Looking to beat all of your friends in fantasy baseball this week? Then check out our starting pitcher forecast below for probable two-game starting pitchers this week. Get the most for your money with these two-timers.
1. Zack Greinke, Kansas City Royals – [8-3, 1.96] – @HOU, @PIT
Things have been royally different for Greinke of late. After surrendering only seven earned runs over his first 10 starts, the Kansas City ace has given up 15 in his last four starts. Look for Greinke to get things back on track this week with two dominant starts.
2. Edwin Jackson, Detroit Tigers – [6-4, 2.39] – CHC, @HOU
The Tigers gave up a little more than a box of baseballs to acquire Jackson in December and have been rewarded with some outstanding pitching. The strikeout pitcher hasn’t given up more than three earned runs in a start since May 4.
3. Carlos Zambrano, Chicago Cubs – [4-2, 3.44] – @DET, @CWS
He’s cooled off from his Gatorade incident and has pitched extremely well in the month of June (1-0 1.66 ERA). Look for ‘Big Z’ to continue his hot streak this week.
4. Javier Vazquez, Atlanta Braves – [4-6, 3.41] – CHC, BOS
A complete game last week didn’t get Vazquez a win, but it did give him another seven strikeouts to add to his NL-best total of 112. The ‘W’s’ aren’t there – but everything else is.
5. Max Scherzer, Arizona Diamondbacks – [4-4, 3.58]
TEX, LAA - Since imploding against the Braves on May 31, Scherzer has been mowing down opponents, giving up a combined two runs over his last three starts and striking out 17.
6. Ryan Dempster, Chicago Cubs – [4-4, 3.92] – @ATL, @CWS
The Cubbies have lost in Dempster’s last three trips to the mound, but the right-hander has pitched well of recent. Expect the Cubs to start hitting and closer-turned-starter to start picking up wins.
7. Aaron Cook, Colorado Rockies – [6-3, 4.23] – @LAA, @OAK
Cook is exactly what the Rockies’ pitching staff needs – a groundball pitcher. He might not strike too many batters out – but he also usually doesn’t allow too many that clear the fence. The Rockies are the hottest team in baseball right now, which makes Cook a great start.
8. David Price, Tampa Bay Rays – [1-1, 3.46] – PHI, FLA
Price hasn’t lasted too long in his five starts since being called up from the minors, but that’s because of a strict pitch count – not poor performance. He’ll pitch twice at home this week, making him an intriguing fantasy option.
9. Tommy Hanson, Atlanta Braves – [2-0, 4.08] – NYY, BOS
The Braves prized pitching prospect was rocky in his pro debut, but its been smooth sailing every since. Against the Reds on Thursday, Hanson pitched six scoreless innings, giving up only three hits.
10. John Lannan, Washington Nationals – [4-5, 3.38] – BOS, @BAL
Too bad Lannan doesn’t pitch in New York every week. The Long Island native shut down the Yankees on Wednesday and pitched a complete game against the Mets a week before. We’ll have to wait and see if he has similar luck against Boston and Baltimore this week.
11. Matt Palmer, Los Angeles Angels – [6-0, 4.13] – COL, @ARZ
12. Koji Uehara, Baltimore Orioles – [2-4, 4.30] – @FLA, WAS
13. Hiroki Kuroda, Los Angeles Dodgers – [1-3, 3.86] – @CWS, SEA
Hiroki-San was roughed up by the A’s and Rangers last week, but has a chance to lower his ERA against two suspect opponents this week.
14. Joel Pineiro, St. Louis Cardinals – [5-8, 3.76] – @NYM, MIN
15. Livan Hernandez, New York Mets – [5-1, 4.18] – STL, NYY
The 1997 World Series MVP is still alive and kicking in the Mets’ rotation. He hasn’t picked up a loss since April 23 and continues to show he can still be effective.
16. John Danks, Chicago White Sox – [5-5, 4.48] – LAD, CHC
17. Scott Richmond, Toronto Blue Jays – [5-3, 3.58] – CIN, PHI
Richmond held the Phillies to one run in eight innings and will get a chance to repeat his success against them this week. If you’re looking for a sleeper, this Canadian might be it.
18. Jeff Suppan, Milwaukee Brewers – [5-4, 4.48] – MIN, SF
19. Russ Ortiz, Houston Astros – [3-2, 3.60] – KC, DET
20. Trevor Cahill, Oakland Athletics – [4-5, 3.89] – SF, COL
21. Micah Owings, Cincinnati Reds – [4-7, 4.50] – @TOR, @CLE
22. Garrett Olson, Seattle Mariners – [2-1, 4.30] – SD, @LAD
23. Todd Wellemeyer, St. Louis Cardinals – [6-6, 5.36 ERA] – @NYM, MIN
Wellemeyer hasn’t pitched well and said last week his mechanics might be to blame. That’s not something you want to hear if you’re a potential fantasy owner. Keep away!
24. Andrew Miller, Florida Marlins – [2-3, 4.56] – BAL, @TB
25. Jonathan Sanchez, San Francisco Giants – [2-7, 5.43] – @OAK, MIL
26. Ian Snell, Pittsburgh Pirates – [2-7, 5.08] – CLE, KC
27. Francisco Liriano, Minnesota Twins – [2-8, 5.91] – @MIL, @STL
Things are ugly for the guy who was once thought as the heir apparent to Johan Santana. His eight losses are the most in the American League and his 5.91 ERA is actually an improvement from what was last month.
28. Matt Harrison, Texas Rangers – [4-4, 5.43] – @ARI, SD
29. Carl Pavano, Cleveland Indians – [6-5, 5.73] @PIT, CIN
30. Jamie Moyer, Philadelphia Phillies – [4-6, 6.35] – @TB, @TOR
The oldest pitcher in baseball has strung together six straight appearances of six innings or more – but has only picked up a win in one of them. Moyer can still get people out, but his days as a legitimate fantasy pitcher are over.
31. Chad Gaudin, San Diego Padres – [2-6, 5.98] – @SEA, @TEX
32. Tim Redding, New York Mets – [0-2, 6.27] – STL, NYY
33. Chien-Ming Wang, New York Yankees – [0-5, 12.30] – @ATL, @NYM
The nightmarish season for Wang continues. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he’s sticking with Wang and not taking him out of the rotation, which means yet another week for Wang in the two-times cellar. Sorry, Chien-Ming.