Pitching In: Week 5

10 Must-Start Pitchers for Week 5

Justin Verlander (@ CHW / @ KC)
Sonny Gray (@ TEX / @ BOS)
Tony Cingrani (vs. CHC / vs. MIL)
CC Sabathia (vs. SEA / vs. TB)
Justin Masterson (@ LAA / vs. CHW)
Zack Greinke (@ MIN / @ MIA)
Madison Bumgarner (vs. SD / @ ATL)
Masahiro Tanaka (vs. TB)
Adam Wainwright (@ CHC)
Johnny Cueto (vs. MIL)

If you had Verlander going in Week 4 and you lost a close one because he didn’t pitch on Sunday, you’re sorely disappointed, but you get a good surprise in that he takes the hill twice in week 5, albeit on the road both times, but he’s Justin Verlander, and his ERA is 2.18. Hopefully he will help you rebound with a win next week. And even though Jose Fernandez has two starts this week, and you probably can’t afford to sit him, I would, as he faces the Braves and Dodgers this week, the second one against Zack Greinke, arguably the hottest pitcher in the majors right now.

5 Recommended Relievers for Week 5

Huston Street (SD)
Francisco Rodriguez (MIL)
Sergio Romo (SF)
Jonathan Papelbon (PHI)
John Axford (CLE)

Well, well. Kimbrel isn’t as unhittable  as previously advertised, Street has been downright dominant, and Rodriguez leads the league with 11 saves. Any and all of these five closers would be a good combination for your two reliever slots this week as they have all been pretty much lights out lately.

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