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The Good, The Bad, and The Two Start Pitchers September 2

Position Players to
Start

Billy
Butler has been ripping the cover off of the ball lately.  Butler is having a very productive
season.  For the past couple of years the
knock on Butler was his lack of power for a corner infielder, but this season
his power has developed nicely allowing owners to plug him into their lineups
with regularity.  This week will be one
of the weeks that you will want to make sure that you have him active.  Butler has had a good deal of success against
this weeks starters, including touching several of them up for home runs.  On paper Butler’s toughest matchup appears to
be the ChiSox Chris Sale, but he has torched him for a .353 average and three
home runs. 

 

Another
week and another opportunity to remind that you need to be starting Evan
Longoria.  If you have been hesitant to
plug the Rays’ third baseman back in to your lineup, this is the week to move
past your apprehension and get him back on the field.   Longoria seems to be recovered and while he
will likely get a day of rest at some point in the week, he still has the track
record worthy of a starting spot on your team. 

 

You
might be tempted to sit Freddie Freeman this week given his recent struggles at
the plate, but that would be a mistake. 
No player has a better track record against the pitchers that he figures
to face this week than Freeman.  Freeman
is the proud owner of a .385 average or better against four of this week’s
starters.  Throw in four career home runs
and Freeman is poised to have a great week for your fantasy team. 

 

Position Players to
Avoid

Alcides
Escobar has been hitting the ball lately, but don’t confuse that to mean that
he is turning in monster production. 
Escobar rarely drives in runs and he is no threat to hit many home
runs.  For a player who relies on getting
on base and scoring runs to contribute to your team, you will be able to do
better than Escobar this week.  Escobar
has struggled to hit the ball against this week’s starters and subsequently he
will do little to help you and should find a spot on your bench. 

 

Mark
Reynolds has been respectable at the plate of late, but this week will provide
him plenty of opportunities to revert to the Reynolds that we have all come to
expect.  Reynolds is hitting below .200
against four of the starters he will face this week.  Not that a paltry average is anything new for
Reynolds, but he only has three home runs against those pitchers, forcing me to
believe that he will contribute very little to your team this week. 

 

Last
week, Carlos Santana was pulled from a game for not hustling.  This week you would do well to sit him down
for lack of a positive track record. 
With the kind of struggles that Santana has had in his career against
this week’s pitchers, it would take a maximum effort to justify having the
Indians’ catcher in your lineup. Look somewhere else this week for your
starting catcher. 

 

Two Start Pitchers

Two favorable
matchups:

Kris
Medlen

Jeff
Samardzija

Anibal
Sanchez

Yu
Darvish

 

Split decision:

Matt
Harrison

Ricky
Nolasco

James
Shields

 

Double trouble:

Johnny
Cueto

Edwin
Jackson

 

One Start Wonders

Even
though these guys get only one start this week, all signs point to them having
the opportunity to register good numbers. 
Make sure to have them active. 

Zack
Greinke

A.J.
Burnett

Ian
Kennedy

Matt
Moore

 

Wait til Next Week

Yovani Gallardo

Mat Latos

Chris Capuano

Jordan Zimmerman

James McDonald

Adam Wainwright

Justin Masterson

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