Projected Two Start Pitchers for this Week
Joe Blanton (PHI) @NYN, ATL
Rich Harden (CHN) @ARI, FLA
Edwin Jackson (TB) OAK, @KC
Jake Peavy (SD) @CIN, @PIT
Ervin Santana (LAA) CLE, @BAL Johan Santana (NYN) PHI, STL 0 struggling lately.
You Make the Call:
Josh Banks (SD) @CIN, @PIT - weak opponents, but hitters thrive in Cincy
Jason Bergman (WAS) @SF, @LAN - good match ups
Nick Blackburn (MIN) @NYA, @CLE - NY start against Ponson - edge Blackburn
Jorge Campillo (ATL) @FLA, @ PHI - great offensive teams
Jose Contreras (CHA) TEX, @DET - great offensive teams
Dana Eveland (OAK) @TB, TEX - offenses
Randy Johnson (ARI) CHN, @SF
Jon Lester (BOS) @SEA, NYA – Start against Yankees is worrying Jesse Litsch (TOR) @BAL, SEA - good chance for wins
Paul Maholm (PIT) @HOU, SD
Seth McClung (MIL) @STL, HOU
Zach Miner (DET) @KC, CHA
Sidney Ponson (NYA) MIN, @BOS - Even for cheap wins I don’t like him
Other Two Start Pitchers:
Kyle Davies (KC) DET, TB
Mark Hendrickson (FLA) ATL, CHN
Runelvys Hernandez (HOU) PIT, @MIL Luke Hochevar (KC) DET, TB
Kyle Lohse (STL) MIL, @NYN
Jason Marquis (CHN) @ARI, FLA
Luis Mendoza (TEX)@CHA, @OAK
Garrrett Olson (BAL) TOR, LAA
Chan Ho Park (LAN) @COL, WAS
Hayden Penn (BAL) TOR, LAA
Andy Sonnanstine (TB) OAK, @KC - weak opponents
Jeff Suppan (MIL) @STL, HOU John Van Benschoten (PIT) @HOU, SD - weak teams
Chris Volstad (FLA) ATL, @CHN
Kip Wells (COL) LAN, @CIN
Barry Zito (SF) WAS, ARI
At the top three hitters parks
Citizens Bank Park (Phillies): 3 v Braves
Great American Ballpark (Reds): 3 v. Padres, 3 v. Rockies
Coors Field (Rockies): 3 v. Dodgers
At the top three pitchers parks
PETCO park (Padres): No games.
Metrodome (Twins): No games.
AT & T Park: 2 v. Nationals, 3 v. D’Backs
Ratchet Them Up:
Troy Tulowitzki (SS, Rockies): Should be back in the lineup on Monday. Hopefully he won’t be shattering any more bats on the ground.
Richie Sexson (1B, Yankees): Will get some at bats with the Yankees
Bobby Crosby (SS, A’s): Has been reactivated from the DL.
Jonathan Broxton (CL, Dodgers): Will take over as the Dodgers closer for at least six weeks, possibly the rest of the season. HOWEVER - the Dodgers feel that Broxton needs a fair bit of rest so there will be other save chances for Joe Beimel and Hong-Chih Kuo.
Hank Blalock (3B, Rangers): Is finally back from the DL and returned surprisingly to third base. He’s still got some value but his power numbers are a limiting factor.
Johnny Estrada (C, Nationals): Returned from the DL, but won’t see a lot of at bats.
Bobby Jenks (CL, White Sox): Returned from the DL and regained the closer role.
Al Reyes (RP, Tampa Bay): Was reactivated and could find himself in the closer mix if Troy Percival doesn’t come back, or gets injured again.
Joe Blanton (SP, Phillies): Was traded from Oakland to the Phillies and should tremendously benefit from the offensive support. Pitching in Citizens Bank Park could be interesting though.
Tony Clark (1B, Diamondbacks): Was traded from San Diego to Arizona and will get some starts but will probably mostly pinch hit.
Magglio Ordonez (OF, Tigers): Was activated from the DL list.
Alfonso Soriano (OF, Cubs): is on target to return from the DL and be activated Thursday.
Ryan Zimmerman (3B, Nationals): Should be reactivated next week.
Fausto Carmona (SP, Indians): is on pace to return this week, probably late in the week.
David Ortiz (1B/DH, Red Sox): Is on pace to return by next weekend.
Dave Roberts (OF, Giants): Should be reactivated by the Giants on Wed. If you need steals he’s a cheap option.
Dave Bush (SP, Brewers): Has ironically found himself in a platoon situation where he only pitches at home. When he’s there his splits are an astounding 2.50 with 41 Ks in 61 innings with a WHIP of less than 1.00 - he’s a no brainer for games at home.
Jeff Suppan (SP, Brewers): Is on pace to return from the DL early in the week.
Frank Thomas (DH, A’s): Could return from the DL this week.
Ratchet Them Down:
Erik Beddard (SP, Mariners): is out until at least the trading deadline.
Justin Upton (OF, D’backs): Was placed onto the DL with a strained oblique muscle.
Jason Giambi (1B/DH, Yankees): Will lose some at bats to the newly acquired Richie Sexson.
Takashi Saito (CL, Dodgers): Was placed on the 15 day DL but will miss at least 6 weeks and could be done for the season. He has a sprained ligament in his right elbow.
Hideki Matsui (OF, Yankees): Is likely done for the season. Official word will come early next week.
Jerry Hairston Jr (IF/OF): Was placed on the DL with a mildly strained hamstring. He’ll be out the whole week.
Aaron Harang (SP, Reds): Was placed on the 15 day DL with a strained right forearm.
Kerry Wood (CL, Cubs): Is still day to day with blister problems. He hasn’t pitched in a week.
Michael Bourne (OF, Astros): Will lose significant playing time to Darin Erstad who has supplanted him in centerfield.
Pedro Martinez (SP, Mets): Is expected to miss at least one start this week.
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