Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fantasy Baseball Week 5 - Preferred Pitching Matchups

The Philadelphia Phillies will travel to Cleveland on Tuesday to face the Indians.  In just a 2 game series, the Phillies will be able to add an extra bat to their lineup, utilizing the DH position.  It is possible that the Phillies give any of their infielders a day off from fielding slotting one of Jimmy Rollins, Michael Young, Chase Utley or Ryan Howard at DH while Laynce Nix or Kevin Frandsen fills in.  Scratch that, the Phillies have activated Delmon Young and he will most likely get all of the DH ABs in Cleveland.

The second interleague series features the Colorado Rockies hosting the Tampa Bay Rays.  Without that DH the Rays will have to rotate Sam Fuld, Shelley Duncan, Ryan Roberts and maybe even Matt Joyce for the 3 game set in Colorado.  But Desmond Jennings, Ben Zobrist and Evan Longoria should see some nice stats at the friendly confines of Coors Field!
The Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals and Milwaukee Brewers host 7 home games this week.

The New York Yankees, Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays will host 6 home games.

The Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals spend the entire week on the road while the Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, and Tampa Bay Rays play two 3 game series on the road.


Two Start Pitchers
Adam Wainwright - St. Louis Cardinals
 Alex Cobb TB
Andy Pettitte NYY
Brandon Morrow TOR
Gio Gonzalez - Washington Nationals
Ian Kennedy - Arizona Diamondbacks
Jaime Garcia - St. Louis Cardinals
Jason Hammel - Baltimore Orioles
Jeff Samardzija CHC
Jon Lester BOS
  • at Brandon Morrow - Toronto Blue Jays
  • at Yu Darvish - Texas Rangers
Jose Fernandez - Miami Marlins
Jose Quintana - Chicago White Sox
  • at Yu Darvish - Texas Rangers
  • at Luis Mendoza - Kansas City Royals
Julio Teheran - Atlanta Braves
Justin Verlander - Detroit Tigers
Marco Estrada - Milwaukee Brewers
  • vs James McDonald - Pittsburgh Pirates
  • vs Jaime Garcia - St. Louis Cardinals
Mat Latos - Cincinnati Reds
  • at Adam Wainwright - St. Louis Cardinals
  • at Edwin Jackson - Chicago Cubs
Matt Cain - San Francisco Giants
  • at Ian Kennedy - Arizona Diamondbacks
  • vs Ted Lilly - Los Angeles Dodgers
Matt Harvey - New York Mets
  • at Jose Fernandez - Miami Marlins
  • at Tim Hudson - Atlanta Braves
Max Scherzer - Detroit Tiers
  • vs Mike Pelfrey - Minnesota Twins
  • at Lucas Harrell - Houston Astros
Roy Halladay - Philadelphia Phillies
Stephen Strasburg - Washington Nationals
  • at Julio Teheran - Atlanta Braves
  • at Jeff Locke - Pittsburgh Pirates
Ted Lilly - Los Angeles Dodgers
  • vs Tyler Chatwood - Colorado Rockies
  • at Matt Cain - San Francisco Giants
Tim Hudson - Atlanta Braves
  • vs Gio Gonzalez - Washington Nationals
  • vs Matt Harvey - New York Mets
Wandy Rodriguez - Pittsburgh Pirates
  • at Yovani Gallardo - Milwaukee Brewers
  • vs Gio Gonzalez - Washington Nationals
Yovani Gallardo Milwaukee Brewers
  • vs Wandy Rodriguez - Pittsburgh Pirates
  • vs Adam Wainwright - St. Louis Cardinals
Yu Darvish - Texas Rangers
  • vs Jose Quintana - Chicago White Sox
  • vs Jon Lester - Boston Red Sox
Streaming Pitching
Dan Straily - Oakland Athletics
  • vs Tommy Hanson - Los Angeles Angels (Mon, April 29)
    • Straily is getting his second start of the season, after striking out 11 Astros back on April 5th.  In the minors, he went 3-0 over 3 starts striking out 20 batters in 18.2 innings.  Hold onto him because Brett Anderson might miss his second start of the week, making Straily a two start pitcher!
Edinson Volquez - San Diego Padres
  • @ Edwin Jackson - Chicago Cubs (Tues, April 30)
    • Volquez has looked much better in his last 2 starts, pitching 13 innings and allowing just 2 earned runs.  The Cubs offense has not been great so this is another good matchup for Volquez and the Padres should score some runs off Jackson.
Trevor Bauer - Cleveland Indians
  • vs Cliff Lee - Philadelphia Phillies (Wed, May 1)
    • Obviosuly I do not think he can beat Lee, but there is limited available pitching on Wednesday and Bauer is a top prospect.  Yeah he walked 7 guys in his only start back in the beginning of April, but that is more than he has walked in 3 starts in the minors.  Plus he has 24 Ks in just 18 innings against AAA hitting.  The Phillies have not been that great offensively so as long as he is not walking batter after batter, Bauer should be able to provide you with decent stats.
Travis Wood - Chicago Cubs
  • vs Eric Stults - San Diego Padres (Thurs, May 2)
    • Here is what Travis Wood does, pitches 6-7 innings and allows 2 earned runs, while striking out 4 or 5 batters.  Thats pretty good for a streaming pitcher on a travel day!
Carlos Villanueva - Chicago Cubs
  • vs Mike Leake - Cincinnati Reds (Fri, May 3)
    • Very rarely will the Cubs have back to back pitchers on this list, but Villanueva has been great this season with an 0.82 WHIP and a 2.21 ERA over 5 starts.  As long as he gets you a quality start, it was worth the stream!
Kevin Correia - Minnesota Twins
  • @ Scott Kazmir - Cleveland Indians (Sat, May 4)
    • Correia is a pitcher who rarely gets beat too bad.  That combined with the disaster that is Scott Kazmir and the Twins should come away victorious and Correia will at least earn you a quality start.
Kevin Slowey - Miami Marlins
  • @ Roy Halladay - Philadelphia Phillies
    •  Slowey has been very effective this season against some good competition, including a game against the Phillies.  Slowey really can't hurt you and could really help help your team WHIP and ERA on the last day of your matchup.

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