August 1, 2023, 12:04 pm
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.
There could be plenty of two-start pitcher options this week, or everything could get completely turned upside down if there’s a busy trade deadline with lots of pitcher movement. Be sure to keep up-to-date with Roster Resource’s Probables Grid as deals roll in leading up to the 6 p.m. deadline on Tuesday.
The Main Plays
Brayan Bello RHP (BOS) – @SEA, TOR
Yahoo 65%, ESPN 29%
Despite a blip against Oakland last week, Brayan Bello still has a 3.66 ERA on the season and has been a solid option this year. He’s going deeper into games regularly now, with 10 quality starts in his last 13 outings. The strikeouts haven’t been there, however, with a 7.69 K/9 on the year and 12 punchouts over his three starts since the break. He’s keeping the ball on the ground, with a 56.2 percent ground ball rate, and despite an 89.5 mph average exit velocity, has had trouble with home runs recently. He has given up six in his last three starts.
Bello gets a Seattle team that has been so-so, with a 16th-ranked .318 wOBA through June and July, while Toronto sits 10th at .326. The Mariners still have one of the year’s highest strikeout rates at 26.2 percent, with the third-highest in July at 27.5 percent. The Blue Jays have had trouble hitting with runners in scoring position all season. Their .242 batting average in those situations puts them 24th, and they have not been the offense we thought we’d see this season.
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