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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

Tim Lincecum, SF

Johan Santana, NYM

Cole Hamels, PHI

Francisco Liriano, MIN

Josh Beckett, BOS

Felix Hernandez, SEA

Zack Greinke, KC

Scott Kazmir, TB

Jon Lester, BOS

A.J. Burnett, NYY

Erik Bedard, SEA

Javier Vazquez, ATL

Yovani Gallardo, MIL

Josh Johnson, FLA

Ad. Wainwright, STL

Aaron Harang, CIN

Matt Garza, TB

Wndy Rodriguez, HOU

Jonathan Sanchez, SF

@ CHC

@ ATL

@STL

@ DET

@ NYY

TEX

CWS

BAL

@NYY

BOS

TEX

NYM

@ PIT

CIN

PHI

@ FLA

BAL

@ WAS

@CHC

@ LAD

PIT

ATL

SEA

TB

@ MIN

@ LAA

@ BOS

TB

@ BAL

@ MIN

@ PHI

CHC

@ COL

@ CIN

STL

@ BOS

SD

@LAD

Heat treatment: fanned 43 in 31 innings

Toast of NY: 1.10 ERA, 44 K's in 33 IP

Check status - may only get one start

Walk this way? 20:11 K:BB ratio

What's this? 15 runs allowed in last 10 IP

Long live the King:  Second start iffy

Royals treatment:  Stunning  .089 WHIP

Three wins but an ugly 21:16 K:BB

Needs to get it going: one win, 7.50 ERA

Liking the long ball? six allowed in 32 IP

Umpire's friend: just two HRA in 31 IP

Projected 2009 strikeout total: 270

Belts second HR, whiffs 11 in last start

Drought resistant?  Last won on April 12

1.56 ERA in three home starts

Five earned runs allowed in 2 of last 3

7-1 in 10 career starts against Boston

Road mastery was missing puzzle piece

Unpredictable on the road (7.94 ERA)

 

Leap of Faith:

First Start

Second Start

Comment

Brett Myers. PHI

Aaron Cook, COL

Doug Davis, ARI

Ryan Dempster, CHC

Paul Maholm, PIT

Jo. Chamberlain, NYY

Max Scherzer, ARI

Ian Snell, PIT

Gavin Floyd, CWS

Jeff Suppan, MIL

Kyle Davies, KC

Edwin Jackson, DET

Anthony Reyes, CLE

Nick Blackburn, MIN

Bartolo Colon, CWS

Adam Eaton, BAL

Ja. McDonald, LAD

Sean Marshall, CHC

@ STL

@ SD

@ LAD

SF

MIL

BOS

@ LAD

MIL

@ KC

@ PIT

CHW

MIN

@ TOR

@ DET

@ KC

@ TB

ARI

SF

ATL

FLA

WAS

@ MIL

@ NYM

@ BAL

WAS

@ NYM

TEX

CHC

@ LAA

@ CLE

DET

SEA

TEX

NYY

SF

@ MIL

Has gone six innings in all five starts

Extreme groundball pitcher, seven HRA's

Impressive 27:10 K:BB ratio

Needs to address 25:14 K:BB ratio

Mr. Finesse has little margin for error

Impressive last time out

Great stuff but still learning to pitch

All aboard! 18 walks in 29 innings

Put 'em on:  five walks in two starts

Help: 5.88 ERA, five HRA in 26 innings

Bad inflation: ERA goes from 2.89 to 4.85

Victimized by poor defense, weak offense

Soft thrower fans but nine in 19 innings

Blackburn flies: Just one HRA in 31 innings

Lasted seven in just one of four starts

Check status:  May get just one start

Check status: May be headed to minors

Winless despite 3.32 ERA in three starts

 

Flirting With Disaster:

First Start

Second Start

Comment

Mitchell Boggs, STL

Dallas Braden, OAK

Brian Burres, TOR

Daniel Cabrera, WAS

Fausto Carmona, CLE

Kevin Correia, SD

J. De La Rosa, COL

Liv. Hernandez, NYM

Scott Olsen, WAS

Vicente Padilla, TEX

Rick Porcello, DET

Shane Loux, LAA

PHI

LAA

CLE

HOU

@ TOR

COL

@ SD

@ ATL

HOU

@ SEA

MIN

@ OAK

@ CIN

TOR

@ OAK

@ ARI

DET

@ HOU

FLA

PIT

@ ARI

@CWS

@ CLE

KC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pitcher's Paradise:

 

PETCO Park (Padres):

 

Dodger Stadium:

 

McAfee Coliseum (A's):

 

COL (2); ARI (2)

 

ARI (2); WAS (2), SF (3)

 

LAA (2); TEX (2); TOR (3)

 

Hitters Haven:

 

Citizen's Bank Ballpark (Phils):

 

Great American Ballpark (Reds):

 

Coors Field (Rockies):

ATL (3)

 

MIL (2); STL (3)

 

SF (2); FLA (3)

 

 

Gaining Altitude:

Comment:

Joe Mauer (C, MIN)

Adam Jones (OF, BAL)

Zack Greinke (SP, KC)

Brad Lidge (RP, PHI)

Eric Byrnes (OF, ARI)

Jose Guillen (OF, KC)

Kendry Morales  (1B, LAA)

Yovani Gallardo (SP, MIL)

Scott Downs  (RP, TOR)

Ryan Zimmerman  (3B, WAS)

Bengie Molina  (C, SF)

Jose Lopez (2B, SEA)

Carl Crawford (OF, TB)

Huston Street  (RP, COL)

Dexter Fowler (OF, COL)

Joltin' Joe homers in Friday debut

O's mighty glad Seattle let him get away

Zack Attack:  Five wins, 0.50 ERA

Knee stable, back in as closer

Still got wheels and some pop in his bat

If he stays healthy, capable of 20-80-.270

Three homers in last week

Belts second homer while fanning 11

Journeyman making good as closer

20-game hitting streak since April 8

Slow as dirt but hitting over .300 with 4 HR's

May Mariner?  Multi-hits in three straight

Still an elite base stealer but deficient pop

Deja Vu all over again: Returns as closer

Catch me if you can:  nine steals in 10 tries

 

Crash Landing:

Comment:

Brian McCann (C, ATL)

Joakim Soria (RP, KC)

Aramis Ramirez (3B, CHC)

Josh Hamilton  (OF, TEX)

David Ortiz (DH, BOS)

Joel Hanrahan (RP, WAS)

Chris Davis (3B, TEX)

Geovany Soto (C, CHC)

Russell Martin (C, LAD)

Ricky Nolasco  (SP, FLA)

Travis Hafner  (DH, CLE)

Manny Corpas  (RP, COL)

Conor Jackson  (OF, ARI)

Carlos Marmol  (RP, CHC)

Mark Ellis  (2B, OAK)

On DL and no longer endorsing LASIK

Worrisome absence with sore shoulder

Out all week with sore calf but avoids DL

Placed on 15-day DL with sore ribcage

Pathetic Papi fails to homer in April

Impressive heat not enough to remain closer

Arlington air conditioner: 35 whiffs in 73AB

Receiving rest as cure for sophomore slump

Running on Empty:  zero homers or steals

Paying for heavy lifting last year (212 IP)?

It's the shoulder, stupid:  Back on the DL.

Blindsided by Street sweeper

Batting .200 and suffering from Byrnes

Stymied by bad knee, control problems

Fantasy post mortem:  One great year (2007)