Sunday, April 21, 2013

Fantasy Baseball Week 4 - Preferred Pitching Matchups

The Miami Marlins will get that much needed designated hitter this week as they begin a 2 game series with the Minnesota Twins.  My guess would be that Austin Kearns and/or Chris Coghlan get some extra ABs but no Marlin should be in your starting lineup unless you are in the deepest of leagues or NL-only.  Yes that includes Giancarlo Stanton for the time being!

The Atlanta Braves will get to add even more pop to their lineup this weekend in Detroit as they take on the Tigers.  With Dan Uggla reportedly headed toward a DL stint, Ramiro Pena should get extra playing at 2B this week, and he has been swinging a hot bat.  NL-only guys should be targeting him.  As far as the extra ABs with the DH, Freddie Freeman should return ahead of this trip to the Motor City, so Juan Francisco should take the DH ABs as Chris Johnson moves back to 3B.

After an emotional week, the Boston Red Sox get to stay home host 7 games at Fenway Park.  The Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals also get to play 7 home games this week.

The Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets and San Diego Padres will each host 6 home games this week.

The Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays will spend the entire week on the road.  The Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers will also spend the week on the road with a travel day on Thursday.

Two Start Pitchers

A.J. Burnett - Pittsburgh Pirates

A.J. Griffin - Oakland Athletics

Alexi Ogando - Texas Rangers
Alfredo Aceves - Boston Red Sox

Bartolo Colon - Oakland Athletics
  • @ Alfredo Aceves - Boston Red Sox
  • vs Chris Tillman - Baltimore Orioles

CC Sabathia - New York Yankees
Cole Hamels - Philadelphia Phillies

David Price - Tampa Bay Rays

Derek Holland - Texas Rangers

Dylan Axelrod - Chicago White Sox

Felix Hernandez - Seattle Mariners
  • @ Brad Peacock - Houston Astros
  • vs Joe Blanton - Los Angeles Angels
Hisashi Iwakuma - Seattle Mariners
  • @ Bud Norris - Houston Astros
  • vs Jason Vargas - Los Angeles Angels

Jonathon Niese - New York Mets
  • vs Ted Lilly - Los Angeles Dodgers
  • vs Cole Hamels - Philadelphia Phillies
Jose Quintana - Chicago White Sox
Justin Masterson - Cleveland Indians
  • @ Dylan Axelrod - Chicago White Sox
  • @ Jeremy Guthrie - Kansas City Royals

Kyle Lohse - Milwaukee Brewers
Matt Moore - Tampa Bay Rays
  • vs CC Sabathia - New York Yankees
  • @ Dylan Axelrod - Chicago White Sox
Max Scherzer - Detroit Tigers
  • vs Jeremy Guthrie - Kansas City Royals
  • vs Mike Minor - Atlanta Braves
Mike Minor - Atlanta Braves
  • @ Jeff Francis - Colorado Rockies
  • @ Max Scherzer - Detroit Tigers (Interleague w/ DH)
Patrick Corbin - Arizona Diamondbacks
R.A. Dickey - Toronto Blue Jays
Ross Detwiler - Washington Nationals

Ryan Vogelsong - San Francisco Giants
  • vs Wade Miley - Arizona Diamondbacks
  • @ Jason Marquis - San Diego Padres

Shelby Miller - St. Louis Cardinals
  • @ Dan Haren - Washington Nationals
  • vs Jeff Locke - Pittsburgh Pirates
Tony Cingrani - Cincinnati Reds

Wade Miley - Arizona Diamondbacks
  • @ Ryan Vogelsong - San Francisco Giants
  • vs Jeff Francis - Colorado Rockies

Yovani Gallardo - Milwaukee Brewers
  • @ Tyson Ross - San Diego Padres
  • @ Ted Lilly - Los Angeles Dodgers

Streaming Pitching
Kevin Correia - Minnesota Twins (Mon, April 22)
  • vs Ricky Nolasco - Miami Marlins
    • The Marlins offense is terrible and Correia has lasted 7 innings in all 3 starts, never allowing more than 3 runs.  Expect similar results.
Patrick Corbin - Arizona Diamondbacks (Tues, April 23)
  • @ Matt Cain - San Francisco Giants
    • Yes, I know,  Matt Cain is 10x the pitcher Corbin is, and its probably a terrible matchup on paper.  But, Corbin is 2-0 with an ERA below 3, while Cain is 0-2 with an ERA over 7!  Cain has allowed 18 earned runs in 22 innings of work this season so at the moment, he is beatable.  Corbin on the other hand just shut down a hot New York Yankees lineup.
Jose Quintana - Chicago White Sox (Wed, April 24)
  • @ Zach McAllister - Cleveland Indians
    • The Indians lineup has been hitting for power as of late, but Quintana is the best pitcher most likely available.  If you follow us on twitter, you wouldn't have this problem of looking for a guy today because we told you to add Jose after his last start! 
Garrett Richards - Los Angeles Angels (Thurs, April 25)
  • @ Brandon Maurer - Seattle Mariners
    • Richards is coming off a shutout of the Detroit Tigers, and the potential has always been there.  The Mariners aren't even in the same conversation as the Tigers offensively.
Justin Grimm - Texas Rangers (Fri, April 26)
  • @ Scott Diamond - Minnesota Twins
    • Grimm has pitched just 10 innings this season all against the Seattle Mariners (2 appearances) but he could easily give you a quality start against a struggling Twins offense.  The Rangers will also provide enough run support to earn a W.
Wily Peralta - Milwaukee Brewers (Sat, April 27)
  • @ Stephen Fife - Los Angeles Dodgers
    • The Dodgers offense has not been great and Peralta is still a top pitching prospect, despite the slow start.  If there Brewers are going to beat up on any Dodgers pitcher it will be Fife.
Patrick Corbin - Arizona Diamondbacks (Sun, April 28)
  • vs Jon Garland - Colorado Rockies
    • I am probably pressing my luck here, hoping Corbin strings together a 3rd straight start with 7 IP & 7 Ks, especially against this Rockies lineup, but there are not many options.  Hopefully, being a Sunday the Rockies will give a starter or two the day off and ease up on the young kid!  By the way, considering he made this list twice this week, you MIGHT want to consider holding onto him for a while!

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