of the biggest boosters to a fantasy pitching staff playing in a head-to-head
league are the much celebrated two start starters. For all the good that two
start pitchers can provide, two bad starts in a period can be equally damaging.
Here are my thoughts on next week’s action and a rundown of the pitchers to
start or avoid on your fantasy baseball team.
gets two home starts against the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Diego Padres
this week. Kershaw is a must start every time out, but these matchups make him
the play of the week for pitchers!
National League East matchups await
Cole Hamels this week when the Philadelphia
Phillies face off with the New York Mets and the Miami Marlins. Hamels is
another must start pitcher and the two start weeks are just an additional luxury.
makes his Los Angeles Angels debut with two road starts against the Minnesota Twins
and the New York Yankees. The powerful Angels lineup should put Wilson in
position to get off to a quick start like 2011 when he registered three wins in
Braves right hander
Brandon Beachy gets a road start against the Houston
Astros followed up with a home start against the Milwaukee Brewers later in the
week. The matchup with the Astros is favorable, while the Brewers will prove to
be a bit tougher. Beachy still should be in your lineup to take advantage his
two trips to the bump this week.
should be the beneficiary of two favorable starts this week with matchups
against the Seattle Mariners and then at the Minnesota Twins. Start him based
on his upside and positive matchups.
faces a tough matchup early in the week when the Miami Marlins face off with
Hamels and the Philadelphia Philliess, but has a better matchup at the end of
the week when the Houston Astros visit the Marlins’ new stadium. Sanchez has a
good history with these two opponents and should be in your lineup.
logged three wins with a 23 strikeouts and an earned run average around two in
this starts last year against his two opponents this week. The Chicago Cubs and
Atlanta Braves are both off to slow starts, and Marcum could again repeat his
outings against the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Francisco Giants have been
varied in the past. Both teams have had mediocre batting averages against
Chacin, but that has not translated in to the strong stats that you would
expect. Both matchups are in Coors Field. I’m passing.
gets two starts early in his MLB “rookie” season. Darvish and the Texas Rangers
will face off with the Seattle Mariners and the Minnesota Twins. Darvish’s
first trip through the league as a relative unknown should give him a hand up, and
with the favorable matchups I’m starting him.
gets the tough “one good matchup, one tough matchup” designation this
Things could make a turn either way
quickly. The explosive Detroit Tigers will be tough and with the
unpredictability of the rebuilding Chicago White Sox, you should pass on Sale
players show flashes of greatness and follow it up with miserable performances.
Edwin Jackson gets two starts this week against the New York Mets and the
Cincinnati Reds. Jackson has high strikeout potential, but he is too
unpredictable for my liking.
comes out of the gate in the new season with road starts against the Detroit Tigers
and the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox are not the fearsome lineup they once were,
but they are a tough out and could prove to be trouble for the rookie lefty who
will be coming off a start against the stacked Tigers. Most weeks Moore will be
a no brainer, but this week is the exception.
Pitchers I like This Week
Vogelsong, San Francisco
Leubke, San Diego
to Avoid This Week
Santana, Los Angeles Angels
Lohse, St. Louis
Niese, New York Mets
Daniel Bard, Boston