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Projected Two Start Pitchers for this Week.

Suggested:
Josh Beckett (BOS) LAA, @TB - fun to watch.
Joe Blanton (OAK) MIN, @SEA
Felix Hernandez (BAL, OAK)
Roy Oswalt (HOU) SD, @STL
Micah Owings (ARI) SF, @ SD - like his chances to notch 2 W’s.
Jake Peavy (SD) @HOU, ARI
Brad Penny (LAN) @CIN, COL - good offensive teams.
C.C. Sabathia (CLE) @KC, NYA - Yankees are always scary.
Edinson Volquez (CIN) - LAD, @SF
Brandon Webb (ARI) SF, @SD
Carlos Zambrano (CHN) NYN, @WAS

You Make the Call:
Clay Buchholz (BOS) Tex, @TB - Boston can out hit these teams but it could be rough
Dave Bush (MIL) STL, FLA
Jose Contreras (CHA) NYA, BAL - toss a coin as to which Contreras shows up.
Nelson Figueroa (NYN) @CHN, ATL - he’s pitched really well thus far.
Jeff Francis (COL) PHI, @LAD - don’t like the Phillies match up.
Livan Hernandez (MIN) @OAK, @TEX
Tim Hudson (ATL) WAS, @NYN - only hit 85 mph on the gun last week.
John Lannan (WAS) @ATL, CHN - dominated against the Mets - still a gamble.
Ted Lilly (CHN) NYN, @WAS - Mets are a concern.
Jessie Litsch (TOR) @TB, @KC
Kyle Lohse (STL) @MIL, HOU - not bad match ups
Adam Loewen (BAL) @SEA, @CHA
John Maine (NYN) @CHN, ATL - tough match ups - C. Zambrano and Hudson
Shawn Marcum (TOR) DET, @KC - Toothless cats or Sabertooths for Marcum
Brett Myers (PHI) @COL, @PIT - Coors Field need I say more?
Vincente Padilla (TEX) @DET, MIN - pitching well but still hard to feel that it will last.
James Shields (TB) TOR, BOS - don’t like the Boston match up.
John Smoltz (ATL) WAS, @NYN
Chien- Ming Wang (NYA) @CHA, @CLE - could be rough

Other Two Start Pitchers:

Brandon Backe (HOU) SD, @STL
Matt Belisle (CIN) LAD, @SF
Matt Chico (WAS) @ATL, CHN
Kevin Correia (SF) @ARI, CIN
Kason Gabbard (TEX) @BOS, MIN - Boston will be trouble.
Armando Galarraga (DET) @TOR, LAA
Justin Germano (SD) @HOU, ARI
Mark Henrickson (FLA) @PIT, @MIL
Kyle Kendrick (PHI) @COL, @PIT - like the Pirates match up hate the Rockies
Hong-Chih Kuo (LAD) @CIN, COL
Paul Maholm (PIT) FLA, PHI
Gil Meche (KC) CLE, TOR
Matt Morris (PIT) FLA, PHI
Ricky Nolasco (FLA) @PIT, @MIL
Mark Redman (COL) PHI, @LAD
Carlos Villanueva (MIL) STL, FLA
Adam Wainwright (STL) @MIL, HOU
Jered Weaver (LAA) @BOS, @DET - ouch - this can’t be good for the ERA.
Barry Zito (SF) @ARI, CIN

At the top three hitters parks
Citizens Bank Park (Phillies): No Games
Great American Ballpark (Reds): 4 games  - 2 with Dodgers, 2 with Astros
Coors Field (Rockies): 4 games - 2 with Phillies, 2 with Cubs

At the top three pitchers parks
PETCO park (Padres): 5 games - 2 with Giants, 3 with D’Backs.
Metrodome (Twins): no games
AT & T Park: 3 games v. Reds

Ratchet Them Up:

Chris Duncan (OF, Cardinals):
  If you are looking for outfield help Duncan is still available in most leagues and has a ton of upside.  He still projects to hit 20-25 home runs with an average better than .280.   However he won’t meet the projections for RBIs as he has been plugged into the second slot in the batting order rather than the fourth.

Matt Stairs (1B/OF/DH, Blue Jays):  Stairs’ value goes way up as manager John Gibbons has tagged him for more playing time at the expense of Frank Thomas.  Consider that Stairs went .289-2-64 in just 357 AB last season and realize he’ll probably get a closer to 450 this season.  However, he’s nowhere near as effective against lefties as righties so play him accordingly.

Jimmy Rollins (SS, Phillies):  Is expected to return to the Phillies’ lineup this week but his ankle is still tender so don’t expect many steals or attempts to stretch singles into doubles, or doubles into triples for at least another two weeks.

Jon Rauch (CL, Nationals):
  Will hang on to the closer role for at least another week. 

Curtis Granderson (OF, Tigers):  Is likely to be activated from the DL sometime this upcoming week.  Feel comfortable plugging him in right away.

Joey Votto (1B, Reds):  Is beginning to see more playing time and beginning to hit for more extra base power.  All five of his extra base hits have come in the last four games.  This guy is just beginning to emerge as a power hitter.  Expect more.

Nomar Garciaparra (3B, Dodgers):
  Returned from the DL and should plug right back into the Dodgers’ lineup until the next injury comes along.

Jeff Weaver (SP, Brewers):  Signed with the Brewers and should improve considerably with a return to the NL and the weak Central division.  That said, he’s starting in the minors and until he has proved that he still has something left he’s a fifth starter at best, but one with tremendous upside.

Randy Johnson (SP, Diamondbacks):  Returned and struck out six in his first start back.  He’s not an ace anymore but he’s still better than a lot of number 3-4 starters.

Rafael Betancourt (CL, Indians):
Is the heir apparent to the closer gig in Cleveland - but he hasn’t had an opportunity to earn a save as of Saturday afternoon.

Chuck James (SP, Braves):  Was called up when Tom Glavine headed to the DL.  He’s a decent pitching option.

Kaz Matsui (2B, Astros):
The speedy Matsui returned to the Astros last week and apparently has left his anal fissures behind him.   He’ll be a good source for runs and steals the rest of the way.

Richie Sexson (1B, Mariners):  May well be showing signs of regaining his form; his power display against the Angels on Friday with 2 home runs (almost three) show that he’s getting the bat on the ball a lot better than he did last year.

Felipe Lopez (2B, Nationals):  Stick him in the keep your eyes on him file.  There is a very good chance the speedy Lopez will win the second base job, and a spot at the top of the lineup back.

Cliff Lee (SP, Indians):  Another guy to keep your eye on is Lee who after three starts looks a lot like the Lee of 2005 when he won 18 games and posted a 3.79 ERA.  So far he has been a monster with a 3-0 record 0.40 ERA and 0.44 WHIP.

Ty Wigginton (1B/2B/3B, Astros):  Is eligible to come off the DL early in the week.

Yovanni Gallardo (SP, Brewers):  Will return to the rotation this week but you might want to watch his first two starts before activating him.

Ratchet Them Down:

Ben Sheets (SP, Brewers):  Left his start Friday with tightness in his pitching arm.  With Sheets you always expect the worst.

Tom Glavine (SP, Braves):  Was placed on the DL for the first time in his career with a sore hamstring.

Paul LoDuca (C, Nationals):
  Was placed on the DL with a right hand injury.

Jerry Owens (OF, White Sox):  Was demoted to AAA.  He’ll be back at some point but he’ll have to wait for an injury or someone to go cold.

David DeJesus (OF, Royals):  Jammed his big toe, and may head back to the DL or to at least miss some time.  That’s good news for those needing steals as Joey Gathright should get plenty of chances to pilfer bases.

Peter Moylan (RP, Braves):
  May well miss the rest of the season - even if he doesn’t don’t expect him contributing or getting into the closer mix for a couple of months,

Frank Thomas (DH, Blue Jays):  Is losing playing time to Matt Stairs and will have a vastly decreased role in Toronto.  His .167 average, low OBP and age have a lot to do with this.

Adam Everett (SS, Twins):  Was placed on the 15 day DL.

Kyle Farnsworth (RP, Yankees):  Is likely to miss at least a game or two due to a suspension levied on him for throwing a baseball behind Manny Ramirez last week.  He has appealed what was originally a 3 game suspension - he’ll still probably get two games on the bench.

Miguel Tejada (SS, Astros): Admitted he’s older (33 rather than 31 years old) which could explain a bit of his fall off, and makes him much less likely to have a surprising upside year.

Carlos Beltran (OF, Mets):  Has been battling a neck injury which may require days off this upcoming week.

Marlon Byrd (OF, Rangers): Was placed on the 15 day DL with a sore knee.  No great loss even in the deepest of leagues.

Luis Castillo (2B, Mets):  Is still bothered by his sore knee and has been moved down in the order as well as getting time off.   That limits his value, especially his speed value considerably.

Chad Cordero (RP, Nationals):  is lacking arm strength and won’t get the closer job back until he regains his strength.

Alfonso Soriano (OF, Cubs):
  Was placed on the 15 day DL with a calf strain.  Expect him to miss more than 2 weeks.

Erik Bedard (SP, Mariners):  Was placed on the 15 day DL with hip inflammation.  This doesn’t sound like a serious injury but it’s hard to tell.

Joe Borowski (RP, Indians):  Was placed on the DL with a triceps strain - it’s unlikely he’ll ever get the closer job back.  Drop him.

Howie Kendrick (2B, Angels):  Was placed on the DL retroactive to April 13th with a strained left hamstring.  He’ll be out at least another week, maybe more if the Angels play it carefully.