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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