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The Good, The Bad, and The Two Start Pitchers April 16

Position Players to
Start

Carlos Lee and the Houston
Astros have a full week of games this week, and Lee is batting better than .300
against five of the pitchers he will see. Lee is already off to a fast start,
and the favorable matchups should only stand to help him (and you) this
week.

 

 

 

Troy Tulowitzki is
one of the must starts every week, but his owners should expect a nice
performance this week. Tulowitzki has an impressive track record, hitting better
than .400 with five home runs against three of the pitchers that he will face
this week.

 

Delmon Young’s
history against the pitchers he will be matched up against is a little hot and
cold, but he has smacked three homer uns off them. A couple of the home runs
have come off pitchers against whom he has not registered a great average. Two
favorable early week matchups could jump start him on the way to a solid
stretch of games this week.

 

 

 

Despite a slow
start this season, Jemile Weeks faces five starters against whom he has a
career average of at least .333. Look for Weeks to get back on track and start
to pay dividends for you with this week of matchups.

 

Michael Cuddyer has
started the season with a quick start and been a nice spark plug for the Colorado
Rockies. He faces off with four starting pitchers this week against which he
has at least a .300 batting average. He also has registered a home run against
two of the pitchers. Take advantage of his versatility and positional
eligibility and find a spot for him in your lineup this week.

 

 

 

Position Players to
Avoid

Drew Stubbs didn’t
earn his way on to your fantasy roster because of his batting average.

   This week could be especially challenging as
Stubbs will be forced to deal with five starting pitchers against whom he has
not even cracked a .200 career batting average. Look for a better option to
plug in this week.

 

 

 

Carlos Pena has
come out of the gate on fire this season. However, Pena is a combined 3-for-46
with only one home run against the starters he will see this week. A sudden
cool down looks to be in store.

 

 

 

Dan Uggla is off to
another slow start for the Atlanta Braves and now finds himself staring at
pitching matchups where he has a .073 (5-for-69) batting average. No other
player faces worse historical matchups this week. Find a way to sit Uggla this
week unless you just have no other options.

 

 

 

Mike Napoli starts
the week off with a good matchup with Jon Lester, against whom he has hit .556
with a

  home run. From there, the matchups
tilt less to his favor. The rest of the week, Napoli is slated to square off against
pitchers who have held him to a puny .182 batting average (6-for-33). Napoli
will likely get a day off due to the tough matchups, making it hard to find him
useful this week.

 

 

 

Two Start Pitchers

There is nothing
better than when your ace pitcher gets two favorable starts. This week it’s
Justin Verlander’s turn. Verlander faces off with the Kansas City Royals and Texas
Rangers this week. In his career he has a 19-4 record with an earned run
average in the low twos.

Expect good
things from him this week.

 

Though the sampling
is smaller, Stephen Strasburg has two good matchups against the Houston Astros
and Miami Marlins this coming week. In five starts, Strasburg has a 2-1 record,
a 2.84 earned run average and has struck out better than a batter per
inning.

Make sure he is active in your
lineup for two solid matchups.

 

Few pitchers
sporting a 12.91 earned run average after two starts will ever get a ringing
endorsement here. Tim Lincecum is the exception. An early week matchup with the
Philadelphia Phillies and ace Roy Halladay should give Lincecum the focus he
needs to get back on track. Throw in a 4-1 record with a 2.61 earned run
average against the Phillies and Lincecum is positioned to pay dividends for
those owners who burned an early-round pick on him. If that’s not enough to
convince you to buy in, Lincecum and the Giants face off with the New York Mets
at the end of the week. Lincecum has a way of missing the Mets’ bats. In his
career, he has struck out more than a batter per inning while holding them to a
.250 team batting average. If he can’t get on track this week, it may be a long
season for Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants.

 

Despite not being
the recipient of many decisions, Ian Kennedy has had success against the two
opponents he will face this week. In the last three seasons, Kennedy is only
1-0 against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves, but he boasts an
impressive 1.32 earned run average with a strikeout per inning. Make sure he is
active!

 

Many people warned
against “fool’s gold” after Kyle Lohse nearly pitched a no-hitter for the St.
Louis Cardinals against the Miami Marlins on opening night, but the righty
followed that up with another impressive six-inning outing against the Cincinnati
Reds. Lohse gets another outing against the Reds followed up with a late week
matchup with the Pittsburgh Pirates. His recent success against these two clubs
includes a combined 10-5 record. His earned run average isn’t great and suggests
a regression may be due. Keep him in your lineup and cross your fingers that he
is able to repeat his recent success and ring up some more wins.

 

 

 

While Jered Weaver
has not run up an impressive record against the Oakland Athletics and Baltimore
Orioles in his career, he has been more successful in the more recent past. Last
season in six starts, Weaver nailed down four wins against only one loss. I’m
buying his most recent success as a positive sign and recommend that he be in
your lineup to take advantage of his two starts.

 

 

 

Tampa Bay’s James
Shields hasn’t been overly impressive so far this season, and the road may be
bumpy again this week. Shields will take the mound against the Boston Red Sox
and Minnesota Twins this week. Shields is only 10-14 with a 4.63 earned run average
when facing these teams. If you have better matchups, give Shields the week off
to and monitor his performances in these tough matchups.

 

Yovani Gallardo is
another pitcher who has gotten off to a slow start this season carrying a high
earned run average and walks and hits per innings pitched (WHIP) into his
upcoming two start week. Gallardo has been roughed up in the recent past
against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies, failing to register a win
while being saddled with seven losses. You can do better than Gallardo this
week.

 

 

 

One start wonders

Though these guys
are the more common one start pitchers this week here are few guys I think you
should make sure are in your lineup.

David Price, Tampa
Bay

Brandon Beachy,
Atlanta

Daniel Hudson,
Arizona

Anibal Sanchez,
Miami

Ervin Santana, Los
Angeles Angels

 

Wait til next week!

Mat Latos,
Cincinnati

Jordan Zimmerman,
Washington

Ubaldo Jimenez,
Cleveland

Shaun Marcum,
Milwaukee

 

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