National League pitching planner: April 16 – April 22

Posted on 14 April 2012 by Mark Sherrard

Week 2 is winding down and its time to starting planning for week 3.  Here are the two start pitchers and those with favorable matchups for week 3:

Two Start Pitchers

No brainers

Roy Halladay: 4/16 @ SF; 4/21 @ SD

Stephen Strasburg: 4/16 vs Hou; 4/21 vs Mia

Josh Johnson: 4/17 vs ChC; 4/22 @ Was

Tim Lincecum: 4/16 vs Phi; 4/22 @NYM

Johnny Cueto: 4/17 vs Stl; 4/22 @ChC

All 5 of these guys are aces and should never leave your starting lineup, especially when they have two starts in a week.

Not too shabby

Erik Bedard: 4/16 @ Ari; 4/22 vs Stl

Chad Billingsley: 4/17 @ Mil; 4/22 @ Hou

Joe Blanton: 4/17 @ SF; 4/22 @ SD

Randall Delgado: 4/17 vs NYM; 4/22 @ Ari

Ryan Dempster: 4/17 @ Mia; 4/22 vs Cin

Yovani Gallardo: 4/17 vs LAD; 4/22 vs Col

Gio Gonzalez: 4/17 vs Hou; 4/22 vs Mia

Tommy Hanson: 4/16 vs NYM; 4/21 @ Ari

Ian Kennedy: 4/17 vs Pit; 4/22 vs Atl

Kyle Lohse: 4/17 vs Cin; 4/22 @ Pit

Cory Luebke: 4/16 @ Col; 4/21 vs Phi

Wandy Rodriguez: 4/17 @ Was; 4/22 vs LAD

These are quality pitchers with at least one out of their two starts favorable.  They should definitely help your team this week.

Risky at best

Dillon Gee: 4/16 @ Atl; 4/22 vs SF

Jeremy Guthrie: 4/16 vs SD; 4/22 @ Mil

Joe Saunders: 4/16 vs Pit; 4/21 vs Atl

Kyle Weiland: 4/16 @ Was; 4/21 vs LAD

These are inconsistent or unproven starters.  They could help you this week, but the risk outweighs the potential reward.

Other Favorable Matchups

Johan Santana: 4/17 @ Atl

Santana appears to be fully recovered from his shoulder issues and has a career 2.14 ERA against the Braves.

Cliff Lee: 4/18 @ SF

Lee is 4-0 with a minuscule 0.82 ERA against the Giants in his career.

Ricky Nolasco: 4/19 vs ChC

He has a career ERA of 2.57 against his former team, gets to pitch in his spacious home park and the Cubs are rebuilding.  He’s in my lineup.

Cole Hamels: 4/20 @ SD

Hamels is 6-2 with a 2.28 ERA in his career against the Padres and gets the added benefit of pitching in Petco.

Clayton Kershaw: 4/21 @ Hou

Kershaw may not have the best career ERA against (3.19) of this group, but Houston is not much more than a AAA team this year.

Tomorrow, I’ll take a look at the AL pitching matchups.


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