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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

Recommended:

First Start

Second Start

Comment

CC Sabathia, NYY

Scott Baker, MIN

John Danks, CHIS

Gil Meche, KC

James Shields, TB

Kevin Millwood, TEX

Cliff Lee, CLE

Tim Wakefield, BOS

Chad Billingsley, LAD

Dan Haren, ARI

Jair Jurrjens, ATL

Ted Lilly, CHIC

Johnny Cueto, CIN

Roy Oswalt, HOU

Matt Cain, SF

Carlos Zambrano, CHIC

Randy Wolf, LAD

Kyle Lohse, STL

Joe Blanton, PHI

@ DET

TB

SEA

TOR

@ MIN

OAK

BOS

@ CLE

@ SF

CHC

STL

@ ARI

HOU

@ CIN

LAD

@ ARI

@ SF

@ ATL

WAS

LAA

KC

@ TEX

@ MIN

BOS

CWS

@ DET

@ TB

SD

@ MIL

HOU

FLA

@ PIT

@ ATL

COL

FLA

@ SD

@ WAS

NYM

Command in question but he's got game

Should rebound from Red Sox debacle

Fanned eight in last start

Consistent provider of quality starts

Strikeout totals down but still effective

1.69 ERA in two home starts

Cy Young an albatross around his neck?

On a hot streak, so play along

Best NL starter right now

Could win 20 with better run support

Sell high candidate? 1.42 ERA due to rise

No love:  superb 13:2 K:BB ratio

One HRA in 18 innings

Tough to win with offense in doldrums

 

 

It Don't Come Easy:  Opposes Cain, Peavy

Curb your enthusiasm: Career 4.63 ERA

 

Leap of Faith:

First Start

Second Start

Comment

David Purcey, TOR

Joel Pineiro, STL

W. Rodriguez, HOU

Brian Bannister, KC

Justin Verlander, DET

Joe Saunders, LAA

Dave Bush, MIL

Ricky Nolasco, FLA

Chris Young, SD

Braden Looper, MIL

John Maine, NYM

Anibal Sanchez, FLA

Jo. Chamberlain, NYY

Scott Richmond, TOR

Jeremy Guthrie, BAL

@ KC

@ ATL

@ CIN

TEX

NYY

@ BAL

PIT

@ NYM

@ COL

PIT

FLA

@ NYM

@ DET

@ KC

TEX

BAL

@ WAS

@ ATL

@ CWS

CLE

@ NYY

ARI

@ CHC

LAD

ARI

@ PHI

@ CHC

LAA

BAL

@ TOR

Mixed bag: 15 walks, 23 whiffs in 21 inns.

Averaging two strikeouts per nine innings

Can he be dominant on the road?

Innings-filler with low strikeout totals

Great stuff but can't avoid big innings

Still waiting to see fire in his belly

Career 28-20 mark at home

That 6.86 ERA is a bit disconcerting

Perpetual tease: Never surpassed 12 wins

2-0 with 2.12 ERA due for adjustment

Rotation spot may be riding on outcome

Still allows too many baserunners

Nine walks, six strikeouts in two starts

Becoming harder to ignore

This is an ace? 11 innings, three HRA

 

Flirting With Disaster:

First Start

Second Start

Comment

Brad Penny, BOS

Edwin Jackson, DET

Jeff Niemann, TB

John Lannan, WAS

Jason Hammel, COL

Shairon Martis, WAS

Matt Harrison, TEX

Yusmeiro Petit, ARI

@ CLE

NYY

@ MIN

@ PHI

SD

@ PHI

@ BAL

CHC

@ TB

CLE

BOS

STL

@ SF

STL

CWS

@ MIL

Always a chance fronting BoSox offense

Third franchise, limited success

Three wins in five big league starts

Surprise! 16:6 K:BB ratio thus far

Brings career 5.90 ERA to the table

Living dangerously: seven walks, four K's

If he's your option, better pack it in

Continues to get the call with Webb out

 

Pitcher's Paradise:

 

PETCO Park (Padres):

 

Dodger Stadium:

 

McAfee Coliseum (A's):

No Games

 

SD (4)

 

No Games

 

Hitters Haven:

 

Citizen's Bank Ballpark (Phils):

 

Great American Ballpark (Reds):

 

Coors Field (Rockies):

WAS (3);  NYM (3)

 

HOU (3)

 

SD (3)

 

Gaining Altitude:

Comment:

Adrian Gonzalez (1B, SD)

Carlos Beltran (OF, NYM)

Francisco Rodriguez (RP, NYM)

Nick Markakis (OF, BAL)

Ryan Braun (OF, MIL)

Matt Capps (RP, PIT)

Torii Hunter (OF, LAA)

Ryan Franklin (RP, STL)

Joe Mauer (C, MIN)

Chad Billingsley (SP, LAD)

Scott Downs (RP, TOR)

Feliz Hernandez (SP, SEA)

Lyle Overbay (1B, TOR)

Grady Sizemore (OF, CLE)

Pedro Martinez (SP, Free Agent)

Seven road games-  .299 career road average

Moved to third in the order, hitting  .400

Six appearances, zero earned runs

Soaring bird:  10-game hit streak, .387 BA

Power surging with three HR's this week

Velocity up, as are saves (five)

Torrid Torii: Homers in five of last nine

Solidifies grasp on closer role (for now)

Steady rehab progress, eyes May 1 return.

Move over Lincecum: 4-0, 26 K's, 2.05 ERA

Pecking order:  Toronto's new closer

Impressive 27:9 K:BB ratio in four starts

Three homers and hitting at a .342 clip

Sets and Cleans Table: 17 RBI leading off

Pedro to the rescue? Angels, Nats interested

 

Crash Landing:

Comment:

Jose Valvede (RP, HOU)

Magglio Ordonez (OF, DET)

Howie Kendrick (2B, LAA)

JJ Hardy (SS, MIL)

Brandon Webb (SP, ARI)

B.J. Ryan (RP, TOR)

Mike Gonzalez (RP, ATL)

Livan Hernandez (SP, NYM)

Jhonny Peralta (SS, CLE)

Jimmy Rollins (SS, PHI)

Mark Aviles (SS, KC)

Alex Rodriguez (3B, NYY)

Chien-Ming Wang (SP, NYY)

Daisuke Matsuzaka (SP, BOS)

Garret Anderson (OF, ATL)

Just one save and battling a sore calf

No extra-base hits in first 53 at bats

Annual swoon starts early this year

Battles Drew, Peralta in SS flop sweepstakes

Oh Baby: Shut down, out until end of May

Two blown saves, placed on DL

Morphing into co-closer with R. Soriano

More misery for Mets  (7.31 ERA)

When will Jhonny be good?  Zero homers

Former MVP looking lost (.169 BA, no steals)

Shaping up as a major fantasy bust (.182 BA).

Rehabbing nicely but return date uncertain

Slammed even in extended spring training

Light throwing, no timetable for return

Garret hates Georgia: On DL with quad strain