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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

Javier Vazquez, ATL

Matt Garza, TB

Francisco Liriano, MIN

Justin Verlander, DET

Chris Carpenter, STL

Yovani Gallardo, MIL

Ervin Santana, LAA

Aaron Harang, CIN

Wndy Rodriguez, HOU

Doug Davis, ARI

Ryan Dempster, CHC

Edwin Jackson, DET

Jon Lester, BOS

Kevin Millwood, TEX

Gil Meche, KC

Chris Volstad, FLA

Jonathan Sanchez, SF

@ SF

@ CLE

BOS

@ KC

@ MIL

STL

CHW

HOU

@ CIN

SD

PIT

@ KC

@ MIN

NYY

DET

@ PHI

ATL

@ AZ

MIN

@ TB

@ BAL

@ SF

CIN

SEA

@ MIL

@ PIT

ATL

LAD

@ BAL

@ TOR

OAK

CHW

@ NYM

STL

Superb 23:3 K:BB ratio last three starts.

Allowed four walks last two starts.

Wins tough to come by with 6.04 ERA.

King of K's has 43 whiffs last 28 innings.

How long will he stay healthy?

Exited after five innings last two starts

Hasn't allowed a HR in first 12 innings.

Hard luck 4-4 despite excellent stuff.

Point to Ponder:  One HRA in 59 IP.

3.22 ERA deceptive (9 HRA in 50 IP).

He's not going to win 17 this year.

Starting to believe: 3 straight wins.

Homer happy (10 in 53 IP).

Sticking around: 7 IP in 8 of 9 starts.

Back improving but velocity is down.

Struck out a career-high 9 Wednesday.

Limited results and high pitch counts.

 

Leap of Faith:

First Start

Second Start

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Nick Blackburn, MIN

Fausto Carmona, CLE

John Danks, CHS

Jamie Moyer, PHI

Jeremy Guthrie, BAL

Brad Penny, BOS

Carl Pavano, CLE

J. De La Rosa, COL

John Lannan, WAS

Paul Maholm, PIT

John Maine, NYM

BOS

TB

@ LAA

FLA

TOR

@ MIN

TB

LAD

@ NYM

@CHC

WAS

@ TB

NYY

@ KC

WAS

DET

@ TOR

NYY

SD

@ PHI

HOU

FLA

They won't stake him 20 runs again.

Walking man has surrendered 23 in 42 IP.

Has gone 7 innings just once this year.

Tanking:  Phils only 1-3 in his last 4 starts.

Feeble 31:19 K:BB ratio not helping.

Reaping benefits of stellar Sox offense

Starting to make believer out of me.

Strikeout totals in last five:  6, 3, 12, 10, 1.

Best Nats pitcher draws tough matchups.

No Pirates Booty: Winless since April 22.

Miserable Maine: 32:27 K:BB ratio.

 

Flirting With Disaster:

First Start

Second Start

Comment

Phil Hughes, NYY

Brett Anderson, OAK

Adam Eaton, BAL

Matt Harrison, TEX

C. Jakabauskas, SEA

Chad Gaudin, SD

Kris Medlen, ATL

Sean Marshall, CHC

@ TEX

SEA

TOR

NYY

@ OAK

@ ARI

@ SF

PIT

@ CLE

@ TEX

DET

OAK

@ LAA

@ COL

@ ARI

LAD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pitcher's Paradise:

 

PETCO Park (Padres):

Dodger Stadium:

McAfee Coliseum (A's):

No Games

No Games

SEA  (3)

 

Hitters Haven:

 

Citizen's Bank Ballpark (Phils):

Great American Ballpark (Reds):

Coors Field (Rockies):

FLA (3); WAS (3)

HOU (3)

LAD (3); SD (3)

 

Gaining Altitude:

Comment:

Joe Mauer (C, MIN)

Vladimir Guerrero (OF, LAA)

Robinson Cano (2B, NYY)

Nick Johnson (1B, WAS)

Jonathan Broxton (RP, LAD)

Trevor Hoffman (RP, MIL)

Joey Votto (1B, CIN)

Jason Varitek (C, BOS)

Jake Peavy (SP, SD)

Joel Hanrahan (RP, WAS)

Mat Gamel (3B, MIL)

Heath Bell (RP, SD)

John Smoltz (SP, BOS)

Jacoby Ellsbury (OF, BOS)

Curtis Granderson (OF, DET)

He's lovin' it:  Seven homers in 17 games.

Get him back in your lineup Monday.

Has the look of an All-Start this year.

Rumors of his demise were exaggerated.

And LA wanted to bring in Trevor Hoffman?

No Sweat: Six-for-six in save conversions.

Whew!  Dizziness (ear infection) is treatable.

Sox Captain can still rake occasionally.

Wisely vetoed trade to remain at PETCO.

Only if you are in an absolute panic for saves.

Should play extensively against righties.

Trevor who?  12 saves, just one earned run.

Clocked at 92 mph in first rehab start.

Spark plug hitting .342 over his last 16.

Jamba juice?  On pace to smack 40 homers.

 

Crash Landing:

Comment:

Carlos Delgado (1B, NYM)

Jose Reyes (SS, NYM)

Dioner Navarro (C, TB)

Andre Ethier (OF, LAD)

Josh Hamilton (OF, TEX)

Conor Jackson (OF, ARI)

Brian Wilson (RP, SF)

Carlos Quentin (OF, CWS)

Chris Young (OF, ARI)

Rick Ankiel (OF, STL)

Rich Harden (SP, CHC)

Troy Percival (RP, TB)

Ricky Nolasco (SP, FLA)

Joaquim Soria (RP, KC)

Jose Lopez (2B, SEA)

Scott Kazmir (SP, TB)

Hip surgery - out until late July.

Calf tendonitis can sure limit those steals.

Is there a pulse?  Hitting .437 in last four.

Slumping but a great buy low candidate.

A history of injuries never fades away.

Contracted pneumonia and out indefinitely.

Fuse shortening after three blown saves.

Elite talent whenever injuries abate.

Relegated to batting ninth when he plays.

Shoulder still hurts - no timetable for return

Placed on DL Friday with back strain.

Currently on DL and may opt to retire.

Ex-fantasy darling demoted to Triple-A.

Resumed light throwing - out another week.

Leads Mariners with 21 RBI but hitting .228.

On DL after levitating ERA rose to 7.69.