MLB Two-Start Pitchers – Week of April 10th

  • Grayson Rodriguez

    Each week we’ll look into the slate of two-start pitchers and make some suggestions to fill out your fantasy baseball roster.

    Oof, last week was a little rough, but that’s the chance we take with looking for two-start pitchers that may actually be available on the wire, especially with the state of starting pitching early on this season.

    There are a lot of studs going two times this week, so if you don’t have any of those guys already rostered, here are some alternative options to look for on your wire.

    The Main Plays

    Grayson Rodriguez RHP (BAL) – OAK, @CHW

    Yahoo 70%, ESPN 26%
    Rodriguez, arguably the top pitching prospect of 2023, gets Oakland at home and visits the White Sox in his second week of action in the majors.

    After a shaky start in his debut versus Texas, Rodriguez settled down and looked solid for the rest of his five-inning outing. His fastball, which he used 49.4% of the time and sat at 96.5 mph, looked sharp. He collected five punchouts and held the Rangers scoreless after the first frame.

    The A’s are, not surprisingly, already back down near the bottom of the league with a .296 wOBA on the young season, so things look promising for his home debut on Tuesday. His second probable start will come in Chicago. While more of a challenging offense than the A’s, if he handled Texas he can handle the White Sox.

    Kenta Maeda RHP (MIN) – CHW, @NYY

    Yahoo 47%, ESPN 10%
    Maeda looked good … like, really good … in his first start back from Tommy John surgery. He racked up nine strikeouts, with a 38.8% CSW and 50% K%, over five innings, giving up one run on three hits and didn’t walk a batter. Yes, it was versus the Marlins, but the 35-year-old has been solid over his career with a 9.89 K/9, 3.86 ERA, and 1.13 WHIP.

    He lines up against the White Sox at home on Monday in the best start of the two-step, especially since it’s coming in Target Field which is a tough park for hitters. The weekend start against the Yankees in New York is a little scarier, with the chance that he could get hurt by flyballs in what is an otherwise neutral park.

    Zack Greinke RHP (KCR) – @TEX, ATL

    Yahoo 15%, ESPN 7%
    It’s not an ideal two-start week with the veteran lining up to face the Rangers in Texas and the Braves at home, but I’m putting my faith in Greinke to do what he does best, which is pitch. With only a 6.35 K/9 through his two starts this season, he’s not going to pile up strikeouts but knows how to get outs. He has a HardHit rate of 21% and he has yet to allow a barrelled ball.

    Texas remains a middle-of-the-pack offense to begin the season, 17th in the league with a .310 wOBA. The second start against the Braves is a little more palatable as it’s at Kauffman and he managed to stymie the Blue Jays there through six innings of one-run ball in his most recent start.

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