Stream, Stream, Stream: #2xSP (5.11-5.17)

Another rough week has put us in a hole we need to dig out of fast. I’m confident Trevor May will have a good start to pick up the second half of week three, but so far, no good you guys.

Here are the totals through half of week four:

4-10 record
5.48 ERA
6.3 K/9
2.4 K/BB
1.40 WHIP

Here’s a look at this week’s recs, with team wOBA in parentheses. Y! recs pulled courtesy of twitter pal @PandaPete21, whom you should give a follow:

RHP Alex Colome – 9.1% ESPN/14% Y! – v. NYY (.324), @MIN (.302)

Workload concerns on his way back from an illness (pneumonia) have kept his pitch count under 80 pitches in his first two starts, but the hope here is that as he gets his legs under him, he’ll be able to lengthen out with each start. To his credit, he managed exactly five innings in his first two starts, and has struck out 10 in as many innings with nary a walk issued. Neither start will be particularly easy, as he gets the Bombers in the Bronx and a resurgent Twins offense — .336 wOBA last two weeks ranks sixth — this week. With Colome I believe in the repertoire — mid-90s fastball, good cutter and a curve — and I think I want to take advantage of some early-season underuse to get him in my lineups.

LHP Danny Duffy – 25.6% ESPN/43% Y! – @TEX (.295), v. NYY (.324)

It’s an inopportune time to try pick up the Royals lefty, as he’s coming off just a one-inning start against Cleveland last time out. But I’m a big believer in the lefty, in terms of the raw stuff and how he managed to hold hitters to an impossibly low triple-slash last year (.209/.284/.322) despite only fanning 6.8 batters per nine innings. He’s doing pretty much the same K-wise this year with a few more grounders and a defense that is still very good. I believe in Danny Duffy, and so shall you. Right?

RHP Nathan Eovaldi – 21.8% ESPN/23% Y! – @TBR (.304), @KCR (.340)

It came down to Eovaldi or Carlos Frias of the Dodgers, and I just felt safer with Eovaldi — which is a scary thing to say, I think. Another option was Colby Lewis of the Rangers, if you aren’t totally into the Eovaldi proposition. For me, it’s as simple as this: both starts are on the road, where he has a 2.41 ERA so far this season. At home — and he’s made three starts at both — his ERA is 5.87. It’s not shocking Yankee Stadium hasn’t been kind to him, but that sort of disparity is a bit off the wall. Either way, I think he has a pretty good week here. Let me know if you go with Lewis or Frias instead, as I’ll be watching closely.

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In addition to Rotographs, Warne writes about the Minnesota Twins for The Athletic and is a sportswriter for Sportradar U.S. in downtown Minneapolis. Follow him on Twitter @Brandon_Warne, or feel free to email him to do podcasts or for any old reason at brandon.r.warne@gmail-dot-com

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Monitor Frias. Weather in Denver this weekend is abysmal, so the Dodgers pitching order may get reshuffled.