July 15, 2012
Well...it's an ugly week for two-start pitchers, gamers. The All-Star break allowed teams to reset rotations, so a big batch of No. 4-6 starters were dumped into Week 16. You won't find many high-quality pitchers double-dipping. Sorry 'bout that.
The dude pictured above, Milwaukee right-hander Michael Fiers, brings excellent ratios into his two-start week, but he's facing a pair of degree-of-difficulty match-ups (STL, at CIN). Fiers has whiffed 50 batters over 46.2 frames so far this season, he's issued only nine walks, and he's delivered a 2.31 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. He's certainly not getting it done with velocity (88.1 mph average fastball), but his control has been great, his curve is a nasty thing, and his cutter and change have been plenty effective. Video right here for your review.
Fiers has a career minor league K/9 of 9.6, so perhaps we shouldn't consider his MLB strikeout rate a total fluke. He's available in 59 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Take a shot, if you have a need. If you need (many) additional scouting details, here's a link to a pretty fabulous piece at Beyond the Box Score.
Do it. No reservations whatsoever
Yeah, do it. Minimal reservations
OK, fine. Sure. Go ahead
Wade Miley — at CIN, vs. HOU
Bronson Arroyo — vs. ARI, vs. MIL
Ross Detwiler — vs. NYM, vs. ATL
Carlos Zambrano — vs. WAS, at PIT
Jonathon Niese — at WAS, vs. LAD
Jair Jurrjens — vs. SF, at WAS
Homer Bailey — vs. ARI, vs. MIL
Travis Wood — vs. MIA, at STL
Joe Blanton — at LAD, vs. SF
Trevor Bauer — at CIN, vs. HOU
JA Happ — at SD, at ARI
Wait, who? Really? Was Josh Fogg not available?
Kip Wells — vs. HOU, vs. COL
It's your team, pal. I can't really stop you from doing anything
CC Sabathia — vs. TOR, at OAK
Slightly less enthusiastic "yes," but still "yes"
Seriously? I'm expected to sort out this mess? Bah. Here's a big list, in decreasing order of not-much-confidence...
Roy Oswalt — at OAK, at LAA
Jacob Turner — vs. LAA, vs. CWS
Bartolo Colon — vs. TEX, vs. NYY
Gavin Floyd — at BOS, at DET
Aaron Cook — vs. CWS, vs. TOR
Rick Porcello — vs. LAA, vs. CWS
Josh Tomlin — at TB, vs. BAL
Henderson Alvarez — at NYY, at BOS
Chris Tillman — at MIN, at CLE
Jonathan Sanchez — vs. SEA, vs. MIN
Samuel Deduno — vs. BAL, at KC
Zach Britton — at MIN, at CLE
Ervin Santana — at DET, vs. TEX
Blake Beavan — at KC, at TB
Garrett Richards — at DET, vs. TEX
Everett Teaford — vs. SEA, vs. MIN
Travis Blackley — vs. TEX, vs. NYY