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Fantasy Baseball Week 14: Two-Start Pitchers (Cade Povich, Bailey Falter)

Cam Giangrade provides a pair of two-start pitchers that could be added ahead of Fantasy Baseball Week 14.

Cade Povich Baltimore Orioles
Jun 12, 2024; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Orioles pitcher Cade Povich. Credit: Reggie Hildred-USA TODAY Sports

The Fourth of July is less than two weeks away, and the halfway point of the baseball season is nearly upon us. Every year, at this point in the season, injuries pile up for starting pitchers, thrusting rookies and swingmen into starting roles.

This can often create opportunities, allowing pitchers to showcase their skills for the remainder of this season or as an audition for 2025. Such is the case this week for an Orioles pitcher.

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Cade Povich, Baltimore Orioles

In his three starts, Povich has been serviceable for the Orioles. Although he hasn’t won yet, his ratios are solid. He has a 3.94 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. And when you consider his debut on June 6th was a complete dud, giving up six earned runs, he’s bounced back nicely.

He’s only given up one earned run in his last two starts. And the Orioles have won each of those starts. He has two favorable home matchups this week, facing the Guardians and Rangers.

Bailey Falter, Pittsburgh Pirates

Another pitcher making two starts this week who is worth a look is Pirates lefty Baily Falter. Although he has been consistently in the Pirates rotation this year, he is not an established starter in this league and certainly not assured of a long-term rotation spot.

He made 16 starts in 2022 and 14 starts last year. He has already matched those 14 starts this year. By the end of this week, he will have matched his career high. He is 3-5 on the season with a 1.12 WHIP and 3.74 ERA. Although he has two road games this week at Cincinnati and Atlanta, he should be picked up if he’s available in your league.

At age 27, his best years are ahead of him, and he is the perfect pitcher to stick with the Pirates. He is under team control for another three seasons and is inexpensive, not even making a million dollars this year. The Pirates will give him every opportunity to prove himself and earn a regular spot in the rotation. Especially if you are in a keeper league, you should snag him.