This column will predict how awesome/bad your team can be during next week’s contests. It will prove invaluable for those of you in weekly leagues, but will also help daily league owners because some leagues have started with weekly move caps to cut down on the nefarious streaming pitchers strategy. This makes it important to maximize your move allotment on two-start pitchers and key hitters who will have good matchups.
You will most likely get the best returns on moves from adding starting pitchers, as they can impact Wins, Ks, ERA and WHIP. If you are in a weekly league, you need to decide which two-start pitchers you are inserting into your line-up. Here’s a handy, dandy, ranked list:
1. Roy Halladay – Toronto Blue Jays – (does it matter?)
2. Derek Lowe – Atlanta Braves – (at Washington & at Cincinnati)
3. Armando Galarragga – Detroit Tigers – (at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim & at Kansas City)
4. Cliff Lee – Cleveland Indians – (home against Kansas City & home against Minnesota)
5. Rich Harden – Chicago Cubs – (home against Cincinnati & at St. Louis)
6. Oliver Perez – New York Mets – (at St. Louis & home against Washington)
7. Kenshin Kawakami – Atlanta Braves – (at Washington & at Cincinnati)
8. Andy Pettitte – New York Yankees – (home against Oakland & at Boston)
9. Clayton Kershaw – Los Angles Dodgers – (at Houston & at Colorado)
10. Jered Weaver – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – (home against Detroit & home against Seattle)
11. Bronson Arroyo – Cincinnati Reds – (at Houston & home against Atlanta)
Right, but most of those guys are owned, so who are some of the two start starting pitchers that could be available on the wire? A solid dirty dozen looks like:
1. Oliver Perez – New York Mets – (at St. Louis & home against Washington)
2. Kenshin Kawakami – Atlanta Braves – (at Washington & at Cincinnati)
3. Andy Pettitte – New York Yankees – (home against Oakland & at Boston)
4. Jered Weaver – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – (home against Detroit & home against Seattle)
5. Bronson Arroyo – Cincinnati Reds – (at Houston & home against Atlanta)
6. Jamie Moyer – Philadelphia Phillies – (home against San Diego & at Florida)
7. Jarrod Washburn – Seattle Mariners – (home against Tampa Bay & at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)
8. Jordan Zimmerman – Washington Nationals – (home against Atlanta & at New York Mets)
9. Manny Parra – Milwaukee Brewers – (at Philadelphia & at Houston)
10. Justin Masterson – Boston Red Sox – (home against Baltimore & home against New York Yankees)
11. Joel Pineiro – St. Louis Cardinals – (home against New York Mets & home against Chicago Cubs)
12. Joe Blanton – Philadelphia Phillies – (home against Milwaukee & at Florida)
It’s a pretty difficult set of two-start pitchers this week. Jordan Zimmerman represents some upside as an unknown quantity and Manny Parra could get you double digit strikeouts, but it remains a shaky group.
Since the two-start pitchers look weak, you might do better by maximizing one start from a pitcher who is likely available in your leagues but will also pitch well, such as:
1. Wandy Rodriguez – Houston Astros – home against Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Kyle Lohse – St. Louis Cardinals – home against Chicago Cubs
3. Tim Wakefield – Boston Red Sox – home against Minnesota
4. Zach Duke (who I highlighted as a decent two-start pitcher last week) – Pittsburgh Pirates – at San Diego
5. Annibal Sanchez – Florida Marlins – at Pittsburg
6. Paul Maholm – Pittsburgh Pirates – home against Florida
As I’ve mentioned, leagues are starting to limit the amount of moves you can make on a weekly basis. So, if you are looking to maximize your moves, while boosting your offense, look to the following teams (players).
- Chicago White Sox (at Baltimore & home against Toronto). Players potentially available: Paul Konerko, A.J. Pierzynski.
- Baltimore Orioles (home against Chicago White Sox & Texas Rangers). Players potentially available: Luke Scott, Ty Wigginton.
- Texas Rangers (at Baltimore Orioles). Players potentially available: Andrew Jones, Marlon Byrd.
- Toronto Blue Jays (at Chicago White Sox). Players potentially available: Aaron Hill, Adam Lind, Marco Scutaro, Scott Rolen, Lyle Overbay, Travis Snider.
- Cincinnati Reds (at Chicago Cubs and home against Atlanta). Players potentially available: Edwin Encarnacion, Chris Dickerson.
- Los Angeles Dodgers (at Colorado). Players potentially available: Orlando Hudson, Casey Blake.
The players mentioned above should be available in most 12-team leagues (some of them *cough* Aaron Hill, Paul Konerko, Adam Lind and Orlando Hudson shockingly so). This is simply an endorsement for an increase in their value for this week – do not make long-term roster plans based on only this.
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