This week the Washington Nationals host the Chicago White Sox in DC. I am sure the President will be attending a game to root for his hometown team. The New York Mets will travel to Minnesota to take on the Twins in the first interleague game in an American League ballpark. Jordany Valdespin will most likely be the guy added to the lineup, be it as a DH or in the outfield for Lucas Duda.
The Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals play 6 home games this week. This is great news for the Angels who just spent the beginning of last week playing in Cincinnati with no DH! The Royals also return home to play with a DH after a series in Philly.
The Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays spend the entire week on the road.
Two Start Pitchers
Alexi Ogando- Texas Rangers
Andy Pettitte - New York Yankees
- at Brett Myers - Cleveland Indians
- vs Wei-Yen Chen - Baltimore Orioles
C.J. Wilson - Los Angeles Angels
- vs Tommy Milone - Oakland Athletics
- vs Bud Norris - Houston Astros
Clay Buchholz - Boston Red Sox
- vs Wei-Yin Chen - Baltimore Orioles
- vs Jeremy Hellickson - Tampa Bay Rays
Gio Gonzalez - Washington Nationals
- vs Jake Peavy - Chicago White Sox (Interleague no-DH)
- vs Paul Maholm - Atlanta Braves
Hiroki Kuroda - New York Yankees
- at Ubaldo Jimenez - Cleveland Indians
- vs Jason Hammel - Baltimore Orioles
Hyun-Jin Ryu - Los Angeles Dodgers
- at Clayton Richard - San Diego Padres
- at Brandon McCarthy - Arizona Diamondbacks
Jake Peavy - Chicago White Sox
- at Gio Gonzalez - Washington Nationals (Interleague no-DH)
- at Brett Myers - Cleveland Indians
Jeremy Hellickson - Tampa Bay Rays
- at Alexei Ogando - Texas Rangers
- at Clay Buchholz - Boston Red Sox
Lucas Harrell - Houston Astros
- at Joe Saunders - Seattle Mariners
- at Joe Blanton - Los Angeles Angels
Madison Bumgarner - San Francisco Giants
Mat Latos - Cincinnati Reds
- at Jaime Garcia - St. Louis Cardinals
- at Wandy Rodriguez - Pittsburgh Pirates
Matt Harvey - New York Mets
Roy Halladay - Philadelphia Phillies
- vs Matt Harvey - New York Mets
- at Kevin Slowey - Miami Marlins
Paul Maholm - Atlanta Braves
- @ Kevin Slowey - Miami Marlins (Mon, April 8)
- The Marlins have proved they are not going to score runs very often, which was expected. Maholm is solid pitcher and can easily hold Miami to less than 3 runs, but if the Nationals series with Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann is any indication, they will not strikeout often! Take the W and a low ERA, WHIP.
- vs Mike Pelfrey - Minnesota Twins (Tues, April 9)
- This guy fell off the face of planet fantasy at the start of last season after being traded to KC from the San Francisco Giants, but read this from his ESPN player page "...in August and September, Guthrie started 12 games, going 5-1 with a 2.34 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. Take out a debacle versus Boston and those drop to 1.73 and .97." He shut down the power hitting White Sox while adding 9 Ks in his first start. The Twins took 2 of 3 from the Tigers & Orioles, but if you need a starter on Tuesday, Guthrie is a decent option.
- vs Brad Peacock - Houston Astros (Wed, April 10)
- When in doubt, add the pitcher facing the Houston Astros! Beavan is 6'7 253 pounds yet is not a strike out pitcher, much like Big Pelf. But the Astros are almost an automatic 4-6 Ks for any starter on a bad day. Blake is an innings eater who has not allowed
more than 4 ER in a start since July 17, 2012so he really can't hurt you.
- The White Sox scored 5 earned but the Astros are not the White Sox
- vs A.J. Griffin - Oakland Athletics (Thurs, April 11)
- Pitching for the Seattle Mariners last season, Vargas went 2-1 against the A's with a 2.18 ERA. He struck out 35 batters in 41.1 innings pitched and allowed just 26 hits over 6 starts. He even had a complete game against them. With the run support he SHOULD receive from this Angels offense and Vargas is sure to walk away with a W.
- @ Tyson Ross - San Diego Padres (Fri, April 12)
- This matchup took place back on April 6 and Garland held the Padres weak offense to just 2 runs over 6 innings, earning the W. He added a couple strike outs and the Rockies offense has been scoring a ton of runs.
- vs Cole Hamels - Philadelphia Phillies (Sat, April 13)
- Fernandez dominated the Mets lineup in his major league debut hitting 97 on the radar gun. He has tremendous stuff, and carries himself like a veteran on the field. Most importantly he throws strikes! Take the strikeouts and expect 5-6 solid innings.
- vs Tim Lincecum - San Francisco Giants (Sun, April 14)
- Lincecum can't do his job of keeping runners off base and the scoreboard. That is a plus for Wood before the game begins! The Giants offense is not typically going to run up the score on you either. If Wood can keep the Cubbies in the game, he has a shot at a W...that is as long as Carlos Marmol doesn't have anything to say about it!