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Here’s the Week 4 pitching planner! April will be coming to a close this coming week and we’ve already had our first no-hitter of the year. Chances are Jake Arietta made or crushed teams in point Fantasy leagues this week. I’m in three Fantasy leagues this year and I’m playing him in all three of my leagues this week. I kid you not.

Now no-hitters are impossible to forecast. Pedro Martinez, the greatest pitcher of all-time, never threw one and Clay Buchholz, who will never be mistaken as the best pitcher in baseball history, did.

Enough about no-hitters, there are more pressing matters at hand. You may be panicking over or loving your squad, you both have no idea.

Whether you are in a points league or a rotisserie league, you must have patience. Chris Archer won’t be this bad all year and Noah Syndergaard will not be this good all year, I promise. Archer will return to more of what he was last year. It’s just a bad stretch at the beginning of the year out of a very good pitcher in his prime. Syndergaard is an ace but a .9 ERA and .9 WHIP with a 13 K/9 … he’s not Sandy Koufax.

Now let’s take a look at two-start start pitchers that I like or dislike this week.

Week 4 Pitching Planner

 

LITTLE LEBOWSKI URBAN ACHIEVERS AND PROUD WE ARE OF ALL OF THEM

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The pitchers that abide!

Taijuan Walker (vs. HOU; vs. TOR)

This promising youngster has actually started fulfilling some of that promise. You gotta love that both starts are coming at home, one of the best pitcher parks in the game. Now you may have been waffling because of the two potent offenses he’s facing but it does not concern me. I believe he has officially turned the corner and on his way to ace-dom.

Rick Porcello (@ ATL; vs. NYY)

You had to know there was no way he could be as bad as he was last year. His last two months of last year showed significant improvement and he’s been pitching very well despite the high ERA. He has 24 Ks, three walks and a .93 WHIP. I love him starting at Atlanta and the Yankees are coming into Fenway with a struggling offense. Look for a nice couple of starts from Porcello.

Chris Tillman (@ TB; vs. CHW)

If Tillman wants to prove that 2014 was not a fluke, the time is now to start showing it. He’s coming off his best start of the year and has two quality matchups this week. The Rays are the same ol’ Rays, great pitching and zero offense. The White Sox do have a better offense than Tampa Bay but Tillman gets them at home where he just looked great (6 IP, 2 ERs) versus the Jays, another very good offensive squad.

Kyle Hendricks (vs. MIL; vs. ATL)

In his last start, Hendricks got beat up a little bit. I’m giving this inexperienced hurler a pass on a rough start in St. Louis. The Cubs/Cards rivalry is becoming more and more heated and I just think he took one on the chin in a hostile environment. Both of these starts are at home against weak offenses and the Cubs are looking to be a legit World Series contender. This 26 year old should continue to progress, getting a full season under his belt last year.

Wei-Yin Chen (@ LAD; @ MIL)

Chen is coming off two very impressive starts with the last one coming vs. a red hot Nationals team. Both starts were of the quality variety and came with six and seven Ks respectively. He gets his first two starts on the road this year but Dodger Stadium has always been pitcher friendly and the Brewers are in rebuild mode and not exactly lighting it up offensively.

 

Some two-start reaches if you’re feeling a little like Kenny Rogers: The Gambler or Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In), whichever tune you’re into

Are you a Gambler?

 

Are you a gambler?

Kendall Graveman (@ DET; vs. HOU)

He’s going up against two tough offenses but he has not given up more than two earned in any of his three starts yet, including two quality starts.

Ross Stripling (vs. MIA; vs. SD)

The rookie took a beating in his last start but was very impressive in his first two starts. He has two great matchups at home this week. Definitely worth a look.

Doug Fister (@ SEA; @ OAK)

He’s coming off a quality start at Texas and is pitching in two pitcher friendly parks vs poor offenses. I also don’t believe Fister just fell off the cliff at age 31 last year, unless he’s the pitching version of Andruw Jones.

 

I THINK YOU CAN GO GET HIM NOW

I think you can go get him now.

 

Even Lou Brown would think twice about starting these guys….

Joe Ross (vs. PHI; @ STL)

This really says nothing about my opinion of the player. I think he’s a great up and comer but he had to leave his last start after two IP. He basically missed a start and blisters can hang around sometimes. Pitching in St. Louis is a tough start when you are healthy. Obviously, keep an eye on this but if there’s any question about him being able to make that first start, I’d play it safe and sit him.

Chris Archer (vs. BAL; vs. TOR)

I know at the beginning of this article I said I didn’t think he’d be this bad all year, it’s just not going to start to turn around this week. Toronto and Baltimore are two top offenses that have seen a lot of Archer and the Tampa Bays offense is not going to give Archer much room for error. I’d think about alternatives if I had some reasonable ones and see how he looks vs the Orioles and Blue Jays this week.

Julio Teheran (vs. BOS; @ CHC)

Teheran was a bit of a preseason darling on many a “sleeper” list’s but he has had one quality start and that was his first start of the year. He also has two very tough matchups vs the Red Sox and at Wrigley. He still may turn it around; he’s young, has had one very good year and one solid year. The stuff is there but let’s see it before we commit again this year.

Shelby Miller (vs. STL; vs. COL)

Where do I start? The big offseason deal that pillaged the D’Backs prospect bucket could not have gone worse so far. I don’t like it to start paying off this week either. He’s home for both of his starts but Arizona is not the friendliest confines and St. Louis and Colorado can both rake on any given day. With a combined 3 2/3 IP in his last two starts, I’d stay away. He’ll be rusty and there may be an issue with his hand. Another guy I’m going to wait and see on.

Rich Hill (@ DET; vs. HOU)

He has two starts with 10 Ks in 12 IP and he has two starts with nine Ks in seven IP which has given him two wins. He is too inconsistent for me and two tough matchups for a guy who’s had six good starts in almost a decade, I’ll stay.

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