April 2, 2023, 12:22 pm
Each week we’ll look into the slate of projected two-start pitchers and make some suggestions to fill out your fantasy baseball roster.
With the season just getting underway, there’s limited information to work with this week. We’ll use team wOBA from last year along with some Statcast Park Factors and FanGraphs projections as our guide as we try to determine who might have some favorable two-start matchups.
We’ll also include some other names at the end that may be on the riskier side for those of you that are desperate for volume and don’t mind a little gambling.
Hunter Brown RHP (HOU) – DET, @MIN
Yahoo 79%, ESPN 24%
Our top pick of the week comes courtesy of the defending World Series champion Houston Astros. While his roster rate is much higher on Yahoo, Hunter Brown is widely available in ESPN leagues.
The top prospect with big tools pitched 20.1 innings in the majors last season, finishing with a 0.89 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and a 27.5% K rate for 22 strikeouts. The 24-year-old comes into 2023 with big expectations as part of the Astros’ rotation. What better way to ease into the season than with a start against the Detroit Tigers, who finished dead last with a .269 wOBA versus right-handers last year.
Brown also lines up for a Sunday start against the Twins in Minnesota. While this will be a tougher test for the rookie, Target Field isn’t a great hitters park so we’ll take a flyer on his prospect pedigree outweighing any risk.
Sean Manaea LHP (SFG) – @CHW, KCR
Yahoo 44%, ESPN 54%
Sean Manaea gets the White Sox in Chicago and is probable to face the Royals at home. While Chicago hit lefties well last season, they ranked 12th with a .328 wOBA at home versus southpaws. They also faced a lefty in their season opener and had a tough time, although that was against Framber Valdez.
We’ll take a chance on the Chicago start to get the second outing versus the Royals, who were 14th last season with a .316 wOBA against left-handers. FanGraphs projects them to have the 25th-ranked offense this season, so it could be a chance for the 31-year-old Manaea to get a solid start under his belt.
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