You’ve made it—the championship game—now it’s time to bring it home.
These are five two-start sleeper pitchers who will help you win that coveted championship this week.
Hiroki Kuroda, Dodgers—Despite his 14 losses, Kuroda has actually pitched pretty well this season, he just doesn’t get any run support. He has a 3.03 ERA, for crying out loud! This week he faces the Nationals and Giants on the road. I wouldn’t be surprised if he racks up two wins.
Chris Capuano, Mets—Capuano doesn’t blow away opposing batters with his lethal stuff, but he gets the job done. This week he’ll get the job done against weak Marlins and Cubs teams. Those are pretty good matchups for championship week, don’t you think?
James McDonald, Pirates—McDonald has been flying under the radar this entire year. He has some great matchups as well against the Astros and Marlins. He’s coming off a loss, but he pitched fairly well in that loss—6 IP, 1 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 6 K. If he pitches like that against Houston and Chicago, you’ll be glad you started him.
Doug Fister, Tigers—Fister and Kuroda have been in the same boat in 2011. They both have a scary amount of losses, but a respectable ERA (remember, he pitched for the Mariners the first half of the season); Fister’s being 3.28. He should get enough run support this week at Cleveland and versus Minnesota to make owners happy.
Matt Garza, Cubs—This is probably the riskiest sleeper start out of the five. He’s coming off a nice win, which will give him momentum against Cincinnati. His second start is in Citi Field, which is definitely a pitcher’s park. If you have Garza, go ahead and start him.