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August 18, 2012 posted by Paul Greco

Pitching Matchups to Watch for the Week of August 20th

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Chris Tillman, BAL

Mike Leake @ PHL (8/20) & v STL (8/25) – Leake’s been on a nice roll lately and is sporting a nifty 3/1 K/BB rate. The matchups are pretty good so he’s worth a start in 12-team or deeper formats.

Alex White @ NYM (8/20) & @ CHC (8/25) – White has shaky control, questionable mental makeup and a horrid home ballpark. One of these three is neutralized this week. This is also proof that I’d start anyone against the Cubs. Give him a try in NL-only leagues and hope for the best.

Will Smith @ TB (8/20) & @ BOS (8/25) – These matchups could be better but Smith has been effective enough lately to take the chance. He has a 3/1 K/BB rate and 45% GB rate so there are some legit skills here. Yes in 15-team or deeper leagues and maybe if you’re in something shallower and need to force the issue.

Chris Tillman @ TEX (8/21) & v TOR (8/26) – Tillman screws me every year so let’s give him another opportunity in 2012. He’s been sporadic and these matchups are brutal. Not the strongest case. The reason Tillman is worth a second look is that his fastball is topping out at an all time high of 93 mph. If he can sustain that he could emerge as a really good pitcher. Start in 15-team or deeper formats.

Dan Straily v MIN (8/21) & @ TB (8/26) – He was a big fat nobody coming into the year but he blew through two levels of the minors. He mixes four pitches for strikes so he may stick around. Start in 12-team leagues if you’re feeling lucky.

Hisashi Iwakuma v CLE (8/22) – We love Seattle pitchers at home and Iwakuma owns a 2.53 ERA at Safeco. Cleveland can’t hit so this makes for a good matchup in 12-team or deeper leagues.

J.A. Happ @ DET (8/23) – He’s better than you think and has 17 Ks against 2 BB since moving back into the rotation. He’s a really nice starter in 15-team leagues and maybe 12-teamers if you need Ks.

Drew Pomeranz @ CHC (8/24) – He’s due, but you’re not buying that. The Cubs suck, you know that. This is a great start for NL-only leagues.

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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