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Here's how I'd sum up the two-start pitcher selection for Week 27 (Sept. 24-30):


I've spent hours trying to sort it out, to get an accurate sense of who's starting when, but it's TBDs as far as the eye can see. It has to be. So many spot starters have already inserted themselves this month that we have no idea which teams have true six-man rotations and which are just taking it day by day. And the truth is they're all probably taking it day by day. It's the last week of the season. You have to expect teams will act on a whim and leave us all to twist in the wind. 

That goes for contenders and non-contenders alike. The latter are already holding auditions for next year or just looking to curtail innings. The former are aligning their rotations for the playoffs. You honestly think Corey Kluber will make two starts this week? What about Cole Hamels? It'll only be one of Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka, because the other will have to prep himself for the Wild Card game. Clayton Kershaw has a better chance given that the Dodgers race might go down to the wire, but it might not. There's no way anyone can know for sure at the lineup lock.

Which you might think makes this week an especially difficult time to set your lineups, but it's just the opposite. Instead of guessing at a murky future, you should just assume everyone's making one start and play the best pitchers you have.

Not buying it? OK, well I have rankings anyway. They were updated Sunday, as usual, but with the same shrug of the shoulders and bemused smirk. Sleepers, you ask? Well, the Giants aren't playing for anything and have no exciting young arms on the rise, so Derek Holland seems like a reasonably safe choice. But having said that ...

So ... "safe" probably wouldn't be the best description. Meanwhile, Dylan Bundy would be a fun gamble if the matchups weren't so bad, but you should still pick him up and put him on your bench just so your opponent doesn't luck into something special.

You'll notice I left Kluber, Hamels, Severino and Tanaka in there. I mean, they could technically make two starts and use the second as a two-inning tuneup, so ... whatever. Clearly, they're the kind of pitchers you'd use regardless of the number of starts they're making.

Two-start pitchers for Week 27
Rank Pitcher Start 1 Start 2
1 Corey Kluber, CLE at CHW at KC
2 Max Scherzer, WAS vs. MIA at COL
3 Clayton Kershaw, LAD at ARI at SF
4 Noah Syndergaard, NYM vs. ATL vs. MIA
5 Stephen Strasburg, WAS vs. MIA at COL
6 James Paxton, SEA vs. OAK vs. TEX
7 Masahiro Tanaka, NYY at TB at BOS
8 Jameson Taillon, PIT at CHC at CIN
9 Luis Severino, NYY at TB at BOS
10 Cole Hamels, CHC vs. PIT vs. STL
11 Jack Flaherty, STL vs. MIL at CHC
12 Dallas Keuchel, HOU at TOR at BAL
13 Chris Archer, PIT at CHC at CIN
14 Robbie Ray, ARI vs. LAD at SD
15 Jon Gray, COL vs. PHI vs. WAS
16 Derek Holland, SF vs. SD vs. LAD
17 Dylan Bundy, BAL at BOS vs. HOU
18 Zach Eflin, PHI at COL vs. ATL
19 Felix Pena, LAA* vs. TEX vs. OAK
20 Mike Montgomery, CHC* vs. PIT vs. STL
21 Mike Leake, SEA vs. OAK vs. TEX
22 Tyler Anderson, COL vs. PHI vs. WAS
23 James Shields, CHW vs. CLE at MIN
24 Vince Velasquez, PHI at COL vs. ATL
25 Sandy Alcantara, MIA* at WAS at NYM
26 Brett Anderson, OAK at SEA at LAA
27 Bryan Mitchell, SD* at SF vs. ARI
28 Adrian Sampson, TEX at LAA at SEA
29 Dylan Covey, CHW vs. CLE at MIN
30 Spencer Turnbull, DET at MIN at MIL