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Before you set your lineup in weekly leagues, make sure to read At Home Plate’s fantasy ticker.

Fantasy expert Robert Democh chooses his two-start pitchers, gives a rundown on who’s hot and cold and discusses which teams are heading to pitchers paradises and which are going to hitters havens in the upcoming week.

Prepare yourself for total fantasy domination.

 

 

Two-Start Pitchers

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First Start

Second Start

Comment

Cole Hamels, Phil

Rich Harden, CHIC

Derek Lowe, ATL

Jered Weaver, LAA

Ar. Gallaraga, DET

Andy Sonnastine, TB

Clayton Kershaw, LAD

Andy Pettitte, NYY

Tim Wakefield, BOS

Jon Garland, ARI

Bronson Arroyo, CIN

Oliver Perez, NYM

Andrew Miller, FLA

SF

CIN

@ WAS

DET

@ LAA

@ SEA

@ HOU

OAK

BAL

COL

@ HOU

@ STL

@ PIT

COL

@ STL

@ CIN

SEA

@ KC

@ OAK

@ COL

@ BOS

NYY

SF

ATL

WAS

PHI

Will elbow jeopardize Cy Young bid?

Unhittable Harden:  .216 career BAA

Braves love his veteran leadership

Top dog with Lackey, Santana down

Solid offensive support = wins

Shadow of David Price looming

Giant killer seeks to reap gains

Outlasted Clemens and still winning

King of Knucks remains productive

Very favorable home match-ups

Better in real life than fantasy

Quirky flamethrower learning to pitch?

Come again? 153 K's in 189 career inns.

 

Leap of Faith:

First Start

Second Start

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Joel Pineiro, STL

Joe Blanton, PHI

Mike Hampton, HOU

Sc. Richmond, TOR

Jrrd. Washburn, SEA

Aaron Laffey, CLE

Jose Contreras, CHIS

Russ Ortiz, HOU

Dana Eveland, OAK

Micah Owings, CIN

Manny Parra, MIL

NYM

SD

CIN

TEX

TB

KC

@ BAL

LAD

@ NYY

@ CHIC

@ PHI

CHC

@ FLA

MIL

@ CHIS

@LAA

MIN

TOR

MIL

TB

ATL

@ HOU

Just five HRA in 53 home innings in '08

11 K's, three walks in first two starts

Do you believe in magic?

Jays are red-hot, so he could surprise

Double digit wins once in past four yrs

No Joke:  favorable home match-ups

.228 BAA at home in 2008

At least they're at home

Difficult double

Could be NL's best hitting pitcher

Breakout season?  6.97 ERA first 2 starts

 

Flirting With Disaster

First Start

Second Start

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M. Hendrickson, BAL

Sidney Ponson, KC

Bran. McCarthy, TEX

Jason Marquis, COL

Kevin Correia, SD

Shairon Martis, WAS

Ross Ohlendorf, PIT

@ BOS

@ CLE

@ TOR

@ ARI

@ PHI

ATL

FLA

TEX

DET

@ BAL

LAD

PIT

@ NYM

@ SD

Six walks, four K's in first two starts

Hasn't kept ERA below 5 since 2003

White Sox washout barely afloat

Had a 14.14 ERA this spring

14 wins in 46 career starts

Designated cannon fodder

The losses should accumulate quickly

 

Pitcher's Paradise:

 

PETCO Park (Padres):

Dodger Stadium:

McAfee Coliseum (A's):

 

PIT (3)

No Games

TB (3)

 

Hitters Haven:

 

Citizen's Bank Ballpark (Phils):

Great American Ballpark (Reds):

Coors Field (Rockies):

SD (1);  MIL (3)

ATL (3)

LAD (3)

 

Gaining Altitude:

Comment:

Mike Cameron (OF, MIL)

Ichiro Suzuki (OF, SEA)

Ian Kinsler (2B, TEX)

Nick Swisher (OF, NYY)

Clayton Kershaw (SP, LAD)

Adam LaRoche (1B, PIT)

Aaron Hill (2B, TOR)

Ryan Franklin (RP, STL)

Robinson Cano (2B, NYY)

Adam Dunn (OF, WAS)

Roy Halladay (SP, TOR)

Kosuke Fukudome (OF, CHIC)

Erik Bedard, (SP, SEA)

Josh Johnson (SP, FLA)

Carlos Pena (1B, TB)

Manual Corpas (RP, COL)

20-20 potential diluted by low BA, whiffs

Classy entrance: Grand slam in first game

Too hot to handle:  Goes cycle, scores five

Hot bat and Nady injury spell opportunity

Giant step with 13 San Fran punch outs

Early thaw:  Three unexpected homers

First 10 games: 3 HR's, 11 RBI, .356 BA

STL closer merry-go-round turns his way

.421, nine runs through first 10.

Make it five straight?  40 HR's again likely

MLB's first three-game winner

Batting .429 with hits in six of seven games

Blazing away:  15 K's, 1 walk in two starts

No Joshing:  2 wins, just one run allowed

Shining Ray:  Homers in five of last six

Rockies Road:  He's back in as closer

 

Crash Landing:

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Brandon Webb (SP, ARI)

Joe Mauer (C, MIN)

Vladimir Guerrero (OF, LAA)

Derek Lee (1B, CHIC)

Houston Street (RP, COL)

Chipper Jones (3B, ATL)

Xavier Nady (OF, NYY)

Chris Carpenter (SP, STL)

Alex Rios (OF, TOR)

Jimmy Rollins (SS, PHI)

Chris Iannetta (C, COL)

David Ortiz (DH, BOS)

Mark Teixeira (1B, NYY)

Alex Gordon (3B, KC)

Justin Upton (OF, ARI)

Eligible to come off DL 4/21

See Joey run?  rehabbing in minors soon

Out indefinitely with strained pectoral

Durable, but power waning, K's rising

Ousted as closer after compiling 13.50 ERA

Infirmary fave checks in with sore thumb

Game over: Tommy John surgery likely

It's like you never left:  Back on DL

Fantasy enigma:  Great skills, no power

I'm not overrated: eight games, zero steals

Tout love vanishing with .059 BA.

Pooped Papi:  .176, three RBI in 34 AB's

Cortisone shot administered in ailing wrist

Absent 6-8 weeks with hip tear

Horrendous early slump not abating