There is one more set of two-start pitchers worth adding to your fantasy baseball team for those chasing pitching stats.
With just over a week left of the fantasy baseball season, owners are making their final push towards a championship. Even with the playoffs upon us, there are a few pitchers that will be making two starts this week and some of them are worth adding for those starts.
On the other hand, if playoff berths are clinched, some of those pitchers may be scratched for the second start. Guys like Max Scherzer, Patrick Corbin and Blake Snell may not pitch if their respective teams lock up a wild card spot before their start.
However, the teams that are eliminated from playoff contention will not hold back and have all of their players ready to go up until the last day of the season. With the playoff teams possibly resting players, the underdog teams have a shot to win.
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The two-start pitchers listed will be owned in less than 40 percent of ESPN leagues. The matchups may not be 100 percent favorable but there is a chance that the pitcher can walk away with two wins after these games.
Brett Anderson: @LAA, @SEA
Anderson has been solid over the last month. He hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his last five starts. Anderson has a 2-0 record with two quality starts in that span, including starts against Houston and New York.
Anderson makes both of his starts away from Oakland. He has a 3.40 ERA and 1.167 WHIP on the road. The Angels are without Mike Trout, making this a very favorable matchup. Seattle is hitting .235 with 81 runs scored this month.
Anderson has the offense behind him to end up with another two wins to his record.
Adam Wainwright: @ARI, vs. CHC
Wainwright is on a four-game winning stream with four straight quality starts, 0.33 ERA and a 14:5 K:BB ratio in that span. He’s faced the Brewers and Nationals in that span. The veteran is still racking up the counting stats.
Pitching against Arizona just got more favorable as Ketel Marte will miss the rest of the season. Plus, the Diamondbacks are a middle-of-the-road team at home, hitting .251. The Cubs may be a rocky start but in four starts against Chicago, Wainwright has a 3.91 ERA, 1.391 WHIP, 17 strikeouts and 13 walks.
Even with his most recent stretch of games, Wainwright is still available in 70 percent of ESPN leagues.
Dinelson Lamet: vs. LAD, @ARI
Lamet’s most recent start showed what he can be when healthy. He pitched six innings of one-run baseball with 14 strikeouts against the Brewers in Milwaukee. Lamet had a seven and 10-strikeout game weeks before that.
Lamet makes his next start at home against the Dodgers. The team clinched the division a month ago but is looking to get home-field advantage for the World Series. Lamet made his first start of the season against the Dodgers, allowing three runs on five inning with seven strikeouts.
I already talked about the Arizona matchup. Lamet should be able to rack up another 10 strikeouts with one or two runs allowed. If you don’t start him against the Dodgers, make sure you have him for this start.
These three pitchers are widely available with (mostly) favorable matchups on the horizon. With many fantasy players focusing on football, you can take advantage by getting some solid players for the final week-plus of the fantasy baseball season.