Fantasy focus: Monday’s starters to target

By | April 21, 2013 10:19 pm | 0 Comments

 

For daily-leaguers, here are my picks for Monday’s starters:

AL
Oakland (Griffin 2-0) at Boston (Doubront 1-0), 6:35 p.m.
Toronto (Happ 2-1) at Baltimore (Tillman 0-1), 7:05 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 3-1) at Tampa Bay (M.Moore 3-0), 7:10 p.m.
Cleveland (Masterson 3-1) at Chicago White Sox (Axelrod 0-1), 8:10 p.m.
Miami (Nolasco 0-2) at Minnesota (Correia 1-1), 8:10 p.m.
Seattle (F.Hernandez 1-2) at Houston (Peacock 1-1), 8:10 p.m.
Texas (D.Holland 1-1) at L.A. Angels (Blanton 0-3), 10:05 p.m.

NL
Pittsburgh (A.Burnett 1-2) at Philadelphia (Pettibone 0-0), 7:05 p.m.
St. Louis (S.Miller 2-1) at Washington (Haren 1-2), 7:05 p.m.
Chicago Cubs (Wood 1-1) at Cincinnati (Leake 1-0), 7:10 p.m.
Miami (Nolasco 0-2) at Minnesota (Correia 1-1), 8:10 p.m.
Atlanta (Minor 2-1) at Colorado (Francis 1-1), 8:40 p.m.
Milwaukee (Lohse 0-1) at San Diego (Marquis 1-1), 10:10 p.m.
Arizona (Miley 2-0) at San Francisco (Vogelsong 1-1), 10:15 p.m.

Here are the matchups that I like:

Must start
Gotta give it up for A.J. Burnett. … C.C. gets the call against the Rays. … King Felix might be 1-2, but I’m still starting him whenever I get the chance.

Good start
Justin Masterson deserves some recognition. … Ryan Vogelsong and Wade Miley both are good plays, with Vogelsong the better of the two. … Same situation with Kyle Lohse and Jason Marquis. I’d lean Marquis. … Mike Leake has a favorable game vs. the Cubs. … Shelby Miller is good. … Derek Holland almost goes in Must Start list. … Big test for Matt Moore against Yankees’ Sabathia. … I like A.J. Griffin.

Neutral
The Old Colorado Caveat, not too high on Mike Minor. But if you needed him, go for it. … Not sure the Miami-Minnesota game is worth watching, let alone starting a pitcher from either team. … Travis Wood’s ERA should rise with his visit to Cincy. … I haven’t warmed up to Dylan Axelrod yet. A matchup with the Tribe doesn’t make things that much better.

Avoid
Dan Haren has fallen. I don’t have faith right now. … I’m not taking a chance on the Astros’ Brad Peacock. … Jeff Francis has an 8.25 ERA. … Joe Blanton? Don’t go there. …

– Rick Green

 

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