The user’s guide to two-start pitchers, Week 14

In the aftermath of last week's Eovaldi-Archer-Grimm debacle (17 earned runs and counting), and in consideration of my pathological inability to bench Hector Noesi in A.L.-only, I'm currently serving a five-day suspension from pitching analysis. Self-imposed. No appeals. Have to sit myself down, watch video, make some adjustments. If you need pitching pick-ups, go here. I'm not going to hype anyone in today's introduction, because I'd hate to damage yet another young pitcher's career.

I will, however, arrange all of next week's two-start pitchers according to their relative safety and usefulness. Because someone has to do it. Please continue after the jump for ranks and tiers. Let's all just remember that I am not exactly riding a hot streak right now, kids. If you own me in a fantasy experts fantasy league, you gotta consider benching.



Zack Greinke — MIA (Sanchez), at HOU (Lyles)
Jordan Zimmermann — SF (Lincecum), SD (Friedrich)
Johnny Cueto — at LAD (Capuano), at SD (Cashner)
Tommy Hanson — CHC (Samardzija), at PHI (Blanton)
Chris Capuano — CIN (Cueto), at ARI (Bauer)
James McDonald — HOU (Lyles), SF (Vogelsong)
AJ Burnett — HOU (Harrell), SF (Lincecum)

Contested layups

Anibal Sanchez — at MIL (Greinke), at STL (Kelly)
Jonathon Niese — PHI (Worley), CHC (---)
Vance Worley — at NYM (Niese), ATL (Jurrjens)
Tim Lincecum — at WAS (Zimmermann), at PIT (Burnett)
Kyle Lohse — COL (Outman), MIA (Zambrano)
Andrew Cashner — at ARI (Bauer), CIN (Cueto)
Trevor Bauer — SD (Cashner), LAD (Capuano)


Trevor Cahill — SD (Richard), LAD (Billingsley)
Chad Billingsley — CIN (Bailey), at ARI (Cahill)
Marco Estrada — MIA (Zambrano), at HOU (Rodriguez)
Joe Kelly — COL (Francis), MIA (Sanchez)

Deep threes

Jeff Samardzija — at ATL (Hanson), at NYM (Gee)
Carlos Zambrano — at MIL (Estrada), at STL (Lohse)
Jeff Francis — at STL (Kelly), at WAS (Gonzalez)
Clayton Richard — at ARI (Cahill), CIN (Bailey)
Homer Bailey — at LAD (Billingsley), at SD (Richard)
Jair Jurrjens — CHC (---), at PHI (Worley)
Jordan Lyles — at PIT (McDonald), MIL (Greinke)

And then there's this crazy slop from Colorado...

Josh Outman — at STL (Lohse), at WAS (Strasburg)
Christian Friedrich — at STL (Wainwright), at WAS (Zimmermann)


No hesitation

Jered Weaver — at CLE (Jimenez), BAL (Hammel)
Chris Sale — TEX (Oswalt), TOR (Cecil)

Slight hesitation, but not so much

Jarrod Parker — BOS (Matsuzaka), SEA (Millwood)
Jason Hammel — at SEA (Millwood), at LAA (Weaver)
Max Scherzer — MIN (Blackburn), KC (Teaford)
Dan Haren — at CLE (McAllister), BAL (Chen)

Fine...OK. Sure. Do whatever you need to do.

Ivan Nova — at TB (Shields), at BOS (---)
Matt Moore — NYY (Garcia), at CLE (Jimenez)
Ricky Romero — KC (Teaford), at CWS (Floyd)
James Shields — NYY (Nova), at CLE (McAllister)
Doug Fister — MIN (Hendriks), KC (Chen)
Wei-Yin Chen — at SEA (Hernandez), at LAA (Haren)
Ubaldo Jimenez — LAA (Weaver), TB (Moore)
Daisuke Matsuzaka — at OAK (Parker), NYY (---)
Kevin Millwood — BAL (Hammel), at OAK (Parker)
Roy Oswalt — at CHW (Sale), MIN (Blackburn)
Zach McAllister — LAA (Haren), TB (Shields)

Request denied

Freddy Garcia — at TB (Moore), at BOS (---)
Brett Cecil — KC (Mendoza), at CWS (Sale)
Nick Blackburn — at DET (Scherzer), at TEX (Oswalt)
Everett Teaford — at TOR (Romero), at DET (Scherzer)
Liam Hendriks — at DET (Fister), at TEX (---)

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