Brett Davis, USA Today

Fantasy Baseball: Looking Ahead at Week 8 Two-Start Pitchers

Senior Fantasy Baseball Expert Adam Ronis examines the starting pitchers slated to hit the mound twice in Week 8 of the MLB season.


  • Carlos Carrasco (Indians) @CIN, vs. KC
  • Gerrit Cole (Pirates) @ATL, vs. NYM
  • Johnny Cueto (Giants)  @CHC, vs. ATL
  • Danny Duffy (Royals) @NYY, @CLE
  • Zack Greinke (Diamondbacks) vs. CWS, @MIL
  • Kyle Hendricks (Cubs) vs. SF, @LAD
  • Jon Lester (Cubs) vs. SF, @LAD
  • Lance McCullers (Astros) vs. DET, vs. BAL


Alex Cobb (Rays) vs. LAA, @MIN

Cobb looks better each start. He has allowed three earned runs or less in five straight starts and getting more strikeouts with 12 in his last 13.1 innings. He has a 3.67 ERA and 1.24 WHIP and solid matchups.

Mike Foltynewicz (Braves) vs. PIT, @SF

He has a 4.10 ERA and 1.32 WHIP, but has two favorable matchups. He's been hurt by a 1.51 HR/9, but a 34.1 percent fly ball rate and 27.6 percent hard hit rate are good signs.

Michael Fulmer (Tigers) @HOU, @CWS

Fulmer doesn't have an elite strikeout rate, but he's been excellent. He is 5-1 with a 2.72 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and a 46:13 K:BB ratio in 53 innings. He has pitched at least six innings in all eight starts and allowed three earned runs or less in each one.

Matt Harvey (Mets) vs. SD, @PIT

Command and home runs have been a big problem for Harvey. After a rough start in Arizona in the early innings, he settled down and his velocity was up. He allowed three runs in 5.1 innings, but did walk four with five strikeouts. The matchups are in his favor, so if he flops this week be worried.

John Lackey (Cubs) vs. SF, @LAD

Lackey is another pitcher being hurt by home runs. He has allowed 10 in 47.1 innings with a 9.32 K/9 and 2.47 BB/9.

Lance Lynn (Cardinals) @LAD, @COL

In six of his eight starts, he has allowed two earned runs or less. The 1.59 HR/9 is a concern, especially with a start at Coors Field.

Jordan Montgomery (Yankees) vs. KC, vs. OAK

He's getting the strikeouts with an 8.47 K/9, it's the walks (4.12 BB/9) holding him back. He has a 4.81 ERA and 1.40 WHIP, but a 23 percent hard hit rate and a 12.4 percent swinging strike rate. The matchups are appealing.

Jimmy Nelson (Brewers) vs. TOR, vs. ARI

Nelson always teases and then tends to implode, so he's still difficult to trust. He's coming off two good starts, one against the Red Sox and another against the Padres in which he had a 16:5 K:BB ratio in 12.2 innings with three earned runs allowed. He has increased his strikeouts and decreased the walks, but has allowed more hard hits and has a 1.35 WHIP.

Jake Odorizzi (Rays) vs. LAA, @MIN

As usual, Odorizzi has been good, but too many home runs. He is 3-2 with a 3.16 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and a 29:7 K:BB ratio in 37 innings. He has allowed seven home runs. He has a career best 11.8 swinging strike rate.

Michael Pineda (Yankees) vs. KC, vs. OAK

After allowing four runs in 3.2 innings in his first start, has allowed three earned runs or less in seven straight starts. He's usually not this consistent, but the matchups are good ones, although he has allowed 10 home runs 47.1 innings. He has a 2.03 ERA at home and 5.23 on the road.

Rick Porcello (Red Sox) vs. TEX, vs. SEA

It has been an odd year for Porcello, who did have some luck on his side last season. His K/9 is way up to 9.43 and the walk rate is excellent as usual at 1.95 BB/9. Porcello has a .341 BABIP and a 1.63 BB/9, but a 44.8 percent hard hit rate. He has a 4.23 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. In seven of his nine starts, he has allowed three earned runs or less.

J.C. Ramirez (Angels) @TB, @MIA

Ramirez has been solid and these are great matchups. He is 3-3 with a 3.97 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 7.36 K/9 and a 2.27 BB/9.

Tanner Roark (Nationals) vs. SEA, vs. SD

Roark's numbers are almost identical to last season. The difference is a low strand rate of 63.9 percent and more home runs allowed. Roark has a 4.73 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. Roark has a 28.6 percent hard hit rate and should improve. Even though it's not true this season, he's better at home and the Padres are an offense to pick on.

Ervin Santana (Twins) @BAL, vs. TB

We all knew Santana wasn't going to keep up his dominant start. Still, he's been good since last June. He has allowed five earned runs or more in two of his last three starts and the other was seven scoreless innings. He is 6-2 with a 2.07 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, but has benefited from a .143 BABIP and 90.7 percent strand rate.

Matt Shoemaker (Angels) @TB, @MIA

Shoemaker is getting the strikeouts with an 8.94 K/9, but uncharacteristically has a 3.58 BB/9 and a 1.79 HR/9. He needs to get back to using the splitter more. He has allowed three earned runs with a 16:2 K:BB ratio over his last two starts in 12.1 innings.

Julio Teheran (Braves)  vs. PIT, @SF

Teheran has been terrible and coming off an outing in which he allowed nine runs in three innings causing people to cut him. He has two good matchups, although the one at home is concerning. Teheran has a 10.50 ERA in 24 home innings compared to 0.71 in 25.1 road innings.

Jason Vargas (Royals) @NYY, @CLE

Vargas is coming off his worst start of the season against the Yankees and gets them again. He allowed seven hits, two walks and six runs in four innings. He has a 2.03 ERA and 1.03 WHIP and a 27 percent hard hit rate. He's been too good to sit in a two-start week, especially with all the injuries.


Christian Bergman (Mariners) @WAS, @BOS

Bergman has been solid in his two starts, but they came against the A's and Blue Jays. These matchups are much tougher.

Ty Blach (Giants) @CHC, vs. ATL

Blach is coming off two good starts at home, but the Cubs are a tough one for a pitcher that doesn't get strikeouts. He has a 2.86 K/9 and has been getting fortunate with a .235 BABIP.

Andrew Cashner (Rangers) @BOS, @TOR

Cashner has been lucky to have a 2.45 ERA. He has a 4.24 K/9, 4.69 BB/9 and a 1.34 WHIP.

Jhoulys Chacin (Padres) @NYM, @WAS

Chacin hasn't been that bad. A start of nine and seven earned runs have inflated the stats, but it shows he's capable of getting hammered and the Nationals can do it.

Patrick Corbin (Diamondbacks) vs. CWS, @MIL

Corbin can be used in deeper formats, but his penchant for home runs is a concern.

Dylan Covey (White Sox) @ARI, vs. DET

Covey has a 7.64 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP.

Zach Eflin (Phillies) vs. COL, vs. CIN

Eflin allows a lot of contact with a 4.5 K/9 and a 36.5 percent hard hit rate.

Jerad Eickhoff (Phillies) vs. COL, vs. CIN

Eickhoff has been inconsistent, but has an 8.47 K/9. He needs to cut down on the fly balls. He has allowed three home run in 15.2 innings at home. He can only be used in deeper formats.

Scott Feldman (Reds) vs. CLE, @PHI

Feldman has a 4.29 ERA and 1.31 WHIP and while he hasn't been awful, the Indians are a tough matchup.

Amir Garrett (Reds) vs. CLE, @PHI

Garrett has had control issues with a 4.05 BB/9 and a 1.8 HR/9 and is allowing a lot of hard contact.

Tyler Glasnow (Pirates) @ATL, vs. NYM

Glasnow is looking a little better but walks are still an issue. He has a 6.29 BB/9 and while the Braves are a solid matchup, the ball is flying out of Atlanta and Glasnow has allowed six home runs in 34.1 innings.

Miguel Gonzalez (White Sox) @ARI, vs. DET

Gonzalez has started to regress with a 4.29 ERA and 1.47 WHIP and going to Arizona won't be kind.

Ubaldo Jimenez (Orioles) vs. MIN, @HOU

Jimenez is too inconsistent to rely on with two starts. He has allowed four earned runs or more in five of eight starts and the Astros are a daunting task. A 5.35 BB/9 and 2.33 HR/9 show how dangerous he can be.

German Marquez (Rockies) @PHI, vs. STL

Marquez is coming off two good starts and although one was at home against the Cubs, he got hammered in his two other home starts.

Josh Tomlin (Indians) @CIN, vs. KC

Tomlin has been plagued by some bad luck, but he's also prone to blow-ups since he's prone to home runs.

Jordan Zimmermann (Tigers) @HOU, @CWS

He has a 5.64 K/9 and 2.22 HR/9 and is getting hit hard with a 42.3 percent hard hit rate.

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