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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Fantasy baseball: Two-start pitchers for Week 9

If you're a Kendry Morales owner, all you can do is shake your head at your dumb luck. (When was the last time a walkoff grand slam was a bad thing?)

If you own both Morales and Grady Sizemore (like me), may I suggest eliminating one league from your daily to-do list? Some things just weren't meant to be.

Let's take a quick look at the two-start pitchers for Week 9, with the idea that you already know to start Tim Lincecum and not consider Rodrigo Lopez.


1. Hisanori Takahasi, Mets (Monday at Padres; Saturday vs. Marlins): He has thrown 12 1/3 scoreless innings since getting moved into the starting rotation, and the appearances were against the Yankees and Phillies. The former reliever has 44 strikeouts in 38 innings, and he is scheduled to face San Diego's Kevin Correia (4-4, 4.03 ERA) and Florida's Nate Robertson (4-4, 4.05, 1.46 WHIP).

2. Brett Myers, Astros (Tuesday vs. Nationals; Sunday vs. Cubs): In his last five starts, Myers is 2-1 with a 2.65 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 34 innings. In five starts at home, he is 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA. This week, he should be opposed by Washington's Craig Stammen (1-2, 5.60 ERA, 1.41 WHIP) and the Cubs' Carlos Zambrano, who makes his return to the rotation this week.

3. Jeremy Bonderman, Tigers (Tuesday vs. Indians; Sunday at Royals): In his last four starts, Bonderman has a 1.38 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 26 innings. His opposition isn't much, either -- the Tribe's Jake Westbrook (2-3, 4.78 ERA) and the Royals' Brian Bannister (4-3, 4.70).

Others to play: Doug Fister, Mariners (Monday vs. Twins; Saturday vs. Angels); John Ely, Dodgers (Tuesday vs. Diamondbacks; Sunday vs. Braves); Jason Vargas, Mariners (Tuesday vs. Twins; Sunday vs. Angels). And if you're desperate, the White Sox's Mark Buehrle has favorable home matchups against the Rangers on Tuesday and the Indians on Sunday. As long as you're not worried about playing a pitcher who is 3-5 with a 4.38 ERA and a 1-5 record in his last eight starts.


Starters with one favorable and unfavorable matchup: Bronson Arroyo, Reds; Joe Blanton, Phillies; Trevor Cahill, Athletics; Joel Pineiro, Angels; Ervin Santana, Angels; Javier Vazquez, Yankees; Carlos Zambrano, Cubs


Luis Atilano, Nationals; Brian Bannister, Royals; Nick Blackburn, Twins; Kevin Correia, Padres; Rich Harden, Rangers; Luke Hochevar, Royals; Brian Matusz, Orioles; Mitch Talbot, Indians

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