This week features several tough pitching matchups that you need to be aware of before declaring your starters. Chad Billingsley is having a good season and will be a stud for the next ten years, but you want to avoid Wednesday’s matchup despite the fact that the Giants are a weak hitting team (28th in team OPS). They don’t need to score many when Tim Lincecum takes the mound for a home game and with Billingsley’s struggles in his last two outings, he’s a “stay away from” guy.
Mark Buehrle set an MLB record for most consecutive innings of perfect baseball (45 straight innings with no base runners), but he’s going up against Felix Hernandez in Seattle. Though Seattle is 24th in OPS, Buehrle is still a “stay away from” guy facing King Felix. Finally, avoid Matt Cain in New York, even though the Mets are 23rd in team OPS. He is going up against Johan Santana, who is a stud at home (8-2, 2.07 ERA) even though he’s been just mediocre on the road (5-6, 4.09 ERA).
And without further ado, these pitchers should get two starts this week. For those of you in leagues who require you to set your lineup at the beginning of the week, these are guys you should strongly consider:
|BOS||Brad Penny, Junichi Tazawa|
|DET||Edwin Jackson, Rick Porcello|
|NYY||Sergio Mitre, Joba Chamberlain|
|SEA||Luke French, Doug Fister|
|CHC||Tom Gorzelanny, Rich Harden|
|CIN||Johnny Cueto, Justin Lehr|
|COL||Jorge de la Rosa, Aaron Cook|
|FLA||Rick VandenHurk, Chris Volstad|
|HOU||Brian Moehler, Roy Oswalt|