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Fantasy Baseball: Pitchers With 2 Starts July 29- August 4

Headlining this week’s fantasy baseball pitchers with two starts are Shane Bieber, Noah Syndergaard, Justin Verlander and Patrick Corbin.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Merrill Kelly: Monday @ MIA, Sunday vs WSH TWO STARS

Kelly was torn apart in his last start against the Baltimore Orioles and he hasn’t earned a win in his previous seven outings. He has been solid at points in the year but is hard to trust after this recent performance.

Atlanta Braves

Dallas Keuchel: Monday @ WSH, Saturday vs CIN FOUR STARS

Julio Teheran: Monday @ WSH, Sunday vs CIN THREE STARS

After struggling in his first two starts of 2019 Keuchel has rebounded nicely and is coming off his best start of the season. He struck 12 out through six innings and only allowed five runners on base.

Teheran earned the loss his last game despite not allowing an earned run. With a little help from the batters, Teheran should be winning games and could be in for a solid week.

Boston Red Sox

David Price: vs Tuesday vs TB, Sunday @ NYY THREE STARS

Price has allowed four home runs in his last three starts and six walks as well. He is coming off two straight losses and needs to cut those down in order to earn a win. However, Price should still be trusted and started.

Chicago Cubs

Yu Darvish: Tuesday @ STL, Sunday vs MIL FOUR STARS

Darvish lines up against two teams in the top 10 scored runs since July started and could face some troubles. The current St. Louis Cardinals only have a .231 batting average against Darvish and the Brewers only have a .183 batting average against him. With these numbers in mind, Darvish needs to be played even if it’s against two strong teams.

Chicago White Sox

Reynaldo Lopez: Tuesday vs NYM, Sunday @ PHI FOUR STARS

Lopez has been on fire recently despite not earning the wins he deserves. If the White Sox start driving in runs expect Lopez to walk away with two wins this week.

Cincinnati Reds

Sonny Gray: Monday vs PIT, Saturday @ ATL FOUR STARS

Tanner Roark: Tuesday vs PIT, Sunday @ ATL TWO STARS

Gray has allowed only two home runs in his last four starts. His strikeouts have been high recently and similarly with Lopez the Reds need to drive in runs for Gray to earn a win this week. 

Roark, on the other hand, needs to start limiting runs if he is to earn the win. He is more prone to home runs and also doesn’t strike as many out as Gray but has gotten better run support in his outings. 

Cleveland Indians

Shane Bieber: Tuesday vs HOU, Sunday vs LAA FIVE STARS

Bieber allowed one hit and one walk through nine innings while striking out 10 in his most recent start. Bieber has shown he can go deep in games this whole season. Houston is always a tough matchup for any pitcher but Bieber should do just fine.

Colorado Rockies

Jon Gray: vs LAD, vs SF TWO STARS

Kyle Freeland: vs LAD, vs SF ONE STAR

Gray is coming off an injury that made him leave his last start early. He will be tough to trust as he’s been walking multiple players a game and not striking out as many as he should.

Many fantasy baseball managers probably wished they had traded Freeland after his first couple starts of the season. After posting stellar outings he had a complete downfall and now should not be trusted to start on any fantasy team.

Detroit Tigers

Jordan Zimmermann: Monday @ LAA, Sunday @ TEX ONE STAR

Do not trust Zimmermann as he mostly ends up with negative points in his starts.

Houston Astros

Justin Verlander: Tuesday @ CLE, Sunday vs SEA FIVE STARS

Verlander has struck out 23 batters his last two games and seems to be rolling.

Kansas City Royals

Brad Keller: Monday vs TOR, Sunday @ MIN THREE STARS

The Toronto Blue Jays have a .371 batting average against Keller and could prove troublesome. Keller, however, has been on fire lately limiting his walks and home runs while striking out plenty. His own percentage of 15 should be higher as his hot streak continues.

Los Angeles Angels

Jamie Barria: Monday vs DET, Sunday @ CLE THREE STARS

Barria tends to be solid on most nights but will have an outlier every few games. on July 19 he allowed 10 earned runs. On July 24 he only allowed one earned run. It’s hard to predict what Barria will do but he should be started against the Tigers.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Kenta Maeda: Monday @ COL, Saturday vs SD THREE STARS

Julio Urias: Tuesday @ COL, Sunday vs SD TWO STARS

Any pitcher that has to play in Coors Field will have limited fantasy value. Maeda is good enough though that he should be started no matter where he’s playing. Urias, on the other hand, doesn’t have a long track record yet and might be better off on the bench versus the Rockies.

Miami Marlins

Caleb Smith: Monday vs ARI, Sunday @ TB FOUR STARS

Smith might be a surprise as a four-star this week but shouldn’t be after he struck nine out over seven innings allowing only two hits and two walks. He is the ace of the Miami Marlins and has been playing like it recently.

Minnesota Twins

Jake Odorizzi: Tuesday @ MIA, Sunday vs KC THREE STARS

Odorizzi has been struggling with the long ball since mid June and it’s hard to tell when he’ll break out of it. He’s allowed 10 home runs in his last seven starts and earned three losses and only two wins in that period. Kansas City and Miami rank as the two teams with the fewest home runs since the start of July. Start Odorizzi and hope he breaks this slump.

New York Yankees

J.A. Happ: Tuesday vs ARI, Sunday vs BOS THREE STARS

Happ struggled against the Minnesota Twins a week ago but has a chance to rebound against two teams he’s pitched well against in the past. He is owned in over 70 percent of ESPN leagues and will probably be started in all formats. 

New York Mets

Noah Syndergaard: Tuesday @ CHW, Sunday @ PIT FIVE STARS

Syndergaard has been in as many trade rumors as just about anybody. Meaning his status might change this week. He has two favorable matchups and should perform well if he is still wearing a Mets uniform after the deadline.

Philadelphia Phillies

Drew Smyly: Tuesday vs SF, Sunday vs CHW TWO STARS

Smyly pitched well in his first appearance for the Phillies registering eight strikeouts over six innings, easily his best performance all year. On Tuesday he goes against the red hot Giants and could see him return to the bottom of the starting pitcher ranks. His Sunday match up could be a streaming option if fantasy owners are in need of points.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Jordan Lyles: recently traded to the Brewers and it is unknown who will be starting in his place. Whoever that ends up being will likely get two starts this week.

San Diego Padres

Chris Paddack: Monday vs BAL, Sunday @ LAD THREE STARS

One might see Baltimore as an easy matchup but they have scored the 11th most runs since July started. The Dodgers have scored the eighth-most runs in that span. Paddack should be started but don’t expect him to be dominate the whole time.

San Francisco Giants

Tyler Beede: Monday @ PHI, Saturday @ COL THREE STARS

Philadelphia has been one of the worst offensive teams in July making that match up perfect for both Giants pitchers. Beede, however, has to face the Rockies in Coors field limiting him to only three stars.

Toronto Blue Jays

Marcus Stroman: Like Lyles he was recently traded but to the Mets. Whoever starts in his place will likely get two starts.

Washington Nationals

Max Scherzer: Tuesday vs ATL, Sunday @ ARI FIVE STARS

Patrick Corbin: Monday vs ATL, Saturday @ ARI FIVE STARS

Two of the top pitchers in the MLB are sure-fire five stars this week. Scherzer is currently nursing an injury but it seems he should be ready for Tuesday. 

 *Scherzer was recently placed on the 10-day IL.

 

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