|Fantasy Baseball: Ticker Week 15|
Written by Jonathan Leshanski (Contact & Archive) on July 06, 2008
Jorge Campillo (ATL) @LAN, @SD
Dana Eveland (OAK) SEA, LAA – Time to start believing.
Matt Garza (TB) KC, @CLE
Cole Hamels (PHI) STL, ARI
Scott Kazmir (TB) @NYA, @CLE
Manny Parra (MIL) COL, CIN
Ervin Santana (LAA) @TEX, @OAK
You Make the Call:
Scott Baker (MIN) @BOS, @DET – Pitching lights out but opponents are scary.
Chad Billingsley (LAN) ATL, FLA
Nick Blackburn (MIN) @BOS, @ DET – a test for a talented youngster
Daniel Cabera (BAL) @TOR, @BOS
Jose Contreras (CHA) @KC, @TEX
Johnny Cueto (CIN) @CHA, @MIL – tough matchups for the erratic staerter
Justin Duchscherer (OAK) SEA, LAA
Hiroki Kuroda (LAN) ATL, FLA
Greg Maddux (SD) FLA, ATL
Jason Marquis (STL) CIN, SF – weak opposition.
Pedro Martinez (NYN) @PHI, COL
Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS) MIN, BAL
Dustin McGowan (TOR) BAL, NYA – I lean towards starting him.
Andrew Miller (FLA) @SD, @LAD – two of the best pitchers parks in the NL
Ricky Nolasco (FLA) @SD, @LAD – weak opponents
Mike Pelfrey (NYN) SF, COL – very weak opponents.
Odalis Perez (WAS) ARI, HOU - favorable pitching matchups.
Mark Redman (COL) @MIL, @NYN - pitched well last week.
C.C. Sabathia (CLE) @DET, TB – if the Tribe could hit he’d be a must start.
Joe Saunders (LAA) @TEX, @OAK- tough matchups, but he’s handled them before.
Carlos Silva (SEA) @OAK, @KC
Other Two Start Pitchers:
Eddie Bonine (DET) CLE, MIN
Kevin Correia (SF) @NYN, @CHN – bad news for Correia
Kyle Davies (KC) CHA, SEA
Phil Dumatrait (PIT) HOU, STL
Adam Eaton (PHI) NYN, ARI
Scott Feldman (TEX) LAA, CHA
Runelvys Hernandez (HOU) @PIT, @WAS
Ubaldo Jimenez (COL) @MIL, @NYN
Seth McClung (MIL) COL, CIN
Gil Meche (KC) @TB, SEA
Luis Mendoza (TEX) LAA, CHA
Micah Owings (ARI) @WAS, @PHI
Joel Piniero (STL) @PHI, @PIT
Sidney Ponson (NYA) TB, @TOR
Ian Snell (PIT) HOU, STL
Jarrod Washburn (SEA) @OAK, @KC
At the top three hitters parks
Citizens Bank Park (Phillies): 1 v Mets, 3 v, Cards, 3 v.D’Backs
Great American Ballpark (Reds): No Games
Coors Field (Rockies): No Games
At the top three pitchers parks
PETCO park (Padres): 3 v. Marlins, 3 v. Braves
Metrodome (Twins): No Games
AT & T Park (Giants): No Games
Ratchet Them Up:
Masa Kobayshi (CL, Indians): Has taken over from Joe Borowski as the team’s closer. It could however end up being a closer by committee.
Austin Kearns (OF, Nationals): Returned to the team after 15 days on the DL.
Paul Konerko (DH/1B, White Sox): Will return next week from the DL.
Manny Corpas (RP, Rockies): With all the rumors swirling about the interest in Brian Fuentes, Corpas may soon have a chance to win the closer role back in Colorado. Certainly based on the contract the Rox gave him he’ll be given the first shot at it.
Ian Snell (SP, Pirates): Is due to return from the DL this week. Considering how he’s pitched in 2008 that may or may not be a good thing.
Nomar Garciaparra (3B, Dodgers): Returned from the DL and went 2-4 in his first game back. If you still believe in Nomar you might as well plug him in.
Ratchet Them Down:
Matt Capps (CL, Pirates): Will miss at least two months but will not need surgery on his shoulder.
Joe Borowski (CL, Indians): Lost the closer’s job and was designated for assignment by the Indians. Presumably that puts a cap on his career with the Tribe.
Johnny Damon (OF, Yankees): Seems to be headed to the DL after injuring his left shoulder diving for a ball on Thursday
Juan Pierre (OF, Dodgers): Will miss 4-6 weeks with a strained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
Troy Tulowitzki (SS, Rockies): Was placed on the 15 day DL, this time with a cut on his right hand, he suffered the injury when pounding a bat down and the bat shattered cutting him and requiring stitches.
Roy Oswalt (SP, Astros): Is suffering significant pain in his strained left hip and seems likely to miss some time. He may be back Friday, at the earliest.
Bobby Crosby (SS, A’s): Was placed on the 15 day DL with a strained left hamstring.
Tom Gorzelanny (SP, Pirates): Was optioned to AAA to try to right his ship. It might be a while before he is back.
Joaquin Benoit (SP, Rangers): Was placed on the DL with right shoulder inflammation.
Todd Helton (1B, Rockies): Was placed on the DL with a sore back. It is not considered to be serious.
Michael Barrett (C, Padres): Will miss at least six weeks after taking a foul ball in the face fracturing his skull.
Luis Castillo (2B, Mets): Was placed on the DL with a strained hip flexor.
Eric Byrnes (OF, D’Backs): Was placed back on the DL and could undergo season ending surgery for his ailing hamstring.
Rafael Furcal (SS, Dodgers): Has had back surgery and could miss 8-10 weeks. Likely he’s done for the year.
Jeff Francis (SP,Rockies): Was placed on the 15 day DL with shoulder inflammation.
Clayton Kershaw (SP, Dodgers): Was returned to AAA after struggling at the major league level.
Eric Chavez (3B, A’s): Was placed on the 15 day DL with a sore shoulder.
Alex Gonzalez (SS, Reds): Is done for the season following ankle surgery.
Troy Percival (CL, Rays): Was placed on the 15 day DL with a sore left hamstring. His job is in jeopardy as his durability down the stretch is seriously being questioned.
Brett Myers (SP, Phillies): Was demoted to AAA to try to figure out his pitching woes.
Alex Cintron (SS, Orioles): Was placed on the 15 day DL with a strained left hamstring.
Chad Cordero (CL, Nationals): Will not return this season due to a torn labrum in his shoulder which has not responded to treatment. He will undergo surgery to repair it.