This week’s two-start post is going to be quick and a little less detailed because of the holiday weekend.
Tim Lincecum (COL, @PIT)
Justin Verlander (OAK, @KC)
Ubaldo Jimenez (@SF, @ARI)
Matt Garza (@TOR, @TEX)
Roy Oswalt (WAS, CHC)
Francisco Liriano (@SEA, @OAK)
Ervin Santana (@KC, @SEA)
Chad Billingsley (ARI, ATL)
Jaime Garcia (CIN, MIL)
Tommy Hanson (PHI, LA)
Ricky Nolasco (MIL, @NYM)
Andy Pettitte (CLE, @TOR)
Jeremy Bonderman (CLE, @KC) – Strikeouts way up this season and two good matchups in week nine.
Tim Hudson (PHI, @LA) – Almost 1:1 K:BB and low .222 BABIP against makes for a risky week against two good teams.
John Lackey (OAK, @BAL) – He has not been very effective this season. Strikeouts down, walks up, but two good matchups make for a good gamble.
Javier Vazquez (BAL, @TOR) – Two very good outings followed by a poor outing @MIN. Velocity still way down. Tough to start Vazquez against Toronto, esspecially with his home runs allowed issues.
Gio Gonzalez (@BOS, MIN) – Walks improving and could neatralize left-handed power of the Twins.
Doug Fister (MIN, LAA) – How long can Fister get away with striking out less then four per nine?
Brett Myers (WAS, CHC) – Solid peripherals for Myers and two decent matchups.
Joel Pineiro (@KC, @SEA) – Still getting a ton of ground balls. Worth a gamble against Seattle, less so against Kansas City, but decent deep two-start option if you need it.
Hisanori Takahash (@SD, FLA) – Strikeout numbers are a bit skewed, but good command should continue.
Mark Buehrle (TEX, CLE)
Rich Harden (@CHW, TB)
Bronson Arroyo (@STL, @WAS)
Kevin Correia (NYM, @PHI) – @PHI the problem here.
Jason Vargas (MIN, LAA) – Hasn’t been as sharp lately and matchups are not great.
Trevor Cahill (@DET, MIN) – Weak Strikeout rate not good for week nine matchups.
Ross Ohlendorf (CHC, SF)
The Stay Aways
Joe Blanton (@ATL, SD)
Nick Blackburn (@SEA, @OAK) – Forget the matchups, 2.5 K/9 makes Blackburn extremely risky no matter the opponent.
Brandon Morrow (TB, NYY) – Showing signs of dominance, but still no real sense of conrtol causing high pitch counts. Matchups couldn’t be worse.
Brian Matusz (@NYY, BOS) – I think he’ll still provide value this season, but not against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
Mitch Talbot (@NYY, CHW) – 1:1 K:BB and .235 BABIP against will not hold ERA down much longer.
Luke Hochevar (LAA, DET)
Jake Westbrook (@DET, CHW)
Nate Robertson (MIL, @NYM)
Chris Narveson (@FLA, @STL)
Brian Bannister (LAA, DET)
Rodrigo Lopez (@LA, COL)
P.J. Waters (CIN, MIL)
Dave Bush (@FLA, @STL)
Luis Atilano (@HOU, CIN)
Craig Stammen (@HOU, CIN)
Charlie Haeger (ARI, ATL)
Week Nine Two-Start Rankings