Fantasy Baseball 2013: Full List of This Week's Probable 2-Start Pitchers

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Fantasy Baseball 2013: Full List of This Week's Probable 2-Start Pitchers
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Are you living in a fantasy world? If so, you've come to the right place! 

We're in the thick of the 2013 Major League Baseball season, and the competition is picking up in fantasy baseball leagues everywhere.

So, to help you gain a competitive edge over your opponents this week, here is a list of probable two-start pitchers, according to CBSSports.com, for the week starting June 17, along with their opponents and some fantasy advice. Good luck!

 

Aces

Justin Verlander (DET): 6/18 vs. BAL; 6/23 vs. BOS

Yu Darvish (TEX): 6/18 vs. OAK; 6/23 @STL

Adam Wainwright (STL): 6/18 vs. CHC; 6/23 vs. TEX

Mat Latos (CIN): 6/18 vs. PIT; 6/23 @ARI

Aces will be wild this week, as some of the game's best arms will be dealing. However, they are all drawing tough assignments. In most leagues, these pitchers should not be available in a free-agent pool, but in case you are trying set a weekly lineup, it's good to have an idea as to who has a two-start week.

 

No. 2 Starters

Max Scherzer (DET): 6/17 vs. BAL; 6/22 vs. BOS

Matt Harvey (NYM): 6/18 @ATL; 6/23 @PHI

Shelby Miller (STL): 6/17 vs. CHC; 6/22 vs. TEX

James Shields (KC): 6/17 @CLE; 6/23 vs. CHW

Matt Cain (SF): 6/18 vs. SD; 6/23 vs. MIA

Patrick Corbin (ARI): 6/17 vs. MIA; 6/23 vs. CIN

Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD): 6/18 @NYY; 6/23 @SD

Many fantasy players probably didn't draft Matt Cain as a No. 2 starter. And though he has turned things around lately, his 5.09 ERA and 4-3 record must have owners concerned.

Matt Harvey suffered his first loss of the season in his last start but still pitched brilliantly, as he has done all year. Max Scherzer recently became the first Tigers starter in 75 years to own a 9-0 record.

 

Other Trustworthy Arms

Francisco Liriano (PIT): 6/17 @CIN; 6/22 @LAA

Mike Leake (CIN): 6/17 vs. PIT; 6/22 @ARI

Jeff Samardzija (CHC): 6/18 @STL; 6/23 vs. PIT

Paul Maholm (ATL): 6/18 vs. NYM; 6/23 @MIL

Travis Wood (CHC): 6/17 @STL; 6/23 vs. HOU

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Bud Norris (HOU): 6/17 vs. CHW; 6/22 @CHC

Andrew Cashner (SD): 6/17 @SF; 6/22 vs. LAD

Tim Hudson (ATL): 6/17 vs. NYM; 6/22 @MIL

After winning seven of eight, including six in a row, the Houston Astros recently came off a six-game losing streak. But the pitching is not at fault here, and Bud Norris has been very impressive for the bleak 'Stros. 

Travis Wood has been a nice surprise for the Cubs, and he will look to keep rolling with two starts this week.

 

Useful, but Not Recommended

Jason Vargas (LAA): 617 vs. SEA; 6/22 vs. PIT

Jeremy Hellickson (TB): 6/18 @BOS; 6/23 @NYY

Jarrod Parker (OAK): 6/18 @TEX; 6/23 @SEA

Jorge De La Rosa (COL): 6/17 @TOR; 6/22 @WAS

Phil Hughes (NYY): 6/18 vs. LAD; 6/23 vs. TB

Alfredo Figaro (MIL): 6/18 @HOU; 6/23 vs. ATL

Dan Haren (WAS): 6/17 @PHI; 6/22 vs. COL

Dan Straily (OAK): 6/17 @TEX; 6/22 @SEA

Dylan Axelrod (CHW): 6/18 @MIN; 6/23 @KC

Charlie Morton (PIT): 6/18 @CIN; 6/23 @LAA

Nick Tepesch (TEX): 6/17 vs. OAK; 6/22 @STL

Ross Detwiler (WAS): 6/18 @PHI; 6/23 vs. COL

Phil Hughes has the potential to be an ace, but he has shown mixed results so far in 2013. The same can be said about Jeremy Hellickson, and the two will square off in a showdown in the Bronx on June 23.

Charlie Morton made his first start in over a year for the Pirates on Thursday, allowing two earned runs in five innings against the Giants.

 

Favorable Matchups but Not Much Else

Ubaldo Jimenez (CLE): 6/17 vs. KC; 6/23 vs. MIN

Jose Quintana (CHW): 6/17 @HOU; 6/22 @KC

Barry Zito (SF): 6/17 vs. SD; 6/22 vs. MIA

Barry Zito has had some good performances in 2013, but overall he's been rather inconsistent. But taking on the light-hitting Marlins and Padres should give owners a bit of confidence in the left-handed veteran. 

 

Hot Hands and Intriguing Options

Jacob Turner (MIA): 6/17 @ARI; 6/22 @SF

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Jordan Lyles (HOU): 6/18 vs. MIL; 6/23 @CHC

Dillon Gee (NYM): 6/17 @ATL; 6/22 @PHI

After starting the year off in bad form, Dillon Gee has pitched at least seven innings in each of his last two starts, allowing just one earned run in each game—both against two hefty lineups: the Yankees and the Nationals.

Jacob Turner has been stellar for the Marlins since returning to the big leagues on May 31, but he hasn't gotten the run support from the lackluster Miami lineup (three starts, 1-0, 1.80 ERA).

 

Injured Question Marks

Nate Eovaldi (MIA): 6/18 @ARI; 6/23 @SF

John Lannan (PHI): 6/17 vs. WAS; 6/23 vs. NYM

Josh Johnson (TOR): 6/17 vs. COL; 6/23 vs. BAL

Clay Buchholz (BOS): 6/18 vs. TB; 6/23 @DET

Jason Hammel (BAL): 6/17 @DET; 6/23 @TOR

Buchholz will likely not be able to make his next scheduled start on Tuesday due to a strained AC joint in his shoulder, and he is a viable DL candidate (Felix Doubront will likely take his place on Tuesday).

Eovaldi has yet to throw a pitch in the major leagues this season due to a shoulder injury, but the Marlins will be happy to have him back in the fold.

 

Probably Best to Avoid

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Aaron Harang (SEA): 6/17 @LAA; 6/22 vs. OAK

Mike Pelfrey (MIN): 6/18 vs. CHW; 6/22 @CLE

Jeremy Bonderman (SEA): 6/18 @SEA; 6/23 vs. OAK

Edinson Volquez (SD): 6/18 @SF; 6/23 vs. LAD

Jeff Francis (COL): 6/18 @TOR; 6/23 @WAS

Don't be fooled by Aaron Harang's last start, in which he twirled a complete-game gem against the weak-hitting Houston Astros. He only managed 2.1 innings in his previous start, allowing six earned runs to the Yankees.

Edinson Volquez has been a disaster all season and will likely not fare much better against his division rivals.

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