Welcome back as we explore the double start options available for week ten. The season keeps trudging along, and those who need to make up ground in wins and strikeouts are undoubtedly churning the wire for plays that can help make up those deficits.
Unfortunately, with most teams playing six game weeks, the options are more limited than usual. This means that you may have to pony up a few extra FAAB dollars in order to secure the option that you desire. Make sure you check out the notes at the bottom for a few plays that come highly recommended.
Each and every Thursday throughout the season, the following week’s double start options will be listed below. They are listed in the order of my own personal preference and how they would be used in my own lineups.
The top tier of guys should be in your lineup regardless of who they are pitching against. You drafted them to be the core of your rotation, and they need to pitch for you. Occasionally, starters with terrific matchups in both starts will find their way into this group.
In deeper mixed leagues, the second tier of guys should most likely find a place in your rotation as well. In shallower leagues, perhaps you could play the matchups with this group.
The bottom tier of pitchers listed should be on your bench or started with extreme caution. Don’t say that you or your ratios weren’t given proper warning.
Disclaimer: Many things can change between Thursday and Monday, including rainouts, injuries, juggling of rotations, etc. This information has been provided to the best of my knowledge and ability as of Thursday afternoon.
Start your Aces
Cliff Lee: vs. Dodgers (Billingsley), @ Orioles (Arrieta)
Andy Pettitte: vs. Rays (Shields), vs. Mets (Gee)
James Shields: @ Yankees (Pettitte), @ Marlins (Sanchez)
Anibal Sanchez: vs. Braves (Hudson), vs. Rays (Shields)
Clayton Kershaw: @ Phillies (Worley), @ Mariners (Millwood)
Yovani Gallardo: vs. Cubs (Maholm), vs. Padres (Stults)
Jon Lester: vs. Orioles (Arrieta), vs. Nationals (Jackson)
Ryan Dempster: @ Giants (Vogelsong), @ Twins (Diamond)
Ryan Vogelsong: vs. Cubs (Dempster), vs. Rangers (Feldman)
Edwin Jackson: vs. Mets (Gee), @ Red Sox (Lester)
Tim Lincecum: @ Padres (Stults), vs. Rangers (Holland)
Play the Matchups
Derek Holland: @ Athletics (Moscoso), @ Giants (Lincecum)
Tim Hudson: @ Marlins (Sanchez), vs. Blue Jays (Romero)
Ricky Romero: @ White Sox (Humber), @ Braves (Hudson)
Vance Worley: vs. Dodgers (Kershaw), @ Orioles (Britton)
Drew Smyly: vs. Indians (Jimenez), @ Reds (Bailey)
Scott Feldman: @ Athletics (Parker), @ Giants (Vogelsong)
Will Smith: vs. Twins (De Vries), @ Pirates (Morton)
Homer Bailey: vs. Pirates (Morton), vs. Tigers (Smyly)
Kyle Lohse: @ Mets (Hefner), vs. Indians (Masterson)
Joe Saunders: vs. Rockies (Friedrich), vs. Athletics (Parker)
On the Pine
Jarrod Parker: vs. Rangers (Feldman), @ Diamondbacks (Cahill)
Dillon Gee: @ Nationals (Jackson), @ Yankees (Pettitte)
Eric Stults: vs. Giants (Lincecum), @ Brewers (Gallardo)
Christian Friedrich: @ Diamondbacks (Saunders), vs. Angels (Richards)
Jake Arrieta: @ Red Sox (Lester), vs. Phillies (Lee)
Garrett Richards: vs. Mariners (Vargas), @ Rockies (Friedrich)
Jeremy Hefner: vs. Cardinals (Lohse), @ Yankees (Hughes)
Jason Vargas: @ Angels (Richards), vs. Dodgers (Billingsley)
Charlie Morton: @ Reds (Bailey), vs. Royals (Smith)
Paul Maholm: @ Brewers (Gallardo), @ Twins (De Vries)
Cole De Vries: @ Royals (Smith), vs. Cubs (Maholm)
Phil Humber: vs. Blue Jays (Romero), vs. Astros (Harrell)
Jon Lester appears to have finally gotten his season on track and is an absolute must start with two at home.
How about Andy Pettitte? He’s gone at least seven innings in three straight starts and has 20 strikeouts in 22 innings over that span. He gets two struggling offenses at home and should be able to pick up a victory and 12+ strikeouts on the week. If available on the wire, he makes a tremendous play this week.
Ricky Romero should be an every week start, especially when he doubles. However, he has shown the propensity to give up the long ball and is taking on two hot-hitting teams on the road. He should remain in lineups in most leagues, but don’t be surprised if he gets hit hard in at least one.
Ubaldo Jimenez looks like a shell of his former self and faces two tough offenses on the road. Feel free to gamble, but there’s to legitimate reason to risk your ratios unnecessarily.
If Drew Smyly somehow remains un-owned in your league, he makes for a very solid option this week. Expect at least one victory and double digit strikeouts.
Will Smith has had mixed results in his first two starts and is lined up for two good matchups this week. He’s definitely a gamble, but one that could provide big dividends. If you have room in deeper leagues, he’s worth a $1 flyer.
Garrett Richards will likely be a popular option on waiver wires this week, but pitching at Coors Field over the weekend comes with tremendous risk.
Jarrod Parker has really started to come into his own in the Athletics rotation and looks like he’s here to stay. However, the matchups aren’t favorable this week and he should be left on the pine provided you have better options.
Scott Feldman is merely keeping the seat warm for Roy Oswalt to enter the Rangers rotation, but he has two great matchups this week and may be pitching with a chip on his shoulder. With the powerful Texas offense backing him, he should be able to pick up a win with solid ratios on the week.
Anibal Sanchez is an every-week start, though expectations for wins should be tampered this week as he faces two good opposing pitchers.
With two poor matchups, Jeremy Hefner shouldn’t even be given a thought this week.
Vance Worley looks like he is on track to return to the rotation on Monday, however any setbacks could change the Phillies rotation. Monitor the situation, but whoever starts in this spot makes for a decent play.
It’s taken much longer than most would have expected, but Cliff Lee will pick up his first victory of the season this week. Don’t be surprised if he wins twice.
Ryan Dempster was rocked by the Padres in his most recent start, but he should have no problem getting back on track this week.
Joe Saunders has looked much more human recently after his tremendous start, but should have no problem picking up at least one victory this go round.
Christian Friedrich has to pitch in two extremely tough parks for pitchers and is likely to give up a few homers this week. Pass if you can find better options.
Expect Clayton Kershaw to be especially dominant coming off of a rough (by his standards) outing.
Eric Stults doesn’t make for a great option, but those who want to take the gamble in deeper and NL-only leagues should monitor his injury status before taking the plunge.
Ryan Vogelsong somehow continues to roll along and baffle National League hitters for the second straight year. He needs to be owned and started in all formats, and possibly to be given some respect as well.
Tim Linceum looked much better last time out against the Diamondbacks and needs to remain in all lineups, especially when one start comes at PetCo.
Derek Holland is coming off one of the worst starts in recent memory and his career ERA at home is now well over 5.00. Luckily both of his starts are on the road this week where he should go back to his dominating self. Now would be a good time to buy low if you can.
If you have any rotation related questions that you would like answered, just leave them in the comments below or message me on Twitter @DaveShovein and I’d be more than happy to lend my opinion!