Al Melchior's pitching advice for Week 7

Scott White's Hitter Matchups for Week 7

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This is an all-or-nothing week for two-start pitching. If you have Clayton Kershaw or one of the other aces, you're in great shape, because there are a bunch of No. 1 starters taking the mound. However, there are also plenty of back-of-the-rotation guys set to take the bump twice, creating a real feast-or-famine feel in the rankings.

There really aren't many guys to go add, in other words. The toughest call might be what you do with Dallas Keuchel, who has been pretty disastrous so far this season. Last year's AL Cy Young winner sports a 5.58 ERA through eight starts, and has just one quality start in his last six trips to the mound. His strikeout rate has been fine, but Keuchel has been hit hard and hasn't had pinpoint control, a bad combination for a pitcher who can't get by on pure stuff like some of his peers.

Despite his struggles, it would probably be an overreaction to bench Keuchel at this point with two starts on the way. Still, he's all the way down at 13th overall, and I thought about dropping him further, with Kyle Hendricks, Rick Porcello and Adam Conley all potential options. I wouldn't necessarily make that choice, but I couldn't blame you if you did; that's how bad Keuchel has been so far.

You probably want to sit guys like Jose Berrios and Sean Manaea with two starts, though. Their upside makes them worth stashing and waiting on -- at least, I think so -- but with the way both have been pitching, they're liable to do more harm than good. You want to chase upside with two-start pitchers, but anyone below, say, No. 21 here, might be more trouble than they are worth.

Two-Start Pitchers for Week 7
Rank Pitcher Start 1 Start 2
1Clayton Kershaw, LAD vs. LAA@ SD
2Max Scherzer, WAS @ NYM@ MIA
3Noah Syndergaard, NYM vs. WASvs. MIL
4Madison Bumgarner, SF @ SDvs. CHC
5David Price, BOS @ KCvs. CLE
6Kenta Maeda, LAD vs. LAA@ SD
7Jaime Garcia, STL vs. COLvs. ARI
8Danny Salazar, CLE vs. CIN@ BOS
9Jordan Zimmermann, DETvs. MINvs. TB
10Marcus Stroman, TORvs. TB@ MIN
11Drew Smyly, TB @ TOR@ DET
12Carlos Rodon, CHWvs. HOUvs. KC
13Dallas Keuchel, HOU @ CHWvs. TEX
14Kyle Hendricks, CHC @ MIL@ SF
15Rick Porcello, BOS@ KCvs. CLE
16Adam Conley, MIA @ PHIvs. WAS
17J.A. Happ, TOR vs. TB@ MIN
18Juan Nicasio, PITvs. ATLvs. COL
19Jerad Eickhoff, PHI vs. MIAvs. ATL
20Nathan Eovaldi, NYY @ ARI@ OAK
21Yordano Ventura, KC vs. BOS@ CHW
22Michael Pineda, NYY @ ARI@ OAK
23Jose Berrios, MIN@ DETvs. TOR
24Josh Tomlin, CLEvs. CIN@ BOS
25Robbie Ray, ARIvs. NYY@ STL
26Sean Manaea, OAK vs. TEXvs. NYY
27Derek Holland, TEX @ OAK@ HOU
28Phil Hughes, MIN @ DETvs. TOR
29Jonathon Niese, PITvs. ATLvs. COL
30Wade Miley, SEA @ BAL@ CIN
31Colin Rea, SDvs. SFvs. LAD
32Jered Weaver, LAA @ LADvs. BAL
33Aaron Blair, ATL @ PIT@ PHI
34Tyler Wilson, BAL vs. SEA@ LAA
35John Lamb, CIN @ CLEvs. SEA
36Chase Anderson, MIL vs. CHC@ NYM
37Matt Shoemaker, LAA@ LADvs. BAL
38Alfredo Simon, CIN@ CLEvs. SEA
39Williams Perez, ATL @ PIT@ PHI
40Chris Rusin, COL@ STL@ PIT