by Brian Dorsey
Week 5 has come and gone, so let’s go ahead and find out what’s on our plate for this week. Here are the Top-10 Two Start Pitchers in each league, some interesting notes, and the weather reports.
Two Start Pitchers
- Jon Lester (@TOR, @NYY): Was scratched from Sunday’s start, so he becomes the AL’s premier two-start pitcher this week.
- Max Scherzer (@TOR, KC): Big Max. Already has five wins. We just wish his WHIP wasn’t so godawful.
- Josh Beckett (MIN, @NYY): Gets the Twinkies at home (0.47 ERA in Fenway), but then gets the Bronx Bombers (5.59 ERA in New Yankee Stadium).
- Trevor Cahill (@TEX, CHW): Not all of us at Rotoballs were big believers in this kid. But his strikeout numbers are changing our minds.
- Michael Pineda (@BAL, @CLE): Could very well get 20 Ks this week. It’s going to take more than the Orioles and Indians to derail this train.
- Brandon Morrow (DET, @MIN): Getting his legs under him, and each start is followed by a better one.
- C.J. Wilson (OAK, LAA): You like his strikeouts, not to mention the match ups.
- Josh Tomlin (TB, SEA): You don’t like this guy’s strikeout, but he’s winning and his ratios are out of this world.
- Ervin Santana (CHW, @TEX): He’s been up and down, so you might want to sit him in Texas.
- Jake Arrieta (SEA, @TB): Has yet to face either team this year, but when facing similarly weak offenses, he’s gotten the job done.
- Roy Halladay (@FLA, @ATL): The Doc is in. Two walks or less in each of his first seven starts.
- Tim Lincecum (ARI, @CHC): Double digit strikeouts in three starts. In the other starts, seven or less Ks.
- Chad Billingsley (@PIT, ARI): Owning Bills might be the biggest roller coaster ride, but he’s riding high right now.
- Tim Hudson (WAS, PHIL): You didn’t sign this guy up for big K numbers, but his ratios are phenomenal still.
- Carlos Zambrano (STL, SF): Big Z! Probably more manic than Billingsley, but you love it when he’s right (only 3 ER in past two starts).
- Jhoulys Chacin (NYM, SD): Pitching more like Ubaldo than Ubaldo. And his name is just as crazy.
- Chris Carpenter (@CHC, @CIN): Yet to win a game, his strikeouts are lower than low, and he’s walking everyone. But we believe he’s got to come out of it sometime, right?
- Mat Latos (@MIL, @COL): Past three have been quality starts, so things are looking up, but the match ups aren’t the best.
- Kevin Correia (LAD, MIL): Like Tomlin, his strikeout numbers are in the cellar, but he’s been pitching to contact and letting his defense pick him up.
- Zack Greinke (SD, PIT): Mr. Greinke was a little off in his first start back from injury. And remember he wasn’t fantastic last year, either. Can’t bench him against SD, PIT though.
Teams Without a Day Off
Here are the teams that will be playing seven games this week. Please take advantage:
Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburg Pirates.
There are more games that could get rained out than not get rained out. So…
Games that won’t get rained out: Reds at Astros (3, Mon-Wed); Mets at Astros (3, Fri-Sun); Tigers at Blue Jays (1, Mon); Red Sox at Blue Jays (2, Tue-Wed); Padres at Brewers (3, Mon-Wed); Pirates at Brewers (3, Fri-Sun); Orioles at Rays (3, Fri-Sun).
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