Fantasy focus: Sunday’s starters to target

By | May 5, 2013 12:32 am | 0 Comments

 

Here’s my breakdown for Sunday’s starting pitchers:


AL

Minnesota (Pelfrey 2-3) at Cleveland (Kluber 2-0), 1:05 p.m.
Oakland (Straily 1-0) at N.Y. Yankees (Pettitte 3-2), 1:05 p.m.
Seattle (J.Saunders 2-3) at Toronto (Morrow 0-2), 1:07 p.m.
Chicago White Sox (Quintana 2-0) at Kansas City (W.Davis 2-2), 2:10 p.m.
Boston (Lester 4-0) at Texas (Darvish 5-1), 3:05 p.m.
Baltimore (Hammel 4-1) at L.A. Angels (Williams 1-0), 3:35 p.m.
Detroit (Verlander 3-2) at Houston (Humber 0-6), 4:10 p.m.
Tampa Bay (Cobb 3-2) at Colorado (Chacin 3-0), 4:10 p.m.
NL
N.Y. Mets (Niese 2-2) at Atlanta (Hudson 3-1), 1:35 p.m.
Washington (G.Gonzalez 2-2) at Pittsburgh (W.Rodriguez 2-1), 1:35 p.m.
St. Louis (J.Garcia 3-1) at Milwaukee (Estrada 2-1), 2:10 p.m.
Cincinnati (Latos 2-0) at Chicago Cubs (E.Jackson 0-4), 2:20 p.m.
Miami (Slowey 0-2) at Philadelphia (Halladay 2-3), 2:35 p.m.
Arizona (Kennedy 1-2) at San Diego (Volquez 2-3), 4:10 p.m.
Tampa Bay (Cobb 3-2) at Colorado (Chacin 3-0), 4:10 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers (Ryu 3-1) at San Francisco (M.Cain 0-2), 8:05 p.m.

Here’s who I like and don’t:

Must start
Owners of Yu Darvish, Justin Verlander, Jaime Garcia, Jon Lester and Roy Halladay should just pencil them in. … I also like Gio Gonzalez as a must start vs. the Bucs.

Good start
I like both Hyun-Jin Ryu and Matt Cain (yes, I’m still riding the Cain train). … Mat Latos is a very good option today. … Tim Hudson is good to go. … Angels are struggling, so I’d go with Jason Hammel (4-1, 3.79 ERA). … Give Andy Pettitte a shot vs. the A’s today. … I also like Jose Quintana vs. the Royals today.

Neutral
Alex Cobb is at Colorado, so you have to be a little concerned. … There’s a big glob of pitching that doesn’t inspire me today: Ian Kennedy, Edison Volquez, Edwin Jackson, Marco Estrada, Wandy Rodriguez (not sure what you’ll get with him), Jonathan Niese, Jerome Williams, Corey Kluber, Mike Pelfrey, Daniel Straily,  Joe Saunders, Brandon Morrow and Wade Davis. Wandy could get the win, so he would be my first choice from the group. I’d then take a shot with Wade Davis and Corey Kluber.

Avoid
Jhoulys Chacin might be 3-0, but I won’t start him today. … Phillies could feast on Kevin Slowey today. … Can’t think many people will consider Philip Humber vs. the Tigers.
Good luck.

– Rick Green

 

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