June is a big month on the Major League Baseball calendar. Teams that are still toward the top should be taken more seriously, and those players who we've been waiting on to perform, better get moving soon or they'll be on the waiver wire.
This month also means it's becoming more difficult to find consistent pitching on the waiver wire. But we'll give it a try anyway to find the best two-start pitchers.
Here's my favorite two-start pitchers this week on the waiver wire.
Junior Guerra, Milwaukee Brewers
In his two starts since being activated from the Disabled List, Guerra has looked much like he did last season.
He didn't do much in the strikeouts department, but he was effective. In 11 2/3 innings, Guerra has allowed three earned runs and seven combined hits. He's not going to wow you with strikeouts, as evidenced by his nine combined strikeouts in two games, but he has shown lately the ability to keep the ball in play and limit the opposition's ability to score runs.
What also helps Guerra this week is a matchup early in the week against San Francisco, which is second-worst in MLB in batting average. A date later in the week against Arizona doesn't bode as well, but if Guerra can get a victory and keep his ERA down, then it would be worth picking him up for two starts this week.
Jaime Garcia, Atlanta Braves
Garcia is quietly putting together a solid 2017 campaign. He has a 3.18 ERA on the season, and during his last three starts, he's been near dominant. He's allowed just one earned run in 21 2/3 innings pitched during his last three games.
He gets two winnable games this week with a home tilt against Philadelphia on Tuesday, and a road matchup against the New York Mets later in the week. The Phillies and Mets are bottom-10 in MLB in batting average, so that should keep Garcia afloat, despite not having overpowering stuff.
He did have eight strikeouts in one of his past three games, but that was an outlier. He can compete this week and has a solid chance at two quality starts.
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