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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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Johan Santana, NYM

Dan Haren, ARI

Roy Halladay, TOR

Tim Lincecum, SF

Jon Lester, BOS

Gavin Floyd, CHS

Chris Carpenter, STL

Ted Lilly, CHC

Roy Oswalt, HOU

Rich Harden, CHC

Randy Johnson, SF

Ubaldo Jimenez, COL

Zack Duke, PIT

Joba Chamberlain, NYY

Joe Blanton, PHI

Randy Wolf, LAD

Ken. Kawakami, ATL

Ricky Nolasco, FLA

@ MIL

@ CIN

TB

@ STL

@ BAL

@ CLE

SF

@ PIT

@ SD

@ PIT

@ STL

@ LAD

CHC

SEA

@ ATL

COL

PHI

WAS

@ PHI

@ COL

@ NYY

HOU

SEA

@ KC

CIN

MIL

@ SF

MIL

HOU

ARI

@ FLA

TOR

NYM

@ SD

@ WAS

PIT

Three or fewer strikeouts in last four.

Lowest WHIP among ML starters (0.81).

Injury risk due to high pitch counts?

2009 edition superior to last year.

Enviable 106:30 K:BB ratio.

Teensy 1.54 ERA in five June starts.

Unbelievable 1.78 ERA in 66 IP.

Strikeouts down, but so are walks.

.279 BAA is highest of his career.

109 pitches in last start attests to health

8.17 K/9 IP still admirable.

Could be dominant with reduced walks.

All-Star worthy 8 wins, 11 quality starts.

Has just one double digit K outing.

Has surrendered 11 HR's in 42 home IP.

Arid:  One win in his last nine starts.

Check Status: Battling neck injury.

Sizzling 21:2 K:BB ratio last 3 starts.

 

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Matt Garza has had difficulties getting the W this season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leap of Faith:

First Start

Second Start

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Matt Garza, TB

Rick Porcello, DET

Clayton Richard, CHS

Carl Pavano, CLE

Brian Bannister, KC

Joe Saunders, LAA

Nick Blackburn, MIN

Fernando Nieve, NYM

Sean O'Sullivan, LAA

Vicente Padilla, TEX

Brand. Morrow, SEA

Bronson Arroyo, CIN

 

@ TOR

@ OAK

@ CLE

CHS

MIN

@ TEX

@ KC

@ MIL

@ TEX

LAA

@ NYY

ARI

@ TEX

@ MIN

@ KC

OAK

CHS

BAL

DET

@ PHI

BAL

TB

@ BOS

STL

Great stuff hasn't translated into wins.

Strict pitch count limit wins potential.

Has lasted five or fewer IP in last six.

June swoon:  1-2 this month, 5-1 in May.

Has conquered long ball tendencies.

Victorious in two of last three starts.

Marginal fantasy value due to low K totals.

1.31 ERA in last three starts.

Toiled in High-A one year ago.

Cautionary tale: 40:36 K:BB ratio.

Five innings in last start was season high.

Bloated 12.66 ERA in his six losses.

 

Flirting With Disaster:

First Start

Second Start

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Jason Berken, BAL

Rich Hill, BAL

Luke Hochevar, KC

Vin Mazzaro, OAK

Brian Moehler, HOU

Braden Looper, MIL

Mike Burns, MIL

Russ Ohlendorf, PIT

Josh Geer, SD

Wade LeBlanc, SD

Brad Thompson, STL

Craig Stammen, WAS

BOS

BOS

MIN

DET

@ SD

NYM

NYM

CHC

HOU

HOU

SF

@ FLA

 

@ LAA

@ LAA

CHS

@ CLE

@ SF

@ CHC

CHC

@ FLA

LAD

LAD

CIN

ATL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pitcher's Paradise:

 

PETCO Park (Padres):

Dodger Stadium:

McAfee Coliseum (A's):

 

HOU (4); LAD (3)

COL (3)

DET (3)

 

Hitters Haven:

 

Citizen's Bank Ballpark (Phils):

Great American Ballpark (Reds):

Coors Field (Rockies):

NYM (3)

ARI (3); STL (3)

ARI (3)

 

Gaining Altitude:

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Joey Votto (1B, CIN)

Mark Reynolds (3B, ARI)

Hanley Ramirez (SS, FLA)

Ichiro Suzuki (OF, SEA)

Cliff Lee (SP, CLE)

Kevin Kouzmanoff (3B, SD)

C. J. Wilson (RP, TEX)

Grady Sizemore (OF, CLE)

David Ortiz (DH, BOS)

Paul Konerko (1B, CHS)

Alex Rodriguez (3B, NYY)

Matt Holiday (OF, OAK)

Aramis Ramirez (3B, CHC)

Scott Kazmir (SP, TB)

Pablo Sandoval (3B, SF)

Yovani Gallardo (SP, MIL)

Goes yard to signal end of dizzy spells.

Six long balls in last 13 games.

Four homers (2 grand slams) past week.

What, no steals?  Batting .400 in June.

2.86 ERA in last eight starts, just two wins.

Serious clout: 5 HR, 12 RBI last 13 games.

Remains closer while Francisco struggles.

Elbow better - 5 RBI first two games back.

.357 BA, seven HR's, 14 RBI since June 6.

.317 BA, four homers in last 10 games.

Slide over?  Homers in last two starts.

Rumored move to Cards would reignite season.

Swings bat pain-free, could return in 2 weeks.

Activated off DL Friday for Saturday start.

Believe: Batting .392 with 6 HR's in June.

How do your spell Ace?  8 wins, 2.86 ERA.

 

Crash Landing:

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Carlos Beltran (OF, NYM)

Jimmy Rollins (SS, PHI)

John Smoltz (SP, BOS)

Ryan Ludwick (OF, STL)

Mike Lowell (3B, BOS)

Jose Reyes (SS, NYM)

Derek Lowe (SP, ATL)

Magglio Ordonez (OF, DET)

Geovany Soto (C, CHC)

Matt Lindstrom (RP, FLA)

Mike Jacobs (DH/KC)

Brandon Webb (SP. ARI)

Frank Francisco (RP, TEX)

Kosuke Fukudome (OF, CHC)

Daisuke Matsuzaka (SP, BOS)

Yuniesky Betancourt (SS, SEA)

Andy Sonnanstine (SP, TB)

Latest addition to Mets DL contingent.

Benched indefinitely following 0-19 skid.

Debut:  34 pitches to complete first inning.

Power down, batting just  .188 in June.

Easy does it:  Surgically repaired hip hurting

True condition shrouded in mystery.

Trend? 1-3, 8.55 ERA in last four starts.

Homers after career-long 40 game drought.

Cannabis connoisseur won't be suspended.

Closer out six weeks with shoulder sprain.

Scruffy .175 BA, one RBI in 63 June at bats.

See you in 2010?  Surgery now likely.

On hold until able to throw consecutive days

Bad sushi:  .154 BA, 20 strikeouts in last 18.

DL stay could be lengthy with bum shoulder.

Levels teammate then joins him on DL.

Optioned to Triple-A with Kazmir's return.