MLB Two-Start Pitchers – Week of April 17th

  • Eduardo Rodríguez

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

    Of the widely available pitchers, there are a few decent options this week with some good possible plays and suitable options for points leagues, from what I see.

    The Main Plays

    Eduardo Rodríguez LHP (DET) – CLE, @BAL

    Yahoo 14%, ESPN 7%
    Rodríguez has pitched admirably so far this season, although I can’t imagine he was thrilled to see his schedule for the first couple of weeks. His first three starts came on the road against the Rays, Astros and Blue Jays. Not surprisingly, he hasn’t picked up a win pitching for a Detroit Tigers team that can’t seem to compete again this season, especially against their early opponents.

    The 30-year-old seems to be sharpening up as we get a few starts in. In his most recent outing, he stymied the hot Toronto offense, working a quality start, scattering seven hits but only one run with three strikeouts through six innings.

    He lines up with the Guardians at home in a pitcher-friendly Comerica Park and then gets the Orioles in Baltimore. Cleveland’s offense has struggled in the early going. They have the second-fewest home runs with seven and a .677 OPS and .299 wOBA, both 27th in the majors.

    The Orioles have been good against lefties, with a fourth-best .375 wOBA, but so have Tampa and Houston, and Rodríguez held his own against them.

    Alex Cobb RHP (SFG) – @MIA, NYM

    Yahoo 58%, ESPN 45%
    Cobb’s bad luck seems to have continued this season. He’s sporting a .378 BABIP and a 3.65 FIP, even though his xFIP of 2.87 is in line with last year’s mark. The 35-year-old is sporting a 3.14 ERA and is at almost a strikeout per inning, plus he has kept the walks down to 3.2% so far this year.

    A start against the Marlins may help get his luck pointed in the right direction. Miami does have the 27th-ranked team wOBA at home against right-handers. Cobb is a ground ball pitcher at 61.7%, and the Marlins hit a lot of ground balls, so it might depend on how his defense plays behind him.

    The Mets have a .201 team average against right-handers away from Citi Field, with a 19th-ranked .307 wOBA and below-league-average wRC+ of 86.

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