|Baseball Ticker - Week VI|
Written by Daniel Paulling (Contact & Archive) on May 13, 2007
Two Start Pitchers You Gotta Use
Daisuke Matsuzaka, BOS (vs. DET/vs. ATL)
Dontrelle Willis, FLA (@PIT/@TB)
John Smoltz, ATL (@ WAS/@BOS)
Erik Bedard, BAL (@TOR/@WAS)
Tom Glavine, NYM (vs. CHC/vs. NYY)
Dan Haren, OAK (vs. KC/vs. SF)
Tim Hudson, ATL (@WAS/@BOS)
Justin Verlander, DET (@BOS/vs. STL)
Tim Wakefield, BOS (vs. DET/vs. ATL)
James Shields, TB (vs. TEX/vs. FLA)
Mike Mussina, NYY (@CWS/@NYM)
Kelvim Escobar, LAA (@ SEA/vs. LAD)
Felix Hernandez, SEA (vs. LAA/vs. SD)
You Make the Call
Jared Weaver, SEA (@TEX/vs. LAD)
Dave Bush, MIL (@PHI/vs. MIN)
Jason Bergmann, WAS (vs. ATL/vs. BAL)
Jason Marquis, CHC (@NYM/vs. CWS)
Gil Meche, KC (@OAK/@COL)
Jamie Moyer, PHI (vs. MIL/vs. TOR)
Carlos Zambrano, CHC (@NYM/vs. CWS)
Randy Johnson, ARI (@COL/@PIT)
Aaron Harang, CIN (@SD/@CLE)
Jason Hirsh, COL (vs. ARI/vs. KC)
John Danks, CWS (vs. NYY/@CHC)
Woody Williams, HOU (vs. SF/vs. TEX)
Teams with Seven Games
ATL, BOS, CHC, DET, FLA, KC, LAD, MIL, OAK, PHI, PIT, TEX, Was
Teams with Six Games
At Hitters’ Parks
Coors Field: ARI (5/15-5/17), KC (5/18-5/20)
Ameriquest Field: NONE
US Cellular Field: NYY (5/15-5/17)
Great American Ballpark: NONE
At Pitchers’ Parks
Comerica Field: STL (5/18-5/20)
Dolphins Stadium: NONE
Dodger Stadium: STL (5/14-5/16)
Shea Stadium: NONE
PETCO Park: CIN (5/14-5/16)
SBK Park: NONE
Ratchet ’Em Up
2B/3B/OF Ryan Freel – Now that third baseman Edwin Encarnacion is getting sent to AAA, the Reds can use Freel everyday at third base. That’s good news for you, because Freel is easily the better hitter and will steal plenty of bases for you.
OF Willie Harris – He doesn’t look pretty in the field, but Harris can steal bases. With Renteria going down with flu-like symptoms this week, Harris got playing time and hit second. He can fly, so sign him in deep leagues if you need swipes.
1B/OF Lance Berkman – This is one of the best hitters in all of baseball, and he’s starting to heat up. Last week, Berkman hit .435 with three bombs, and he’s not cooling down just yet. You may be able to pick him up cheaply from an owner still suffering from Berkman’s slow start.
SP Kelvim Escobar – People never discuss this guy, but Escobar is a legit number three or four starter in fantasy. He’ll provide you innings, strike guys out, and not hurt you in the ratio categories. With that good Angels team, he should also win a few games. Trade for him now, because he’s totally underrated.
SP Sergio Mitre – Mitre finally came back from blisters, and the Marlins are glad. You should be glad, too. This right hander is a decent guy to have around, and if you look at his stats from last week, you can tell why: 14 IP, 0.64 ERA, and a 0.79 WHIP.
RP Brad Lidge – He is not the closer just yet, but Brad Lidge pitched 4.2 innings last week with a perfect 0.00 and sparkling 0.43 WHIP. Combine that with four strikeouts and maybe this former stud is getting back on track. Dan Wheeler’s ERA keeps going up, so maybe Lidge gets the chance to close soon.
Ratchet ’Em Down
OF Carl Crawford – This noted speedster did not steal a base last week, and he didn’t even hit a home run. The only good thing that Crawford did contribute was one measly run.
OF Vernon Wells – He’s in the same category as Crawford: nothing contributed except one run scored. With the Blue Jays in the ultimate tailspin, there’s no reason to think they will be scoring a lots of runs in the near future. Wells will get on track, however.
C Brian McCann – The Braves catcher is playing with a very sore left hand, which came as a result of his getting hit by a Rod Barajas swing. He’s all right to take the field, but this has got to limit him at the plate, just a tad. Last week, he hit a paltry .235.
SP Carlos Zambrano – It’s hard to say this, but you’ve got to ratchet down a guy many considered a fantasy ace. He makes starts against the powerful New York Mets offense and then it doesn’t get any easier when he faces the Chicago White Sox. Zambrano said he was going to win the Cy Young Award this year, but now he’s losing games for his team in the first inning.
SP Roy Halladay – He had two terrible outings in a row, and faced a huge decline in velocity on his fastball. It is now 88-91 mph. He lost his ability to strike hitters out seasons ago, which makes it difficult to compete. Oh, and Halladay is also hitting the disabled list.
SP Jeremy Bonderman – He’s scheduled to miss his Sunday night start against the Twins. Why? Because of blisters on the middle finger of his throwing hand. When something happens to a power pitcher’s throwing hand, things are going to be bad. You should avoid Bonderman for a couple of starts.