May 12, 2023, 8:33 am
We’ll look into the slate of two-start pitchers each week and make some suggestions that are hopefully available on the waiver wire to fill out your fantasy baseball roster.
It’s slim pickings this week for decent, available two-start options. Josiah Gray is clearly the top option to go with if he’s available. There are a couple of other possible plays you can look at if you’re desperate for volume or are looking to add to your points league rosters. As always, there’s also a bunch of two-starts to avoid altogether that I won’t even bother mentioning here.
The Main Plays
Josiah Gray RHP (WSN) – @MIA, DET
Yahoo 46%, ESPN 16%
As the top pick this week, Josiah Gray goes up against two of the worst offenses in baseball, especially against right-handers. Miami and Detroit rank 26th and 29th in team wOBA, respectively, so far this season. Combined with the fact that Gray has impressed early this season, this is a must-start two-step.
Through eight starts, the 25-year-old is sporting a solid 2.96 ERA, with his worst outing coming in his season debut against the Braves in which he gave up five runs in five innings. He has gone at least five innings in all his outings this year, with four quality starts to date.
Despite his strikeout totals being hit or miss, with a 7.88 K/9 (with a season-high of nine and a season-low of three), Gray has been getting the job done for the Nationals. He has been great at limiting hard contact, with an average exit velocity of 86.5 mph, good for eighth-best among qualified starters, and a 32.3% hard-hit rate, good for 11th.
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