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April 1, 2012 posted by Paul Greco

Pitching Matchups to Watch for the Week of April 2nd

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If you’re going to win your fantasy baseball league you’ve got to maximize pitching matchups – duck the rough ones and exploit the cake walks. Here are the matchups to watch for the week of April 2nd.

â—‹ Johan Santana v ATL – I think Santana will have a nice bounce back season. However, he’s still in the process of building arm strength, getting a feel for his pitches and will be on a strict pitch count. April will be highly volatile for Santana. Bench in shallow formats.
â—‹ Wei-Yan Chen v MIN – He’s a control pitcher with a nice repertoire and the Twins need to show me they can hit. Start in deeper formats.
â—‹ Bruce Chen @ LAA – Chen has quietly strung together a couple of respectable seasons in KC, but I don’t trust him. The Angles may rake this year with a Pujols-infused offense. If you want to be a show off, go for it, but I’m avoiding in all formats.
â—‹ Bud Norris v COL – Norris is an improving young pitcher with a big K rate. The Rox aren’t anything particularly troublesome outside of Coors. Start in all formats.
â—‹ Jeff Karstens v PHL – The Phillies may have the worst offense in baseball (although Seattle is fully stacked to defend the title). They’re old and their two best hitters are out indefinitely. Karstens has pretty good control so he won’t create any extra trouble for himself. Start in 12 team or larger leagues.
â—‹ Hiroki Kuroda @ TB – I’ve loved Kuroda for years but the AL East is a different animal. If you drafted him I guess you’re obligated to start him, but in 10 team leagues I’d think twice this week if I had another interesting option.

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â—‹ Brandon McCarthy v SEA – This dude can pitch and until further notice Seattle can’t hit – at all. He held them in check in Japan and although more looks tend to help batters more, I’m not worried. Start in all formats.
â—‹ Doug Fister v BOS – 6 to 1 K/BB rate in the second half last year and succeeds by mixing 4 pitches. Guys that can throw 4 pitches for strikes turn into All-Stars. Start Fister in all formats until further notice.
â—‹ Vance Worley @ PIT – Worley will be better than most realize and if the past 20 years have taught us anything the Pirates can be picked on. Start in all formats.
â—‹ Aaron Harang @ SD – Revenge game in PETCO, sounds tasty right? Cut to Admiral Ackbar, “It’s a trap!” Trust the admiral and avoid in all but NL-only formats.

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 FantasyPros.com 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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