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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

Matt Cain, SF

Chris Carpenter, STL

C.C. Sabathia, NYY

Johnny Cueto, CIN

Derek Lowe, ATL

Josh Johnson, FLA

Jered Weaver, LAA

James Shields, TB

Jair Jurrjens, ATL

Ted Lilly, CHC

Erik Bedard, SEA

Mark Buehrle, CHS

Cliff Lee, CLE

Randy Johnson, SF

Andy Pettitte, NYY

Jake Peavy, SD

Mike Pelfrey, NYM

Brian Tallet, TOR

@ SD

@ ARI

@ FLA

@ BOS

@ WAS

PIT

STL

@ TB

LAA

PIT

@ HOU

@ BAL

DET

KC

@ FLA

TB

ARI

PHI

@ TEX

HOU

OAK

@ CLE

NYM

@ KC

@ BAL

@ TOR

SD

WAS

@ BAL

MIN

@ COL

@ MIL

STL

OAK

NYM

@ LAA

@ NYY

FLA

78:10 K:BB ratio hasn't yielded wins.

Rolling along:  ERA down to 2.27.

Has fashioned a phenomenal 0.63 WHIP.

Has allowed just two HR last six starts.

Strikeout rate down, wins up in 2009.

Durable:  Seven innings last five starts.

Quality starts in eight of last nine.

Career-high 10 strikeouts Wednesday.

Crafty: 2.40 ERA over last five starts.

More wins with improving run support.

Low-key Lilly has accumulated six wins.

Scintillating 9.05 K/9 IP.

3:1 K:BB ratio easily a career best.

Wins elusive with Tribe's poor offense.

Jammed shoulder while winning 300th.

Lingering back problems a concern.

Dings: First ankle, now viral infection.

Ouch! Eight earned runs against Pirates.

One win in last five starts.

 

Leap of Faith:

First Start

Second Start

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Scott Baker, MIN

Josh Outman, OAK

Brian Bannister, KC

Scott Feldman, TEX

Dontrelle Willis, DET

Jon Garland, ARI

J.A. Happ, PHI,

Jason Marquis, COL

Ross Ohlendorf, PIT

Jo. Zimmerman, WAS

@ OAK

MIN

@ CLE

TOR

@ CHW

SF

@ NYM

@ STL

@ ATL

CIN

@ CHC

@ SF

CIN

LAD

@ PIT

HOU

BOS

SEA

DET

@ TB

Tide turning? Fanned 10 on Thursday.

Three wins in last five starts.

Wheels coming off? 14.54 ERA last 2 starts.

On a roll with three straight victories.

15 walks against just 13 strikeouts.

Fantasy value muted by lack of strikeouts.

Lefty on high scoring team deserves a look.

Surprisingly, his seven wins lead the NL.

Only if you have nerves of steel.

Rookie still credible with 54:14 K:BB ratio.

 

Flirting With Disaster:

First Start

Second Start

Comment

Jason Hammel, COL

Jeff Karstens, PIT

Braden Looper, MIL

Brian Moehler, HOU

Sean West, FLA

Brett Anderson, OAK

Bran. McCarthy, TEX

Jeff Nieman, TB

Clayton Richard, CHS

Tony Swarzak, MIN

Casey Janssen, TOR

@ MIL

@ ATL

COL

CHC

SF

MIN

TOR

@ NYY

DET

@ OAK

@ TEX

SEA

DET

CHW

@ ARI

@ TOR

@ SF

LAD

WAS

@ MIL

@ CHC

FLA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pitcher's Paradise:

 

PETCO Park (Padres):

Dodger Stadium:

McAfee Coliseum (A's):

 

ARI (1)

SD (2)

MIN  (4)

 

Hitters Haven:

 

Citizen's Bank Ballpark (Phils):

Great American Ballpark (Reds):

Coors Field (Rockies):

BOS (3)

No Games.

SEA (3)

 

Gaining Altitude:

Comment:

Nate McLouth (OF, ATL)

Adrian Beltre (3B, SEA)

Elvis Andrus (SS, TEX)

B.J. Upton (OF, TB)

Chone Figgins (3B, LAA)

Tommy Hanson (SP, ATL)

Andrew McCutchen (OF, PIT)

Chris Carpenter (SP, STL)

Brandon Webb (SP, ARI)

Justin Morneau (1B, MIN)

Orlando Hudson (2B, LAD)

Cole Hamels (SP, PHI)

Josh Johnson (SP, FLA)

George Sherrill (RP, BAL)

Jered Weaver (SP, LAA)

Josh Beckett (SP, BOS)

Gets boost joining more potent lineup.

Batting .405 (15-for-37) last nine games.

Successful on 9-of-10 stolen base attempts.

Comer: 17 steals; .416 BA last eight games.

Scorching .380 average in last 20 games.

Real deal?  Try 90 K's in 66 Triple-A innings.

Pirates tap speedy farmhand to lead off.

Look what we found: Prodigal ace returns.

Could resume mound throwing next week.

How do you spell MVP?  15 HR's, 50 RBI.

No bones: O-Dog snarls with .324 BA.

Smooth: 4-0 with 3.15 ERA since May 1.

Slippery fish:  5-1 with sparkling 2.63 ERA.

11-for-13 in save conversions with 2.49 ERA.

Superior 85% strand rate yielding victories.

Forget April: 4-0 with 1.93 ERA since May 1.

 

Crash Landing:

Comment:

Jose Reyes (SS, NYM)

J.J. Putz (RP, NYM)

Carlos Guillen (OF, DET)

Garrett Atkins (3B, COL)

Geovany Soto (C, CHC)

Tom Glavine (SP, ATL)

Fausto Carmona (SP, CLE)

Kyle Lohse (SP, STL)

Josh Hamilton (OF, TEX)

Brett Myers (SP, PHI)

Wandy Rodriguez (SP, HOU)

Andre Ethier (OF, LAD)

Bobby Abreu (OF, LAA)

Casey Kotchman (1B, ATL)

Zack Grienke (SP, KC)

Matt Kemp (OF, LAD)

Out at least a month with pulled hammy.

8-10 week absence following elbow surgery.

Sore shoulder shows no signs of relenting.

Now facing the indignity of demotion.

It's all bad: will ride the pine temporarily

305 career wins jettisoned by the Braves.

How insulting: Shuffled off to rookie-ball.

On DL with the dreaded "burning cramp"

Abdominal problem may require surgery.

Hip surgery - out three months.

Allowed 12 earned runs last 10 innings.

Missing Manny:  One home run since May 6.

15 steals through May 19 - none since.

Sore shin may involve DL placement.

He's human:  ERA has rocketed to 1.55.

Fantasy production stymied batting eighth.