FANTASY BASEBALL: Daily Pitcher Rankings (April 15th)
Lance Lynn made my sleeper pick look good. And once again I lose my lock. Good thing I do not bet single games on my lock or I would be finding a new job.
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(All Records are for the week)
Sleeper of the Day: (4-2) 34 INN. 32 Ks. 13 ER. 3 Win. (3.44 ERA)
*A QS or W= Win
*A Bad Start or Loss= Loss
Jake Westbrook vs. CHC– There’s something about picking Cardinal pitchers to beat the Cubs that just seems too easy. If Lynn can shut them down, I am pretty sure Westbrook can do the same. Let’s lower that weekly ERA under 3.00!
Guess That Save of the Day: (2-4)
Longest Streak= 3W. Current Streak= 2L.
Jonathan Papelbon vs. NYM
*Anything but a Win, is a loss for my record.
1. Clayton Kershaw vs. SD– Kershaw is o-2 on this list total. He is due to win 20 times this season, so I will take my odds against a weak Padres team. But a strong pitching matchup, Edinson Volquez.
2. Neftali Feliz @ Min– Neftali was so great when I made him a start’em option that I have to put him as a lock against the Twins. If he pitches as good as he should, this should be automatic.
*A QS or W= Win
*A Bad Start or Loss= Loss
3. Cole Hamels vs. NYM– All of a sudden, Phillies pitching cannot beat the weakest NL hitting team in the Mets. Hamels will look to break the trend, nothing is guaranteed.
4. Anibal Sanchez vs. Hou– If Anibal wants to prove he is ready to be a next level pitcher, he will dominate this start. The Astros offense should provide no problems.
5. Trevor Cahill @ Col– Cahill has a good chance to get a win against Drew Pomeranz who may have the best name in baseball. Either way, Cahill has the edge in this matchup.
6. Ubaldo Jimenez @ KC– Ubaldo was so impressive in his 1st start, that he had to be put on this list against a weak Royals team. Ubaldo came into the season hated, and this is his chance to prove he’s got what it takes.
*A QS or ND = Win.
*A Loss or Bad Start = A loss.
7. Edinson Volquez @ LAD– A QS is nearly guaranteed, but the win and run support is not. Edinson will look to continue on maybe the most impressive comeback season to date.
8. Kyle Drabek vs. Bal– Drabek should be able to win this game as long as he does not implode. The Orioles do have some offense, but for the most part it is shutoutable. New word, Drabek will make it real.
9. Ricky Porcello @ CWS– Porcello is an easy candidate to win 16+ Games this season, a good way to start would be to dominate Chris Sale who looks to be a great pitcher this season.
10. Brandon Beachy vs. Mil– Beachy had a rough 1st start thanks to poor defense, and now gets a mulligan against the semi-consistent Brewers.
11. Ivan Nova vs. LAA– Nova will look to build off of the very impressive start against the Orioles. The Angels are no Orioles, but Jerome Williams is a pitching matchup that Nova has the advantage in.
12. JA Happ @ Mia– Happ can pull off a nice upset here and get the Astros another win in Miami. The K’s will not be there, but the QS is more than possible.
13. Mike Pelfrey @ Phi– Mets pitching has had its way with the Phillies this series. I would not be surprised to see the Mets end up closing out Hallday, Lee, Worley, and then Hamels. Who am I kidding, that would be the biggest upset in fantasy baseball this week.
14. Chris Sale vs. Det– Sale has a chance to be a dominant pitcher this season, and beating the Tigers would be a great step to take to prove he has what it takes. The Tigers offense is not red-hot right now, so this would be the time.
15. Matt Moore @ Bos– The Red Sox bats are alive. The timing could not be worst for Moore who will have to pitch better than his A game to stop the bats from scoring 10+ Runs.
16. Graham Godfrey @ Sea– Any pitcher can look good against Seattle. Even Bartolo Colon twice in three starts. Godfrey has a solid chance for a QS.
17. Chris Narveson @ Atl– So much hype, yet nothing to show for it. Beating Brandon Beachy will make some noise, but not enough to be owned in all-leagues after the start.
18. Luis Mendoza vs. Cle– The Mendoza line will have a chance to show the other side after a great start against the A’s. Cleveland MAY have a better offense than the A’s. Consider this another easy matchup where he has to pitch well to even be considered on the fantasy radar.
19. Blake Beaven vs. Oak– Seattle vs. Oakland is just the making of a very low-scoring game. A QS is nearly guaranteed, anything else would be a bonus in this one. Still not worth owning even if he has a good start, the Mariners offense is not exactly “Trust-Worthy.”
20. Felix Doubront vs. TB– The offense should do their part in giving Doubront runs. The question will remain if Felix can do enough to get the win. He should be able to.
21. Ryan Vogelsong vs. Pit– The Pirates do not have a lot of offensive threats outside of McCutchen. In fact that is their only offensive threat. I expect Ryan to be singing the Vogelson, aka getting the W.
22. Mike Leake @ Was– Leake needs to have a strong start here to make sure Aroldis Chapman does not come for that starter job. This is the dream matchup for Leake.
23. Kevin Correia @ SF– Correia has a great chance to have a QS in this one. The run support will probably be hiding but Correia can pull off this win with his 1.50 ERA.
24. Drew Pomeranz vs. AZ– Great name, tough matchup. Drew should be able to hold his own, but it will probably not be enough.
*A Loss for the SP=a win for my record.
*A Win for the SP= a loss for my record.
*IF NO WIN/LOSS=QS is a Loss for my record. Bad Start is a Win for my record.
25. Ross Detwiller vs. Cin– Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me a third time, you can’t be fooled again..Right? Let us see if Ross Detwiller can pull off the miracle twice.
26. Paul Malhom @ STL– I do not trust Cub pitchers outside of Garza and Dempster. Tough matchup in STL, I will pass on Malholm.
27. Liam Hendricks vs. Tex– This game is Money in the Bank. For Texas.
28. Jerome Williams @ NYY– Tough matchup for his 1st start of the season. I do not think Jerome has what it takes to hold the Yankees to a QS.
29. Brian Matusz @ Tor- Not a start that the small percentage of Matusz owners dream about. But here it is, and this is just one of the four AL East Teams that Matusz has to pitch well against.