Fantasy focus: Saturday’s starters to target

By | June 14, 2013 11:50 pm | 0 Comments

 

First game Saturday is 1:10 p.m., so get those lineups ready early:

AL
Boston (Lackey 3-5) at Baltimore (F.Garcia 3-3), 4:05 p.m.
Toronto (Dickey 5-8) at Texas (Lindblom 0-1), 4:05 p.m.
Kansas City (Guthrie 7-3) at Tampa Bay (Cobb 6-2), 4:10 p.m.
Chicago White Sox (Joh.Danks 1-2) at Houston (Harrell 4-7), 7:15 p.m.
Detroit (Ani.Sanchez 6-5) at Minnesota (Deduno 2-1), 7:15 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees (D.Phelps 4-3) at L.A. Angels (Hanson 3-2), 7:15 p.m.
Seattle (F.Hernandez 7-4) at Oakland (Griffin 5-5), 7:15 p.m.
Washington (Zimmermann 9-3) at Cleveland (Kazmir 3-4), 7:15 p.m.

NL
Chicago Cubs (Feldman 5-5) at N.Y. Mets (Niese 3-5), 1:10 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 5-4) at Pittsburgh (Cumpton 0-0), 4:05 p.m.
San Francisco (Gaudin 2-1) at Atlanta (Minor 8-2), 4:05 p.m.
Milwaukee (Gallardo 5-6) at Cincinnati (H.Bailey 4-4), 4:10 p.m.
Philadelphia (Pettibone 3-2) at Colorado (Chatwood 3-1), 4:10 p.m.
St. Louis (Lynn 8-1) at Miami (Koehler 0-4), 4:10 p.m.
Washington (Zimmermann 9-3) at Cleveland (Kazmir 3-4), 7:15 p.m.
Arizona (Miley 4-5) at San Diego (Richard 1-5), 10:10 p.m.

Here’s who I like — and don’t:

Must start
Jordan Zimmerman, Lance Lynn, Clayton Kershaw, King Felix, Mike Minor, Anibal Sanchez and Alex Cobb are automatics today.

Good start
Go with Homer Bailey against the Brew Crew. … John Lackey is 3-5, but has a pretty good ERA at 3.14. I’ll start him today. … Wade Miley should be good for a win and a QS. … I think Yovani Gallardo is worth a shot today. … Scott Kazmir is like Phil Mickelson, you never know what’s going to happen, but you know it’s going to be a wild ride. … I’ve said it before, and I’ll definitely say it again, Seattle struggles to score runs, so A.J. Griffin is a decent option at home, even against King Felix. … Jeremy Guthrie has a tough mound opponent in Alex Cobb, but keep going with him if he’s on your roster. … I’m ready to roll with John Danks against the Astros today. … David Phelps should be available in your league. I’d be willing to give him a shot against the Angels.

Neutral
Need a sleeper? Give Scott Feldman a try against Jon Neise and the Mets. … After a high-scoring game Friday, how about a pitchers’ duel Saturday in Colorado? Try out Tyler Chatwood and Jonathan Pettibone. … I’m big on the Giants are awful on the road thing, so give it some thought before you start Chad Gaudin against the Braves. … I think the Tigers get to Sam Deduno, so I’ll look elsewhere. … Maybe even look at Tommy Hanson of the Angels against the Yanks. … I still don’t like Freddy Garcia. Not much is changing my mind there. … Just about everyone has to be disappointed in R.A. Dickey. I don’t start him against the Rangers. … That said, Josh Lindblom has a 5.91 ERA, so it could be a high-scoring game. … You could do worse than Lucas Harrell.

Avoid
Not chancing it on Brandon Cumpton. Not even against the Dodgers. Nope. … Tom Koehler should not be in your lineup, unless you’re in an NL East-only league. … Here’s what you need to know about Clayton Richard: 1-5, 8.06 ERA.

– Rick Green

 

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