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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

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Javier Vazquez, ATL

Zack Grienke, KC

Edwin Jackson,  DET

John Danks, CHW

Aaron Cook, COL

Livan Hernandez, NYM

Jeff Suppan, MIL

Scott Richmond, TOR

Clayton Kershaw, LAD

Ian Snell, PIT

Todd Wellemeyer, STL

CHC

@ HOU

CHC

LAD

@ LAA

STL

MIN

CIN

@ CHW

CLE

@ NYM

BOS

@ PIT

@ HOU

CHC

@ OAK

NYY

SF

PHI

SEA

KC

MIN

King of K's has lost three straight.

Human? 5.46 ERA in his last four starts.

Compelling 2.39 ERA, 1.06 WHIP.

Just 5-5 despite 70:26 K:BB ratio.

3-0 with 2.14 ERA in last three starts.

5-1 with a NL respectable 4.18 ERA.

Good match-ups but a 5.47 home ERA.

Stepping up in Halladay's absence.

Has only completed 7 innings in 3 of 13.

Victories scarce with 51:41 K:BB ratio.

Capable of wins but offers little else.

 

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Koji Uehara does not miss too many bats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leap of Faith:

First Start

Second Start

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Ervin Santana, LAA

Koji Uehara, BAL

Trevor Cahill, OAK

Garrett Olson, SEA

David Price, TB

Matt Harrison, TEX

Tommy Hanson, ATL

Randy Wells, CHC

Micah Owings, CIN

Andrew Miller, FLA

Russ Ortiz, HOU

Tim Redding, NYM

Chad Gaudin, SD

Joel Pineiro, STL

 

COL

@ FLA

SF

SD

PHI

@ AZ

NYY

@ ATL

@ TOR

BAL

KC

STL

@ SEA

@ NYM

@ AZ

WAS

COL

@ LAD

FLA

SD

BOS

@ CHW

@ CLE

@ TB

DET

NYY

@ TEX

MIN

Check status - elbow issues.

Strictly finesse so don't expect many K's.

Owns an unsightly 1.40 WHIP.

Take a flier if you're desperate.

Elite talent with growing pains attached.

Southpaw draws two weak offenses.

Wunderkind has hands full this week.

Decent numbers but winless in 7 starts.

Still a better hitter than pitcher.

Fanned 36 in his last 35 innings.

All three of his wins have come at home.

Six whiffs in his last start.

 

Flirting With Disaster:

First Start

Second Start

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Fran. Liriano, Min

Ch.-Ming Wang, NYY

David Huff, CLE

Jamie Moyer, PHI

Jonathan Sanchez, SF

John Lannan, WAS

@ MIL

@ ATL

@ PIT

@ TB

@ OAK

BOS

@ STL

@ NYM

CIN

@ TOR

@ MIL

@ BAL

Winless in last seven starts.

Puzzle:  Starting despite  0-5, 12.65 ERA.

 

 

 

 

 

Pitcher's Paradise:

 

PETCO Park (Padres):

Dodger Stadium:

McAfee Coliseum (A's):

 

No Games.

SEA  (3)

SF (3); COL (3)

 

Hitters Haven:

 

Citizen's Bank Ballpark (Phils):

Great American Ballpark (Reds):

Coors Field (Rockies):

No Games.

No Games.

No Games.

 

Gaining Altitude:

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Russell Branyan (3B, SEA)

James Loney (1B, LAD)

Manny Ramirez (OF, LAD)

Kevin Slowey (SP, MIN)

Jose Valverde (RP, HOU)

Alexei Ramirez (2B, CHS)

John Smoltz (SP, BOS)

Health Bell (RP, SD)

Todd Helton (1B, COL)

Jason Bartlett (SS, TB)

Gavin Floyd (SP, CHS)

Brad Lidge (RP, PHI)

Colby Rasmus (OF, STL)

Chris Coghlan (OF, FLA)

Scott Richmond (SP, TOR)

16 bombs and still batting over .300.

Projected to exceed 100 RBI but just 9 homers.

Could begin minor league assignment Tuesday.

Joins Halladay as ML's only 10-game winners.

Nabbed first save since coming off DL.

Good to know:  Studly .927 OPS last 11 games.

Scheduled to start Thursday against Nationals.

Ringing loudly:  Leads NL with 17 saves.

Power long departed but batting .317 in June.

.375 BA since coming off DL June 16.

One win last four starts despite fine 1.57 ERA.

Knee improving, hopes to return Tuesday.

NL ROY?  Sizzling .429 BA in June.

Rookie now leading off: .395 BA, 3 steals.

Getting it done:  3.58 ERA, 60:23 K:BB ratio.

 

Crash Landing:

Comment:

Roy Halladay (SP, TOR)

Adrian Gonzalez (1B, SD)

Chris Young (SP, SD)

Erik Bedard (SP, SEA)

Brandon Webb (SP, ARI)

Scott Downs (RP, TOR)

Coco Crisp (OF, KC)

Raul Ibanez (OF, PHI)

Jose Reyes (SS, NYM)

Alex Rodriguez (3B, NYY)

Willy Taveras (OF, CIN)

Joba Chamberlain (SP, NYY)

Magglio Ordonez (OF, DET)

Matt Garza (SP, TB)

Jose Lopez (2B, SEA)

Armando Galarraga (SP, DET)

Out until at least June 28 (groin).

Increasingly being pitched around.

Joins Peavy on DL with shoulder pain.

Optimists?  Shoulder to heal in two weeks.

Season kaput following rehab setback?

Jays closer placed on DL with injured toe.

Facing season-ending shoulder surgery.

Groin MRI negative, should return July 3.

Doing light running but out indefinitely.

Benched for fatigue or 3-for-36 (.083) skid?

13 thefts wedded to loathsome .219 BA.

Has walked four or more six times in 2009.

Rides the pine after season-long funk.

Bad sign: Homers up, 0-3 in last six starts.

In Venezuela consoling sick sister.

Horrific 5.62 ERA, 15 HRA in 74 innings.