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Now’s the time that you realize your fantasy season is over and you start trading everyone to get Vernon Wells, because you think it’s the old Vernon, who didn’t steal 100 mil from the Blue jays. Come on, seriously. This is a marathon, not a walk to the fridge. As I previously stated SP is the hardest to forecast, wins especially. So have no fear and go crazy with the waiver wire and get yourself back in the “streaming” mood. Here is the week 2 starters who might not be owned in your league that may give you a huge gift basket full of joy with some left over peeps from Easter.

Jeremy Guthrie (TB vs. Garza) (Oak vs. Duchscherer)
This guy is like that last shot on a Saturday night.  You know you shouldn’t.  Your judgment is all screwy and you’re still looking for the grenade to bring home. Home/away spilts are fairly evenly bad, but Charm City is going to score some runs this year. Losing all games to date by one run.  Roll the dice on both starts.

Brian Matusz (TB vs. Niemann)( Oak vs. Anderson)
If he isn’t owned in your league, then you probably play in a 8 team league with all your uncles.  Pick him up posthaste in any league, any format.  May get Sonnanstine start one, and for the baseball purest start 2 may be a matchup of the best two young lefties in baseball.

Fausto Carmona (Tex vs. Harden)( CHW vs. Floyd)
Here is your wing man on Saturday night, who bought you that shot. This guy is a roster move enigma.  Lots of people bit on the ST hype, guess what? Tuffy Rhodes was also the number one pick up after day one of a baseball season. Two home starts are always a fave of mine. Shaky rollercoaster all season. Avoid.

Max Scherzer (KC vs. Hochevar) (@Sea vs. Rowland-Smith)
His last name makes Johnny Jolly want to be friends with him. Already pitched very effective against KC, but the Sunshine Band hits him pretty good. Second start is an easy call matchup-wise by name alone.  Will have a down start here or there and I’m predicting it against Seattle.

Luke Hochevar (@Det vs. Scherzer) (@Minn vs. Blackburn)
Is the barber to the “oldest profession” in the world, well phonetically he is. First start may wish you regretted even laughing at that joke, Minnesota’s new digs is going to be a pitchers’ park, but freezing. Not a personal fave of mine and I’m not big on either start.

Carl Pavano (Bos vs. Lester) (KC vs. Hochevar)
The “small market” wonder, started well vs. Angels.  Almost too well.  Versus the Red Sox isn’t going to be pretty. Will look completely different in second start. End of the week gamble if you’re behind and need a quality start.

Justin Duchscherer (@ Sea vs. Rowland-Smith) ( @ Balt vs. Guthrie)
Has the goods, just in a damaged box. Got torched by SEA earlier in week 1, albeit at Home. May get redemption road style. Like his chances more against Guthrie. Watch first start, and follow along.

Ryan Rowland-Smith (Oak vs. Duchscherer) (Det vs. Scherzer)
Big time deep sleeper for this year.  Will get a lot of favorable matchups in the AL West. Pitched okay vs. A’s first go around and the change of park serves him well. Not so nervous vs. Detroit as I should be. I’m taking a flier in most leagues.

Barry Zito (Pitt vs. Ohlendorf) (@ LAD vs. Kershaw)
Huge add in leagues after week one magic show.  Watched his start on DVR, looked awesome, like when Zito had wingmen called Mulder and Huddy. Grab ASAP, start one will probably be a 3ER in 6 innings kind of affair. I’d take that all day. Second is another sneaky good matchup of lefties.

Doug Davis (@CHC vs. Dempster) (@ Was vs. Hernandez)
Innings gobbler, got on the wrong end of a Colorado whooping stick again. Huge offensive potential behind him that can blow up. Can get you 7 Ks a game with a 5 era. I’m liking the second start better. Is an avoid for me for both starts.

Kevin Correia (Atl vs. Jurrjens) (Ari vs. Kennedy)
Pitched good enough to win vs. Arizona in week one.  His offense is garbage behind him.  2 starts at home for any Padres pitcher is a bonus. Favorably matchup in second start . Top add of the week or should be, hurry up.

Ross Ohlendorf (@ SF vs. Zito) (Cin vs. Cueto)
Another guy who pitched well enough to win.  I think it was Robot’s day off. Gets 2 okay matchups vs. teams that are offensive conundrums. A semi-risky add for anyone looking to juice up the chances for a week 2 victory.

Ian Kennedy (@ Lad vs. Kershaw) (@ SD vs. Correia)
Pitched great in week one by his standards.  2 road starts, one vs. C-Saw and another in Petco. What more needs to be said about the second start? I like him for 12 Ks this week and at least one win. Grab him like you stole it.

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  1. John says:
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    How do you compare Pettitte and Zito?

  2. jefe says:
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    So torn b/w Hoch and Duch this week.

  3. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @John: I like both this year, i have a bet that Pettitte wins more games than Burnett. Zito will be more up and down with less run support.
    @jefe: based on match up i’d go Duch

  4. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Any worthwhile sites that give pitching matchup advice a little earlier? I’ve got to put my weekly roster together by Saturday night.

    I’m not looking to replace Razzball in any way, shape, or form, just looking for a supplement for some info a day or two sooner.

  5. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @Buge Hoobs: MLB website itself is pretty handy.

  6. Yo Soy No Bueno says:
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    Any thoughts on Cueto’s two starts?

  7. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @Yo Soy No Bueno: Like the second match up better but if he is available i would defiantely like both starts. Pitched well in first start, no HR’s, which is great for him.

  8. PaddyTwoTimes says:
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    Gio with 1 start but against M’s or

    Ian Kenn?

  9. len says:
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    If Zito and Correia are both out there, who do you prefer for this week?

  10. Yo Soy No Bueno says:
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    @Smokey: Thanks Smokey. How do you feel about matching your opponents projected starts. I can match my opponent without starting Cueto but starting Neftali Perez or Aardsma instead. I could also go two starts up on him by starting Cueto. Thoughts?

  11. Smokey

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    @PaddyTwoTimes: kennedy, gio maybe a good add also to stash for next weeks 2 starts, altough one would be against the yanks.

  12. PaddyTwoTimes says:
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    Thanks for the quick answer man. Gotta do rosters tonight. Appreciate it.

  13. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @Yo Soy No Bueno: depends on if your short on saves, Feliz isn’t in the equation for me. If your covered in saves @ starts of cueto are a good thing. Aardsma would only pitch 4 innings maybe.

  14. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @PaddyTwoTimes: Thats why i’m here, that and my looks…lol

  15. Yo Soy No Bueno says:
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    @Smokey: I got Bell and K-Rod. Roll with Cueto then, eh?

  16. Yo Soy No Bueno says:
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    @Smokey: Also, do you like Hughes or Cueto’s two starts? Thanks Smokey!

  17. Chicago Mike says:
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    Zito or Ian Kennedy for the next 2 starts?

  18. Tele says:
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    Looking to improve my ERA, as my starters keep getting shelled early… Correia, Zito, Kennedy? A W or two would be icing on the cake. :P Thanks in advance. :)

  19. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @Yo Soy No Bueno: Cueto to both, Hughes only pitches once this week.

  20. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @Chicago Mike: Zito
    @Tele: Zito out of those choices

  21. Tele says:
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    Thanks again. However, if there’s a better choice, please share. :P

  22. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @Tele: Don’t know who is avail.

  23. Tele says:
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    League isn’t very deep. Slowey, Sheets, Hughes, Davis, Zito, etc. Haven’t done this in a while and just looking for a quick fix.

  24. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @Tele: slowey, zito, sheets, hughes, (doug) davis? in that order

  25. Tele says:
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    Sorry, Wade Davis. Thanks.

  26. Smokey

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    @Tele: would keep it the same order than.

  27. SiddFinch says:
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    Help needed greatly, pick 2 of 3, please. Lineups lock weekly, W-L, QS, ERA, WHIP, K/9, S

    Justin Duchsherer, Kevin Correia, Randy Wells (1 start, home against Brewers).

    Bonus Question: Napoli or Snyder? Eff Scioscia, but hey, I only picked Nap after missing out on Montero.

    Thanks! Keep up the great work.

  28. GrandSlamSingle says:
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    Are you sure about Kennedy vs. Correia? Both CBS and MLB have Correia pitching on the 17th and Kennedy on the 18th.

  29. floridamach1 says:
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    Thoughts on Casey Janssen? He has both SP and RP eligibility in my league which is just super

  30. floridamach1 says:
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    Or even Latroy Hawkins now that Hoff has blown 2

  31. floridamach1 says:
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    Or Jim Johnson? Replacing Gonzalez?

  32. mrbaseball says:
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    Jay Bruce has been dropped by 5910 teams in Yahoo! leagues

  33. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @mrbaseball: After one week? A lotta impatient owners out there.

  34. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @Smokey: Thanks for column and service.

    Wondering what you thought of Mike Leake’s performance today. I already picked him up in Razzball. Walked 7 in 6 innings, but I think that it has more to do with nervousness then inherent wildness. I never heard of a pitcher that young who has command of five pitches.

  35. Jackie says:
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    I own Borbon, Morgan and Bourne in a 12-team 5×5. I desperately need power. Think Borbon is too much to give for Hawpe?

  36. Jackie says:
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    THoughts on Big Papi anyone? Is he cooked or does he rebound a bit this year?

  37. Smokey

    smokey says:
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    @floridamach1: Jassen is a win sniper
    @Jackie: hawpe for borbon is fair in my eye
    @Jackie: Papi is in a slow start again, he will put up similarly bad numbers to last years when all is said and done@SiddFinch: i know im probably late but Duch and Correia. Snyder for now.
    @Paulie Allnuts: I was all over Leake in ST saw him pitch, awesome stuff the walks are a first start jitter, has plus 3 pitches and works the strike zone well for a younger pitcher, i see him as a future #2.

  38. fredaycouples says:
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    Jim Johnson or keep Mr. Mike Gonzalez?

  39. Smokey

    smokey says:
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    @fredaycouples: Keep Gonzo and add JJ if you can don’t completely abandon ship on a closer on a bad team it changes four times before the realize that they aren’t going anywhere.

  40. Tom Reale says:
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    @smokey: No love for Romero this week?
    Skank Razor-burned me too many times last year.

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