April 22, 2012 posted by Paul Greco

Pitching Matchups to Watch for the Week of April 23rd

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Johan Santana, Mets

Don’t panic! That’s what May is for and it will be here soon enough. Keep working the two-start pitchers and picking on the weak offenses.

  • Hiroki Kuroda, @ TEX (4/23) & v DET (4/29) – I loved Kuroda in the NL. I don’t love 37-year-olds pitching in the AL. I also very much dislike pitchers facing Texas and Detroit in the same week. If you stick with Kuroda this week you’re playing with fire. Only do so in AL-only formats.
  • Johan Santana, v SF (4/23) & @ COL (4/28) – The “Supernatural” looked pretty good until he got ‘Blackbuuuurned’ in his last start (gets yanked before the 5th and no Ks). The velocity will never be all the way back but I’m betting he’s good enough to morph into Tom Glavin for the next 5-7 years. I’m starting him in all formats this week, and I’m very nervous in doing so.
  • Bartolo Colon, v CHW (4/23), & @ BAL (4/29) – I don’t know how he does it. Pounds the strike zone and doesn’t pay dearly for it. We can somewhat safely say he knows what he’s doing out there. Start in all formats.
  • Jake Peavy, @ OAK (4/23), & v BOS (4/28) – Apparently it took me fully giving up on Peavy for him to bounce back. And yes, a 21 to 2 K/BB with a vintage 91.4 mph fastball is back. It’s important to point out that his recent injuries may not be chronic either (see Johnson, Josh) and may have been more fluky than anything. He’s nearing ‘automatic’ territory.
  • R.A. Dickey, v MIA (4/24) & @ COL (4/29) – I’ll say this for him, he has two starts. Dickey was borderline great two years ago and still very good last year but how much faith can one put in a knuckleballer? Because they’re weird it’s tough to know when to jump off the bandwagon. I have one leg dangling over the side and that will keep him on the bench in 12-team or shallower formats.
  • Tommy Milone, v CHW (4/24) – I more or less believe. Perhaps even worth starting in 12-team leagues if you’re adventurous.
  • Lance Lynn, @ CHC (4/25) – I could see him turn into a pumpkin but there’s not much in the stats to support that hunch. The Cubs don’t scare me. By all means start in any format.
  • Barry Zito, @ CIN (4/25) – Stop it. He’s fodder for NL-only formats and he’s been hanging to that by a thread for years.
  • Ross Detwiler, @ SD (4/26) – From the “Anyone is Worth a Look in San Diego Files,” I present Ross Detwiler. Anything deeper than 12 teams, go for it.
  • Daniel Bard, @ CHW (4/27) – It’s as if he were daring the Sox to stick him back in the bullpen. There’s not a scenario where I’d feel good about starting him.
  • Mike Leake, v HOU (4/28) – Yes he is my boyfriend but the Astros are more or less a middle of the road AAA team. A must start in deeper formats and a sneaky play if you need to get creative in shallower leagues.
  • Mat Latos, v CIN (4/24) – He’s been brutal and if you’re thinking of benching him that’s not the worst inclination. The fastball velocity is there so from that standpoint he seems healthy. The baseball Giants don’t scare me either. Maybe take a pass in 10 or 12 team leagues this week.
  • Tim Lincecum, v SD (4/27) – Hard to tell what the problem is but the Padres seem like a great opportunity to get right. Start, then pray.
Paul finished the 2011-2012 Fantasy Football season as the #1 Weekly Rankings & Projections winner of the 411Fantasy Expert Challenge. He also finished 2nd in the Expert Draft Accuracy Challenge in 2011. Top 10 Finisher in the FSWA Fantasy Football Draft Projections. Paul is also apart of baseballs elite as a member of Tout Wars. You can follow me on Twitter @PaulGreco

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