At this time, I would like anyone who thought Kyle Lohse would take a no-hitter into the 7th, raise their hand…I thought so. What else happened?
- David Freese picked up where he left off in October getting 3 hits, 2 RBI and a run. He’s a popular pick for sleeper at 3B this year, we just wonder if he can stay healthy.
- Rafael Furcal got himself 3 hits, an RBI and a steal. It’s a good start, but he’s old. Despite the talent pool at SS, I wouldn’t rush out and pick him up based on one game.
- Josh Johnson gave up 10 hits in 6 IP, walking 2 and ringing up 4. Not great for the WHIP or ERA, but at least losses aren’t usually a category in fantasy, right?
Bos vs. Det - Lester vs. Verlander – Two of the top pitchers in the game facing off… two of the best lineups as well.
ATL vs. NYM - Hanson vs. Santana – Hanson only threw 13 innings this spring, totaling 6 K’s and walking 1. I haven’t seen anything about a pitch count or innings limit for him to start the season. Santana, however, is on a 90 pitch limit for April. You can start both guys, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Mets came out with a W here. Hanson gives up a fair amount of fly balls, and while the Mets don’t have household names, they certainly have guys that can drive the ball with shortened fences at Citi Field. The Mets also don’t have to face Chipper Jones, who has killed them so badly over the years he named his daughter Shea.
PHI vs. PIT – Halladay vs. Bedard – I like Bedard here. He isn’t hurt yet, he has always been a god strikeout pitcher and without Howard and Utley, the Philly offense isn’t scary. Halladay is Halladay… if you are questioning if you should be pitching him any time he starts you need to read more about this game…maybe you should follow us on twitter… @charliesaponara, @bchad50, @fbhotstove and @mattmcmillen365.
WSH vs. CHC – Straburg vs. Dempster – Once again, start both guys. Strasburg is on an innings limit, use him while you can. Dempster is a K machine, just make sure you also play some pitchers this week who can lower the inflated WHIP that accompanies each Dempster start.
TOR vs. CLE – Romero vs. Masterson – I would actually stay away from Masterson here. He was solid enough last year, but Toronto is coming out of spring tearing the cover off the ball. Masterson is more of a streaming option to me until further notice.
MIA vs. CIN – Burhle vs. Cueto – Buhrle isn’t a guy that will win games for your team, but he isn’t going blow up your ratios to make you lose it.
LAD vs. SD – Kershaw vs. Volquez – This is a dream game for Kershaw… big park, horrible lineup… as for Volquez, it’s not gonna get any better for him unless he is playing the Astro’s (he can’t pitch against is own team…) If you have him and you aren’t going to play him here, when will you?