The user’s guide to two-start pitchers, Week 3

So far this season, Erik Bedard has pitched a total of 12 innings in his two starts, striking out seven, issuing only two walks, allowing just three runs ... and of course he's 0-2. Welcome to Pittsburgh.

But at this point in his career, Bedard probably wouldn't know what to do with run support. The winningest team for which he's ever played was the 2011 Boston Red Sox, a club that failed spectacularly, against all odds. Prior to last year, Bedard had only pitched for one team that finished its season above .500, the 85-win Mariners of 2009. And you might recall that '09 was the year Bedard suffered a torn labrum. I realize it's tough to keep track of all his injuries — hip, shoulder, knee, oblique, etc. — but the labrum was really a big one. He didn't pitch in the majors at all in 2010.

And now here I am, asking you to consider him an option in a two-start week. Hey, I could have taken a much easier path and recommended, say, Justin Masterson (at SEA, at OAK), but that dude is owned more than three-quarters of Yahoo! leagues. In this piece, we try to focus on pitchers who are actually available to a few of you.

Bedard was a hard-luck loser to Roy Halladay on opening day, as he allowed just one run over seven innings (while Doc allowed nothin' over eight frames). His second start wasn't quite as crisp, but he nonetheless yielded only two runs to the Dodgers in a loss to Chad Billingsley. He was reaching 90-92 on the radar gun in his final innings against LA, which isn't such a bad range by his standards. I'm trusting him in two leagues in Week 3. The opposing starters aren't particularly intimidating (Saunders, Lohse), so I'm hoping for at least a one-win week, with acceptable ratios.

Typically, when Bedard happens to not be on the DL, he's helpful. (Check the numbers, hater). If you've been playing match-ups this season, consider him in Week 3.

For the rest of your two-start options, ranked and tiered, please continue beyond the jump...


So yeah, this week's group of two-start pitchers has some talent...

Stephen Strasburg — HOU (Weiland), MIA (Sanchez)
Roy Halladay — at SF (Lincecum), at SD (Luebke)
Ian Kennedy — PIT (Karstens), ATL (Delgado)
Tim Lincecum — PHI (Halladay) at NYM (Gee)
Yovani Gallardo — LAD (Billingsley), COL (Guthrie)
Tommy Hanson — NYM (Gee), at ARI (Saunders)
Gio Gonzalez — HOU (Rodriguez), MIA (Johnson)
Ryan Dempster — at MIA (Johnson), CIN (Cueto)

C'mon, do it. You know you want to.

Chad Billingsley — at MIL (Gallardo), at HOU (Rodriguez)
Kyle Lohse — CIN (Cueto), at PIT (Bedard)
Erik Bedard — at ARI (Saunders), STL (Lohse)
Wandy Rodriguez — at WAS (Gonzalez), LAD (Billingsley)
Cory Luebke — at COL (Guthrie), PHI (Halladay)
Johnny Cueto — at STL (Lohse), at CHC (Dempster)
Josh Johnson — CHC (Dempster), at WAS (Gonzalez)

Don't think I'd do this, at least not intentionally.

Joe Saunders — PIT (Bedard), ATL (Hanson)
Joe Blanton — at SF (Bumgarner), at SD (Bass)
Randall Delgado — NYM (Santana), at ARI (Kennedy)
Dillon Gee — at ATL (Hanson), SF (Lincecum)

Jeremy Guthrie — SD (Luebke), at MIL (Gallardo)
Anthony Bass — at COL (Moyer), PHI (Blanton)

For real, if this dude wins two games this week — facing Strasburg and Kershaw — I will buy him a puppy.

Kyle Weiland — at WAS (Strasburg), LAD (Kershaw)


Green light. Obvious starts. You don't need an expert for this.

Dan Haren — OAK (Ross), BAL (Chen)
Jered Weaver — OAK (McCarthy), BAL (Arrieta)
Justin Verlander — at KC (Duffy), TEX (Feliz)
John Danks — BAL (Chen), at SEA (Millwood)
CC Sabathia — MIN (Liriano), at BOS (Bard)
Ricky Romero — TB (Niemann), at KC (Duffy)
James Shields — at BOS (Bard), MIN (Pavano)
Justin Masterson — at SEA (Millwood), at OAK (Ross)

What can possibly go wrong? (OK, maybe a few things. But these guys are still approved...)

Brandon McCarthy — at LAA (Weaver), CLE (Jimenez)
Jeff Niemann — at TOR (Romero), MIN (Liriano)
Jake Arrieta — at CWS (Humber), at LAA (Weaver)
Colby Lewis — at BOS (Lester), at DET (Smyly)

I like this next guy, but really wish he were facing different pitchers & different lineups this week...

Danny Duffy — DET (Verlander), TOR (Romero)

At this point, we're just rolling dice.

Freddy Garcia — MIN (Pavano), at BOS (Doubtront)
Philip Humber — BAL (Arrieta), at SEA (Beavan)
Kevin Millwood — CLE (Masterson), CWS (Danks)
Daniel Bard — TB (Shields), NYY (Sabathia)
Wei-Yin Chen — at CWS (Danks), at LAA (Haren)
Tyson Ross — at LAA (Haren), CLE (Masterson)
Carl Pavano — at NYY (Garcia), at TB (Shields)
Drew Smyly — at KC (Chen), TEX (Lewis)

Even the Liriano zealots, if any remain, aren't starting him this week.

Francisco Liriano — at NYY (Sabathia), at TB (Niemann)

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