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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

Johan Santana, NYM

Tim Lincecum, SF

Kevin Slowey, MIN

Adam Wainwright,STL

Rick Porcello, DET

Bronson Arroyo, CIN

Roy Oswalt, HOU

A.J. Burnett, NYY

Ubaldo Jimenez, COL

Zack Duke, PIT

Clayton Kershaw, LAD

Edison Volquez, CIN

Joba Chamberlain, NYY

Joe Blanton, PHI

Dske. Matsuzaka, BOS

Randy Wolf, LAD

Gavin Floyd, CHS

Jarrod Washburn, SEA

@ PIT

@ WAS

CLE

CIN

BOS

@ STL

COL

TEX

@ HOU

NYM

ARI

@ KC

@ CLE

@ SD

@ DET

ARI

OAK

BAL

@ WAS

@ FLA

@ SEA

COL

LAA

CHC

PIT

TB

@ STL

@ HOU

PHI

@ BAL

TB

@ LAD

TEX

PHI

CLE

MIN

Precise: 67 strikeouts, 13 walks in 53 IP.

Spontaneous Combustion: 11.6 K/9 IP.

7-1 with a league high 99 fly balls.

Soaring Redbird: Five wins, 3.18 ERA.

Rookie has blistering 5-0 mark in May.

Seven wins but wildly inconsistent.

1.59 HR/9 IP, double his career average.

Seven K's in each of last three starts.

Improving: 2.85 ERA in six May starts.

No run support: 5-4 despite 2.75 ERA.

Lack of endurance costing him wins.

Coming off DL so may be rusty.

Strikeout per inning but just two wins.

Cautious optimism off two straight wins.

Seven earned runs last 10 innings.

Winless in five home starts this year.

 

 

 

Leap of Faith:

First Start

Second Start

Comment

Bartolo Colon, CHS

Kyle Davies, KC

Joe Saunders, LAA

A. Sonnanstine, TB

Aaron Cook, COL

Andrew Miller, FLA

Manny Parra, MIL

Ian Snell, PIT

Jeff Suppan, MIL

T.  Wellemeyer, STL

OAK

@ TB

@ TOR

KC

@ HOU

MIL

@ FLA

NYM

@ FLA

CIN

CLE

@ TOR

@ DET

@ NYY

@ STL

SF

@ ATL

@ HOU

@ ATL

COL

Better than expected (3.80 ERA).

Inconsistent and isn't getting run support.

Worrisome 33:19 K:BB ratio.

Living on borrowed time with 7.66 ERA.

Successful when inducing ground outs.

3.00 ERA in 18 innings this month.

Stumbling with 34 walks in 53 innings.

Not pretty:  1-6 with a 5.43 ERA.

Seven quality starts over last eight.

.334 BABIP tempers my enthusiasm.

 

Flirting With Disaster:

First Start

Second Start

Comment

Trevor Cahill, OAK

Rich Hill, BAL

Derek Holland, TEX

David Huff, CLE

Billy Buckner, ARI

Kevin Correia, SD

Liv. Hernandez, NYM

K. Kawakami, ATL

Felipe Paulino, HOU

Clint Stammen, WAS

CHW

@ SEA

@ NYY

@ MIN

@ LAD

PHI

@ PIT

CHC

COL

SF

BAL

@ OAK

@ BOS

@ CHW

@ SD

ARI

@ WAS

MIL

PIT

NYM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pitcher's Paradise:

 

PETCO Park (Padres):

Dodger Stadium:

McAfee Coliseum (A's):

PHI (3); ARI (3)

ARI (3); PHI (4)

BAL  (3)

 

Hitters Haven:

 

Citizen's Bank Ballpark (Phils):

Great American Ballpark (Reds):

Coors Field (Rockies):

No Games.

CHC (3)

No Games.

 

Gaining Altitude:

Comment:

Mark Teixeira (1B, NYY)

Ben Zobrist (SS, TB)

Max Scherzer (SP, ARI)

Matt Wieters (C, BAL)

Matt Capps (RP, PIT)

Justin Upton (OF, ARI)

Hiroki Kuroda (SP, LAD)

Huston Street (RP, COL)

Pablo Sandoval (C/1B, SF)

Jorge Posada (C, NYY)

Carlos Beltran (OF, NYM)

Matt Cain (SP, SF)

Alexei Ramirez (2B, CHS)

Shane Victorino (OF, PHI)

Torii Hunter (OF, LAA)

Dan Uggla (2B, FLA)

Bringin' it: batting .327 with 12 HR's in May.

Emerging middle infield power source.

Fiery: Struck out 10 in consecutive starts.

Finally! Called up from Triple-A on Friday.

Active but nursing a tender elbow.

Sizzling Snake now batting .345.

Expected to rejoin the rotation on Monday.

Easy Street:  eight straight save conversions.

Worth grabbing if eligible for multiple spots.

Two hits in return on Friday, .325 overall.

Back in lineup but knee remains iffy.

Becoming an NL elite arm (6-1, 2.31 ERA)

Break out week?  .414, 2 homers, eight RBI.

BA surge from .252 to .293 last two weeks.

Double digit homers (11) and steals (10).

Breaks out with five HR's in last 10 games.

 

Crash Landing:

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Carlos Zambrano (SP, CHC)

Chris Ray (RP, BAL)

Jose Reyes (SS, NYM)

Brett Myers (SP, PHI)

Adrian Gonzalez (1B, SD)

Troy Tulowitzki (SS, COL)

Carlos Quentin (OF, CWS)

Matt LaPorta (OF, CLE)

Cliff Lee (SP, CLE)

Corey Hart (OF, MIL)

Nick Markakis  (OF, BAL)

Ryan Braun (OF, MIL)

Albert Pujols (1B, STL)

Khalil Greene (SS, STL)

Akinori Imamura (2B, TB)

Suspended six games - no plans to appeal.

9.60 ERA earned him demotion to Triple-A.

Out until at least June 5 with calf tendinitis.

Opting for hip surgery - out indefinitely.

Trend setter:  Being walked more often.

Now batting seventh in the Rockies lineup.

Assigned private entrance at hospital.

Top prospect demoted to Triple-A.

2-6 record belies impressive 3.16 ERA.

.243 BA with five homers. - platoon pending.

Batting just .196 his last 12 games.

Has gone 17 games without a home run.

Taking a breather:  One homer in last 15.

Please! On DL with social anxiety disorder?

Out for the season with torn ACL.