MLB Two-Start Pitchers – Week of August 21st

  • Yusei Kikuchi

    We’ll look into the slate of two-start pitchers who are under 70% rostered each week and make some suggestions that are hopefully available on the waiver wire to fill out your fantasy baseball roster.

    We have an intriguing slate of available two-start pitchers this week, and even the less-intriguing ones have decent matchups if you need to bolster your pitching volume and stats this week.

    The Main Plays

    Yusei Kikuchi LHP (TOR) – @BAL, CLE

    Yahoo 73%, ESPN 51%
    Okay, okay … yes Yusei Kikuchi is over the 70 percent threshold in Yahoo leagues, but this isn’t the same dude you remember being an absolute dumpster fire last season and needs to be rostered. At 9-4, he has a 3.44 ERA on the year, with a 9.26 K/9. Home runs were his biggest problem earlier in the season, but he has that under control and hasn’t surrendered a long ball since the All-Star break. In six starts in the second half, he has thrown four quality starts while not allowing more than a run in any outing while posting an AL-leading 1.29 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP and a 26.1 percent strikeout rate.

    Kikuchi faces the Orioles and Gaurdians this week, teams he recently faced with good results. Despite all the success this season, Baltimore’s offense isn’t unstoppable, running a middling .311 wOBA since July 1. Plus, they rank 23rd with a .308 wOBA against left-handers at home this season. Meanwhile, Cleveland has struggled to create offense this year, with the fourth-lowest wOBA at .301; they’ve been even worse versus lefties with a league-worst .284 wOBA.

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