|The Fantasy Ticker (September 24 to 30)|
Written by Jonathan Leshanski (Contact & Archive) on September 22, 2007
Our Suggested Two Start Pitchers for this week:
A.J. Burnett (9/24, 9/29 - @NYA, TB)
Felix Hernandez (9/25, 9/30 - CLE, TEX)
Ted Lilly (9/25, 9/30 - @FLA, @CIN)
Brad Penny (9/25, 9/30 - COL, SF)*
C.C. Sabathia (9/25, 9/30 -@SEA, @KC)*
Joe Saunders (9/25, 9/30 -@TEX, @OAK)
Chris Young (9/24, 9/29 - @SF, @MIL)*
You Make the Call:
Dave Bush (9/24, 9/29 -STL, SD)
Chuck James (9/25, 9/30 - @PHI, @HOU)
Mike Mussina (9/24, 9/30 -TOR, @BAL)
Micah Owings (9/25, 9/30 - @PIT, @COL)
Mike Pelfrey (9/24, 9/30 - WAS, FLA)
Nate Robertson (9/24, 9/29 - MIN, @CHA)*
Curt Schilling (9/25, 9/30 - OAK, MIN)*
Ian Snell (9/25, 9/30 - ARI, STL)
Jeff Suppan (9/25, 9/30 - STL, SD)*
Other Two Start Pitchers:
Daniel Cabrera (9/25, 9/30 - TOR, NYA)
Matt Chico (9/24, 9/29 - @NYN, @PHI)
Jose Contreras (9/25, 9/30 - KC, DET)
Josh Fogg (9/25, 9/30 - @LAD, ARI)
Matt Garza (9/25, 9/30 - @DET, @ BOS)
Armando Galarraga (9/24, 9/29 - LAA, @SEA)
Chad Gaudin (9/25, 9/30 - @BOS, LAA)
Jason Hamels (9/25, 9/30 - NYA, @TOR)
Jesse Litsch (9/25, 9/30 - @BAL, TB)
Brandon McCarthy (9/25, 9/30 - LAA, @SEA)
Jamie Moyer (9/25, 9/30 - ATL, WAS)
Felipe Paulino (9/25, 9/30 - @CIN, ATL)
Tom Shearn (9/25, 9/30 - HOU, CHN)
Carlos Silva (9/24, 9/29 - @ DET, @BOS)
Brett Tomko (9/25, 9/30 - @SF, @MIL)
Todd Wellemeyer (9/24, 9/30 - @MIL, @PIT)
Dontrelle Willis (9/25, 9/30 - CHN, @NYN)
Barry Zito (9/24, 9/29 - SD, @LAN)
* Denotes players likely to miss a start or see limited action this week as the playoff picture becomes clear.
Teams with 5 Games: A’s
Teams with 7 Games: Blue Jays, Brewers, Cardinals, Indians, Mariners, Mets, Orioles, Padres, Royals, Yankees
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): No Games.
Minute Maid Park (Houston): 3 games v. Braves.
Tropicana Field (Florida): .3 game v. Cubs
At Hitters Parks this week:
Fenway Park (Boston): 6 Games (2 v. A’s, 4 v. Twins).
Great American Ballpark (Cincinnati) 6 Games (3 each w/ Astros, Cubs)
Kaufman Stadium (Kansas City): 3 games v. Indians
Yankee Stadium (New York): 1 game v. Blue Jays
U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago): 6 Games (3 each v. Royals, Tigers)
Ratchet them up!
J.R. Towles (C, Astros): The rookie is making a case with his bat that the Astros should make him their catcher of the future. Coming into the weekend he’s hitting .400 with 2 home runs and 11 RBIs (admittedly 8 of them came in the 18-1 rout of the Cards on Thursday) in just 7 games. He could be a great final week pick up.
Carlos Delgado (1B, Mets): Delgado’s hip isn’t 100% but he’ll see at least light duty this upcoming week;
Christian Guzman (SS, Nationals): Came back off the DL and should play all of next week.
Gary Matthews Jr. (OF, Angels): Will return for at least some light duty this week to get ready for the playoffs.
Ratchet them down!
Greg Maddux (SP, Padres): Has a torn ligament in his right elbow. He’s likely done for the season.
Lasting Millege (OF, Mets): Will miss at least one game this week in order to serve a suspension.
Cesar izturis (SS, Pirates): Backup SS Izturis was pulled from Friday’s game with a sore elbow. It’s hardly a loss for fantasy players.
Jay Payton (OF, Orioles): Was suspended two games.
Ken Griffey Jr. (OF, Reds): Is done for the season due to a groin sprain.
Hunter Pence (OF, Astros): Suffered a back strain and will miss several games. He might be done for the season.
Chris Duncan (OF, Cardinals): Is done for the season due to a hernia. Cut him.
Daniel Cabrera (SP, Orioles): Was suspended six games by MLB for intentionally throwing a pitch at the head of Dustin Pedroia on Sept 7th. He’ll miss at least one start.
Alex Gonzalez (SS, Reds): Injured his knee on Wednesday and as of yet hasn’t been back. Don’t count on him next week.
Richie Sexson (1B, Mariners): will not play next week due to soreness in the tendons of his left hamstring.
Chris Duncan (OF, Cardinals): Will miss most or all of next week following hernia surgery.
Vernon Wells (OF, Blue Jays): Will undergo shoulder surgery early this week. He’s done for the season.
Albert Pujols (OF, Cardinals): May well be limited to pinch hitting duties the rest of the way.
Carl Crawford (OF, Devil Rays): is likely done for the season with a groin strain.
Lyle Overbay (1B/DH, Blue Jays): Is done for the season as of Tuesday when he’ll have surgery.