Pitching Forecaster: Waking the sleeping Giants
The Giants are surprising contenders in the National League, meaning we might see some of their elite arms sooner than originally anticipated. Our Eric Mack examines that and projects all 30 rotations for Fantasy Week 14 in his latest Pitching Forecaster.
We might have not gotten the message to you. It could have been in a Fantasy Take or perhaps the San Francisco Giants Fantasy outlook. But we saw them surprising people this season. When asked which team could pull a Tampa Bay Rays, the answer here was San Francisco.
After all, pitching wins. And Tim Lincecum is not a bad start to a staff. Heck, he might be the best pitcher in baseball -- and Fantasy -- now and the rest of the way.
We were not bold enough to predict the Giants would pitch so well to overcome a weak offense to be leading the NL wild card race at the All-Star break. That is where they are headed, and they are doing it with a new No. 5 starter -- Ryan Sadowski -- that never had been invited to a major league camp, much less thought about much in his six-year minor league career.
Sadowski has been handed Jonathan Sanchez 's rotation spot for the time being. It will be the potential other reinforcements that could make the biggest impact in the second half, though.
When our own Ian Melmood (a first cousin of Sadowski) was asked this spring about Sadowski, he responded coldly: "Not much." Heck, teams invite all kinds of arms to major league spring training camp. No invite had to mean little long-term potential, right?
Six shutout innings in his late June major league debut later, he is a Fantasy sleeper.
He will get a couple of more starts before the break to show what he has. The Giants already have a pretty good idea of what they have in 19-year-old phenom Madison Bumgarner and his Double-A rotation mate Tim Alderson . Even Kevin Pucetas could be call-up worthy from Triple-A.
Bumgarner is a teenager proving too good for Double-A at 5-1 with a 1.96 ERA and .213 battting-average against. He is a combined 8-2 with a 1.79 ERA and .215 BAA through 70 1/3 innings (13 games) this season. He has 61 strikeouts to just 16 walks to date. He turns 20 on Aug. 1 and could be up by then.
Alderson, Bumgarner's right-handed complement, is a year older at age 20, but is more likely to be an option to arrive as a reliever down the stretch. Make no mistake, he is a potential Fantasy ace down the road, too, though. He is 4-1 with a 2.36 ERA and .245 BAA in Double-A, striking out 37 in 49 2/3 innings.
Before the Giants go to those real, real young arms, though, they might be inclined to go to Pucetas, 24, out of Triple-A. Had he been on regular rest last Sunday, he could have been the Giants' replacement for Sanchez in the No. 5 starter's spot. Pucetas has gone 7-2 with a 3.41 ERA and .251 BAA, with 54 strikeouts in 89 2/3 Triple-A innings.
This all is on the assumption that Sadowski doesn't take the No. 5 spot and run with it or Sanchez doesn't return to the rotation. It is more likely the Giants use their rare pitching depth to supplement the offense. We know the incomparable Lincecum (8-2, 2.37), breakthrough Matt Cain (9-2, 2.57), 300-game winner Randy Johnson (7-4, 4.68) and $127 million man Barry Zito (4-7, 4.55) aren't going anywhere.
If the Giants do trade Sanchez or one of their rookie starters for enough offense, look out. They could pull away from the unimpressive NL wild-card field. That would also make the Giants' underowned Fantasy starters far more intriguing in mixed leagues: Johnson (76 percent), Zito (42 percent) and No. 5 starter TBD -- Sadowski (3 percent), Sanchez (24 percent), Pucetas (1 percent), Bumgarner (18 percent) and Alderson (6 percent).
- Dan Haren
- Max Scherzer
- Doug Davis
- Jon Garland
Week 14 two-starter(s): Garland and Davis. They are questionable
options at this point. They pitch Wednesday and Thursday at Cincy and
don't figure to look impressive enough to trust in most mixed leagues at
Starters on the DL: Brandon Webb (shoulder) and Yusmeiro Petit (shoulder). Webb might need career-threatening shoulder surgery, but he remains a must-stash at this point. Petit likely won't be ready for the vacant No. 5 spot this weekend because he is slated to start Tuesday night in Triple-A on a rehab assignment.
Starters to watch in the minors: Jarrod Parker . Parker is in Double-A and isn't likely to be rushed to the majors this weekend, but if he is, look out. The D-Backs say they have options in Triple-A, but none of them are anything more than high-risk options for the deepest of NL-only leagues. They are not long-term options either.
- Derek Lowe
- Javier Vazquez
- Jair Jurrjens
- Tommy Hanson
- Kenshin Kawakami
Week 14 two-starter(s): Jurrjens and Vazquez. They figure to be
at least advisable in all leagues after they go Wednesday and Thursday
vs. the Phillies.
Starters on the DL: Tim Hudson (elbow). He is not far from a rehab assignment, which could make him an August returnee -- as expected. Track his news in the coming weeks.
Starters to watch in the minors: None. The depth will come from a returning Hudson or relievers Kris Medlen , Jo-Jo Reyes and Jorge Campillo , if needed, later this season. We don't see the Braves needing rotation help, but Medlen and Reyes could be nice trade bait.
- Jeremy Guthrie
- Rich Hill
- Brad Bergesen
- David Hernandez
- Jason Berken
Week 14 two-starter(s): Either Bergesen or Guthrie. The Orioles
have a Thursday off day that could allow them to skip Bergesen on the
final day before the break to slot No. 1 starter Guthrie one more time.
Either one is better left for AL-only leagues. They start Wednesday and
Thursday, but their next outings probably shouldn't dramatically alter
your opinion of them.
Starters on the DL: Koji Uehara (shoulder) and Alfredo Simon (elbow, out for the season). There are rumors the Orioles are disenchanted with Uehara amid his latest ailment, which might mean they are not inclined to trust him as a starter going forward. Consider him out until at least late July, regardless.
Starters to watch in the minors: Chris Tillman , Jake Arrieta , Brian Matusz , Troy Patton and Brandon Erbe . You can love their prospects all you want, but they have insisted on bringing these guys along at their own rate. This five is arguably better than their starting five right now. We like them as stashees in this order now, but Matusz could prove to be the best of the bunch down the road.
Boston Red Sox
- Josh Beckett
- Jon Lester
- John Smoltz
- Tim Wakefield
- Brad Penny
Week 14 two-starter(s): Smoltz and Beckett. Beckett will be a
must-start option, while Smoltz could prove to be a sleeper for any
format after looking more like himself in a rain-shortened start Tuesday
night in Baltimore.
Starters on the DL: Daisuke Matsuzaka (shoulder). They are suggesting Dice-K will be out until Sept. 1, but that really is a function of the Red Sox's pitching depth in the majors and Triple-A right now. If the Red Sox really needed a starter, they would get Dice-K revved up for a return in a matter of weeks. Keep Dice-K stashed in all leagues right now.
Starters to watch in the minors: Clay Buchholz , Michael Bowden and Junichi Tazawa . Buchholz likely will be given a start in the majors before the end of July. With a solid performance in that outing, he could be slotted in their rotation from there on out. Stay tuned. We don't know how it will come, but our baseball and Fantasy sense suggest it will.
- Carlos Zambrano
- Ryan Dempster
- Rich Harden
- Ted Lilly
- Randy Wells
Week 14 two-starter(s): Wells, perhaps, but more likely Dempster.
The Cubs have a Thursday off day before the break and likely will want
to get one more start out of Dempster as opposed to Wells. Dempster is
likely a must-start, regardless, while Wells is a questionable option.
They pitch Wednesday (Wells) and Thursday (Dempster) this week.
Starters on the DL: None.
Starters to watch in the minors: Jeff Samardzija . Samardzija has been solid after a slow start and could be a candidate to be called up if the Cubs have an injury in the coming weeks.
Chicago White Sox
- Mark Buehrle
- John Danks
- Gavin Floyd
- Jose Contreras
- Clayton Richard
Week 14 two-starter(s): Contreras or more likely Buehrle. The
White Sox could skip a Contreras turn after next Monday's off day to
slot Buehrle with two starts before the break. It is likely they want
the extra start out of Buehrle, who could be an advisable two-start
pitcher in most leagues. He pitches Thursday at Kansas City. Contreras
goes Wednesday at Cleveland, but he is a high-risk starter for the
deepest of AL-only leagues, with or without double starts.
Starters on the DL: Bartolo Colon (knee). He could start a rehab assignment during the All-Star break, but the White Sox aren't in a real hurry with him at this point.
Starters to watch in the minors: None. Aaron Poreda is the White Sox's go to rotation replacement in the second half, so Richard will be pitching for his rotation spot this week. The White Sox have already showed interest in dealing for a front-line starter, having been rejected by Peavy.
- Aaron Harang
- Johnny Cueto
- Bronson Arroyo
- Micah Owings
- Homer Bailey
Week 14 two-starter(s): Cueto and Harang. They figure to be
must-start, two-starters after they pitch Wednesday and Thursday.
Starters on the DL: Edinson Volquez (elbow). He had a setback and will get rest through the All-Star break and the short week that follows at this point.
Starters to watch in the minors: Matt Maloney . He failed miserably and isn't much of a long-term prospect. The Reds' depth will come with the potential second-half return of Volquez.
- Cliff Lee
- Carl Pavano
- David Huff
- Jeremy Sowers
- Tomo Ohka skipped until No. 5 starter's spot is needed July 11
Week 14 two-starter(s): Sowers. He is a questionable option,
especially since a couple of DL returns could move him back or out of
the rotation altogether.
Starters on the DL: Scott Lewis (elbow), Aaron Laffey (side), Jake Westbrook (elbow) and Anthony Reyes (elbow, out for the season). Laffey and perhaps Lewis could be options to return in the coming weeks, although it makes sense for the Indians to wait until late July. Westbrook had a setback and is no better than an August returnee right now.
Starters to watch in the minors: Roberto Hernandez , Chuck Lofgren , Jeanmar Gomez and Hector Rondon . Carmona has been promoted to Double-A after a dominant low Class A start. He could be an option after the break or even before it with another lights-out outing. Lofgren has moved up to Triple-A with mixed results, while Rondon and Gomez have sub-3.00 ERAs in Double-A but are further away from big league consideration.
- Aaron Cook
- Ubaldo Jimenez
- Jason Marquis
- Jorge De La Rosa
- Jason Hammel
Week 14 two-starter(s): Marquis and Hammel. A complete game
two-hitter Tuesday against the Dodgers makes Marquis an advisable option
in deeper leagues, while Hammel is likely a questionable option even
with a quality start this Wednesday.
Starters on the DL: Jeff Francis (shoulder, out for the season).
Starters to watch in the minors: Franklin Morales , Jhoulys Chacin , Christian Friedrich , Greg Smith , Jason Hirsh , Greg Reynolds (7-day DL). A rejuvenated contender will be plenty motivated to go to one of the first three of their prospects here. The latter three need the rest of the season to prove healthy and effective again.
- Justin Verlander
- Edwin Jackson
- Rick Porcello
- Armando Galarraga
- Luke French
Week 14 two-starter(s): Galarraga or perhaps Verlander. Galarraga
is on schedule to be a two-start pitcher, but the Tigers have an off day
that would allow them to slot Verlander twice in Fantasy Week 14 (July
6-12) before the break. They might not need to, but it is something to
watch if you wanted to take a chance on Galarraga in deeper leagues. He
might not get two starts.
Starters on the DL: Dontrelle Willis (anxiety) and Jeremy Bonderman (shoulder). These guys figure to be given into August to prove capable of returning. We already saw enough to know we might not care when they are ready to return at this point.
Starters to watch in the minors: Brooks Brown , Chris Lambert and Alfredo Figaro . The Tigers need a better No. 5 option, but it is possible the first-place team gets it via trade before the deadline or with a potential return of Willis or Bonderman in August.
- Josh Johnson
- Ricky Nolasco
- Chris Volstad
- Andrew Miller
- Sean West
Week 14 two-starter(s): West and Johnson. West was shaky Tuesday
night vs. the Nationals, while Johnson looks like a must-start in all
leagues in every week at this point.
Starters on the DL: Anibal Sanchez (shoulder). He will get the month of July to prove healthy again, but his shoulder has been shaky for years. We don't see a whole lot of value here at this point.
Starters to watch in the minors: Rick VandenHurk , Ryan Tucker (7-day DL), Graham Taylor and Aaron Thompson . The Marlins would likely go to VandenHurk if they need a starter, but it will likely take an injury to one of their steady young five right now.
- Roy Oswalt
- Wandy Rodriguez
- Mike Hampton
- Russ Ortiz
- Felipe Paulino
- Brian Moehler
Week 14 two-starter(s): Perhaps Hampton, or perhaps Hampton and
Moehler, or perhaps Hampton and Rodriguez. The Astros are going with a
six-man rotation amid the return Tuesday of Hampton from the DL. They
also play seven games and a completion of a suspended game July 9 in
Fantasy Week 14 (July 6-12), making it sort of an eight-game week.
Hampton appears likely to be a two-start pitcher, while Moehler could
be, too. We could also see Moehler (or another starter) going to the
bullpen, which would move Rodriguez up for a two-start week. The only
Astros starters really worth trusting in mixed leagues are Oswalt and
Rodriguez. Hampton or Moehler are better left for NL-only formats. Stay
tuned in the coming days here.
Starters on the DL: None.
Starters to watch in the minors: Bud Norris . He deserves a call-up, but a six-man rotation needs to be flushed out before they consider brining up their top pitching prospect at this point. That should happen by the end of July, but Norris is an intriguing flier to take in all NL-only and long-term keeper leagues right now.
Kansas City Royals
- Zack Greinke
- Gil Meche
- Brian Bannister
- Luke Hochevar
- Bruce Chen
Week 14 two-starter(s): Meche and Chen. They pitch Wednesday and
Thursday, but Meche is potentially advisable, while Chen is likely high
Starters on the DL: Sidney Ponson (elbow). The Royals likely will only bring Ponson off the DL as a long reliever.
Starters to watch in the minors: Kyle Davies and Dan Cortes . Davies was solid in his Triple-A return, but he will need a string of starts before he is a candidate for a recall.
Los Angeles Angels
- John Lackey
- Jered Weaver
- Joe Saunders
- Sean O'Sullivan
- Matt Palmer
Week 14 two-starter(s): Weaver. He should prove to be a
must-start in all leagues after he starts Wednesday at Texas. There is a
slight chance the Angels might choose to slot Lackey on Tuesday and
Sunday of next week, but Weaver has been the Angels' best pitcher in the
first half. Also, a potential DL return from
could alter plans slightly.
Starters on the DL: Ervin Santana (triceps), Shane Loux (shoulder) and Dustin Moseley (elbow). The Angels suggested Santana could return this weekend, but their game notes Tuesday don't list him in the rotation this weekend. Santana could slot on Palmer's turn Friday, though.
Starters to watch in the minors: Jordan Walden , Trevor Bell and Trevor Reckling . Santana is already figuring to move Palmer to the bullpen, so this trio of prospects will get plenty of time down on the farm.
Los Angeles Dodgers
- Chad Billingsley
- Randy Wolf
- Hiroki Kuroda
- Clayton Kershaw
- Eric Milton getting skipped until at least July 11, the next time the No. 5 starter's spot is needed.
Week 14 two-starter(s): Kershaw. The Dodgers are going with a
four-man rotation for the next couple of turns. Kershaw is the one
slated to go next Tuesday and the final Sunday before the break.
Consider him a must-start option if he posts a quality start Wednesday
vs. the Rockies. He might be advisable even if he struggles some. He
will have plenty of rest to bounce back.
Starters on the DL: Jason Schmidt (shoulder) and Eric Stults (finger). Schmidt was solid in his last rehab start, but the Dodgers are proceding with caution. Stults could be ready by July 11, too, but he is only a smidge more intriguing than Milton. He probably isn't as intriguing as Schmidt, just on potential/perception.
Starters to watch in the minors: Josh Lindblom . James McDonald is working in relief and Lindblom could be headed there, too. The Dodgers are more likely to add a big-ticket ace than trust these two prospects in their rotation as they hit cruise control in the second half with the return of Manny Ramirez .
- Yovani Gallardo
- Jeff Suppan
- Braden Looper
- Mike Burns
- Seth McClung
Week 14 two-starter(s): Gallardo. He figures to be a must-start
after he goes Wednesday vs. the punchless Mets.
Starters on the DL: Dave Bush (shoulder). Bush will need a few weeks off from throwing, so you cannot expect him to be a candidate to return until at least late July or into August.
Starters to watch in the minors: Manny Parra . Parra is pitching well enough to return in Fantasy Week 14 (July 6-12), if Burns or McClung cannot prove capable Tuesday or Thursday. Track this closely. We see Parra being recalled to start Wednesday, July 8 on McClung's turn or later in the week if they choose to skip the No. 5 starter's spot.
- Kevin Slowey
- Scott Baker
- Francisco Liriano
- Nick Blackburn
- Glen Perkins
Week 14 two-starter(s): Baker. He is an advisable option in all
leagues after picking up his sixth win of the season Tuesday at Kansas
Starters on the DL: Boof Bonser (shoulder, out for the season).
Starters to watch in the minors: Anthony Swarzak and Kevin Mulvey . Either one is trade bait or second-half insurance. They both project to be middle- to back-end starters in the majors long term.
New York Mets
- Johan Santana
- Mike Pelfrey
- Livan Hernandez
- Tim Redding
- Fernando Nieve
Week 14 two-starter(s): Pelfrey. He has struggled, but could
prove to be better than a questionable option if he can post a quality
start Wednesday at Milwaukee. We don't think he will, especially the way
both he and the Mets have gone of late.
Starters on the DL: Oliver Perez (knee) and John Maine (shoulder). Maine had a setback that will keep him on the shelf until late July, while Perez starts in Triple-A on Friday and could be an option to return as a risky one-start pitcher in Fantasy Week 14 (July 6-12).
Starters to watch in the minors: Jonathon Niese , Bradley Holt and Tobi Stoner . These guys are more likely to be trade bait than options to help the Mets in the second half at this point. Niese at least has been better of late in Triple-A, while Holt (Double-A) and Stoner (Triple-A) have handled promotions.
New York Yankees
- CC Sabathia
- A.J. Burnett
- Andy Pettitte
- Joba Chamberlain
- Chien-Ming Wang
Week 14 two-starter(s): Pettitte and Sabathia. They pitch
Wednesday and Thursday vs. the Mariners. Sabathia will be a must-start,
while Pettitte could be an advisable option for all leagues with a solid
outing. He has been struggling, though.
Starters on the DL: None.
Starters to watch in the minors: Ian Kennedy and Kei Igawa . Phil Hughes is moving closer to being a setup option than a replacement for Wang in the No. 5 spot at this point.
- Dallas Braden
- Trevor Cahill
- Vin Mazzaro
- Brett Anderson
- Gio Gonzalez
Week 14 two-starter(s): Gonzalez or Braden. Gonzalez pitched a
little better Tuesday night in a loss to the Tigers. There is the
potential he could find himself back to the minors or at least get moved
back to allow the staff ace to squeeze in a pair of starts before the
All-Star break. Braden goes Weednesday and could be a sleeper as a
Starters on the DL: Justin Duchscherer (elbow) and Josh Outman (elbow, out for the season). The Duke will need a lengthy rehab assignment if he even projects to return as a starter in the second half. Keep him stashed.
Starters to watch in the minors: Dana Eveland and James Simmons . They could be sleepers for deeper AL-only formats if they prove worthy of a call-up. Of the two, Simmons has the better long-term projectability.
- Cole Hamels
- Joe Blanton
- Jamie Moyer
- J.A. Happ
Week 14 two-starter(s): Hamels and Happ. They pitch Wednesday and
Thursday at Atlanta. Hamels will be a must-start, while Happ is a nice
sleeper with a solid outing.
Starters on the DL: Antonio Bastardo (shoulder) and Brett Myers (hip, out for the season). Bastardo will need at least a month, but we don't see the Phillies calling upon him in their rotation once healthy. They are likely to make an addition before the trade deadline.
Starters to watch in the minors: Kyle Kendrick , Carlos Carrasco , Joe Savery , Kyle Drabek and Drew Carpenter . The Phillies have decided the vacant No. 5 spot will be Friday, which is the day Carpenter (7-1, 2.75) is slated to pitch in Triple-A. Kendrick goes Tuesday and Carrasco on Thursday in Triple-A. Whoever gets the nod (Carpenter looks likely) will be a sleeper in deeper formats in the two starts he gets before the All-Star break.
- Zach Duke
- Paul Maholm
- Ross Ohlendorf
- Charlie Morton
- Virgil Vasquez
Week 14 two-starter(s): Vasquez, perhaps, but more likely Maholm.
The Pirates have a Thursday off day before the break and likely will
give Maholm the start on the last day before the break in lieu of their
No. 5 starter. Maholm is a nice sleeper in deeper leagues, especially
with a quality start Thursday vs. the Mets. Vasquez goes Wednesday vs.
the Cubs, but will likely make his last start before the break Monday.
Starters on the DL: Phil Dumatrait (shoulder). He could be ready to start a rehab assignment soon, but he will need a full month on a rehab stint at this point.
Starters to watch in the minors: Ian Snell , Tom Gorzelanny , Brad Lincoln , Bryan Morris and Daniel McCutchen . Jeff Karstens is working in long relief, but Snell and Gorzelanny are trying to remake their careers back on the farm. They are the more likely rotation reinforcements in the second half.
San Diego Padres
- Kevin Correia
- Chad Gaudin
- Josh Geer
- Walter Silva
- Josh Banks
Week 14 two-starter(s): Silva and Correia. They pitch Wednesday
and Thursday vs. the Astros and figure to be questionable options better
left for NL-only formats. Yes, we know how good Correia has been of late
-- and at times in his career -- but we just cannot trust a Padres
starter. If Correia posts another quality start, go ahead and use him in
mixed formats, but if he gets knocked around, it is on your conscience,
Starters on the DL: Jake Peavy (ankle), Chris Young (shoulder), Shawn Hill (elbow) and Cha Seung Baek (elbow). None of these guys are close. Peavy and Young will pitch as soon as physically possible, which won't be until August. We cannot imagine a reason you might really care about Hill or Baek.
Starters to watch in the minors: Mat Latos , Cesar Carrillo , Nick Schmidt , Wade LeBlanc , Will Inman and perhaps Mark Prior . Latos, selected for the Futures Game, could really position himself for a second-half call-up if he continues his Double-A mastery and performs well on the big stage.
San Francisco Giants
- Tim Lincecum
- Matt Cain
- Randy Johnson
- Barry Zito
- Ryan Sadowski
Week 14 two-starter(s): Cain and Zito. They pitch Wednesday and
Thursday at St. Louis. Cain is a must-start in all leagues, while Zito
could prove to be a sleeper if he can post a quality start.
Starters on the DL: Noah Lowry (shoulder, out for the season).
Starters to watch in the minors: Madison Bumgarner , Tim Alderson and Kevin Pucetas . Sadowski gets a look through the All-Star break and perhaps the end of July. After that, you have to figure Bumgarner or Pucetas will be options for the rotation for the current NL wild card leaders.
- Felix Hernandez
- Jarrod Washburn
- Brandon Morrow
- Jason Vargas
- Garrett Olson
Week 14 two-starter(s): Washburn and perhaps Vargas. They pitch
Wednesday and Thursday at Yankee Stadium. Washburn is a potential
sleeper in mixed leagues, while Vargas still should only be trusted in
AL-only formats. Vargas might also be in danger of losing his rotation
spot or being moved back to slot
off the DL.
Starters on the DL: Erik Bedard (shoulder), Carlos Silva (shoulder) and Ryan Feierabend (elbow, out for the season). Bedard is targeting a return in the Orioles series early next week, which could make him a two-start pitcher before the All-Star break. Track his progress through the weekend before considering him for Fantasy Week 14 (July 6-12).
Starters to watch in the minors: Ryan Rowland-Smith . He struggled on his rehab assignment and was removed from the DL and sent to the minors to pitch there through the All-Star break. He is a risky AL-only starter if he proves healthy and effective enough for a call-up.
St. Louis Cardinals
- Chris Carpenter
- Adam Wainwright
- Joel Pineiro
- Todd Wellemeyer
- Brad Thompson
Week 14 two-starter(s): Wainwright. We expected him to be a
must-start option after he pitches Wednesday vs. the Giants.
Starters on the DL: Kyle Lohse (elbow) and Jaime Garcia (elbow, out for the season). Lohse gets rest through the All-Star break and won't likely return until late July at this point. Keep him stashed.
Starters to watch in the minors: Mitchell Boggs and P.J. Walters . Clayton Mortensen was called up for long relief, so Boggs becomes the most likely spot starter if the Cardinals choose to move away from the struggling Wellemeyer or Thompson after the All-Star break. It is unlikely they make a deal to upgrade the rotation, but the deal for Mark DeRosa could change that thinking, especially if Troy Glaus can prove healthy enough for a second-half return.
Tampa Bay Rays
- James Shields
- Scott Kazmir
- Matt Garza
- David Price
- Jeff Niemann
Week 14 two-starter(s): Garza. He is a must-start option after
another solid outing Tuesday in Toronto. There is the potential for them
to move Garza up to this Sunday and slot Shields a couple of times next
week, though. Shields is a must-start ace even as a one-starter.
Starters on the DL: None.
Starters to watch in the minors: Andy Sonnanstine and Wade Davis . They are solid depth, but they are more likely to be trade bait than arrive in the Rays rotation this season.
- Kevin Millwood
- Vicente Padilla
- Scott Feldman
- Derek Holland
- Tommy Hunter , getting skipped until at least July 8
Week 14 two-starter(s): Millwood and perhaps Hunter. Millwood
could prove to be an advisable option with a solid start Wednesday vs.
the Angels. Hunter is getting skipped this next turn in the rotation and
could reslot in the No. 5 spot the next time it is needed. That could
make him a two-start pitcher in the final week before the break, but he
is a high-risk one even in the deepest of AL-only leagues.
Starters on the DL: Matt Harrison (shoulder), Brandon McCarthy (shoulder) and Eric Hurley (shoulder, out for the season).
Starters to watch in the minors: Neftali Feliz , Michael Main , Tommy Hunter , Thomas Diamond and Kasey Kiker .
Toronto Blue Jays
- Roy Halladay
- Ricky Romero
- Brian Tallet
- Scott Richmond
- Brett Cecil
Week 14 two-starter(s): Romero and likely Cecil. The Blue Jays
are expected to skip Cecil until the No. 5 starter's spot comes up July
7, which makes Cecil a high-risk AL-only option. Romero has strung
together some great starts, so consider him perhaps an advisable option
if he posts a quality start Wednesday vs. the Rays.
Starters on the DL: Casey Janssen (shoulder), Robert Ray (shoulder), Dustin McGowan (shoulder), Shaun Marcum (elbow) and Jesse Litsch (elbow, out for the season). We don't see any of these guys being ready before August at this point.
Starters to watch in the minors: Brad Mills , David Purcey and Marc Rzepczynski . Rzepczynski has been dominant in two starts since being promoted to Triple-A. He could be a sleeper for a call-up in the final week before the All-Star break and could be a two-start pitcher. Consider him a flier in deeper AL-only and long-term keeper leagues at this point. We have already seen enough of Mills and Purcey this season to know they are not ready to be trustworthy Fantasy options.
- John Lannan
- Scott Olsen
- Jordan Zimmermann
- Ross Detwiler
- Craig Stammen
Week 14 two-starter(s): Stammen and Zimmermann. Stammen wasn't
awful Tuesday night vs. the Marlins while Zimmermann goes Wednesday, but
they figure to be at best questionable options in mixed leagues.
Zimmermann, though, is an elite prospect on a roll, so consider him a
sleeper if he posts a quality start at Florida.
Starters on the DL: Matt Chico (elbow). He has good numbers on his rehab assignment, recovering from Tommy John surgery. He will need a few more weeks that the All-Star break and the short week to follow could provide. He can take Stammen's rotation spot as soon as he gets past five innings in a Triple-A start.
Starters to watch in the minors: Shairon Martis and Stephen Strasburg (still unsigned). Martis will have through the All-Star break to get his footing in Triple-A, but a pending return of Chico might give him until August to build up.
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