July 17, 2023, 11:52 am
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.
With the All-Star break in the rearview mirror, the fantasy schedule gets a bit wonky, but here we’re looking at two-start pitchers for the regular seven-day scoring period beginning today, Monday the 17th.
Two-Start Pitchers (July 17-23)
Tarik Skubal LHP (DET) – @KCR, SDP
Yahoo 55%, ESPN 26%
He has only thrown eight innings in his two starts back from the IL, but Tarik Skubal has only given up two hits and has yet to surrender a run. Hopefully, the Tigers will let him go at least five innings to give us a chance to pick up a W, if his teammates can provide him any run support.
It will be interesting to see if his 64.3 percent ground ball rate continues, as it’s not something he’s excelled at in seasons past. It should work well against the league’s worst offense in Kansas City, who hit ground balls at a 44.1 percent clip. He has a shot at continuing to ride his ridiculous 39.3 percent strikeout rate against the Royals, who are among the league leaders, and not in a good way, with a 24.7 percent strikeout rate this season.
The San Diego lineup is obviously a better offense and doesn’t strike out as often (22.6 percent). They do have the third-highest fly ball rate at 39.6 percent, though, so something has to give between Skubal’s ground balls and the Padres’ fly balls. Luckily, he gets to face them in spacious Comerica Park, where fly balls go to die.
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