Yesterday I took a look at the NL pitching matchups for Week 3. Here are the AL matchups:
Two Start Pitchers
Justin Verlander: 4/16 @ KC; 4/21 vs Tex
Jered Weaver: 4/16 vs Oak; 4/21 vs Bal
C.C. Sabathia: 4/17 vs Min; 4/22 @ Bos
James Shields: 4/16 @ Bos; 4/21 vs Min
Dan Haren: 4/17 vs Oak; 4/22 vs Bal
When you have last year’s top 4 Cy Young finishers (Verlander, Weaver, Shields and Sabathia) all making two starts in one week, you know its a good week for pitching. Haren benefits from facing two weak offenses
Not too shabby
Ricky Romero: 4/17 vs TB; 4/22 @ KC
Colby Lewis: 4/17 @ Bos; 4/22 @ Det
Brandon McCarthy: 4/16 @LAA; 4/21 vs Cle
Jeff Niemann: 4/17 @ Tor; 4/22 vs Min
John Danks: 4/17 vs Bal; 4/22 @ Sea
Justin Masterson: 4/17 @ Sea; 4/22 @ Oak
Jake Arrieta: 4/16 @ ChW; 4/21 @ LAA
Philip Humber: 4/16 vs Bal; 4/21 @ Sea
These pitchers have at least one favorable matchup or are talented enough that they should not hurt you.
Risky at best
Freddy Garcia: 4/16 vs Min; 4/21 @ Bos
Kevin Millwood: 4/17 vs Cle; 4/22 vs ChW
Carl Pavano: 4/16 @ NYY; 4/21 @ TB
Daniel Bard: 4/16 vs TB; 4/22 vs NYY
Francisco Liriano: 4/17 @ NYY; 4/22 @ TB
Drew Smyly: 4/17 @ KC; 4/22 vs Tex
Wei-Yin Chen: 4/17 @ ChW; 4/22 @ LAA
These guys just aren’t trust worthy. Start them at your own risk.
Other Favorable Matchups
David Price: 4/18 @ Tor
Price is 9-2 with a career ERA of 2.06 against Toronto.
Felix Hernandez: 4/19 vs Cle
Hernandez is 5-3 with a 2.80 ERA against Cleveland.
Matt Moore: 4/20 vs Min
Moore has never faced Minnesota, but that may work in his favor. Plus, the Twins just aren’t very good.