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Week Nine 2-Start Pitchers Update

Here is the latest update to Week Nine 2-start pitchers. Again this list is subject to change going forward.

Pitchers not listed on last update

NYM – Mike Pelfrey
CHC – Randy Wells
STL – PJ Walters
LAD – Charlie Haeger

Pitchers from Friday no longer scheduled for two starts

LAD – John Ely
CHC – Tom Gorzelanny

In his last three starts Pelfrey has gone 3-0 with a 1.31 ERA. He has Quality Starts in eight of his 10 games and overall has a 2.54 ERA. In the offseason, Pelfrey added a split finger pitch, which he has thrown 18.2 percent of the time with good results (2.9 w/SF). But Pelfrey has also been the recipient of some good fortune. He has a 3.56 FIP and a 4.04 xFIP

Last year in his rookie season, Wells had a 3.05 ERA but a 4.24 xFIP. This year it has been the exact opposite, as his xFIP of 3.33 is significantly lower than his 4.79 ERA. After winning his first three decisions, Wells has struggled in May, as he has a 0-3 record with a 5.68 ERA in five starts this month. In his last outing against the Cardinals, Wells did not retire a batter and allowed six hits and five runs.

An 11th-round draft pick in 2006, Walters made his major league debut last year and has appeared in two games, one start, this season. Walters is a soft tosser but he throws five different pitches. Even though his average fastball speed is just 85.8 mph, it has been a successful pitch, with a 2.96 wFB/C. Walters throws his fastball 61.7 percent of the time. The pitch he throws the next most often is his changeup, which he uses 15.6 percent.

Currently on the disabled list with a foot injury, Haeger is scheduled to be activated for Tuesday’s start against the Diamondbacks. In his first start of the season, Haeger struck out 12 batters in 6 IP. But his other six appearances have been nothing special for the knuckleball pitcher. He checks in with an 0-4 record and an 8.49 ERA. While Haeger has 23 Ks in 23.1 IP, he also has 20 BB for a 7.71 BB/9.