Javier Vazquez had a good outing on Wednesday and might be getting the kinks worked out. The Yankees will skip him again this week in preparation for a Friday start against the Mets. It looks like the Yankees are trying to bring him back into the fold slowly to make sure he is mentally ready. This might be your last chance to grab him if he finds his old form. But be aware that the Yankees will probably sit Vazquez from time to time until he is back to top form.
As I mentioned, the Yankees will play the Mets which means that interleague play starts this weekend. Pay attention to American League designated hitters taking a seat on the bench in National League parks and some National League hitters getting extra at bats as designated hitters if they are playing in American League parks.
Also, all 30 Major League teams play seven games this week.
Now, the projected 2-start pitchers for 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:
Five best bets for double-start pitchers this week
1. Roy Halladay is always the top pick, no matter who he faces. He gets a weak Pittsburgh before he faces an underachieving Boston squad, both at home.
2. Chris Carpenter also gets two starts at home (vs WAS, vs LAA) against two mediocre opponents. A big week awaits Carpenter.
3. Josh Johnson is putting it together and gets two weak opponents (vs ARI, at CWS). Play him with confidence.
4. Yovani Gallardo has been mowing down opponents (41 Ks over his last 5 starts). Two road starts (at CIN, at MIN) will be a bit of a challenge, but Gallardo should be up to the task.
5. C.J. Wilson gets two home starts against two mediocre offenses (vs LAA, vs CHC). Wilson is pitching well, but as the summer heats up in Texas, so does the scoreboard.