|The Fantasy Ticker (August 20 to 26)|
Written by Jonathan Leshanski (Contact & Archive) on August 18, 2007
Eric Beddard (8/21, 8/26 - TEX, MIN)
Joe Blanton (8/20, 8/25 - @TOR, @TB)
Mark Buehrle (8/20, 8/25 - KC, BOS) - the Boston game is tough.
Fausto Carmona (8/21, 8/26 -Â @DET, @KC)
Matt Garza (8/20, 8/25 - SEA, @BAL)
Dan Haren (8/21, 8/26 - @TOR, @TB)
Kelvim Escobar (8/21, 8/26 - NYA, TOR) - Pitching well.
Ubaldo Jimenez (8/20, 8/25 -PIT, WAS) - Expect ugly numbers but Ws.
Ted Lilly (8/20, 8/25 - STL, ARI) - First place teams though.
John Maine (8/21, 8/26 - SD, LAN)
Daisuke Matsuzaka (8/21, 8/26 - @TB, @CHN)
Sergio Mitre (8/20, 8/25 - SF, @CIN) - weak opposition
Brad Penny (8/21, 8/26 - @PHI, @NYN)
Javier Vazquez (8/21, 8/26 - KC, BOS)
You Make the Call:
Daniel Cabrera (8/20, 8/25 -TEX, MIN)
Doug Davis (8/20, 8/25 - MIL, CHN)Â -Â Tough competition
Elmer Dessens (8/21, 8/26 - PIT, WAS) - Weak opposition
Phil Hughs (8/20, 8/26 - @LAA, @DET) - Yankees are hitting
Chuck James (8/21, 8/26 - @CIN, @STL)
Tim Lincecum (8/21, 8/26 - CHN, MIL) - Tough competition
Shawn Marcum (8/20, 8/25 - OAK, @LAA)
Jason Marquis (8/21, 8/26 - @SF, @ARI)
Dustin McGowan (8/21, 8/26 - OAK, LAA)
Gil Meche (8/20, 8/25 -@CHA, CLE)
Tim Redding (8/20, 8/25 - @HOU, @COL) - hitters ballparks
Wandy Rodriguez (8/21, 8/26 - WAS, PIT) - Love the matchups.
Adam Wainwright (8/21, 8/26 - FLA, ATL) - Cards are hot.
Chris Young (8/21, 8/26 -@NYN, @PHI) - Tough competition
Other Two Start Pitchers:
Tony Armas Jr. (8/21, 8/26 - @COL, @HOU)
Scott Baker (8/21, 8/26 - SEA, BAL)
Daniel Barone (8/21, 8/26 -@STL, @CIN)
Phil Dumatrait (8/20, 8/25 - ATL, FLA)
Scott Kazmir (8/20, 8/25 - BOS, OAK)
Yovani Gallardo (8/20, 8/25 -@ARI, @SF)
Joel Hanrahan (8/21, 8/26 -@HOU, @COL)
Kyle Kendrick (8/21, 8/26 - LAN, SD)
Jason Jennings (8/20, 8/25 - WAS, PIT) - dreadful opposition but still.
Jon Lester (8/20, 8/25 - @TB, CHA)
Bobby Livingston (8/21, 8/26 - ATL, FLA)
Matt Morris (8/20, 8/25 -@COL, @HOU)
Dustin Moseley (8/21, 8/25 - NYA, TOR)
Russ Ortiz (8/20, 8/25 - @FLA, MIL)
Vincinte Padilla (8/20, 8/25 -@BAL, SEA)
Joel Pineiro (8/20, 8/25 - @CHN, ATL)
Horatio Ramirez (8/20, 8/25 - @MIN, @TEX)
John Rheinecker (8/21, 8/26 - @BAL, SEA)
Jarrod Washburn (8/21, 8/26 - @MIN, @TEX)
Teams with 7 games:Â Â As, Angels. Astros, Blue Jays, Braves, Cardinals, Cubs, Devil Rays, Giants, Mariners, Marlins, Nationals, Orioles, Pirates, Rangers, Red Sox, Reds, Rockies, Twins, White Sox
Everyone else plays 6 times
At Pitchers Parks this week:
Turner Field (Atlanta): No Games.
Petco Park (San Diego): No Games.
Busch Stadium (St. Louis): 6 Games (3 v. FLA, 3 v. ATL)
Minute Maid Park (Houston): 7 Games (4 v. WAS, 3 v. PIT)
Tropicana Field (Florida): 1 Game (v. SF).
At Hitters Parks this week:
Fenway Park (Boston):Â No Games.
Great American Ballpark (Cincinnati) 7 Games (4 v. ATL, 3 v. FLA)
Kaufman Stadium (Kansas City): 3 Games (3 v. CLE)).
Yankee Stadium (New York):Â No Games.
U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago):Â 7 Games (3 v, KC, 4 v, BOS)
Ratchet them up!
Bandon Webb, (SP, Dâ€™Backs):Â Has been pitching like a Cy Young contender and getting run support too.Â Heâ€™s pitched 42 innings of scoreless bal the last 2-3 weeks.
Willy Mo Pena (OF, Nationals):Â There is no doubt that Pena can hit and contribute to a fantasy team.Â Being dealt from Boston to Washington should get him a lot more at bats.
Cameron Maybin (OF, Tigers):Â Its probably way too soon for this guy to be starting in the Majors as heâ€™s essentially making the jump from single A (where he hit .304) but the Tigers are so high on this kid that you have to at least keep an eye on him.
Troy Tulowitzki (SS, Rockies):Â Looks like a better Derek Jeter to a lot of eyes and he just seems to be getting better.Â Â He is finding a better stroke and hititng with even more confidence.
Rich Aurilla (2B, Giants):Â Hopefully you arenâ€™t in a situation that requires you to be starting Aurillia but if you are, be aware heâ€™s back from the DL.
Jeff DaVannon (OF, Aâ€™s):Â DaVannon is a better than average substitute player whoâ€™ll get some starting time and chances to show that heâ€™s recovered from surgery at the big league leve.Â Â Heâ€™s certainly looked like heâ€™s ready at AAA.
Raul Ibanez (OF, Mariners):Â Was red hot going into the weekend and looks like heâ€™s finally returned to form.Â It might not last but Ibanez has been a consistant fantasy contributor for a long while so writing him off might be a bit premature.
Ramon Ortiz (SP, Rockies):Â Was traded to the Rockes last week.Â Moving to the rarified air in Colorado wonâ€™t help his numbers but the Rockes might get him some extra wins if he is allowed to start instead of come out of the pen.
Morgan Ensberg (1B/3B, Padres):Â The Padres have decided to get Ensberg more at bats and will play Ensberg in a platoon at first as well as at third base when they can.Â Â Heâ€™s hit three home runs since coming over from the Astros at the July 31st trading deadline.
Ratchet them down!
Willy Tavaras (OF, Rockies): Was placed on the 15 day DL with a groin strain.Â Â Taverasâ€™ main use is speed and the groin strain is likely to restrict that for more than 2 weeks.
Prince Fielder (1B, Brewers):Â Is appealing a 3 game suspension handed down this week for a confrontation with an umpire last weekend. Fielder made contat with the umpire during the argument.Â Â Heâ€™s likely to have the suspension reduced but its likely to sit him for at least one game next week.
Nomar Garciaparra (3B, Dodgers):Â Was placed on the 15 day DL with a strained left calf.
Adrian Gonzalez (1B, Padres):Â Will lose some at bats to Morgan Ensberg whoâ€™ll start playing first against lefties.
Mark Kotsay (OF, Aâ€™s):Â Was placed on the 15 day DL with back spasms.
Ryan Doutmit (OF, Pirates):Â Was plade on the 15 day DL with an injured wrist.
Doug Mirabelli (C, Red Sox): Was placed on the 15 day DL with a strain in his right calf.Â He wasnâ€™t much of a fantasy contributor as he pretty much only catches when Tim Wakefield pitches anyhow.
Craig Monroe (OF, Tigers):Â Was cut by the team who now has a ten day window to trade him before giving him his unconditional release.
Brian Fuentes (RP, Rockies):Â Has come off the DL but has lost the closers job.
Adam Eaton (SP, Phillies):Â Heâ€™s been dreadful all season and now heâ€™s headed to the DL.Â It can only help.
Nick Johnson (1B, Nationals):Â Wonâ€™t be back this season.
Miguel Olivo (C, Marlins):Â Strained his groin and likely will end up on the DL.