by Brian Dorsey
Week 7 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
- Jared Weaver (OAK, @MIN): Weaver owners are licking their chops this week.
- Dan Haren (OAK, @MIN): It was a toss up between Weaver and Haren for the number one AL pitcher this week, but just because Haren is number two on this list doesn’t mean he won’t be lights-out. Look for a good game against his former club.
- Justin Verlander (TB, BOS): Absolutely dominating this May: 28 K and 0.77 WHIP.
- Josh Beckett (@CLE, @DET): Only one earned run in his last four starts. That middle pick is turning a huge profit.
- Clay Buchholz (@CLE, @DET): Four earned runs in his last four. Buchholz is following suit. Both Beckett and he are leading this staff.
- Alexi Ogando (CHW, KC): On pace for 14 wins. We’d just like to see more strikeouts (only projected 128).
- Justin Masterson (BOS, @TB): He got lit up like a Christmas tree last time he faced the Rays, but he has a career ERA and WHIP under one against the Red Sox.
- Zach Britton (KC, @OAK): Brian Matusz who?
- Bartolo Colon (TOR, @SEA): The Dominican Stay-Puff Marshmallow Man is terrorizing his demons, not the other way around.
- Ricky Romero (@NYY, CHW): No slam dunk, especially not in NYC, but only one ER in past two.
- Clayton Kershaw (@HOU, FLA): Chin-Strap Kershaw is buckled up and ready to set down the side.
- Cole Hamels (CIN, @NYM): Up and down starts lately, but a career 1.07 ERA against Cincy looks nice.
- Yovani Gallardo (WAS, SF): Finally pitching like the ace of the staff. Should be noted though, last time he faced the Nationals he got tagged for 7 ER in 5.1 IP.
- Bud Norris (LAD, ARI): Projected Player of the Week has two appetizing opponents, just needs to avoid that “big” inning.
- Matt Cain (FLA, @MIL): Not many strikeouts this year, plus too many walks. Stellar career numbers against the Marlins (2.98 ERA, 1.08 WHIP).
- Ricky Nolasco (@SF, @LAD): The question with Ricky is always, “How long can he pitch this well?” Cross your fingers and hope his hot streak continues through this week.
- Jair Jurrjens (@PIT, CIN): Once again, as long as he’s healthy, he’s going to throw solid innings.
- Jorge De La Rosa (ARI, STL): His ERA will probably be up over four soon, especially since he averages over two walks a game.
- Vance Worley (CIN, @NYM): Small sample size on this kid, but Bagger Vance has been outstanding in his spot starts for the Phils.
- Kyle Lohse (@SD, @COL): Contact pitcher, low strikeout numbers. Might not want to send him into the Belly of the Beast (Coors Field) this week.
Teams Without a Day Off
Here are the teams that will be playing seven games this week. Please take advantage:
Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds, and Philadelphia Phillies.
Games that won’t get rained out: Dodgers at Astros (3, Mon-Wed); Diamondbacks at Astros (3, Fri-Sun); White Sox at Blue Jays (4, Thu-Sun); Nationals at Brewers (3, Mon-Wed); Giants at Brewers (3, Fri-Sun); Yankees at Mariners (3, Fri-Sun); Indians at Rays (3, Fri-Sun).
Video from Predicted “Player of Week Eight”
Bud Norris gets two starts this week and their both at home. What’s even better is he’s facing two NL West teams, Dodgers and D-Backs, that haven’t been able to muster much offensively this season. Norris is a strikeout monster. Plus he seems like a nice guy, evident in the following video where he tosses a fan a ball during BP.
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