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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

Dan Haren, ARI

Mark Buehrle, CWS

Felix Hernandez, SEA

C.C. Sabathia, NYY

Josh Johnson, FLA

James Shields, TB

Ted Lilly, CHC

Ervin Santana, LAA

Scott Baker, MIN

Andy Pettitte, NYY

Jair Jurrjens, ATL

Randy Wolf, LAD

Chris Young, SD

J. Zimmerman, WAS

Joel Pineiro, STL

Cliff Lee, CLE

@ FLA

MIN

LAA

BAL

ARI

OAK

@ STL

@ SEA

@ CWS

MIN

COL

NYM

SF

PIT

CHC

@ KC

@ OAK

PIT

SF

PHI

TB

@ FLA

@ SD

@ LAD

MIL

PHI

TOR

LAA

CHC

BAL

KC

@ CIN

Oakland homecoming should be sweet.

Junkman: New changeup nets five wins.

0 earned runs allowed in 3 of  5 starts

Hurled shutout against O's in last outing.

Miserly two HRA in 50 innings pitched.

Arm fatigue may explain strikeout drop.

WHIP it good: 1.05 plus 38:9 K:BB.

2008 road stats: 11-2, 3.02 ERA.

That's a relief: One HRA in last 25 inns.

Just win, baby:  97-42 in New York City.

2 earned runs or fewer last six starts.

The Big Tease: One win last six starts.

PETCO prodigy:  2-0, 2.37 ERA at home.

Flooding expected?  ERA risen to 5.90.

Wheels coming off? Lost three straight.

Careful: .349 road BAA this season.

 

Leap of Faith:

First Start

Second Start

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Brian Bannister, KC

Jar. Washburn, SEA

Scott Richmond, TOR

Glen Perkins, MIN

Jamie Moyer, PHI

Ricky Nolasco, FLA

Brian Tallet,  TOR

Matt Palmer, LAA

Ross Ohlendorf, PIT

Barry Zito, SF

Shairon Martis, WAS

Mike Hampton, HOU

CLE

LAA

CWS

@ NYY

@ CIN

ARI

@ BOS

@ SEA

@ WAS

@ SD

PIT

MIL

@ STL

SF

@ ATL

MIL

@ NYY

TB

@ ATL

@ LAD

@ CWS

@ SEA

BAL

TEX

Check Status - Battling a stiff shoulder.

Just 19-25 in 58 career starts at Safeco.

Five earned runs each of last two starts.

7.02 ERA over past four starts.

Fence busting: 11 HRA in 35 innings.

Puzzler:  35:12 K: BB ratio, 7.78 ERA

Winner in two of last four.

Unheralded but has won all four starts.

Four wins with Pirates is an achievement.

Zito = Futility:  Seven starts, one victory.

Magic Man:  5-0 despite meager 4.5 K/9.

13 earned runs last 16 innings is scary.

 

Flirting With Disaster:

First Start

Second Start

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Dontrelle Willis, DET

Brad Bergesen, BAL

Br. McCarthy, TEX

Jeff Niemann, TB

Josh Outman, OAK

Jeff Karstens, PIT

Braden Looper, MIL

Jason Marquis, COL

Jon Niese, NYM

TEX

@ NYY

@ DET

OAK

@ TB

@ WAS

@ HOU

@ ATL

@ LAD

COL

@ WAS

@ HOU

@ FLA

ARI

@ CWS

@ MIN

@ DET

@ BOS

 

Last won on September 25, 2007.

 

 

Pitcher's Paradise:

 

PETCO Park (Padres):

Dodger Stadium:

McAfee Coliseum (A's):

SF (3); CHC (3)

NYM (3); LAA (3)

ARI  (3)

 

Hitters Haven:

 

Citizen's Bank Ballpark (Phils):

Great American Ballpark (Reds):

Coors Field (Rockies):

No Games.

PHI (3); CLE (3)

No Games.

 

Gaining Altitude:

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Prince Fielder  (1B, MIL )

Lance Berkman (1B, HOU)

Ryan Braun (OF, MIL)

David Wright (3B, NYM)

Juan Cruz (RP, KC)

Adrian Gonzalez (1B, SD)

Victor Martinez (C, CLE)

Justin Verlander (SP, DET)

Alfonso Soriano (OF, CHC)

Shin Soo Choo  (OF, CLE)

Hunter Pence (OF, HOU)

Julio Lugo (SS, BOS)

Wandy Rodriguez (SP, HOU)

Cole Hamels (SP, PHI)

Justin Upton (OF, ARI)

Kosuke Fukudome (OF, CHC)

Prince got his groove:  13 RBI last 10 games.

.344, two homers, seven RBI in last eight.

Patience:  Drawn 20 walks (just 42 in '08).

Wright stuff:  Batting .434 in May with 7 SB.

Handling closer duties in Soria's absence

Punishing Padre:  Six HR's in last five games.

Batting a crisp .400 with seven HR's.

Ferocious Tiger: 44 whiffs in last 29 innings.

Gold plated: On pace for 40 homers, 15 steals

Sizzling Korean BBQ:  .484 BA in last eight.

Finally delivers:  Batting .333 with five steals.

Hitting .359 in 43 AB since coming off DL.

Now 4-2 thanks to fanning 11 Rockies Thurs.

Ace in place:  Whiffed 9 Dodgers Thursday.

Stud-in-waiting boasts 19-game hit streak.

Little import who could:  Soaring .992 OPS.

 

Crash Landing:

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Grady Sizemore (OF, CLE)

Alex Rodriguez (3B, NYY)

David Ortiz (DH, BOS)

Mike Aviles (SS, KC)

Rafael Furcal (SS, LAD)

Kevin Youkilis (1B, BOS)

Joey Votto (1B, CIN)

Garrett Atkins (3B, COL)

Health Bell (RP, SD)

Jo-Jo Reyes (SP, ATL)

Jesus Flores (C, WAS)

B.J. Ryan (RP, TOR)

Fausto Carmona (SP, CLE)

Khalil Greene (SS, STL)

Brad Lidge (RP, PHI)

Manny Ramirez (OF, LAD)

New Yankee Stadium

Visions of 30/30 starting to fade.

Taking his time: .136 BA, one extra base hit.

Papi's torment:  12 runners LOB Thursday.

Mendoza-lite:  .194 BA with no end insight.

Now appearing on a waiver wire near you.

Oblique strain lands him on the DL.

Wunderkind plagued by dizzy spells.

Fantasy farce:  .198 BA and fading fast.

Lean times: Went two weeks between saves.

Get back, Jo-Jo: Demoted to pen

Placed on DL with shoulder injury.

Back but Scott Downs is the closer now.

Time to pack it in with 27:26 K:BB ratio.

.217 BA and no homers since April 18.

Second blown save Friday with 9.19 ERA.

Apology to teammates too little, too late.

Players admiring all those empty seats.