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Fantasy Baseball Week 8 (5/21 - 5/27)

5/25 - Emilio Bonifacio will miss the next 4-6 weeks after thumb surgery.  The Miami Marlins originally placed him on the DL with just a sprain so this is suprising news for fantasy owners.  In an attempt to replace his stolen bases, Jordan Schafer has 13 steals and is still just 46% owned in Yahoo leagues.

The Detroit Tigers have finally placed Austin Jackson on the 15-Day DL with an abdominal strain.  He has not played since May 16 so AJax should be back as early as June 1.

5/22 - Kevin Youkilis IS in the Red Sox lineup tonight and will play first base.  This means that Adrian Gonzalez will be manning Right Field while rookie Will Middlebrooks gets to stay at third.

Miguel Montero left the Diamondbacks game last night after tweaking his groin.  He is currently listed Day-to-Day and obviously will sit out the next couple of games.  Fix your lineups accordingly!

Interleague play is over and the American League once again proved that they are the dominate league going 24-18 this weekend.

Division Leaders to Start the Week
AL East - Baltimore Orioles
AL Central - Cleveland Indians
AL West - Texas Rangers
AL Wildcard - Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays

NL East - Atlanta Braves
NL Central - St. Louis Cardinals
NL West - Los Angeles Dodgers
NL Wildcard - Washingotn Nationals, New York Mets / Miami Marlins

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Pitching Probables

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Can't decide which utility player to use?  Don't know which relief pitcher to leave in?  Did your player recently get injured and now you don't know if you should hold onto him or use the waiver wire?  If you have ANY roster questions, don't hesitate to leave a comment!

Teams Playing 7 Games

Atlanta Braves (26-16) - This years Braves are winning a little differently then the Braves of the past.  With the offense rolling and top 10 in nearly every category, the pitching is preventing Atlanta from owning the best record in baseball.  The Braves are 12-7 in May.

Cincinnati Reds (21-19) - The Reds pitching staff has done a mediocre job keeping guys off the base paths, but are doing a great job keeping them from scoring, which has lead to the 9th best ERA in all of baseball.  The offense needs to step it up if they want to win a WEAK NL Central division.  The Reds are 12-8 in May.

Los Angeles Angels (18-24) - The Angels own the 12th best team batting average in baseball, yet are just 25h in runs scored.  The pitching staff is third in quality starts and 9th in WHIP yet they are just 16th in ERA.  The Angels are 10-9 in May.

Miami Marlins (22-19) - The offensive woes continue for the Marlins as they ranked bottom 10 in nearly all offensive categories, but the pitching staff has been unreal.  First in quality starts and 4th in ERA, the Marlins are pitching their way towards the top of the NL East.  If the bats ever get going, the Marlins could run away with the East.  The Marlins are 14-5 in May.

New York Mets (22-19) - The Mets are 8th in batting average and 5th in OBP, but their lack of power (19th in SLG) has lead to just 172 runs (15th).  The starting rotation has given them 24 quality starts (9th) but the bullpen has boosted the teams ERA to 4.90 (27th).  The Mets are 9-9 in May.

Philadelphia Phillies (21-21) - The Phillies are not struggling offensively as fans may make you believe.  They are currently in the middle of the pack of nearly all offensive categories, but the Phillies we are used to were always near the top.  Starting pitching has been excellent for the Phils as they rank 1st in quality starts.  As a team they are 4th in WHIP and own a 12th best ERA of 3.62.  The Phillies are 10-9 in May.

San Diego Padres (16-26) - As expected the Padres offense ranks nearly last in all offensive categories.  And just like every other year, the pitching staff has combined for the 6th best ERA in all of baseball.  The Padres are 9-9 in May.

Seattle Mariners (19-24) - Much like the Padres, everyone expected the Mariners to struggle offensively.  But for this team to own the 18th best? ERA in baseball is hard to believe.  They are 6th in WHIP and 10 in BAA so where do the runs come from?  They have allowed 45 HRs this season..thats the 4th worst in the MLB.  The Mariners are 8-11 in May.

San Francisco Giants (21-20) - San Fran has similar issues that the Mets have.  They are 9th in batting average but their lack of power has prevented them from taking advantage of base runners.  Even with all of Tim Lincecum's struggles this season, the Giants are still top 10 in nearly every pitching category.  The Giants are 10-9 in May.

St. Louis Cardinals (22-19) - St. Louis is top 5 in nearly all offensive categories, and that is without Lance Berkman for the majority of the season(and most likely the remainder of it).  The pitching staff has been just average and will need to step its game up soon to return to the playoffs.  The offense can not continue to rake at this pace for 162 games.  The Cardinals are 8-11 in May.

  • The Cincinnati Reds, Miami Marlins, Seattle Mariners and St. Louis Cardinals play all 7 games at home. 
    • The Arizona Diamondbacks, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics and Pittsburgh Pirates play all 6 games at home.
  • The Los Angeles Angels, San Diego Padres, and San Francisco Giants play all 7 games on the road. 
    • The Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals play all 6 games on the road.
Two Start Pitchers
For a more in depth breakdown of each starter, check Roto Info post

Adam WainwrightSTLvsSD vsPHI
Brandon BeachyATL@CIN vsWAS
Bud NorrisHOUvsCHC @LAD
Chris CapuanoLAD@ARI vsHOU
Clay BuchholzBOS@BAL vsTB
Clayton RichardSD@STL @NYM
Edinson VolquezSD@STL @NYM
Erik BedardPITvsNYM vsCHC
Felipe PaulinoKC@NYY @BAL
Felix HernandezSEAvsTEX vsLAA
Gavin FloydCWSvsMIN vsCLE
Gio GonzalezWAS@PHI @ATL
Hector NoesiSEAvsTEX vsLAA
Hiroki KurodaNYYvsKC @OAK
Jaime GarciaSTLvsSD vsPHI
Jamie MoyerCOL@MIA @CIN
Jeremy HellicksonTBvsTOR @BOS
Jerome WilliamsLAA@OAK @SEA
Johan SantanaNYM@PIT vsSD
Kyle DrabekTOR@TB @TEX
Kyle KendrickPHIvsWAS @STL
Madison BumgarnerSF@MIL @MIA
Mark BuehrleMIAvsCOL vsSF
Mat LatosCINvsATL vsCOL
Matt CainSF@MIL @MIA
Matt GarzaCHC@HOU @PIT
Mike LeakeCINvsATL vsCOL
Mike MinorATL@CIN vsWAS
P.J. WaltersMIN@CWS vsDET
Patrick CorbinARIvs. LAD vsMIL
R.A. DickeyNYM@PIT vsSD
Randy WolfMILvsSF @ARI
Rick PorcelloDET@CLE @MIN
Ricky NolascoMIAvsCOL vsSF
Roy HalladayPHIvsWAS @STL
Tommy HunterBALvsBOS vsKC
Tommy MiloneOAKvsLAA vsNYY
Ubaldo JimenezCLEvsDET @CWS
Yu DarvishTEX@SEA vsTOR