Stormy Skies Ahead for Wei-Yin Chen
Usually a Two Start pitcher is a dream in weekly lineup leagues, but Chen has his work cut out for him next week. Further, Chen is a starter on one of the best teams in baseball with an ERA well under 3 - that is automatic start territory - right? We better monitor his success today against a potent Rangers lineup, because next week he matches up against red hot C.C. Sabathia and April’s NL Pitcher of the Month Stephen Strasburg. Lovely.
Just when a guy like Chen - who I have streamed successfully - might find permanent roster spots across the fantasy world, he gets three tough matchups in a row, but don’t fear there are some great fantasy starters beyond the upper echelon of must start talent.
Yovani Gallardo - A prime buy low candidate who mows down batters and is coming off a good start this week. He lines up against Miguel Batista and Carl Pavano of the Mets and Twins respectively. Where do I sign? Gallardo should be next best thing to a fantasy ace the rest of the way.
Jon Lester - I like his chances to fully turn the page and pick up at least his 2nd win of the season. He should be able to get two wins and help prolong the sinking Beantown boat. Kevin Millwood and Joe Blanton are just not that good and their respective offenses aren’t either. Look for the Red Sox to kick start a mini run and put up some big numbers.
Anibal Sanchez - Anyone taking notice of his 2012 start? If he had any kind of run support and bullpen; he’d have 6 wins. Bedard is a health concern for their matchup and Jeanmar Gomez best just intentionally walk Giancarlo Stanton because he is streaking. Anibal is just filthy at times, I wonder how long it will last?
Zach Greinke - Remove a thrashing from my Cubbies and Zach Greinke has been dominant. He K’d 11 yesterday, allowing only 2 hits and pitched 8 scoreless without a walk. Is it time for Zach to reach must start status week in week out? Don’t worry this week though, like fellow ‘Crew member Yovani, he is facing the Mets and Twins.
Brandon Morrow - Has won his last four games with a combined 30 punchouts and only 2 earned runs and 5 walks. Cleary the Rays’ pounding on April 18th was a wakeup call and he is as hot as any pitcher in MLB. Plus he is at home facing inferior pitchers, and I guess that the Toronto Blue Jays are what you would call a potent offensive team. Enjoy the Ks and run support.
Colby Lewis - A rough outing last Friday against the Tribe aside, Lewis has been 2010 Colby and not so much 2011 Colby. Lets face it, Lewis needs to throw 6 innings and give up less than four runs and he should be in line to win 75% of the time. Enjoy Mr. Colby Lewis this week, he is going to reward your confidence in him.
Tim Lincecum - Yes - He hasn’t been that bad his past 4 starts. He is striking out batters at an impressive rate and last night his command was better as he threw 73% of his pitches for strikes. Roll with Lincecum against Colorado and Oakland and their two youngsters on the mound, and hope the Giants can score some runs.
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