A high number of high-end pitchers are in line for two stats in Week 21 (Aug. 13-19) — the kind you normally wouldn’t think twice about activating in those circumstances. It’s 15, by my count.

(I include Nick Pivetta in that group even though he’s owned in less than 80 percent of CBS Sports leagues. The strikeout-to-walk ratio is just too good.)

And then there’s No. 16, who’s probably as exciting of a sleeper as we’ve seen in this space since April. German Marquez‘s curveball is playing up like never before, the result of a concerted effort to stay tall through his delivery. What do I mean by playing up? Well, it has yielded a 3.15 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings in his past seven starts. At this point, it doesn’t really matter to me where he’s pitching, but it’s worth noting he hasn’t needed any such breakthrough to dominate on the road this season, where he has a 3.09 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings in 11 starts. Both of his starts this week are on the road.

Looking deeper, I could see using ground-ball specialist Brad Keller in a points league, given his favorable matchups. He would represent the cutoff for that more forgiving format, though.

Two-start pitchers for Week 21
Rank Pitcher Start 1 Start 2
1 Justin Verlander, DET vs. COL at OAK
2 Jacob deGrom, NYM at NYY at PHI
3 Clayton Kershaw, LAD vs. SF at SEA
4 Zack Greinke, ARI at TEX at SD
5 Luis Severino, NYY vs. NYM vs. TOR
6 Mike Clevinger, CLE at CIN vs. BAL
7 Rick Porcello, BOS at PHI vs. TB
8 Madison Bumgarner, SF at LAD at CIN
9 Miles Mikolas, STL vs. WAS vs. MIL
10 J.A. Happ, NYY vs. TB vs. TOR
11 Mike Foltynewicz, ATL vs. MIA vs. COL
12 Marco Gonzales, SEA at OAK vs. LAD
13 Andrew Heaney, LAA at SD at TEX
14 Nick Pivetta, PHI vs. BOS vs. NYM
15 Jameson Taillon, PIT at MIN vs. CHC
16 German Marquez, COL at HOU at ATL
17 Sean Manaea, OAK vs. SEA vs. HOU
18 Gio Gonzalez, WAS at STL vs. MIA
19 Anibal Sanchez, ATL* vs. MIA vs. COL
20 Brad Keller, KC* vs. TOR at CHW
21 Jake Odorizzi, MIN vs. PIT vs. DET
22 Reynaldo Lopez, CHW at DET vs. KC
23 Andrew Suarez, SF at LAD at CIN
24 Ryan Borucki, TOR* at KC at NYY
25 Mike Montgomery, CHC* vs. MIL at PIT
26 John Gant, STL* vs. WAS vs. MIL
27 Jaime Barria, LAA at SD at TEX
28 Pablo Lopez, MIA* at ATL at WAS
29 Tommy Milone, WAS at STL vs. MIA
30 Blaine Hardy, DET* vs. CHW at MIN
31 Heath Fillmyer, KC vs. TOR at CHW
32 David Hess, BAL* vs. NYM at CLE
33 Jason Vargas, NYM at BAL at PHI
34 Clayton Richard, SD vs. LAA vs. ARI
35 Jacob Turner, DET* vs. CHW at MIN
36 Mike Hauschild, TOR* at KC at NYY


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