Week 1 Pitching Planner: Let’s Light This Candle
As I sit in this hotel room doing all the research I can to get the article done (with very spotty WiFi), I realized one thing … Baseball is back.
Once a week we are going to get some Start’EM and Sit’EM players, with two-start players sprinkled in for a sweet dessert.
None all of these will be players like Clayton Kershaw or Madison Bumgarner, as they should always start.
I want to dig deeper and get Junior Guerra and Martin Perez, for example.
Go ahead and bookmark this now, because here starts a full season of helping you get to a title run.
Week 1 Pitching Planner
Joe Ross, WAS at PHI
I am not here to tell you to start everyone that plays Philly this year, in fact, I think they will be a pretty solid team going forward. However, Joe Ross is going to have a great game. Last year Ross allowed a .262 Avg prior to the all-star break, which is pretty decent for a young pitcher. Philly might throw up a run or two, but Ross will get his first quality start of the season.
Jeremy Hellickson, PHI at CIN
If one guy has had a more up and down career, it has been “Hellboy.” He has had one season with an ERA under three, one at 3.10, and two more seasons under four. Then creeps in a few seasons at a four ERA and one at five. Talk about all over the place. The Reds are not a great team. They have Joey Votto, who is epic. Besides that, they have a lot of question marks, and I’d be willing to using Hellickson for a win on my roster.
Alex Cobb, TB vs. NYY
There are a few reasons why I don’t like this match-up. With the mega spring that Greg Bird had, smashing seven home runs, all against right-handed pitching. Also, Garys Sanchez hit over double his home run total last year against right-handed pitching as well. Add up both of those with a pitcher’s who’s trying to come back from a pretty significant injury, who had a shaky spring. Mix all that up, and it sounds like a bad recipe to me.
Martin Perez, TEX vs. CLE
Martin Perez is going to pitch against the AL champion Cleveland Indians. Perez had a pretty good spring and all things considered, he deserved the second spot in the rotation, However, going against Cleveland will not put you in a good spot for a win. The last time he pitched against the Indians, Perez allowed the most runs in any home start last year and 10 hits (career high).
Two Start Pitchers
Taijuan Walker, ARI vs. SF/CLE
Taijuan Walker is one of my favorite pitchers this year. He was having a good year last year, until his foot problems reareed their ugly head. I think it was 10 bone spurs they pulled out of his foot. Ouch!
Anyway, Taijuan has a pretty mixed schedule. I think he could pull off two wins, but Cleveland has a juggernaut offense and will be hard to control. The Giants should be a win as well, as his stuff should be good enough to get it done “in the city by the bay.”
Edinson Volquez, MIA vs. WAS/NYM
Edinson Volquez is an adequate pitcher. However, Volquez cannot get it done for you and your Fantasy team this week. Volquez is going against the Nationals and the Mets and I doubt he will make it past the fifth inning in either matchup. The Nats have one of the best offenses in the league, and the Mets are not a team to mess around with, as they have all the power! Starting Volquez is pretty hazardous this week.
Junior Guerra, MIL vs. COL/CHC
I loved having Gurrea on my team last year, as he was lights out for a while. I mean in 20 starts he had a 2.81 ERA. I like Guerra again this year, but watch out this week. He plays the world champion Cubs and plays the Rockies at Coors Field. Stay away from Guerra this week.
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