Move Pitch, Get out tha way! Week 18 (Jul 31 – Aug 6) Two start pitchers

Here we are again, half way into another week of fantasy baseball and ready to start preparing for the week to come. Last week, we had a shit ton of random crap happen to pitchers including blisters, injuries, rain delays and even paternity leave. This made the two-starts for last week a little off but we can’t control everything. That my friends, is just how baseball works.

The best thing is that there is always a new week! And with a new week, comes a whole new crop of two start pitchers. That being said, here are the two starters for week 18:

*These are based off of current rotations as of July 26th. These are subject to change and will be updated accordingly*

*Park rating: Green = Pitcher friendly, Red = Hitter friendly, No color = Neutral*

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox

Must Start pitchers

Pitcher Name – Team Start One (Team – Date) Start Two (Team – Date)
Chris Sale, BOS vs.CLE – Aug 1 vs.CWS – Aug 6
Chris Archer, TB @HOU – Aug 1 vs.MIL – Aug 6
Yu Darvish, TEX vs.SEA – Aug 1 @MIN – Aug 6
Madison Bumgarner, SF @OAK – Jul 31 vs.ARI – Aug 5
Carlos Martinez, StL @MIL – Aug 1 @CIN – Aug 6


Upper Tier

Pitcher Name – team Start one (Team – Date) Start two (Team – Date)
Jameson Taillon, PIT vs.CIN – Aug 1 vs.SD – Aug 6
Sonny Gray, OAK vs.SF – July 31 @LAA – Aug 5
Gio Gonzalez, WSH @MIA – Jul 31 @ChC – Aug 6
Jimmy Nelson, MIL @NYY – Jul 31 @BAL – Aug 5
Brad Peacock, HOU vs.TB – Jul 31 vs.TOR – Aug 6
Jose Berrios, MIN @SD – Aug 1 vs.TEX – Aug 6
Felix Hernandez, SEA @TEX – Jul 31 @KC – Aug 5
Danny Duffy, KC @BAL – Jul 31 vs.SEA – Aug 5
Michael Fulmer, DET @NYY – Jul 31 @BAL – Aug 5
Luis Severino, NYY vs.DET – Jul 31 @CLE – Aug 5
Alex Wood, LAD @ATL – Aug 1 @NYM – Aug 6
Jake Arrieta, ChC vs.ARI – Aug 1 vs.WSH – Aug 6


They will do fine

Pitcher Name – team Start one (Team – Date) Start two (Team – Date)
Drew Pomeranz, BOS vs.CLE – Jul 31 vs.CWS – Aug 5
Jeff Samardzija, SF @OAK – Aug 1 vs.ARI – Aug 6
Aaron Nola, PHI @LAA – Aug 1 @COL – Aug 6
Mike Foltynewicz, ATL @PHI – Jul 31 vs.MIA – Aug 5
Cole Hamels, TEX vs.SEA – Jul 31 @MIN – Aug 5
Patrick Corbin, ARI @ChC – Aug 1 @SF – Aug 6
CC Sabathia, NYY vs.DET – Aug 1 @CLE – Aug 6
Ian Kennedy, KC @BAL – Aug 1 vs.NYY – Aug 6
Mike Clevinger, CLE @BOS – Aug 1 vs.NYY – Aug 6


Rest of the pack

Pitcher Name – team Start one (Team – Date) Start two (Team – Date)
Jose Urena, MIA vs.WSH – Jul 31 @ATL – Aug 6
Steven Matz, NYM @COL – Aug 1 vs.LAD – Aug 6
Jon Gray, COL vs.NYM – Aug 1 vs.PHI – Aug 6
Paul Blackburn, OAK vs.SF – Aug 1 @LAA – Aug 6
Ricky Nolasco, LAA vs.PHI – Aug 1 vs.OAK – Aug 6
Marco Estrada, TOR @CWS – Jul 31 @HOU – Aug 6
Nick Pivetta, PHI vs.ATL – Jul 31 @COL – Aug 5
Anibal Sanchez, DET @NYY – Aug 1 @BAL – Aug 6
Andrew Moore, SEA @TEX – Aug 1 @KC – Aug 6
Homer Bailey, CIN @PIT – Aug 1 vs.StL – Aug 6
James Shields, CWS vs.TOR – Jul 31 @BOS – Aug 5
Mike Pelfrey, CWS vs.TOR – Aug 1 vs.BOS – Aug 6
Wade Miley, BAL vs.KC – Jul 31 vs.DET – Aug 5
Ubaldo Jimenez, BAL vs.KC – Aug 1 vs.DET – Aug 6

Aaron Nola, PHI – 3.38 ERA – 1.19 WHIP – 97Ks

Nola has been great over the past 6 starts, winning 4 of those contests and allowing no more than 2 runs in all 6 of those games. In the lone loss in that stretch, he pitched 8 innings while allowing 2 runs and struck out 9 batters. He lost because of a piss poor showing from his offense (welcome to Phillies baseball lol). Even when Aaron’s losing, he’s doing it in style! I think this kid’s about to become a top 20 pitcher rest of the season. In the past 30 days he’s ranked the 8th best starter in points leagues (ESPN) with 42:5 K:BB. HELLO! Yet be wary of the start in Colorado, where pitchers go to die.

Mike Clevinger, CLE – 2.73 ERA – 1.12 WHIP – 73Ks

Mr. Clevinger has been great since joining the rotation back in May and is currently riding a nice 5 game hot streak. In the past 29 innings, Clevinger has allowed 4 earned runs and has struck out an average of 6.2 batters, with a total of 31 punch outs overall. He has been great in a rotation that has been riddled with injuries. My only reason for keeping him out of the upper tiers is because of his match ups next week. He plays both Boston and New York on the road, both in hitter friendly parks. Play him but be careful of those boomsticks in the AL East.

Jameson Taillon, PIT – 4.03 ERA – 1.45 WHIP – 73Ks

Since successfully defeating cancer in the first half of the season, Taillon has been a stand out in the Pirates rotation. This is guy is a stud, and is going to continue to blow past opposing batters. In his last 7 starts, minus the 3 inning – 9 runs earned against the Giants on the 25th, Taillon has pitched 37.2 innings allowing 12 earned runs and striking out 42 batters. He had won 4 of those games and lost only 2. Taillon is a great fantasy option almost every week, but his matchups this week are fantastic to me. First game is against the Reds at home, who bat .255 on the road and .257 against righties; both right in the middle of the pack. The second game is against the Padres, also at home, who bat .234 on the road and .240 against righties. Yikes, these Padres are a sad sad team. Start Taillon.

Personally I’m rolling with Jose Berrios, Brad Peacock, Aaron Nola and Mike Foltynewicz as my two starters for next week. Keep in mind, I’m using Peacock in a RP position because of his dual eligibility. Mix in a few one start studs and boom, you’re on the your way to a week 18 win! Check in next Wednesday for our week 19 two start list!


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