Fantasy focus: Sunday’s starters to target

By | June 22, 2013 11:07 pm | 0 Comments

 

First game is at 1:05, so set those lineups early:

AL
Minnesota (Pelfrey 3-6) at Cleveland (Carrasco 0-2), 1:05 p.m.
Baltimore (F.Garcia 3-4) at Toronto (Jo.Johnson 0-2), 1:07 p.m.
Boston (Doubront 4-3) at Detroit (Verlander 8-5), 1:08 p.m.
Tampa Bay (Archer 1-3) at N.Y. Yankees (Nova 2-1), 2:05 p.m.
Chicago White Sox (Axelrod 3-4) at Kansas City (Shields 2-6), 2:10 p.m.
Houston (Lyles 4-1) at Chicago Cubs (Samardzija 4-7), 2:20 p.m.
Pittsburgh (Morton 1-1) at L.A. Angels (Blanton 1-10), 3:35 p.m.
Oakland (J.Parker 6-6) at Seattle (Bonderman 1-1), 4:10 p.m.
Texas (Tepesch 3-6) at St. Louis (Wainwright 10-4), 8:05 p.m.

NL
Colorado (J.De La Rosa 7-4) at Washington (Detwiler 2-5), 1:35 p.m.
N.Y. Mets (Harvey 6-1) at Philadelphia (Lannan 0-1), 1:35 p.m.
Atlanta (Maholm 7-6) at Milwaukee (Figaro 1-1), 2:10 p.m.
Houston (Lyles 4-1) at Chicago Cubs (Samardzija 4-7), 2:20 p.m.
Pittsburgh (Morton 1-1) at L.A. Angels (Blanton 1-10), 3:35 p.m.
Miami (Eovaldi 0-0) at San Francisco (M.Cain 5-3), 4:05 p.m.
Cincinnati (Latos 6-1) at Arizona (Delgado 0-0), 4:10 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers (Capuano 2-4) at San Diego (Cashner 5-3), 4:10 p.m.
Texas (Tepesch 3-6) at St. Louis (Wainwright 10-4), 8:05 p.m.

Here’s who I like — and don’t:

Must start
I’m going with Adam Wainwright, Mat Latos, Matt Harvey and Justin Verlander if I have them. … I also like Jorge De La Rosa against the Nats.

Good start
I’ll stay on the Paul Maholm bandwagon. … Can the Jays win another? Behind Josh Johnson? Yes. … Roll out Andrew Cashnew today. … I lost some confidence in Matt Cain, but I think he’ll be OK vs. the Marlins. … Charlie Morton was solid the last time out. His mound opponent is Joe Blanton, so that helps, too. … Two below-average teams meet in the Astros-Cubs showdown. The pitchers are solid (wins aside), so take a look at Jordan Lyles and Jeff Samardzija. … If you’re only looking for a quality start, then Ross Detwiler could be your guy today. … James Shields is 2-6, but you have to start him. … Jerrod Parker gets the Mariners, so he could be in line for a W and QS.

Neutral
Since James Shields has a bad string of luck, Dylan Axelrod could get a win. … I’ll pass on Nick Tepesch against the Cards. … I’ll do the same with Randall Delgado in the D’backs’ game. … I’ll shy away form Nathan Eovaldi, too. … I don’t like Alfredo Figaro’s matchup vs. the Braves. … The Mets struggle, so John Lannan might get a QS, but the Phils will struggle against Matt Harvey. … The Jays are due to lose, so Freddy Garcia could luck into a victory today. … Both pitchers (Ivan Nova, Chris Archer) have 5-plus ERAs, so I wouldn’t pick someone from the Yanks-Rays game. If that was my only choice, well, Nova’s your guy. … I still don’t believe Jeremy Bonderman can have a 3.28 ERA.

Avoid
I’m staying away from the Carlos Carrasco-Mike Pelfrey showdown. … If my choice was Chris Capuano and not streaming in a starter, I wouldn’t make a move today. … Joe Blanton is 1-10. Wouldn’t it be the Pirates’ luck for him to win No. 2. … The Tigers looked good Saturday, so I’d bench Felix Doubront against Detroit (and Verlander)┬átoday.

– Rick Green

 

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