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Projected Two Start Pitchers for this Week.

Matt Cain (SF) SD, STL
Fausto Carmona (CLE) @LAA, OAK
Cole Hamels (PHI) @CIN, CHN
Rich Harden (OAK) @TOR, @CLE - rough match ups.
Danny Haren (ARI) LAN, COL
Felix Hernandez (SEA) @BAL, LAA
Ted Lilly (CHN) @PIT, @PHI
Tim Lincecum (SF) SD, STL - good match ups in pitchers parks
Greg Maddux (SD) @SF, @LA - great pitchers parks and SF can’t hit.

You Make the Call:

Bronson Arroyo (CIN) PHI, @PIT
Brian Bannister (KC) NYA, MIN - Yankees could be an issue.
A.J. Burnett (TOR) OAK, @TEX - returning to pitch against weak opponents.
Daniel Cabrera (BAL) SEA, TB
Johnny Cueto (CIN) @MIL, @PIT - is he a stud or not?
Matt Garza (NYA) @NYA, BAL
Tom Gorzelanny (PIT) CHN, CIN
Phil Hughes (NYA) @KC, @BOS - Boston is a big test.
Ubaldo Jimenez (COL) ATL, @ARI - probably not a wise start v. these offenses
John Lester (BOS) DET, NYA - tough opponents
Derek Lowe (LAN) @ARI, SD - fair matchups
Daisuke Matsizaka (BOS) DET, NYA
Oliver Perez (NYN) PHI, MIL - v. Moyer and Suppan I like those odds.
Javier Vazquez (CHA) MIN, DET - Tigers could cause problems but weak pitching match ups (Blackburn and Rogers)
Jake Westbrook (CLE) @LAA, OAK

Other Two Start Pitchers:
Nick Blackburn (MIN) @CHA, @KC
Brian Burres @TEX, @TB
Aaron Cook (COL) ATL, @ARI - ouch.
Josh Fogg (CIN) @MIL, @PIT
Jason Hammel (TB) @NYA, BAL
Chuck James (ATL) @COL, @WAS
Jason Jennings (TEX) BAL, TOR
Jair Jurrjens (ATL) @COL, @WAS
Andrew Miller (FLA) @WAS, @HOU
Jamie Moyer (PHI) @NYN, CHN
Mike Mussina (NYA) TB, @BOS
Tim Redding (WAS) FLA, ATL
Wandy Rodriguez (HOU) STL, FLA - if you are ever going to start Wandy these are the match ups.
Kenny Rogers (DET) @BOS, @CHA
Joe Sanders (LAA) CLE, @SEA
Andy Sonnastine (TB) SEA, BAL - not bad match ups for TB’s offense.
Jeff Suppan (MIL) CIN, @NYN
Brad Thompson (STL) @HOU, @SF
Steve Trachsel (BAL) @TEX, @TB
Todd Wellmeyer (STL) @HOU, @SF

At the top three hitters parks

Citizens Bank Park (Phillies): 3 games v. Cubs
Great American Ballpark (Reds): 2 game v. Phillies
Coors Field (Rockies): 4 games v. Braves

At the top three pitchers parks

PETCO park (Padres): no games
Metrodome (Twins): no games
AT & T Park: 3 games v. Padres, 4 games v. Cardinals.

Ratchet Them Up:

Johnny Cueto (SP, Reds):
  His first start in the Majors was dominating - 7 innings, 10 Ks, 1 hit allowed, no walks, and one earned run (that hit being a home run).  It bodes really well of things to come but don’t expect him to be that flawless the whole year.  Cueto will have ups and downs, but he is something special.  If you need pitching help he should be on your list.

Ryan Dempster (SP, Cubs):
  Most people weren’t expecting much from the closer turned starter but if his first start is any indication he might well be a pitcher worth picking up.  His first game included innings of three hit ball with two walks, 1 ER and 5 Ks.  Definitely someone to watch but don’t rush to grab him based on one start.

Scott Hairston (OF, Padres):  Hairston who was considered a likely candidate for the leadoff spot has been on fire and may soon be finding himself more towards the middle of the order as the Padres seek more offense.  He’s got 30 home run potential and is available in just about every league.  His minor league stats suggest he could hit for much better average than he has in the past too.

Mark Lowe (RP, Mariners):  Is the likeliest pitcher to get save chances while J.J. Putz is on the DL.  Just how valuable he’ll be depends on how long Putz is gone and how much Mariners skipper John McLaren decides to share the job among his relievers.

Curtis Granderson (OF, Tigers):  Is likely to be activated from the DL sometime this upcoming week.  We’ll probably know when on Monday.

Bartolo Colon (SP, Red Sox):  Don’t be surprised if the Sox call up Colon towards the end of the week and see how he fares against Major League hitting.  He looked good in the spring and looked good at his AAA start and the Sox will need a fifth starter at some point.  He could be an outstanding pickup if he can find even a fraction of his old form.

Jerry Owens (OF, White Sox):  Is expected back Tuesday.  He should lead off and start in center as soon as he’s back.  He’ll be stealing bases by the bunch again in no time.

Nelson Figueroa (SP/RP, Mets):  Will probably be the fifth starter for the Mets until Pedro Martinez returns from the DL.  With the Mets offense behind him he could be useful for W’s. He pitched in relief on Saturday and allowed two runs to the Braves.

David DeJesus (OF, Royals): 
Should return to the lineup early next week.

A.J. Burnett (SP, Blue Jays):
should return next week.   Watch his effectiveness and be aware he could be on a low pitch count.

Jim Edmonds (OF, Padres):
  Returned from the DL and will see action this week, that being said he’s still a weak option in most leagues.

Brad Lidge (CL, Phillies):
Returned to the Phillies bullpen over the weekend.  Activate him but hold on to Tom Gordon until Lidge shows he can go back to closing on back to back days.

Josh Beckett (SP, Red Sox):  is expected to return this week.

Hiroki Kuroda (SP, Dodgers):
  looked great in his first start last week.  While he’s technically a rookie he’s got plenty of Japanese leagues seasoning and could be better than expected - at least until teams see him a second or third time.

Scot Shields (RP, Angels):  Shields, one of the relievers worth owning despite lack of saves, was reactivated by the Angels just in time for the upcoming week.  He averages about a strikeout an inning with great peripherals.  Plus he’s first in line to get saves if Francisco Rodriguez hits a rough spot.

Ratchet Them Down:

Pedro Martinez (SP, Mets):  Strained his left hamstring in his first start and will miss 4-6 weeks.   He’s officially on the DL.

J.J. Putz (OF, Tigers):  Pulled a muscle in the ribcage and could be out several weeks to a month.

Michael Cuddyer (OF, Twins):  Dislocated a finger on his right hand while sliding on headfirst into third.  This is why you aren’t supposed to slide that way.  Kiss his bat, or at least any worthwhile at bats away for a few weeks as he’s headed to the DL - expect him to miss a month.

Gary Sheffield (OF, Tigers):
  Tore a tendon in the ring finger of his throwing hand.  He may play though it but kiss at least some of his power goodbye.

Miguel Cabrera (3B, Tigers):
  Cabrera has a pulled triceps muscle.  It won’t keep him out unless he aggravates it, but it could take away a little power.

Mike Hampton (SP, Braves):
  You had the good sense not to draft him right?  He bailed out on his first start since 2005 with a strained pectoral muscle.  Odds are he’ll miss more.  He’s on the 15 day DL.

Albert Pujols (OF, Cardinals):
  Lacerated his middle finger deeply while sliding on Thursday.  Odds are it will bother him a little and could affect his swing.

Freddy Sanchez (2B, Pirates):  isn’t fully recovered and his shoulder is questionable but he’s back in the lineup.

Victor Martinez (C, Indians): 
Strained a hamstring in the season opener last week and could be out for a while or back right away.  Little information has been shared but in any case this lowers his fantasy value a touch for this week.

Carlos Zambrano (SP, Cubs): Suffered forearm cramps which resulted in his departure from his first start that may have been related to caffeine consumption, but might not.  It’s something to monitor.

Kevin Slowey (SP, Twins):
  Will miss his next start because of a strained biceps muscle, but nobody drafted him anyway.

Tony Gwynn Jr. (OF, Brewers): has a strained hamstring and is sidelined indefinitely.

Chad Cordero (CL, Nationals):
  Has been placed on the 15 day DL retroactive to March 27th, that means he could be activated at the very end of the week but don’t count on it.

Aaron Rowand (OF, Giants):  has bruised ribs which should slow down his production this upcoming week.

Russ Springer (RP, Cardinals):  He shouldn’t be on your team anyhow, but he on the DL due to elbow issues.

Dioner Navarro (C, Rays): Sliced open his hand in the Rays dugout and needed 12 stitches.   He’ll miss at least 2 weeks, probably 3.

Chad Cordero (CL, Nationals):  Was placed on the DL with shoulder tendonitis.  The closing job belongs to John Rauch until he returns.

Lance Berkman (OF, Astros):
  Could miss some time this week due to the neck spasms which required him to be pulled out of Saturday’s game.  Don’t forget neck problems and back problems are intimately related. 

Jason Giambi (DH/1B, Yankees):  Was pulled from the DH role on Saturday mid game - that shrieks injury to me even if details have not been made public.