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

Scott Pianowski

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