It’s the beginning of June and by the end of the month, half the season will be over. Now that Memorial Day has passed, it’s the first marker point of the season to take stock of your team. Honestly, you should be doing that constantly, immediately after your drafts, but baseball has unwritten rules and traditions, and one is that Memorial Day weekend is of utter importance. Perfect example: there is no bigger, old-school GM than Dave Dombrowski; he fired Joe Girardi the Friday after Memorial Day.

As we maneuver through this month, shortly there will be more games behind us than ahead, and it will be harder to make up ground. With that in mind, it’s the perfect time to start hedging your bet if you’re in a keeper league. And, as in MLB, all teams should have a reliable lefty.

With that in mind, here are nine lefties making two starts this week:

Nestor Cortes, Yankees:

Cortes has a legitimate shot at winning the AL Cy Young. Anyone paying attention could have seen this coming based on his 2021 performance. Last season in 93 innings, he struck out 103 batters with a 2.90 ERA and 1.08 WHIP.

This season has been even better. In 10 starts he’s sporting a 5-1 record, 10.2K/9IP, 1.50 ERA, and 0.87 WHIP. He has two nice matchups this week, against the Twins and Cubs.

Reid Detmers, Angels:

This 22-year-old lefty is having a solid sophomore season and stands to be in the Angels rotation for years to come. He’s only owned by 44% of CBS leagues, and has two tough matchups, against the Red Sox and Mets. But especially in the long run, he should be picked up.

He has a respectable 4.20 ERA and impressive 1.00 WHIP in nine starts. His biggest issue is that he’s only struck out 6.2/9IP. His biggest benefit is his control, walking under three per nine innings. 

Cole Irvin, A’s:

Irvin is similar to Detmers, in that he doesn’t strike out a ton of batters…for his career he’s only averaged 6.28K/9IP. But his career trajectory in WHIP and ERA has improved every season. In 2019 his WHIP and ERA were 1.39 and 5.83, in 2021, 1.33 and 4.24; and this season he’s sitting with a 1.23 WHIP and 2.96 ERA. 

Konnor Pilkington, Guardians:

The Guardians continue to find arms, Pilkington is the latest. Filling in for an injured Aaron Civale, the 24-year-old stands to make at least a couple more starts, and they will both be in the upcoming week.

He’s striking out a whopping 12.18K/9IP and has a 2.65 ERA. His only issue has been his control, walking 10 batters in just 17 innings. I’m wondering if his parents had the foresight to name him Konnor with a K, knowing he’d be a pitcher, or if he changed it from Connor with a C after he became a pro.

Robbie Ray, Mariners:

Ray is not replicating his Cy Young season. He’s been exceedingly pedestrian this season, with a 4.93 ERA and 1.249 WHIP. But one of the signs of a good pitcher is having the ability to get decisions, wins or losses. In 11 starts, he’s 4-6 this year. 

But the question is; is Ray closer to what he’s doing this season, or what he did last year? If we look at his career 66-64 record and 4.05 ERA, he’s closer to what he’s been this year. That being said, he’s a must-start during a two-start week. And moving forward there’s a good shot that he and Logan Gilbert switch, with Gilbert being the no.1 starter and Ace of the staff next year. Ray feels better suited to be the no.2 in a rotation.

Carlos Rodón, Giants:

One of the best free-agent signings of the offseason was Rodon. Other than Ray, the other two big lefty free agents were Rodon and Eduardo Rodriguez. I was one who believed Rodriguez was a better signing. So far it hasn’t been close, Rodon is blowing EROD away.

Although he has four losses on the year, all of his numbers are great. He’s sitting with a 3.44 ERA and 1.255 WHIP and 11.45K/9IP. 

Tarik Skubal, Tigers:

The Tigers' future needs to have Skubal in it. He’s part of their youthful core of pitchers and is fast becoming the leader of the bunch. He, like Irvin, is improving each year. His ERA has gone from 5.62 in 2020 and 4.34 last season, to a minuscule 2.15 this year. And he’s struck out over a batter per inning for his career. 

Blake Snell, Padres:

Snell faces the Mets and the Rockies this week and is still slowly coming back from injury. He’s only made three starts, pitching six innings with a quality start in his last outing. He seems to be ready to bust out and string together a great stretch of games. 

Jeffrey Springs, Rays:

Springs is a classic Tampa Bay swingman. In 14 appearances this season, he’s made six starts. In his career, he’s had 116 appearances with only eight starts, so it appears the transition to a full-blown starter may be happening. Realistically if he were to get traded to another team, he’d be exclusively used as a starter.

This week he’ll face the Cardinals and the Twins and looks to build on the solid start to his season. In 38.1 innings he’s struck out 40 hitters and has a 1.88 ERA and 0.86 WHIP.