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The user’s guide to two-start pitchers, Week 23

Scott Pianowski
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The fantasy playoffs are coming your way in most leagues, which makes doubling up all the more critical. Because we're in the middle of the silly season - September expansion, some teams in experimental mode - consider just about everything on this list to be tentative. It's the nature of the beast at this time of year.

National League

Cookie Monster
Gio Gonzalez -- at NYM, at ATL
Clayton Kershaw -- at ARI, vs. STL
Adam Wainwright -- at SD, at LAD

A sore hip flexor eliminated Kershaw from his scheduled Sunday night turn. The hope is that he'll be able to pitch Tuesday.

Cookie Rojas
Mat Latos -- vs. PIT, at MIA
Roy Halladay -- vs. MIA, at HOU
Jaime Garcia -- at SD, at LAD
Mike Minor -- at MIL, vs. WAS
Kyle Kendrick -- vs. MIA, at HOU
*Eric Stults -- vs. STL, vs. COL

Kendrick's last five starts have been terrific (35.1 IP, 25 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 25 K), and he has the coveted Astros matchup on the ledger. He's unowned in 68 percent of Yahoo! leagues . . . Stults is no guarantee to get the second turn, as San Diego could go with six starts if it wants to.

Cookie Jarvis
Wandy Rodriguez -- at CIN, at CHC
Chris Volstad -- at HOU, PIT
Ryan Vogelsong -- at COL, at ARI

I'm not giving up on Vogelsong, despite his rough patch; he's been hit-unlucky, the majority of the damage has come on singles, and the K/BB rate is still good. That said, this awful schedule isn't going him any favors. The following week, he's home against San Diego.

Cookie Googleman
Wily Peralta -- vs. ATL, vs. NYM
Dallas Keuchel -- vs. CHC, vs. PHI
Alex White -- vs. SF, at SD

American League

Miles Davis
Hiroki Kuroda -- at BOS, vs. TB
Jake Peavy -- vs. DET, at MIN
Doug Fister -- at CHW, at CLE
Matt Moore -- at BAL, at NYY

I wanted no part of Kuroda in the AL East this year, but he's handled the assignment with aplomb. And he's been especially effective in the confines of Yankee Stadium: 2.38 ERA, 0.95 WHOP, almost four strikeouts for every walk. The Fenway Park assignment isn't as big of a deal now with so many Boston hitters having flown the coop.

Crash Davis
Matt Harrison -- vs. CLE, vs. SEA
Jarrod Parker -- at LAA, vs. BAL
Brandon Morrow -- vs. SEA, vs. BOS
Dan Haren -- vs. OAK, at KC
Dan Straily -- at LAA, vs. BAL

Like so many Oakland pitchers, Parker has been terrific in the big yard (2.48/1.17) and something else on the road (5.37/1.51). He's only allowed two homers in 87 Oakland innings . . . Straily is likely to pick up two starts, stepping in for Brandon McCarthy. Get well, B-Mac . . . Haren has bounced back well, posting 18.2 innings of high quality (16 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 17 K). He hasn't allowed a homer since the middle of August.

Geena Davis
Jon Lester -- vs. NYY, at TOR
Samuel Deduno -- vs. CLE, vs. SEA
Miguel Gonzalez -- vs. TB, at OAK
Justin Masterson -- at MIN, vs. DET

The eternal key with Masterson is handling left-handed batters. Minnesota and Detroit have enough sticks to give him trouble . . . Lester has never been a reliable arm against the Yankees; for his career he has a 4.23 ERA against them, and a 1.39 WHIP. He also has a 9-4 mark over those starts, but the offense that provided for those victories is long gone, now. And Lester's in the midst of his worst season, besides.

Storm Davis
Jose Quintana -- vs. DET, at MIN
Rick Porcello -- at CHW, at CLE
Will Smith -- at MIN, vs. DET
Ubaldo Jimenez -- at TEX, vs. DET

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