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Projected Two-Start Pitchers This Week:

Recommended First Start
Second Start 
Comment

Chad Billingsley, LAD

Scott Kazmir, TB

Zach Greinke, KC

Ted Lilly, CHC

Yovani Gallardo, MIL

Jon Lester, Red Sox

Randy Johnson, SF

Matt Garza, TB

Kevin Slowey, MIN

John Danks, CWS

Edinson Volquez, CIN

Jamie Moyer, PHI

Chien-Ming Wang, NYY

Ubaldo Jimenez, COL

John Maine, NYM

SF

NYY

CLE

COL

CIN

@ OAK

@ LAD

NYY

TOR

@ DET

@ MIL

@ WAS

@ TB

CHC

SD

COL

CWS

@ TEX

STL

@ NYM

BAL

ARI

CWS

LAA

@ TB

@ HOU

SD

@ CLE

@ LAD

MIL

He’ll dominate with improved control

3.10 ERA in 61 career home starts

Shut down White Sox in first outing

Needs to keep fly balls inside Wrigley

Can win with heat or his bat

Roughed up in first outing

Big Unit focused on winning 300

Almost forgotten in quality rotation

Mr. Control adding strikeout look

May be best arm in Sox rotation

Better splits on the road in 2008

Phils desperately need wins

No K’s, 7 earned runs in 1st start

Not intimidated by “Coors effect”

Mets need him to last into 7th inning

 

Leap of Faith: First Start Second Start Comment

Doug Davis, AZ

Zack Duke, PIT

Todd Wellemeyer, STL

Chris Carpenter, STL

Jesse Litsch, TOR

Mike Pelfrey, NYM

Fausto Carmona, CLE

Vicente Padilla, TEX

Dana Eveland, OAK

STL

HOU

@ ARI

@ ARI

MIL

SD

@ KC

BAL

BOS

@SF

ATL

@ CHC

@CHC

OAK

MIL

@ NYY

KC

@ TOR

Epitomizes term “innings eater”

No “royal” treatment for him

Heavy ‘08 workload a concern

We’ll soon know if he’s for real

No. 2 in the Jays rotation

Get the feeling he’s not 100%

Shelled in first outin

Rare favorable home matchups

Replaces Ducscherer in rotation

 

Flirting With Disaster: First Start Second Start Comment

Zach Miner, DET

Daniel Cabrera, WAS

Walter Silva, SD

Brian Moehler, HOU

Koji Uehara, BAL

@ CWS

PHI

@ NYM

@ PIT

@ TEX

@ TB

FLA

@ PHI

CIN

@ BOS

One of the few healthy Tiger arms

Difficult matchups

Will get schooled in the East

Retread city: Peaked in 1998

Kuroda clone befuddled Yankees



Pitcher’s Paradise:

PETCO Park (Padres):

Dodger Stadium:

McAfee Coliseum (A’s):

No Games

SF (3); COL (3)

Bos (3)


Hitters Haven:

Citizen’s Bank Ballpark (Phils):

Great American Ballpark (Reds):

Coors Field (Rockies):

SD (3)

No Games

No Games


Gaining Altitude: Comment:

Emilio Bonifacio (2B, FLA)

Brandon Inge (3B, DET)

Ian Kinsler (2B, TEX)

Evan Longoria (3B, TB)

Heath Bell (RP, SD)

Brad Ziegler (RP, OAK)

Alfonso Soriano (OF, CHC)

Ian Stewart (2B, COL)

Randy Winn (OF, SF)

Flashy or flash-in-the-pan?

Sizzling start can’t last (career .236 BA)

Not too shabby: .500, six RBI in first three games

Get serious:  Four HR’s already?

Hells Bells: Gets first post-Hoffman saves

Up periscope: Submariner notches multiple saves

Multiple HR’s opening week but will he steal?

Chases Barmes to bench with heavy bat

Should exceed 25 thefts batting leadoff


Crash Landing: Comment:

Brandon Webb (SP, ARI)

Joe Mauer (C, MIN)

Geovany Soto (C, CHC)

Joe Blanton (SP, PHI)

Ervin Santana (SP, LAA)

Hiroki Kuroda (SP, LAD)

John Lackey (SP, LAA)

Ichiro Suzuki (OF, SEA)

Jeremy Bonderman (SP, DET)

Scott Baker (SP, MIN)

Missed April 11 start with tender shoulder

May Day: Team won’t disclose rehab schedule

Missed time with inflamed shoulder

Jolted Joe: four innings, seven earned runs

There goes the season? Pain in ailing elbow

Calling Tony Roma’s: Hits DL with strained rib

Elbow still tender; Eyeing early May return

Let it Bleed:  Ulcer sidelines him until April 15

Rotation in tatters and he’s out until May 1

Confirm Status: Could start on April 15