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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

Roy Halladay, TOR

Johan Santana, NYM

Rich Harden, CHC

Derek Lowe, ATL

Jake Peavy, SD

Matt Cain, SF

Kevin Slowey, MIN

Randy Johnson, SF

Clayton Kershaw, LAD

A.J. Burnett, NYY

Ubaldo Jimenez, COL

NYY

ATL

SD

@ NYM

@ CHC

WAS

DET

WAS

@ PHI

@ TOR

HOU

CWS

@ SF

HOU

ARI

CIN

NYM

@ NYY

NYM

@ FLA

MIN

@ PIT

Simply marvelous:  44:7 K:BB ratio.

Wowsa:  Tops NL starters with .091 ERA.

Heater consistently reaching 94-96 mph.

On a roll: Winner of three straight.

Winless in last two despite fanning 20.

Career .228 BAA at home.

Impeccable control but ERA at 5.50

Sizzler: 2-1, 1.89 ERA, 23:3 K:BB at home

Has only lasted beyond 5th inning twice.

Empty pages: Winless in last four starts.

Smoke screen: Hitting 97 mph on gun.

 

Leap of Faith:

First Start

Second Start

Comment

A. Sonnastine, FLA

A. Galarraga, DET

Gavin Floyd, CWS

Zack Duke, PIT

Manny Parra, MIL

J. Masterson, BOS

Jon Garland, ARI

Jd. Zimmerman, WAS

Bronson Arroyo, CIN

Mike Hampton, HOU

Mike Pelfrey, NYM

@ BAL

@ MIN

@ CLE

STL

FLA

@ LAA

CIN

@ SF

@ ARI

@ COL

ATL

CLE

OAK

@ TOR

COL

@ STL

@ SEA

@ ATL

PHI

@ SD

@ CHC

@ SF

Rotation spot iffy with 5.79 ERA.

ERA has soared from 1.85 to 4.08.

Digging a Hole: 42 hits in 34 innings.

Good pitcher wedded to dreadful offense.

Out of control?  28 walks in 31 innings.

Six runs allowed in each of last two starts.

Tied with Haren for team lead with 3 wins

Rookie has earned wins in 2 of 4 starts.

Roller coaster ride: four wins, 7.15 ERA.

Eight earned runs allowed in last 10 inns.

Smoke and mirrors: Four wins, just 6 K's.

 

Flirting With Disaster:

First Start

Second Start

Comment

Mitchell Boggs, STL

Carl Pavano, CLE

Arthur Laffey, CLE

Daniel Cabrera, WAS

Sidney Ponson, KC

M. Hendrickson, BAL

Carlos Silva, SEA

Scott Feldman, TEX

Graham Taylor, FLA

Chan Ho Park, PHI

@ PIT

CWS

CWS

@ SF

@ OAK

TB

@ TEX

SEA

@ MIL

LAD

MIL

@ TB

@ TB

PHI

BAL

@ KC

BOS

LAA

LAD

@ WAS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pitcher's Paradise:

 

PETCO Park (Padres):

 

Dodger Stadium:

 

McAfee Coliseum (A's):

CIN (3)

 

No Games

 

KC (2)

 

Hitters Haven:

 

Citizen's Bank Ballpark (Phils):

 

Great American Ballpark (Reds):

 

Coors Field (Rockies):

LAD (3)

 

No Games

 

HOU (3)

 

Gaining Altitude:

Comment:

Johan Santana (SP, NYM)

Ryan Franklin (RP, STL)

Mark Buehrle (SP, CWS)

Albert Pujols (1B, STL)

Frank Francisco (RP, TEX)

Asdrubal Cabrera (2B, CLE)

Brian McCann (C, ATL)

Evan Longoria (3B, TB)

Adam Lind (OF, TOR)

Jason Bay (OF, BOS)

Rafael Furcal (SS, LAD)

Joe Mauer (C, MIN)

Alex Rodriguez (3B, NYY)

Carlos Pena (1B, TB)

Bengie Molina (C, SF)

3-0, 1.00 ERA in new home digs

Nine saves, 13 scoreless innings.

Soft tosser now 5-0 with 2.61 ERA.

Prince Albert regains No. 1 fantasy status

Flawless: 9-for-9 in save chances,  0.00 ERA

Indian on the basepath:  .349 BA in last nine

'Ole four eyes returns wearing glasses.

Fantasy golden boy leads ML in RBI.

Oh Canada! Hitting .433 over last eight.

Four homers, 12 RBI in last five games.

Dodgers are 9-0 in his multi-hit games.

Swelterweight:   .462 BA in first 7 games.

Belts Bronx bomb in season debut Friday.

Jaw dropper:  On pace to hit 70 homers.

Leads ML catchers with seven dingers.

 

Crash Landing:

Comment:

Manny Ramirez (OF, LAD)

Aramis Ramirez (3B, CHIC)

Jhonny Peralta (SS, CLE)

Matt Capps (RP, PIT)

Scott Baker (SP, MIN)

B.J. Upton (OF, TB)

Brian Roberts (2B, BAL)

Michael Young (2B, TEX)

Kevin Youkilis (3B, BOS)

Jose Contreras (RP, CWS)

Cliff Lee (SP, CLE)

Bronson Arroyo (SP, CIN)

Alexei Ramirez (2B, CWS)

Jim Thome (DH, CWS)

George Sherrill (RP, BAL)

Shameful: "Mannywood" vacated until July.

Out 4-6 weeks with separated shoulder.

Lost cause?  Hitting just .127 in last 15.

Save chances nil as Pirates drop 10 of 11.

Ouch! 9.15 ERA, eight HRA in first 21 innings

Death Ray: Seven steals but puny .152 BA.

Need for Speed: One theft in last 23 games.

Day-to-day with back stiffness.

Missed five straight with muscle soreness.

Lost rotation gig after six winless starts.

Free Fallin':  Dropped to 1-5 with Friday loss.

Those nine-run innings are fantasy death

Benched two games as reward for  .211 BA.

Party's Over:  77 AB's, four homers, .195 BA.

Feathers plucked:  Part of closer committee.