Many players have gotten off to surprisingly fast starts in 2010, like Jorge Cantu, Edgar Renteria, Vernon Wells, and Alex Gonzalez, but don’t expect these guys to continue to play well above their ability levels. They are hot now and you should enjoy the ride, but be ready to trade them or waive them before reality kicks in and they drag your team down. Keep an eye on their pre-season projections, as those will be reasonably close measuring sticks for their final statistics.
Now, here are 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:
Five best bets for double-start pitchers this week
1. Matt Cain, SF—Good matchups (at SD, vs. STL), but the offense has been poor. Look for good ratios, but the wins are in question.
2. David Price, TB—Price is hot and his opponents (at CWS, vs. TOR) are not.
3. John Lackey, BOS—Though Lackey hasn’t been as good as advertised, he’s facing two beatable opponents (TB, BAL) at home.
4. Kevin Slowey, MIN—Slowey is much better than he’s pitched so far and look for him to start to show his value as the Twins play two weak opponents (.vs CLE, at KC).
5. Brad Penny, STL—Penny is pitching very well right now, so you should enjoy the ride as he faces two weak offenses on the road (at ARI, at SF).