is uncommonly precise, a trait that can't be ignored. He'll do his pitching in friendly home environment, too.

I've made the add in a pair of mixed leagues, and I'm starting Milone in at least one — possibly both if I can work up the courage.  (The second is the F&F, where we have a crazy-low IP limit. All innings are precious, not to be wasted). If you feel the need to make an adjustment to your fantasy rotation in advance of Week 2, consider Milone a prime target.

Here's the rest of the two-start club, ranked and tiered for your convenience...

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Approved for use in all leagues

Yu Darvish — SEA (Noesi), at MIN (Blackburn)
CJ Wilson — at MIN (Blackburn), at NYY (Nova)
Matt Moore — at DET (Porcello), at BOS (Doubront)
Neftali Feliz —SEA (Beavan), at MIN (TBD)
Chris Sale — at CLE (Tomlin), DET (Porcello)

It's your roster, not mine. Go for it

Tommy Milone — KC (Mendoza), at SEA (Noesi)
Ivan Nova — at BAL (Matusz), LAA (Wilson)
Henderson Alvarez — BOS (Doubront), BAL (Matusz)
Rick Porcello — TB (Moore), at CWS (Sale)
Felix Doubront — at TOR (Alvarez), TB (Moore)
Hector Noesi — at TEX (Darvish), OAK (Milone)

If you do this thing, you do it alone

Josh Tomlin — CWS (Sale), at KC (Mendoza)
Brian Matusz — NYY (Nova), at TOR (Alvarez)
Luis Mendoza — at OAK (Milone), CLE (Tomlin)
Blake Beavan — at TEX (Feliz), OAK (Godfrey)
Graham Godfrey — KC (Duffy), at SEA (Beavan)

This is seriously a terrible [expletive] idea

Nick Blackburn — LAA (Wilson), TEX (Feliz)

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Brandon Beachy (US Presswire)

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Full approval, everywhere

Clayton Kershaw — PIT (Correia), SD (Volquez)
Cole Hamels — MIA (Sanchez), NYM (Pelfrey)
Brandon Beachy — at HOU (Happ), MIL (Narveson)

Well...I'm starting each of these guys somewhere. So that's basically an endorsement. Good luck

Anibal Sanchez — at PHI (Hamels), HOU (Happ)
Edwin Jackson — at NYM (Pelfrey), CIN (Bailey)
Shaun Marcum — at CHC (Volstad), at ATL (Minor)
Trevor Cahill — at SD (Volquez), at COL (Pomeranz)
Edinson Volquez — ARI (Cahill), at LAD (Kershaw)

Seems a little early in the year to fully trust these characters, no?

JA Happ — ATL (Beachy), at MIA (Sanchez)
Homer Bailey — STL (Westbrook), at WAS (Jackson)
Jake Westbrook — at CIN (Bailey), CHC (Maholm)
Jhoulys Chacin — SF (Zito), ARI (Collmenter)
Kevin Correia — at LAD (Kershaw), at SF (Vogelsong)
Chris Narveson — at CHC (Maholm), at ATL (Beachy)
Ross Detwiler — at NYM (Gee), CIN (Leake)
Mike Leake — STL (Lohse), at WAS (Detwiler)

Bwahaha

Mike Pelfrey — WAS (Jackson), at PHI (Hamels)
Chris Volstad — MIL (Marcum), at STL (Lynn)
Paul Maholm — MIL (Narveson), at STL (Westbrook)
Barry Zito — at COL (Chacin), PIT (McDonald)

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