The user’s guide to two-start pitchers, Week 10

At this point, my dream for Ryan Dempster is that he'll be the Cubs' lone all-star representative in 2012 without actually winning a game. The possibility is still in play (although Castro and LaHair are potential problems), but he'll somehow need to clear the upcoming two-start week without earning a win. It won't be easy, since he's facing a pair of sub-.500 teams, one of which is actually sub-.400 (Minnesota).

Dempster's current record is 0-3, yet he's posted terrific ratios (2.90 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) while delivering six quality starts and striking out hitters at his usual clip (8.24 K/9). Unfortunately, the Cubs have scored two runs or less in five of his starts this season. Thus, he's 0-3.

So is this the week he dents the win column? Dunno. But you can expect his typical contributions in every other category. Feel free to use him if you've got him.

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Beyond the jump, you'll find all the two-start SPs, arranged the way you like 'em...


Unconditional approval

Clayton Kershaw — at PHI (Worley), at SEA (Millwood)
Cliff Lee — LAD (Billingsley), BAL (Hammel)
Anibal Sanchez — ATL (Delgado), TB (Shields)
Jordan Zimmermann — NYM (Gee), at BOS (Lester)
Jeff Samardzija — at SF (Vogelsong), at MIN (Diamond)
Yovani Gallardo — CHC (Dempster), SD (Bass)

Conditional approval

Ryan Dempster — at MIL (Gallardo), at MIN (De Vries)
Ryan Vogelsong — CHC (Samardzija), TEX (Feldman)
Vance Worley — LAD (Kershaw), at BAL (Arrieta)
Kyle Lohse — at NYM (Hefner), CLE (Masterson)
Ian Kennedy — COL (Guthrie), OAK (Vida Blue. No, that's a joke. TBD)
Tim Lincecum — at SD (Bass), TEX (Holland)

Ambiguously injured

Jaime Garcia — at HOU (Harrell), CLE (Jimenez)

Approved for limited use

Homer Bailey — PIT (Lincoln), DET (Smyly)
Chad Billingsley — at PHI (Lee), at SEA (Vargas)
Randall Delgado — at MIA (Sanchez), TOR (Romero)
Joe Saunders — COL (Friedrich), OAK (Parker)
Dillon Gee — at WAS (Zimmermann), at NYY (Pettitte)
Anthony Bass — SF (Lincecum), at MIL (Gallardo)
Brad Lincoln — at CIN (Bailey), KC (Smith)

Nope. Nuh-uh. No thank you.

Christian Friedrich — at ARI (Saunders), LAA (Haren)
Jeremy Guthrie — at ARI (Kennedy), LAA (Santana)
Lucas Harrell — STL (Garcia), at CWS (Humber)


Complete and total trust


Sure, OK. Mostly trustworthy

James Shields — at NYY (Pettitte), at MIA (Sanchez)
Ricky Romero — at CWS (Humber), at ATL (Delgado)
Jason Hammel — at BOS (Lester), PHI (Lee)
Jon Lester — BAL (Hammel), WAS (Zimmermann)
Jarrod Parker — TEX (Feldman), at ARI (Saunders)
Jason Vargas — at LAA (Santana), LAD (Billingsley)
Drew Smyly — CLE (Jimenez), at CIN (Bailey)
Andy Pettitte — TB (Shields), NYM (Gee)

Not officially approved, but I'd be willing to look the other way

Phil Humber — TOR (Romero), HOU (Harrell)

Only if your league doesn't penalize for walks and homers...

Derek Holland — at OAK (Blackley), at SF (Lincecum)
Ervin Santana — SEA (Vargas), at COL (Guthrie)
Ubaldo Jimenez — at DET (Smyly), at STL (Garcia)
Scott Feldman — at OAK (Parker), at SF (Vogelsong)

How did it come to this?

Will Smith — MIN (De Vries), at PIT (Lincoln)
Cole De Vries — at KC (Smith), CHC (Dempster)

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