Week 4 Double Starters (April 23rd – 29th)
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
Matt Moore: vs. Mariners (Noesi), vs. Athletics (Milone)
Yu Darvish: @ Blue Jays (Drabek), @ Indians (Jimenez)
Matt Cain: vs. Marlins (Nolasco), vs. Brewers (Wolf)
C.J. Wilson: vs. Twins (Hendriks), vs. Blue Jays (Drabek)
Felix Hernandez: @ Rays (Hellickson), vs. Twins (Blackburn)
Cole Hamels: @ Braves (Beachy), @ Nationals (Zimmermann)
Brandon Beachy: vs. Phillies (Hamels), @ Rockies (Moyer)
Jordan Zimmermann: vs. Diamondbacks (Cahill), vs. Phillies (Hamels)
Chris Sale: vs. Indians (Jimenez), @ Tigers (Below)
Vance Worley: vs. Cubs (Samardzija), @ Nationals (Gonzalez)
Mike Minor: vs. Pirates (Correia), @ Rockies (Guthrie)
Adam Wainwright: vs. Pirates (McDonald), @ Astros (Happ)
Jeremy Hellickson: vs. Mariners (Hernandez), vs. Athletics (Colon)
Ricky Nolasco: @ Giants (Cain), @ Padres (Wieland)
Clay Buchholz: vs. Athletics (Milone), vs. Orioles (Hammel)
Play the Matchups
Joe Wieland: vs. Brewers (Wolf), vs. Marlins (Nolasco)
Jeff Samardzija: @ Phillies (Worley), vs. Dodgers (Capuano)
Randy Wolf: @ Padres (Wieland), @ Giants (Cain)
Jerome Williams: vs. Twins (Liriano), vs. Blue Jays (Hutchison)
Ivan Nova: vs. Orioles (Matusz), @ Royals (Mendoza)
Mark Buehrle: vs. Diamondbacks (Collmenter), @ Padres (Richard)
Phil Hughes: vs. Orioles (Hammel), @ Royals (Hochevar)
R.A. Dickey: @ Astros (Happ), vs. Diamondbacks (Cahill)
Duane Below: vs. Royals (Hochevar), vs. White Sox (Sale)
Hector Noesi: @ Rays (Moore), vs. Twins (Hendriks)
Luke Hochevar: @ Tigers (Below), vs. Yankees (Hughes)
Tommy Milone: @ Red Sox (Buchholz), @ Rays (Moore)
Trevor Cahill: @ Nationals (Zimmermann), @ Mets (Dickey)
Aaron Harang: @ Rockies (Moyer), @ Cubs (Volstad)
Jamie Moyer: vs. Dodgers (Harang), vs. Braves (Beachy)
Bronson Arroyo: vs. Cubs (Volstad), @ Pirates (McDonald)
James McDonald: @ Cardinals (Wainwright), vs. Reds (Arroyo)
On the Pine
Ubaldo Jimenez: @ White Sox (Sale), vs. Texas (Darvish)
Jason Hammel: @ Yankees (Hughes), @ Red Sox (Buchholz)
Kyle Drabek: vs. Rangers (Darvish), @ Angels (Wilson)
J.A. Happ: vs. Mets (Dickey), vs. Cardinals (Wainwright)
Kevin Correia: @ Braves (Minor), vs. Reds (Latos)
Chris Volstad: @ Reds (Arroyo), vs. Dodgers (Harang)
Liam Hendriks: @ Angels (Wilson), @ Mariners (Noesi)
Drew Hutchison: vs. Rangers (Feliz), @ Angels (Williams)
Luis Mendoza: @ Tigers (Porcello), vs. Yankees (Nova)
Josh Collmenter: @ Marlins (Buehrle), @ Mets (Santana)
Sure, Jason Hammel is off to a terrific start and is sitting at 3-0 with a 1.73 ERA through his first four stars. He even owns an impressive 25/8 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 26 innings. However, at the Yankees and at the Red Sox is as tough of a double as you can get. If you want to keep your ratios intact, avoid this one.
Matt Moore has struggled much more than anticipated in the early part of the season, but on paper he may own the best matchups of the week. He has to be in your lineup.
Ubaldo Jimenez has been far too erratic, walking 14 hitters in just 24 innings on the season. Roll the dice only if you’re the gambling type against two good offenses.
Duane Below, as of today’s writing, is the most likely candidate to take over the Tigers rotation spot vacated by Adam Wilk. Whoever pitches in that spot, whether it be Below, Andy Oliver or otherwise, makes for a decent spot play with two good starts in the friendly confines of Comerica Park.
Those of you in deeper leagues would be wise to pay attention to Jerome Williams this week. He should pick up at least one victory and not destroy your ratios in the process.
Hector Noesi is another play for those that have a little gamble in them. He’s been very hit-or-miss in the early part of the season, but should pick up a victory on one of these two starts. There is a high probability that one of them could turn into a disaster however.
Yu Darvish appears to be settling in nicely into the Rangers rotation, and has looked stronger with each passing start. He looks poised to become among the elite in the game and should build on his resume in two starts this week.
Mike Minor has been extremely impressive in the early going. It can be difficult throwing pitchers at Coors Field, but getting the Pirates at home for the first one should help to mitigate that risk.
Normally, Bronson Arroyo shouldn’t bear consideration to pitch in your rotation, but he is lined up for two decent starts this week. He could be worth a look.
Randy Wolf is lined up for two good matchups in the two best pitcher’s parks in the National League, he’s worth a flier if you have room.
Adam Wainwright is coming off of his best game of the season and draws the Pirates and Astros this week. He needs to be in your lineup.
It pains me greatly to have my fellow Central Michigan University Chippewa at the bottom of the list, but Josh Collmenter has been brutal and should be avoided at all cost.
He’s 49 years old and getting by on smoke and mirrors, but Jamie Moyer might actually make a decent spot play this week.
And last, but certainly not least, Joe Wieland deserves to be in your lineup this week. He’s turned in two good efforts at PetCo already and is lined up to face the Brewers and Marlins there this week. Expect solid ratios, 10+ K’s and a victory from my low percentage play of the week.
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!