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3 Two-Start Pitchers to Pick Up Off the Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire for Week 21

Jason Schandl
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As we make our way into head-to-head fantasy baseball's Week 21, there are a few two-start pitchers that should be quality streaming options for those in need of some pitching help this upcoming week.

With that in mind, here are three two-start pitchers worth a waiver wire add for Week 21.

1. Jason Vargas, Philadelphia Phillies

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A change in scenery has served Jason Vargas well, and he's posted a 3.91 ERA across four starts with the Philadelphia Phillies — down from 4.01 with the New York Mets. He faces the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, a team that has collectively hit for the MLB's second-lowest average (.239) against southpaws in 2019. Then, he gets a revenge game on Sunday against his former team, taking on a Mets squad that strikes out at a top-12 rate and walks at a bottom-12 rate against lefties.

2. Gio Gonzalez, Milwaukee Brewers

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Gio Gonzalez has taken us on a roller coaster ride in recent years, posting the second-best ERA of his career (2.96) in 2017 before putting up a 4.21 in 2018. He's been in between those marks with a 3.64 ERA across his 12 starts in 2019. First, on Monday, he gets the nod against a St. Louis Cardinals team that is only batting a collective .244 against righties (No. 20 in MLB), and while his second start on Sunday is a tougher matchup against the Chicago Cubs, they have the MLB's 10th-highest strikeout rate (23.3 percent) to right-handers.

3. Mike Leake, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Mike Leake is a career 6-1 in 10 games at Oracle Park, owning a 3.06 ERA across over 60 innings of action in the pitcher-friendly digs. That positions him well in his first start of the week, on the road against the San Francisco Giants. His second start would then be against the San Diego Padres, a team that has has a tough time with righty pitching in 2019. Their 26.5 percent strikeout rate against righties is the second highest in the Majors while their .241 batting average ranks 25th and their .421 slugging percentage ranks 21st. This could spell for two wins for the right-hander this week, but just his start versus the Giants makes Leake well worth a pickup in Week 21.


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