Pitching Forecaster: The status of all 30 rotations

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Welcome to the majors Trevor Cahill , Brett Anderson , Jordan Zimmermann and Nick Adenhart . See you in May (maybe): Justin Duchscherer (elbow), John Lackey (elbow) and Ervin Santana (elbow).

It is time to set your Week 1 Fantasy lineups. Play ball!

This is our new weekly feature, the Pitching Forecaster. This feature will help you plan your Fantasy rotations a week ahead of your roster deadlines, instead of merely a day before it.

We just love helping keep you ahead of the competition.

One of the toughest challenges we face each week is providing the latest rotation information to owners in a timely manner with our Pitching Planner, which runs on Sundays. It is a necessary evil, because outlining pitching matchups and rotations is most fruitful leading up to your roster deadline.

Teams don't know who might be pitching sometimes, so how can we, and therefore, how will you?

Every Tuesday during the season, we will outline the Most Added and Most Dropped pitchers, the biggest risers and fallers in Fantasy value, and we will give you a heads up on the pitchers to watch that are going Wednesday and Thursday every week. If you are a two-start pitcher hound like we are, you know the importance of that weekly Wednesday-Thursday activity. It is those arms who could be on schedule to start twice the following week.

To give you some insight on how the CBSSports.com Probable Pitchers and those precious little baseballs on your Fantasy roster page are generated:

  1. Elias Sports Bureau sends its projected probables to CBSSports.com daily. It has the schedule and matchups for two full rotational turns, or about 10 days.
  2. Yours truly then tirelessly scours the news, injuries and transactions in the event there are staff/rotation changes, updates our website and then gives Elias a heads up, so they can make the change(s) as well.
  3. Rinse and repeat for 26 weeks (or about 183 consecutive days on the calendar).

On an average weekday during the season, there are perhaps as many as five changes to be made, some days more than others. On an average Sunday during the season, there are as many as 30 teams that need to be tweaked meticulously with multiple changes.

See why we post our Pitching Planner on Sunday afternoon? If we ran it any earlier it would almost immediately become dated and inaccurate.

Use this feature to scour some potential waiver claims for the following week, but be sure to keep up with the news and check back with the Pitching Planner to make sure things haven't changed dramatically, or even slightly.

One piece of news can give you the ultimate headache as your two-start pitcher becomes a no-start long reliever.

Surely that has happened to you before, by no fault of your own or ours.

Fantasy Week 1 (April 5-12) is a little bit of a different beast, because of the pending announcement of rotation spots and potential skipping of No. 5 starters, but we provide the projected rotation, expected DL assignments and potential Fantasy Week 2 (April 13-19) two-start pitchers.

Emack's insider tip of the week: Don't discount your starting pitcher who will be pitching Sunday, April 12. If you use our Fantasy product, the lineup page only displays seven days of games. Fantasy Week 1 (April 5-12) is actually an eight-day week, Sunday to Sunday, and that final day doesn't display. Don't fret, everything will be back to normal come Fantasy Week 2 (April 13-19).

Arizona Diamondbacks

  1. Brandon Webb
  2. Dan Haren
  3. Doug Davis
  4. Jon Garland
  5. Max Scherzer

Week 1 two-starter(s): Webb and Haren. They are must-starts in all leagues.
Week 1 skip: Scherzer. He won't go until the D-Backs need a No. 5 starter April 14.
Week 1 sleeper: Garland. He makes his D-Backs debut vs. the Dodgers.
Week 1 bust: Scherzer. He won't start.
Week 2 two-starter(s): Davis. He is a sleeper for deeper leagues if he pitches well Wednesday.
Starters on the DL: None.
Starters to watch in the minors: Jarrod Parker . He is real good, but he might not arrive at all this season.

Atlanta Braves

  1. Derek Lowe
  2. Jair Jurrjens
  3. Javier Vazquez
  4. Kenshin Kawakami
  5. Tom Glavine

Week 1 two-starter(s): Lowe and Jurrjens. They are must-starts in all leagues.
Week 1 skip: Glavine. He won't start until the Braves need a No. 5 starter April 18.
Week 1 sleeper: Kawakami. Japanese import is at home vs. the Nationals. Lock it up!
Week 1 bust: Glavine. He won't start.
Week 2 two-starter(s): Vazquez. He starts Wednesday at Philly, but he should be owned in all leagues already.
Starters on the DL: Tim Hudson (elbow) and likely Glavine (elbow). Glavine's DL assignment might not come until Sunday and then will have to be retroactive. Hudson is out until at least August after Tommy John surgery.
Starters in the minors to watch: Tommy Hanson . There is only one starting pitching prospect better that is starting in the minors.

Baltimore Orioles

  1. Jeremy Guthrie
  2. Koji Uehara
  3. Mark Hendrickson
  4. Alfredo Simon
  5. Adam Eaton or Brian Bass

Week 1 two-starter(s): Guthrie. He is risky vs. the Yankees and Rays, but at least he is at home.
Week 1 skip: None.
Week 1 bust: Everyone. Avoid all five of the O's starters in Week 1, if possible. Heck, avoid them for the season until the prospects come up.
Week 2 two-starter(s): Uehara and perhaps someone else, too. Uehara's debut Wednesday will be newsworthy across the Earth.
Starters on the DL: Rich Hill (elbow). He has a lot of work to do to get healthy and build up his arm.
Starters to watch in the minors: Chris Tillman , Jake Arrieta and Brian Matusz . Future aces, all. Brad Bergesen could be intriguing, too.

Boston Red Sox

  1. Josh Beckett
  2. Jon Lester
  3. Daisuke Matsuzaka
  4. Tim Wakefield
  5. Brad Penny

Week 1 two-starter(s): Beckett. Tough matchups, but he is a must-start in all leagues.
Week 1 skip: Penny, but he will start the first time a No. 5 starter is needed April 12, which is the last day of Week 1.
Week 1 sleeper: Penny or Clay Buchholz , has to start the season on the DL.
Week 1 bust: Wakefield. He starts on the road at the Angels.
Week 2 two-starter(s): Lester. He debuts Wednesday.
Starters on the DL: John Smoltz (shoulder) and maybe Penny (shoulder).
Starters to watch in the minors: Maybe Buchholz and Michael Bowden . Justin Masterson , a setup man, and Buchholz will be factors this year, but Bowden likely won't be.

Chicago Cubs

  1. Carlos Zambrano
  2. Ryan Dempster
  3. Ted Lilly
  4. Rich Harden
  5. Sean Marshall

Week 1 two-starter(s): Zambrano and maybe Dempster. They are must-start pitchers regardless.
Week 1 skip: Maybe Marshall.
Week 1 sleeper: All top four starters are advisable options.
Week 1 bust: Marshall. He might not start.
Week 2 two-starter(s): Dempster, if they don't skip Marshall. If they do, then Lilly.
Starters on the DL: None.
Starters to watch in the minors: Perhaps Jeff Samardzija . He could still make the team as a reliever, like Aaron Heilman did.

Chicago White Sox

  1. Mark Buehrle
  2. Gavin Floyd
  3. John Danks
  4. Jose Contreras
  5. Bartolo Colon

Week 1 two-starter(s): Buehrle. He is an option for deeper leagues vs. KC and MIN.
Week 1 skip: None.
Week 1 sleeper: Buehrle, although his "ace" status likely has him owned already.
Week 1 bust: Contreras and like Colon. They shouldn't be trusted just yet.
Week 2 two-starter(s): Floyd and Danks. They are must-starts in all leagues.
Starters on the DL: Perhaps Colon (elbow/shoulder). He looks healthy enough to start the year in the majors, if the White Sox so choose.
Starters to watch in the minors: Clayton Richard and Aaron Poreda . Poreda will be in the rotation by June 1, we say.

Cincinnati Reds

  1. Aaron Harang
  2. Edinson Volquez
  3. Bronson Arroyo
  4. Johnny Cueto
  5. Micah Owings or Homer Bailey

Week 1 two-starter(s): Harang. He is trimmer and ready for a big rebound season, a solid start.
Week 1 skip: None.
Week 1 sleeper: Cueto. Usually risky, a matchup vs. the Pirates makes him a must-start option.
Week 1 bust: Arroyo. He had a bad spring and is struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome.
Week 2 two-starter(s): Volquez.
Starters on the DL: None. Arroyo (carpal tunnel) will make his Week 1 start.
Starters to watch in the minors: Maybe Bailey and Daryl Thompson . Bailey might start the season in the rotation or bullpen instead of Triple-A.

Cleveland Indians

  1. Cliff Lee
  2. Roberto Hernandez , eligible to return from suspension April 8 at Texas.
  3. Carl Pavano
  4. Scott Lewis
  5. Anthony Reyes

Week 1 two-starter(s): Lee. He is a must-start in all leagues.
Week 1 skip: None.
Week 1 sleeper: Lewis. Unheralded prospect had a great spring and is a nice flier in deeper formats.
Week 1 bust: Pavano. His Indians debut at Texas is potentially dangerous. Watch him closely if he pitches well, because ...
Week 2 two-starter(s): Carmona and Pavano. Carmona is a must-start, while Pavano goes at KC (decent) and at NYY (ouch!).
Starters on the DL: Jake Westbrook (elbow). He is out until at least July after Tommy John surgery.
Starters to watch in the minors: David Huff , Jeremy Sowers and Chuck Lofgren . They lost Adam Miller , but their depth is still solid.

Colorado Rockies

  1. Aaron Cook
  2. Ubaldo Jimenez
  3. Franklin Morales
  4. Jason Marquis
  5. Jorge De La Rosa

Week 1 two-starter(s): Cook and Jimenez. Cook is a risky option at Arizona and vs. the Phillies, while Jimenez is an intriguing one.
Week 1 skip: Likely De La Rosa. The No. 5 spot can get skipped until it is first needed April 21.
Week 1 sleeper: Morales. He had a great spring, so consider him in deeper leagues, even against the Phillies.
Week 1 bust: Cook. For the reasons stated above.
Week 2 two-starter(s): Marquis. He will only start twice, if the Rockies stick with a four-man rotation until April 21 (likely). Coincidentally, his first start would be at Chicago. Watch him in his Rockies debut Wednesday at Arizona.
Starters on the DL: Jeff Francis (shoulder). He is out for the season.
Starters to watch in the minors: Greg Smith and Jhoulys Chacin . Chacin is going to be the 2007 Jimenez/Morales impact second-half call-up.

Detroit Tigers

  1. Justin Verlander
  2. Edwin Jackson
  3. Armando Galarraga
  4. Rick Porcello
  5. Zach Miner

Week 1 two-starter(s): Verlander and Jackson. They are solid options at TOR and vs. TEX.
Week 1 skip: None.
Week 1 sleeper: Porcello. If he slots No. 4 in the rotation, he faces a back-end starter for the Blue Jays in his debut.
Week 1 bust: Miner. He faces the potent Rangers, albeit in good pitching weather (chilly Detroit).
Week 2 two-starter(s): Galarraga. He pitches Wednesday at TOR. He could earn must-start status with a solid debut.
Starters on the DL: Jeremy Bonderman (shoulder) and Dontrelle Willis (anxiety disorder). Bonderman might be back by late April. Willis is anyone's guess right now. They are decent stashees, though.
Starters to watch in the minors: Cody Satterwhite. With Porcello and Ryan Perry already in the majors, they are real thin on the farm, dangerously thin.

Florida Marlins

  1. Ricky Nolasco
  2. Josh Johnson
  3. Chris Volstad
  4. Anibal Sanchez
  5. Andrew Miller

Week 1 two-starter(s): Nolasco and perhaps Johnson, if they skip Miller one turn through the rotation (probable). Nolasco and Johnson are must-start pitchers.
Week 1 skip: Likely Miller. The Marlins don't need a No. 5 starter until April 18.
Week 1 sleeper: Volstad. He starts at home vs. the Nationals. Heck, that might make him a must-start option.
Week 1 bust: Sanchez. He draws the Mets in Game 4. They have some payback to levy.
Week 2 two-starter(s): Johnson, if they don't skip Miller, or Volstad, if they do. Or Miller, if the Marlins choose to slot him earlier.
Starters on the DL: None.
Starters to watch in the minors: Sean West , Ryan Tucker , Brett Sinkbeil and Aaron Thompson . Burke Badenhop and Rick VandenHurk might also get looks before the end of the season. The Marlins are loaded with organizational depth.

Houston Astros

  1. Roy Oswalt
  2. Wandy Rodriguez
  3. Mike Hampton
  4. Brian Moehler *
  5. Russ Ortiz*

* only the first three spots have been determined as of Wednesday

Week 1 two-starter(s): Oswalt and perhaps Rodriguez, if the No. 5 spot is skipped (likely).
Week 1 skip: Likely the No. 5 starter, Ortiz or Jose F. Capellan . We say Moehler and Ortiz make the rotation.
Week 1 sleeper: Rodriguez is a sleeper if he gets two starts, albeit tough matchups vs. CHC and at STL.
Week 1 bust: Hampton and the No. 4 starter, perhaps Moehler, are marginal options with tough matchups.
Week 2 two-starter(s): Hampton, if they skip the No. 5 spot, or Rodriguez, if they don't. At PIT and vs. CIN are decent matchups.
Starters on the DL: Brandon Backe (oblique). He could be ready by the time the Astros first need a No. 5 starter April 19.
Starters to watch in the minors: Bud Norris and Felipe Paulino . The Astros are going to need these guys this year, for better or for worse.

Kansas City Royals

  1. Gil Meche
  2. Zack Greinke
  3. Kyle Davies
  4. Sidney Ponson
  5. Horacio Ramirez

Week 1 two-starter(s): Meche. He is a risky option with tough matchups.
Week 1 skip: None.
Week 1 sleeper: Davies. He was hot late last year and had a solid spring.
Week 1 bust: Ponson and Ramirez. Those vets figure to get beat up by the Yankees.
Week 2 two-starter(s): Greinke. He pitches Wednesday and could earn must-start status.
Starters on the DL: None.
Starters to watch in the minors: Brian Bannister , Luke Hochevar , Dan Cortes and Carlos Rosa . The hot hand(s) will earn a look sooner or later.

Los Angeles Angels

  1. Joe Saunders
  2. Jered Weaver
  3. Nick Adenhart
  4. Dustin Moseley
  5. Shane Loux

Week 1 two-starter(s): Saunders and Weaver. They are advisable options vs. OAK and BOS.
Week 1 skip: None.
Week 1 sleeper: Adenhart and Moseley. They have a chance to be pretty solid options in deeper formats this season.
Week 1 bust: Loux. He will make his major league debut vs. the Red Sox. Ouch!
Week 2 two-starter(s): Adenhart. He can earn two-start sleeper status with a strong debut Wednesday. Week 2 slots him at SEA and MIN.
Starters on the DL: None yet, but John Lackey (elbow), Ervin Santana (elbow) and Kelvim Escobar (shoulder) all likely will be. They might all be back by the start of May.
Starters to watch in the minors: Jordan Walden , Sean O'Sullivan , Anthony Ortega and Trevor Reckling . Assuming the veterans come back, we probably won't see these guys make an impact this year.

Los Angeles Dodgers

  1. Hiroki Kuroda
  2. Randy Wolf
  3. Chad Billingsley
  4. Clayton Kershaw
  5. James McDonald

Week 1 two-starter(s): Kuroda and Wolf. They are nice options at SD and ARI.
Week 1 skip: None.
Week 1 sleeper: Wolf and Kershaw. They are available in some mixed leagues and face the lowly Padres.
Week 1 bust: McDonald. He makes his first start at ARI as Garland debuts. We still would take the chance on McDonald in NL-only formats, though.
Week 2 two-starter(s): Billingsley. You have to figure he will be a must-start.
Starters on the DL: None yet, but Jason Schmidt (shoulder), and perhaps Claudio Vargas (elbow), will be. Schmidt could position himself for a May return, at best. Vargas is not worth stashing.
Starters to watch in the minors: Josh Lindblom and Scott Elbert . Lindblom is an elite prospect who is a must-watch in all formats.

Milwaukee Brewers

  1. Jeff Suppan
  2. Yovani Gallardo
  3. Manny Parra
  4. Braden Looper
  5. Dave Bush

Week 1 two-starter(s): Suppan. Tough matchups, so you likely should avoid him in most leagues.
Week 1 skip: None.
Week 1 sleeper: Parra. He matchups up against San Francisco.
Week 1 bust: Looper and Bush. They fave the Cubs.
Week 2 two-starter(s): Gallardo. He will be a must-start in all leagues.
Starters on the DL: None.
Starters to watch in the minors: Jeremy Jeffress . He should help out the rotation before the end of the season.

Minnesota Twins

  1. Francisco Liriano
  2. Nick Blackburn
  3. Kevin Slowey
  4. Glen Perkins
  5. R.A. Dickey

Week 1 two-starter(s): Liriano and Blackburn. You have to start Liriano in all leagues vs. SEA and at CHW. Blackburn is a riskier option.
Week 1 skip: None.
Week 1 sleeper: Perkins. He has had a great spring and starts at home vs. the lowly Mariners.
Week 1 bust: Dickey. He is the worst rotation member in baseball. Avoid him.
Week 2 two-starter(s): Slowey and Perkins. The Twins don't have a day off in the season's first two weeks. Slowey and Perkins are both pitching for must-start status Wednesday and Thursday.
Starters on the DL: Scott Baker (shoulder) and Boof Bonser (shoulder). Baker will just miss one turn in the rotation, while Bonser is out for the season and can be ignored.
Starters to watch in the minors: Anthony Swarzak and Kevin Mulvey . Those are two pretty close pitching prospects who could step in and contribute if there is an early injury.

New York Mets

  1. Johan Santana
  2. Mike Pelfrey
  3. Oliver Perez
  4. John Maine
  5. Livan Hernandez

Week 1 two-starter(s): Santana. Must-start in all leagues at CIN and FLA. Duh!
Week 1 skip: None.
Week 1 sleeper: Hernandez. He is only useful in NL-only formats right now, but he was a 13-game winner for far lesser teams last season.
Week 1 bust: Perez. He has been brutal most of the spring and starts in a great hitter's park in Cincy.
Week 2 two-starter(s): Pelfrey. He stands to be a must-start option, opening CitiField against the lowly Padres on April 13.
Starters on the DL: None yet, but Tim Redding (shoulder) will go on it before the start of the season. He will be no better than a May returnee.
Starters to watch in the minors: Freddy Garcia , Jonathon Niese and Bradley Holt . They will be needed at some point.

New York Yankees

  1. CC Sabathia
  2. Chien-Ming Wang
  3. A.J. Burnett
  4. Andy Pettitte
  5. Joba Chamberlain

Week 1 two-starter(s): Sabathia. He is a must-start in all leagues no matter the matchup at this point. Watch him for his notorious slow start, though.
Week 1 skip: Chamberlain. He will slot before the end of Week 1, though, so he can still be used.
Week 1 sleeper: Pettitte. He is available in some mixed leagues and gets a start against the lowly Royals. Then in Week 2, see below ...
Week 1 bust: None. All Yankees starters should be active in all leagues this week.
Week 2 two-starter(s): Wang and Pettitte. They will pitch Wednesday and Thursday. We think they will be at least advisable, if not must-start options.
Starters on the DL: None.
Starters to watch in the minors: Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy . Hughes is almost certain to be needed this year. Kennedy might be, too. We expect they both will dominate Triple-A for at least the season's first two months.

Oakland Athletics

  1. Dallas Braden
  2. Trevor Cahill
  3. Dana Eveland
  4. Brett Anderson
  5. Josh Outman

Week 1 two-starter(s): Braden and Cahill. They are not your average front-line starters.
Week 1 skip: None.
Week 1 sleeper: Cahill. This is an elite 21-year-old pitching prospect who will start twice at LAA and vs. SEA.
Week 1 bust: Braden. He is starting twice, but his matchups suggest it will be against the aces of LAA and SEA.
Week 2 two-starter(s): Eveland. He will be pitching for two-start sleeper status Wednesday.
Starters on the DL: None yet, but Justin Duchscherer (elbow) is headed there and Gio Gonzalez (shoulder) might be, too. Duschscherer is out until at least mid-May, while Gonzalez still could position himself to be a factor before the end of April.
Starters to watch in the minors: Maybe Sean Gallagher , Michael Ynoa and Vin Mazzaro . Something tells us these guys will be called upon before they are truly ready. Cahill and Anderson were rushed, but at least they have elite talent that can help them win early.

Philadelphia Phillies

  1. Cole Hamels
  2. Brett Myers
  3. Jamie Moyer
  4. Joe Blanton
  5. Chan Ho Park

Week 1 two-starter(s): Myers and perhaps Moyer, if they choose to skip Park or Hamels (elbow). Myers is a must-start, two-start pitcher in all leagues.
Week 1 skip: Hamels or Park. Hamels starts in a spring game Saturday in Philly. If he pitches well, he could make his season debut Friday, April 10 in Colorado. Days off Monday and Thursday could allow the Phillies to use a four-man rotation, so if Hamels is not skipped, Park could be. Or neither could be skipped.
Week 1 sleeper: Moyer. He could be a two-start pitcher vs. ATL and at COL. He is old, but he is a winner for the defending champs.
Week 1 bust: Park. He will either be skipped or start at Colorado. Neither gives him much chance to help Fantasy teams.
Week 2 two-starter(s): Moyer, if neither Hamels or Park are skipped, or Blanton if one of Hamels or Park are skipped. It is also possible the Phillies hold out Hamels or Park to make their season debut April 13 at Washington.
Starters on the DL: None yet, but Hamels (elbow) could start the season on the DL and have it set back retroactively to make him eligible for a return the first time the Phillies need a No. 5 starter April 19. Also, Scott Mathieson (elbow) is out at least half of the season after Tommy John surgery. He could be placed on the 60-day DL before the start of the season.
Starters to watch in the minors: J.A. Happ , Kyle Kendrick , Carlos Carrasco , Joe Savery , Antonio Bastardo and Kyle Drabek . There is depth in this system, but they haven't really needed much of it the past few seasons. Carrasco is the real elite prospect in their group, despite his so-so spring.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  1. Paul Maholm
  2. Ian Snell
  3. Zach Duke
  4. Ross Ohlendorf
  5. Jeff Karstens

Week 1 two-starter(s): Maholm and Snell. All of the Pirates starters are risky options this season, especially when they are starting at STL and CIN.
Week 1 skip: None.
Week 1 sleeper: Maholm. He has become an ace on a terrible team, so he could prove useful in deeper leagues as a two-game loser.
Week 1 bust: Karstens. Trusting any Pirates starters is dicey. Starting their No. 5 starter at Cincy is just not something advisable.
Week 2 two-starter(s): Duke. He starts a potential rebound season Wednesday at STL. He could prove useful for deeper formats if he debuts nicely.
Starters on the DL: None yet, but Phil Dumatrait (shoulder) might be placed on the DL before the start of the season. The healthy Pirates pitchers aren't worth stashing, so the injured one shouldn't be either.
Starters to watch in the minors: Brad Lincoln , Bryan Morris and Daniel McCutchen . These guys will get a look later this year, but they are hardly worth tracking in the minors at this point.

San Diego Padres

  1. Jake Peavy
  2. Chris Young
  3. Walter Silva
  4. Kevin Correia
  5. Shawn Hill

Week 1 two-starter(s): Peavy and Young. They are solid starts in all leagues until their poor supporting cast proves otherwise.
Week 1 skip: None.
Week 1 sleeper: Young. He might be available in some smaller mixed leagues.
Week 1 bust: Starter Nos. 3-5. The Padres stink and these starters wouldn't be all that intriguing regardless of their supporting cast.
Week 2 two-starter(s): Silva. The rookie will be making his debut Wednesday and could earn two-start sleeper status.
Starters on the DL: Cha Seung Baek (forearm). Mark Prior (shoulder) and Tim Stauffer (shoulder) figure to be merely assigned to the minors for the start of the season. Baek is out at least a few weeks, so he will try to prove healthy enough for a late April return.
Starters to watch in the minors: Cesar Carrillo , Nick Schmidt , Josh Geer , Wade LeBlanc and Will Inman . We list a lot of options here because the Padres will have openings galore this season. We don't really like these guys all that much this season.

San Francisco Giants

  1. Tim Lincecum
  2. Randy Johnson
  3. Matt Cain
  4. Barry Zito
  5. Jonathan Sanchez

Week 1 two-starter(s): Lincecum. It doesn't matter, but he gets the Brewers at home and Padres on the road, easy money.
Week 1 skip: None.
Week 1 sleeper: Zito. Yeah, yeah, he stinks and notoriously starts slowly, but that is a scrubby Padres team.
Week 1 bust: Sanchez. He draws Peavy on the road. We wouldn't use him.
Week 2 two-starter(s): Johnson. He pitches Wednesday and could earn must-start, two-start status.
Starters on the DL: None yet, but Noah Lowry (shoulder, elbow) is out until at least May and is expected to be placed on the 15-day DL before the start of the season.
Starters to watch in the minors: Madison Bumgarner , Tim Alderson and Kevin Pucetas . No one in baseball has a better pair of elite arms down on the farm. Bumgarner and Alderson are both potential front-line guys. That will be a sick rotation in a couple of years: Lincecum, Bumgarner, Cain, Alderson and Zito. That rotation will win a championship if it stays healthy.

Seattle Mariners

  1. Felix Hernandez
  2. Erik Bedard
  3. Carlos Silva
  4. Ryan Rowland-Smith
  5. Jarrod Washburn

Week 1 two-starter(s): Hernandez and Bedard. They are at MIN and OAK, so consider them must-starts in all leagues.
Week 1 skip: None.
Week 1 sleeper: Bedard. He might be unowned in some smaller mixed leagues. He is in a walk year and has proven healthy enough this spring. He is plenty motivated to earn a big contract or even a midseason trade.
Week 1 bust: Silva. He is a bust every week. Washburn is too.
Week 2 two-starter(s): Silva. He will prove unworthy of a roster spot in Week 1, especially since he will get the Angels and Tigers in Week 2.
Starters on the DL: Ryan Feierabend (elbow surgery) is out for the season.
Starters to watch in the minors: Phillippe Aumont and Gaby Hernandez . We don't think they will prove to be impact call-ups this year, but they could be worth watching if they get hot.

St. Louis Cardinals

  1. Adam Wainwright
  2. Kyle Lohse
  3. Todd Wellemeyer
  4. Chris Carpenter
  5. Joel Pineiro

Week 1 two-starter(s): Wainwright and Lohse. Wainwright is a must-start option, while Lohse is more of a sleeper.
Week 1 skip: None.
Week 1 sleeper: Lohse. He gets two home starts vs. PIT and HOU.
Week 1 bust: None. All of the Cardinals starters are solid options this week.
Week 2 two-starter(s): Wellemeyer and Carpenter. They will pitch Wednesday and Thursday, but we think only Carpenter will prove to be a must-start option.
Starters on the DL: Jaime Garcia (elbow) is out for the season after Tommy John surgery. Also, prospect Clayton Mortensen (elbow) could start the season on the DL.
Starters to watch in the minors: Jess Todd , Mortensen and Mitchell Boggs . The Cardinals might not need them, but Tood is one that could force his way up in the second half.

Tampa Bay Rays

  1. James Shields
  2. Scott Kazmir
  3. Matt Garza
  4. Andy Sonnanstine
  5. Jason Hammel or Jeff Niemann

Week 1 two-starter(s): Shields. He is a must-start option in all leagues at BOS and BAL.
Week 1 skip: The No. 5 starter. He will still start before the end of Fantasy Week 1 (April 5-12), though, since a No. 5 starter is required Sunday.
Week 1 sleeper: Sonnanstine and the No. 5 starter. They get one start against the Orioles. Sign them up. The Hammel vs. Niemann decision will be made Sunday.
Week 1 bust: None. All of the Rays starters are viable options this week.
Week 2 two-starter(s): Kazmir and Garza. They will pitch Wednesday and Thursday and have a chance to earn must-start status. After Tuesday, April 7, the Rays won't get a day off until Monday, April 20.
Starters on the DL: None yet, but Jake McGee (elbow) is out for the season after Tommy John surgery. He could be placed on the 60-day DL before the start of the season.
Starters to watch in the minors: David Price , Wade Davis and Jeremy Hellickson . Price will be the most-watched minor-leaguer in Fantasy for the season's first couple of weeks. It won't be long before he is up and dominating for Fantasy owners. Davis and Hellickson likely have to wait until spring 2010.

Texas Rangers

  1. Kevin Millwood
  2. Vicente Padilla
  3. Kris Benson
  4. Brandon McCarthy
  5. Matt Harrison

Weeffk 1 two-starter(s): Millwood. He is a risky option vs. CLE and at DET.
Week 1 skip: The No. 5 starter, likely Harrison. But he will start Sunday at the latest and still get a start in the first week.
Week 1 sleeper: McCarthy. He was solid at times this spring and could get some decent run support.
Week 1 bust: Millwood or Padilla. Don't rely on these two arms until they prove they deserve your trust in deeper leagues.
Week 2 two-starter(s): Padilla. He pitches Wednesday and could earn sleeper status vs. lowly BAL and KC.
Starters on the DL: None yet, but Eric Hurley (shoulder surgery) is out for the year and could be added to the 60-day DL before the season starts.
Starters to watch in the minors: Neftali Feliz , Derek Holland , Michael Main , Tommy Hunter , Thomas Diamond and Kasey Kiker . They might struggle in the majors, but the Rangers are strong and deep down on the farm. Feliz is the most elite of their prospects.

Toronto Blue Jays

  1. Roy Halladay
  2. Jesse Litsch
  3. David Purcey
  4. Ricky Romero
  5. Scott Richmond

Week 1 two-starter(s): Halladay and Litsch. Halladay should never sit, but Litsch is more of a sleeper.
Week 1 skip: None.
Week 1 sleeper: Litsch. He gets starts vs. DET and at CLE, so use him only in deeper leagues, we say.
Week 1 bust: Starter Nos. 3-5. They need to prove worthy of their rotation spots before you should trust them outside of the deepest of AL-only leagues.
Week 2 two-starter(s): Purcey and Romero. They will go Wednesday and Thursday and could prove sleeper worthy at MIN and vs. OAK the following turns.
Starters on the DL: None yet, but Dustin McGowan (shoulder), Shaun Marcum (elbow) and Casey Janssen (shoulder) are likely to be placed on the DL before the start of the season. Marcum is ruled out for the year, but McGowan before be a factor in the second half, while Janssen could be ready earlier in the first half.
Starters to watch in the minors: Brad Mills , Brett Cecil and Robert Ray . They would be rushing these guys to bring them up this year.

Washington Nationals

  1. John Lannan
  2. Scott Olsen
  3. Daniel Cabrera
  4. Shairon Martis
  5. Jordan Zimmermann

Week 1 two-starter(s): Lannan and Olsen. They are sleepers for deeper leagues, mostly NL-only formats, at FLA and ATL.
Week 1 skip: Zimmermann. The elite pitching prospect is expected to open in the minors and be brought back up when the Nationals first need a No. 5 starter April 19.
Week 1 sleeper: Lannan. He is really underrated for a hungry upstart and might be able to sneak up for a couple of road victories.
Week 1 bust: Cabrera. His command issues haven't gone away, so there is no reason to expect them to be solved this early.
Week 2 two-starter(s): Cabrera. It will be tough for him to earn even sleeper status after his Wednesday start. He will draw PHI and FLA on his next turns.
Starters on the DL: None yet, but Matt Chico (elbow) is out until at least late July after Tommy John surgery. He should be placed on the 60-day DL before the start of the season.
Starters to watch in the minors: Ross Detwiler , Josh Smoker and Colton Willems. It will take a real good rookie season by Zimmermann to be useful in more than deeper NL-only leagues. This trio is nowhere near Zimmermann's class of pitching prospect.

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