Chris Carpenter, Colby Lewis, and Other MLB Fantasy Week 25 Two-Start Pitchers

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Chris Carpenter, Colby Lewis, and Other MLB Fantasy Week 25 Two-Start Pitchers
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With only two weeks remaining, it is “do or die” time.

Since there aren’t many games left, you have to get the hot guys and play them. Even if that means dumping stars to open up roster spots. Holding onto Justin Upton and Justin Morneau might pay a few dividends in the last week of the season, but it will likely result in no stats and only lost opportunity.

That opportunity could be spent on Nate McLouth and Melvin Mora and jumping on their bandwagons and riding them to the end of the season. No, McLouth and Mora are nowhere as good as Morneau and Upton over the course of 162 games, but they will give you much better stats over these last 14 days of the season and are your best chance if you are in non-keeper situations.

This week, the New York Mets will only play five games while the Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, Florida Marlins, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, and Washington Nationals are all on the docket for seven. All others are scheduled for six games this week.

Now, the projected 2-start pitchers for this week. For those of you in leagues who require you to set your lineup at the beginning of the week, these are guys you should strongly consider:

American League
BAL Brian Matusz
BOS Daisuke Matsuzaka
CWS Gavin Floyd
CLE Jeanmar Gomez, Fausto Carmona
DET Rick Porcello
KC Zack Greinke, Bruce Chen
LAA Jered Weaver
MIN Brian Duensing
NYY Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes
OAK Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill
SEA Luke French
TB Matt Garza, James Shields
TEX Derek Holland, Colby Lewis
TOR Marc Rzepczynski
National League
ARI Joe Saunders
ATL Jair Jurrjens
CHC Carlos Zambrano
CIN Homer Bailey
COL Jorge de la Rosa
FLA Chris Volstad, Adalberto Mendez
HOU Bud Norris, J.A. Happ
LAD Chad Billingsley
MIL Chris Capuano, Dave Bush
NYM none
PHI Cole Hamels
PIT Paul Maholm
SD Clayton Richard
SF Matt Cain
STL Chris Carpenter, Jake Westbrook
WAS Livan Hernandez, John Lannan

Rick’s Picks

Five best bets for double-start pitchers this week

1. Chris Carpenter goes on the road against two wounded ducks (at FLA, at CHC). Despite these potentially dangerous animals, Carpenter will still handle them.

2. Colby Lewis has been very good this season. Despite getting the Angels in Los Angeles this week, he also gets the Athletics at home. The Rangers opponents are playing out the stretch, so Lewis should be a good play this week.

3. This pick is more about the current Rockies pitcher who gets two starts this week than it is about Jorge de la Rosa. The Rockies are hot and de la Rosa should benefit as he goes to Arizona and meets the Giants at home.

4. & 5. Bud Norris and J.A. Happ play for an up and coming Houston squad. They are young and full of excitement. They don’t seem to care that the season is about over and they are out of the race. These two pitchers should anchor the Astros for the next half dozen years and will show their wares at Washington and Pittsburgh this week. Play them now and try to get them next year too.

Rick Milleman is the head fantasy baseball contributor at Check his annual player projections included in the Cheatsheet Compiler & Draft Buddy to help draft your championship team.

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