There’s not much time remaining before the fantasy baseball season concludes, so if you’re still battling for a playoff spot, make sure to grab multiple two-start pitchers off the waiver wire.

They’ve been my saving grace in recent weeks for my roster, so here’s my favorite two-start pitchers heading into the week 20 fantasy baseball slate.

Steven Matz offers some hope as a two-start pitcher on the week 20 fantasy baseball slate. Flickr

Steven Matz, SP, New York Mets

He’s been terrible in recent weeks. But don’t let that blind you this week.

When healthy, Matz has above-average stuff. The only problem in recent weeks, Matz hasn’t been healthy, so he’s been shelled.

After a disastrous July, Matz spent a few weeks on the disabled list, and came off last week to surrender four earned runs in just two innings.

He chalked up the outing to rust, so I’ll believe him with my playoff life hanging on the balance. He strikes out more than eight batters per nine innings and he has good matchups, unlike many of the other two-start pitchers available on the waiver wire this week.

He squares off against San Francisco (25th in run production) and Washington this week, so he has the opportunity to put up two quality starts for your team.

Derek Holland, SP, San Francisco Giants

The two-start pitcher pool is shallow this week, but Holland offers a bit of upside.

He gets the New  York Mets early in the week, before squaring off against Texas later in the week. The Rangers matchup concerns me a bit, since Texas is solid against left-handers.

However, Holland should get off to a good start against an anemic Mets offense that bats just .222 against left-handed pitchers.

Holland has been pretty good in recent weeks in staving off earned runs, allowing two or fewer earned runs in every appearance since July. His biggest drawback has come with the amount of innings he’s posted in that timeframe, with only three of those games featuring more than six innings pitched.

With such a limited amount of pitchers available for two starts on the waiver wire, I’m taking a chance on Holland.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *