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The extended/new week is a pain in the you know what. It seems as though everyone knows who is pitching but have no idea of when. So I apologize in advance for the 3 comments that I will get that say “so and so isn’t pitching then and he isn’t a 2 start guy.”  So sit back relax, take the 6 minutes it takes to read this and if you have an extra 30 seconds drop me a comment.  Enjoy the week to come and good luck. (Please keep in mind that pitrchers and matchups change.)


Rubby De La Rosa @ SF – Bumgarner
Mike Leake @ Pit – Morton

Derek Holland @ Ana – Haren
Andrew Miller @ Bal – Arrieta
Joe Saunders vs. Mil – Narveson
Vance Worley @ CHC – Dempster

Doug Fister @ Tor – Morrow
Javier Vazquez vs. SD – Moseley

Ervin Santana @ Bal – Simon
Barry Zito vs. Mil – Marcum
Chris Volstad vs. NYM – Pelfrey


Tim Wakefield (@Bal vs. Guthrie, Sea vs. Pineda) Baltimore’s ERA is horrible — start your grandma’s bingo partner versus them. If you’re chasing wins, Wake’s an easy grab.

James McDonald (@Cin vs. Willis, STL vs. Lohse) Remember preseason when he was the only Pirates starter getting any juice in the drafts. Easily there #5 guy now. Battle for first place this week, let’s go Buccos!

Brett Cecil (Sea vs. Pineda, @Tex vs. Ogando) Needs quality innings under his belt, pitching is all about confidence. It’s either that or he wears really cool glasses. I can’t decide.

Chris Capuano (Fla vs. Hensley, @Fla vs. Hensley) So nice he gets Hensley twice. Hensley hasn’t started a game since ’08. I kind of like the odds that he doesn’t go more than 5 in both starts.

Tyler Chatwood (Tex vs. Ogando, Bal vs. Guthrie) Struggles against lefties. Doesn’t K enough to be a true fantasy contributor. Walking the same amount as you K doesn’t help his case any either. So basically I hate him.

Tim Stauffer (@Fla vs. Sanchez, @Phi vs. Halladay) A Padre out of the pet store. One of only a handful of starters with ERA under 3 and a losing record.

Dillon Gee (STL vs. Lohse, @Fla vs. Sanchez) ERA is significantly lower at home, duh. Starting to hit that innings wall and lose momentum. Rest for 3-4 starts then jump back on the G-wagon.

Jason Marquis (@Hou vs. Lyles, @Lad vs. Billingsley) ERA jump on the road. Gives up too many hits to have constant fantasy attention, league hits .295 against him. But, come on, it’s a start vs. the Astros.

Rick Porcello (Oak vs. Moscoso, @Min vs. Liriano) Rough sledding lately. Don’t lose faith, he is from the dirty Jerz. I will now listen to house music and sob quietly while I look for my Affliction t-shirt.

Fausto Carmona (@Min vs. Swarzak, CHW vs. Humber) When you watch him pitch, you completely understand the ERA and WHIP. Then you look closer, and stat heads say those numbers are inflated. Watch a real game, not everything is dictated by numbers.

  1. Earl Battey says:

    Hey Smokey,

    I need to bench two of these guys for next week:
    Gallardo @ ARI, @ SF
    Liriano vs CLE, vs DET
    JZimm @ HOU
    Garza vs PHI
    Beachy @ COL, @ CIN
    Chacin vs ATL

    I’m chasing wins and Ks and am under the innings cap, so it’s tempting to use the two start guys. Which two would you sit?


  2. sach says:

    best ROS SP, De la Rosa, Moscoso, Porcello, Collmenter, Nicasio? Thanks.

  3. EK says:

    Scherzer or Gio going fwd?

  4. JT says:

    deep 16 tm dynasty league, what are your thoughts on nicasio going forward for ’12, someone to hold on to? or no better than rest of scrap heap

  5. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @Earl Battey: Garza and Chacin.

    @sach: Rubby or Moscoso

    @EK: Gio for me.

  6. Anthony says:

    Hey Smokey – Mike Morse/Marcum for Beltran/Niese? Does this trade make sense? Who wins

  7. Deeeeeez Nuts says:

    Do you think Gio and Chris Perez is too much for Lester?


  8. Brew Crew says:

    Can you rank Rubby, Lilly, Hughes for ROS (12 Team ROTO) Need K’s & W’s

  9. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @Anthony: Makes sense depending on need, when in doubt take the better pitcher and i think Marcum is better by a smidge.

    @Deeeeeez Nuts: yes

    @Brew Crew: Like u have them listed. Wins are hard to predict tho. Lilly may get more wins but Rubby more K’s.

  10. B-rude says:

    Pitch Shields vs. Bos at home today?

  11. MrHappyTime says:

    I’m assuming that I win this trade, but I wanted to get a few outside opinions. I give up Adam Jones & Yovani Gallardo, I get Carl Crawford. I’m hoping that Crawford comes back and makes up for lost time. I’m assuming I pull the trigger? Thanks in advance…

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  13. Tom the Niner says:

    Do I drop Mike Adams to pick up Joe Nathan?

  14. Chris says:

    I picked up Wakefield because his ERC has been below 3.50 5 of the last 6 times against Baltimore. Also picked up Buehrle because his ERC has been below 3.50 5 of the last 6 starts this season.

  15. Rich says:

    Do you trust Colon for two starts this week (OAK, @TB)? I like the Oak start but not so much TB. I can replace him with McDonald (2 home starts where his ERA is 2 runs lower), Buehrle (@KC), or Kuroda (WAS)

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