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Two Start Pitchers You Gotta Use

Erik Bedard, BAL - @ SEA, vs. COL

Daisuke Matsuzaka, BOS - @ OAK, @ ARI

James Shields, TB – vs. KC, @ FLA

Paul Byrd, CLE – vs. KC, @ CIN

Jared Weaver, LAA – vs. MIN, @ STL

Dan Haren, OAK – vs. BOS, @ SF

Felix Hernandez, SEA – vs. BAL, @ SD

Tim Hudson, ATL – vs. FLA, vs. CHC

Tom Glavine, NYM – vs. PHI, @ DET

Aaron Harang, CIN - @ STL, vs. CLE

Randy Johnson, ARI – vs. SF, vs. BOS

Chris Young, SD – vs. LAD, vs. SEA

Barry Zito, SF - @ ARI, vs. OAK

 

Still Worthwhile, but Not Necessary

Julian Tavarez, BOS - @ OAK, @ ARI

Mike Mussina, NYY - @ CHW, vs. PIT

Jon Garland, CHW – vs. NYY, vs. HOU

Mark Buerhle, CHW – vs. NYY, vs. HOU

Nate Robertson, DET - @ TEX, vs. NYM

Sergio Mitre, FLA - @ ATL, vs. TB

Jon Lieber, PHI - @ NYM, @ KC

Jason Marquis, CHC - @ MIL, @ ATL

Carlos Zambrano, CHC - @ MIL, @ ATL

David Bush, MIL – vs. CHC, @ TEX

Derek Lowe, LAD - @ PIT, vs. TOR

 

Only If You Want

Tyler Clippard, NYY - @ CHW, vs. PIT

Jae Seo, TB - @ TOR, @ FLA

Tomo Ohka, TOR – vs. TB, @ LAD

Jorge De La Rosa, KC - @ TB, vs. PHI

Scott Baker, MIN - @ LAA, vs. WAS

Brandon McCarthy, TEX – vs. DET, vs. MIL

Lance Cormier, ATL – vs. FLA, vs. CHC

Wes Obermueller, FLA - @ ATL, vs. TB

Mike Bacsik, WAS – vs. PIT, @ MIN

Wandy Rodriguez, HOU - @ COL, @ CHW

Paul Maholm, PIT – vs. LAD, @ NYY

Jason Hirsh, COL – vs. HOU, @ BAL

Mark Hendrickson, LAD - @ SD, vs. TOR

 

Eight Games This Week: Atlanta Braves

 

Seven Games This Week: New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, Oakland A’s, Florida Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Los Angeles Dodgers

 

Six Games This Week: Everyone else

 

At Hitter’s Parks This Week

US Cellular Field – NYY (June 4-7), HOU (June 8-10)

Ballpark in Arlington – DET (June 5-7), MIL (June 8-10)

Great American Ballpark – CLE (June 8-10)

Coors Field – HOU (June 5-8)

Minute Maid Park – NONE

Citizen’s Bank Park – SF (June 4)

 

At Pitcher’s Parks This Week

Comerica Stadium – NYY (June 8-10)

McAfee Coliseum – BOS (June 4-7)

SafeCo Field – BAL (June 4-7)

Dolphin Stadium – TB (June 8-10)

Dodger Stadium – TOR (June 8-10)

Shea Stadium – PHI (June 5-7)

PETCO Park – LAD (June 5-7), SEA (June 8-10)

PacBell Park – OAK (June 8-10)

RFK Stadium – PIT (June 5-7)

 

Ratchet ’em Up

1B Carlos Delgado, NYM – The Mets’ first baseman is finally starting to heat up, after suffering through wrist and elbow injuries for much of the season. If he’s getting going, and it certainly looks like he is, then Delgado is a legit home run threat for the foreseeable future.

1B Richie Sexson, SEA – He’s a notoriously slow starter who has a power bat. That’s something we can all enjoy, once he gets going.

SP Roger Clemens, NYY – The Rocket makes his major league debut against the no-hit Chicago White Sox. This is definitely a game to watch, as Clemens should produce along Jeremy Bonderman lines along the way.

SP Roy Halladay, TOR – Halladay came back with a vengeance on Thursday, outdueling Mark Buerhle and the Chicago White Sox. This came after his return from the removal of his appendix, which was originally supposed to sideline him for 4-6 weeks, but only set him back 18 games.

RP Brad Hennessey, SF – Now that Benitez is gone, the Giants have seemingly handed the job over to Hennessey. He should be a decent bet for the remainder of the year to be a decent closer.

RP Matt Capps – Pirates manager Jim Tracy announced that Capps will be taking over the closer’s role, and he definitely has had some success this season: 1.09 WHIP and 24 Ks in 29.1 innings.

 

Ratchet ’em Down

1B Mark Teixeira, TEX – He was finally starting to heat up, but Big Tex suffered a concussion on Friday. Sadly, this was the time for the Rangers that he was to raise his trade value. Now, it seems they’re stuck with him for a little while longer.

1B Jason Giambi, NYY – The Yankees are reporting Giambi is done for the next three weeks with foot troubles, but there are reports saying he’s done for the year. If you haven’t dropped him in your leagues just yet, I highly suggest that you do.

3B David Wright, NYM – The Mets’ third baseman has missed time with back spasms, and that’s not good for his fantasy owners. The back is a very important part of the body for hitters, and he even might be heading to the disabled list, though that’s unlikely at this point.

SP Carlos Zambrano, CHC – As if the bad starts weren’t enough, Zambrano got into a fight with Cubs catcher Michael Barrett. The team has said both players will be disciplined, but after Zambrano’s outing on Friday, you gotta think his year as an effective pitcher is over, whether it is because of injury or overuse early in his career.

RP Armando Benitez, FLA – Benitez was traded to the Marlins, with the Giants paying a huge portion of his remaining contract. Kevin Gregg has a Vulcan death grip on the closer’s job, so don’t expect Benitez, despite prior success closing in Miami, to take over anytime soon.

RP Salomon Torres, PIT – Sadly, it was only a matter of time. The Pirates moved Torres from the closer’s role and have given it to youngster Matt Capps. Luckily for the Pirates, Torres is a very good setup man who could be collecting a lot of trade value.

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