NL Pitching Planner: April 23 – April 29

Posted on 23 April 2012 by Mark Sherrard

Here we go again.  Heading into week 4, we are starting to get a better idea as to which teams possess the good offenses (St. Louis, Atlanta, Los Angeles) and which teams do not (Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and, surprisingly, the Phillies), so those of you keen on playing the matchups, take note.

Here are the two start pitchers and favorable matchups for Week 4:

Two Start Pitchers

No-Brainers

Matt Cain: 4/24 @ CIN; 4/29 vs SD – Cincinnati is struggling and SD isn’t much better

Cliff Lee: 4/23 @ ARI; 4/29 vs CHC – Lee is one of the best pitchers in the NL

Not too shabby

Mark Buehrle: 4/24 @NYM; 4/29 vs ARI – Buehrle has pitched well, just needs run support

Madison Bumgarner: 4/23 @ NYM; 4/28 vs SD – gets to face two of the weaker offenses

Chris Capuano: 4/23 vs ATL; 4/29 vs WAS – pitched well against Atlanta last year

Jaime Garcia: 4/23 @ CHC; 4/29 vs MIL – good pitcher backed by the best offense in the NL

Matt Garza: 4/23 vs STL; 4/29 @ PHI – a bit iffy as Cubs “ace” must face STL offense and Cliff Lee

Zack Greinke: 4/23 vs HOU; 4/29 @ STL – one out of two ain’t bad

Lucas Harrell: 4/23 @ MIL; 4/29 @ CIN – Two quality starts out of three for the youngster

Daniel Hudson: 4/23 vs PHI; 4/29 @ MIA – Hudson good. Phillies bad.

Jair Jurrjens: 4/23 @ LAD; 4/29 vs PIT – facing Pittsburgh may cure his ills, but beware of the Dodgers

Mat Latos: 4/24 vs SF; 4/29 vs HOU – a couple of weak offenses for the struggling righty

Jamie Moyer: 4/23 @ PIT; 4/29 vs NYM – Pittsburgh is averaging only 2.2 runs per game

Johan Santana: 4/23 vs SF; 4/28 @ COL – the Rockies offense is clicking, the Giants not so much

Jordan Zimmermann: 4/24 @ SD; 4/29 @ LAD – the Nats other ace just needs run support

Risky at best

R.A. Dickey: 4/24 vs MIA; 4/29 @ COL – has not pitched well and faces 2 of the better offenses

Clayton Richard: 4/24 vs WAS; 4/29 @ SF – has given up 18 runs (12 earned) in 18.1 IP.

Other Favorable Matchups

Roy Halladay: 4/27 vs CHC

Halladay should fare well against the AAA Cubs

Tim Lincecum: 4/27 vs SD

The Freak is 9-4 with a career 1.96 ERA against SD

Josh Johnson: 4/28 vs ARI

Johnson is 3-1 with a 1.00 ERA in his career against the Diamondbacks

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

 

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