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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

Justin Verlander, DET

Cole Hamels, PHI

Felix Hernandez, SEA

Adam Wainwright, ST

Tim Wakefield, BOS

Kevin Millwood, TEX

Aaron Harang, CIN

Carlos Zambrano, CHC

Gil Meche, KC

Jair Jurrjens, ATL

Wndy Rodriguez, HOU

Carl Pavano, CLE

John Lackey, LAA

John Danks, CHS

Dallas Braden, OAK

Kevin Correia, SD

@ STL

TOR

@ SD

DET

FLA

HOU

ATL

CHW

ARI

@ CIN

@ TEX

MIL

@ SF

@ CHC

@ LAD

SEA

MIL

BAL

ARI

@ KC

ATL

SF

CHW

CLE

STL

@ BOS

@ MIN

@ CHC

LAD

@ CIN

@ SD

OAK

Warrior: Hasn't lost in last 10 starts.

Impeccable 56:12 K:BB ratio.

ERA in last four starts:  .093

Workhorse: 6 or more IP in last 11.

Winner in four of last five starts.

Sports a snazzy 2.72 ERA.

Has been homered upon in 8 of last 9.

Just four HRA in 64 innings pitched.

Career high 11 whiffs in last outing.

Earned one win in last five starts.

1.71 ERA first nine starts;  6.88 in last 3.

Torched for nine runs last time out.

Agonizing: One win, 6.61 ERA.

Difficulty keeping ball in yard (10 HR's) .

Lowest run support of any AL starter.

Two creampuffs at PETCO.

 

Leap of Faith:

First Start

Second Start

Comment

Fran. Liriano, MIN

Dave Bush, MIL

Mike Pelfrey, NYM

Chris Volstad, FLA

Clay. Kershaw, LAD

Doug Davis, ARI

J. De Le Rosa, COL

Ricky Romero, TOR

Jeff Niemann, TB

Shairon Martis, WAS

PIT

@ CLE

@ BAL

@ BOS

OAK

@ KC

TB

@ PHI

@ COL

@ NYY

HOU

@ DET

TB

NYY

@ LAA

@ SEA

PIT

@ WAS

@ NYM

TOR

5.99 ERA among worst of AL starters.

Old nemesis: 15 HRA ranks second in NL.

Needs strong run support to win.

Stumbling:  Loser of last three.

Gulp: 23:19 K:BB ratio in last five starts.

Just 1-4 over last eight starts.

Impressive 72 K's in 67 IP.

Woozy: 5.73 ERA in last four starts.

Worrisome 0.78 G/F ratio.

Must pitch to contact, relying on defense.

 

Flirting With Disaster:

First Start

Second Start

Comment

C-M Wang, NYY

Jeremy Guthrie, BAL

Charlie Morton, PIT

WAS

NYM

@ MIN

@ FLA

@ PHI

@ COL

 

 

Pitcher's Paradise:

 

PETCO Park (Padres):

Dodger Stadium:

McAfee Coliseum (A's):

 

SEA  (3); OAK (3)

OAK  (3)

No Games

 

Hitters Haven:

 

Citizen's Bank Ballpark (Phils):

Great American Ballpark (Reds):

Coors Field (Rockies):

TOR (3); BAL (3)

ATL (3); CHW (3)

TB (3); PIT (3)

 

Gaining Altitude:

Comment:

David Aardsma (RP, SEA)

Derek Jeter (SS, NYY)

Ian Stewart (3B, COL)

Ben Francisco (OF, CLE)

Huston Street (RP, COL)

Matt Capps (RP, PIT)

Kevin Millwood (SP, TEX)

Carl Crawford (OF, TB)

Clint Barmes (2B, COL)

Brian McCann (C, ATL)

Joe Nathan (RP, MIN)

Raul Ibanez (OF, PHI)

Luke Scott (OF, BAL)

Derek Lee (1B, CHC)

Ryan Braun (OF, MIL)

Passed audition - closer job now his.

Exploiting new "homer happy" stadium.

NL Player of the Week crushing ball of late.

Cheap steals source subbing for Sizemore.

Lights out since May 1 with 12 saves.

Slow start forgiven with five June saves.

Found groove in 15th ML season.

Grand larceny:  On pace for 90 steals.

Batting a sizzling .424 this month.

I Can See Clearly Now: .417 BA with glasses.

Bound to happen: seven saves since May 26.

Aging gracefully:  37-year-old has 21 HR's.

Wow:  14 HR's in just 150 at bats.

Finesse: .327, six homers in last 27 games.

10 RBI in first 10 June games.

 

Crash Landing:

Comment:

Jake Peavy (SP, SD)

Roy Halladay (SP, TOR)

Josh Hamilton (OF, TEX)

John Maine (SP, NYM)

Chad Qualls (RP, ARI)

Vernon Wells  (OF, TOR)

Alfonso Soriano (OF, CHC)

Jeremy Bonderman (SP, DET)

Kelvim Escobar (SP, LAA)

Todd Wellemeyer (SP, STL)

Jim Thome (DH, CHS)

Ervin Santana (SP, LAA)

Carlos Quentin (OF, CHS)

Mark Reynolds (3B, ARI)

Jermaine Dye (OF, CHS)

Frank Francisco (RP, TEX)

Injured ankle, expected out for a month.

Likely to miss next start with groin strain.

From Top 20 pick to fantasy afterthought.

On DL with weak shoulder.

Lingering forearm soreness cut into saves?

Healthy?  Hasn't homered since May 6.

Hitting just .184  this month.

Squeezes in one start, returns to DL.

Too Bad:  Days as a starter likely over.

Wins attached to lethal ERA and WHIP.

Interleague: Pinch hitter next 9 games.

7.47 ERA in six starts since coming off DL.

Prognosis worsens: Out until All-Star break.

Should break own single-season whiff mark.

On trading block:  New home = fewer HR's.

Shoulder strain derails breakout season.