April 19, 2012 posted by Dave Shovein

Week 4 Double Starters

Week 4 Double Starters
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Jordan Zimmermann, SP, Washington Nationals

Week 4 Double Starters (April 23rd – 29th)

Each and every Thursday throughout the season, the following week’s double start options will be listed below. They are listed in the order of my own personal preference and how they would be used in my own lineups.

The top tier of guys should be in your lineup regardless of who they are pitching against. You drafted them to be the core of your rotation, and they need to pitch for you. Occasionally, starters with terrific matchups in both starts will find their way into this group.

In deeper mixed leagues, the second tier of guys should most likely find a place in your rotation as well. In shallower leagues, perhaps you could play the matchups with this group.

The bottom tier of pitchers listed should be on your bench or started with extreme caution. Don’t say that you or your ratios weren’t given proper warning.

Disclaimer: Many things can change between Thursday and Monday, including rainouts, injuries, juggling of rotations, etc. This information has been provided to the best of my knowledge and ability as of Thursday afternoon.

Start your Aces

Jordan Zimmermann: @ Padres (Richard), @ Dodgers (Harang)

Madison Bumgarner: @ Mets (Santana), vs. Padres (Bass)

Cliff Lee: @ Diamondbacks (Hudson), vs. Cubs (Samardzija)

Zack Greinke: vs. Astros (Harrell), @ Cardinals (Garcia)

Josh Beckett: @ Twins (Swarzak), @ White Sox (Floyd)

Matt Garza: vs. Cardinals (Garcia), @ Phillies (Blanton)

Brandon Morrow: @ Royals (Chen), vs. Mariners (Millwood)

Jon Lester: @ Twins (Marquis), @ White Sox (Peavy)

David Price: vs. Angels (Santana), @ Rangers (Holland)

Daniel Hudson: vs. Phillies (Lee), @ Marlins (Buehrle)

Gavin Floyd: @ Athletics (Milone), vs. Red Sox (Beckett)

Max Scherzer: vs. Mariners (Vargas), @ Yankees (Hughes)

Mat Latos: vs. Giants (Cain), vs. Astros (Harrell)

Play the Matchups

Henderson Alvarez: @ Orioles (Hunter), vs. Mariners (Vargas)

Clayton Richard: vs. Nationals (Zimmermann), @ Giants (Cain)

Jaime Garcia: @ Cubs (Garza), vs. Brewers (Greinke)

Jeff Samardzija: vs. Cardinals (Wainwright), @ Phillies (Lee)

Bruce Chen: vs. Blue Jays (Morrow), @ Twins (Liriano)

Derek Holland: vs. Yankees (Kuroda), vs. Rays (Price)

Jake Peavy: @ Athletics (Colon), vs. Red Sox (Lester)

Ervin Santana: @ Rays (Price), @ Indians (Lowe)

Bartolo Colon: vs. White Sox (Peavy), @ Orioles (Hunter)

Aaron Harang: vs. Braves (Minor), vs. Nationals (Zimmermann)

Jair Jurrjens: @ Dodgers (Capuano), vs. Pirates (Karstens)

Mark Buehrle: @ Mets (Dickey), vs. Diamondbacks (Hudson)

Tommy Hunter: vs. Blue Jays (Alvarez), vs. Athletics (Colon)

Chris Capuano: vs. Braves (Jurrjens), vs. Nationals (Gonzalez)

Johan Santana: vs. Giants (Bumgarner), @ Rockies (Guthrie)

Hiroki Kuroda: @ Rangers (Holland), vs. Tigers (Smyly)

Jamie Moyer: @ Pirates (Karstens), vs. Mets (Dickey)

On the Pine

R.A. Dickey: vs. Marlins (Buehrle), @ Rockies (Moyer)

Lucas Harrell: @ Brewers (Greinke), @ Reds (Latos)

Jeff Karstens: vs. Rockies (Moyer), vs. Braves (Jurrjens)

Jonathan Sanchez: @ Indians (Lowe), @ Twins (Marquis)

Jason Vargas: @ Tigers (Scherzer), @ Blue Jays (Alvarez)

Phil Hughes: @ Rangers (Darvish), vs. Tigers (Scherzer)

Derek Lowe: vs. Royals (Sanchez), vs. Angels (Santana)

Jason Marquis: vs. Red Sox (Lester), vs. Royals (Sanchez)


Though Jon Lester was shelled in his last outing, he’s still a core piece in your rotation. If you aren’t going to start him for his double weeks, especially when one is at Minnesota, why even have him on your roster.

Hiroki Kuroda is coming off of the worst start of his career, and it won’t get any easier for him as he takes on the Rangers in Texas and hosts the Tigers. With these two strong blowups, there is a strong potential that one of these starts turns into a disaster. Though in deeper leagues, if you don’t have better options you may be forced to roll the dice here.

Brandon Morrow’s two-step looks especially juicy, as he has a great chance of notching a win or two with plus K’s.

For those in shallow leagues looking for a nice streaming option, look no further than Henderson Alvarez. Expect a win, eight to ten strikeouts and solid ratios.

Derek Holland is a fantastic young pitcher with tremendous stuff, and if he’s on your roster you’re likely throwing him this week. Heed at least some caution though, as welcoming the Yankees and Rays into Arlington does pose some risk to his ratios.

On paper, Jair Jurrjens’ two starts look very enticing, though he hasn’t looked like himself in the early going. Start him, but heed some caution.

Fluttering knuckleballs in the thin mountain air at Coors Field? Pass on R.A. Dickey this week.

Jeff Samardzija has looked very strong to begin the season, though he’ll struggle to find the win column this week squaring off against Adam Wainwright and Cliff Lee.

Feeling nostalgic? On paper, Jamie Moyer’s double doesn’t look bad at all.

Clayton Richard is another solid gamble for those looking for a streaming option this week. He’s gets the Nats at home where he usually pitches very well, and his road outing is in the spacious confines in San Francisco.


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