NL Pitching Planner: May 14 – May 20

Posted on 13 May 2012 by Mark Sherrard

Will a full slate of games for all NL teams, there is an abundance of two start pitchers to choose from this week.  So, let’s get right to it.  Here are your Week 7 two-start pitchers and favorable matchups:

Two-Start Pitchers

No-brainers

Clayton Kershaw: 5/14 vs ARI; 5/19 vs STL – he should never be on your bench, especially not when he has two starts.

Cliff Lee:  5/15 vs HOU; 5/20 vs BOS – pitched well in return from DL and facing the Astros should help

Zack Greinke:  5/15 @ NYM; 5/19 vs MIN – pitching even better than his 3.35 ERA would indicate

Stephen Strasburg:  5/15 vs SD; 5/20 vs BAL – one of the main reasons the Nats are in first place

Johnny Cueto:  5/15 @ ATL; 5/20 vs NYY – does not strike out a lot of batters, but doesn’t walk many either

No-brainer results

Week 5 – 6 GS, 6 QS, 1 W, 41.1 IP, 48 H+BB, 35 K’s, 13 ER, 2.83 ERA, 1.16 whip

YTD – 23 GS, 20 QS, 7 W, 148.0 IP, 166 H+BB, 143 K’s, 44 ER, 2.68 ERA, 1.12 whip

Not Too Shabby

Tim Lincecum:  5/15 vs COL; 5/20 vs OAK – no longer a no-brainer, but still a solid two-start option

Yovani Gallardo: 5/14 @ NYM; 5/19 vs MIN – a couple bad starts against STL, but has pitched well against everyone else

Ian Kennedy:  5/14 @ LAD; 5/19 @ KC – only really bad start was against STL (sound familiar?)

Josh Johnson: 5/15 vs PIT; 5/20 @ CLE – 4 QS in 7 GS, not exactly ace worthy, but not bad either

Anibal Sanchez: 5/14 vs PIT; 5/19 @ CLE – is he the real ace of the Marlins?

Ryan Dempster: 5/14 vs STL; 5/19 @ CHW – tough matchup against STL, but with a 1.02 ERA so far, I’ll take my chances

Erik Bedard: 5/14 @ MIA; 5/19 @ DET – may be questionable for his 5/14 start with sore back

Kyle Lohse: 5/15 vs CHC; 5/20 @ LAD – keeps getting the job done despite lack of overpowering stuff

Tim Hudson: 5/15 vs CIN; 5/20 @ TB – only poor start was at COL.  Can’t blame him for that.

Ryan Vogelsong: 5/14 vs COL; 5/19 vs OAK – COL doesn’t hit on the road and OAK just doesn’t hit

Jake Westbrook: 5/14 vs CHC; 5/19 @ LAD – has thrown quality starts in 5 of 6 outings so far

Paul Maholm: 5/15 @ STL; 5/20 vs CHW – has strung together 4 straight quality starts, but faces a tough STL lineup

Joe Blanton:  5/14 vs HOU; 5/19 vs BOS – pitching well but faces a resurgent Astros team and struggling Red Sox team

Kevin Correia: 5/15 @ MIA; 5/20 @ DET – won’t strike out many or win many, but won’t kill your ERA or whip

Ross Detwiler: 5/14 vs SD; 5/19 vs BAL – would the Nats really bump him for Chien-Ming Wang?

Anthony Bass: 5/15 @ WAS; 5/20 vs LAA – 2.37 ERA in 87.1 IP, including 2.45 ERA on the road

Wade Miley:  5/15 @ LAD; 5/20 @ KC – has impressed so far after replacing Josh Collmenter in the rotation

Christian Friedrich: 5/15 @ SF; 5/20 vs SEA – a couple nice matchups for the rookie

Not to shabby results

Week 5 – 25 GS, 15 QS, 10 W, 165.0 IP, 222 H+BB, 121 K’s, 78 ER, 4.25 ERA, 1.35 whip

YTD – 87 GS, 58 QS, 34 W, 547.2 IP, 665 H+BB, 414 K’s, 195 ER, 3.20 ERA, 1.21 whip

Risky at Best

Chad Billingsley: 5/15 vs ARI; 5/20 vs STL – has Mattingly lost confidence in him?  Pulled in 4th in last game behind only 3-2

Homer Bailey: 5/14 @ ATL, 5/19 @ NYY – consistently inconsistent

Dillon Gee: 5/15 vs MIL; 5/20 @ TOR – has not done enough to earn my trust yet

Randall Delgado:  5/14 vs CIN; 5/19 @ TB – has bounced back well from rough April, but I’m not convinced yet

Jeff Suppan: 5/14 @ WAS; 5/19 vs LAA – a couple nice starts, but let’s see what he does on the road

Miguel Batista: 5/14 vs MIL; 5/19 @ TOR – should have kept him in the bullpen

Alex White:  5/14 @ SF; 5/19 vs SEA – a couple nice matchups, but needs to prove himself after last year’s 8.42 ERA

Risky at best results

Week 5 – 6 GS, 2 QS, 1 W, 37.0 IP, 58 H+BB, 25 K’s, 24 ER, 5.84 ERA, 1.57 whip

YTD – 31 GS, 15 QS, 9 W, 188.3 IP, 251 H+BB, 127 K’s, 98 ER, 4.68 ERA, 1.33 whip

Other Favorable Matchups

Matt Garza: 5/16 vs PHI

The Cubs ace is 2-1 with an 0.96 ERA against the Phillies

Shaun Marcum: 5/17 @ HOU

Marcum is 2-0 with a 2.52 ERA against the Astros

Cole Hamels: 5/18 vs BOS

Hamels is 3-0 with a career ERA of 1.44 against the Red Sox

Other favorable matchups results

Week 5 – 3 GS, 2 QS, 2 W, 21.3 IP, 29 H+BB, 14 K’s, 12 ER, 5.06 ERA, 1.36 whip

YTD – 14 GS, 8 QS, 9 W, 87.3 IP, 111 H+BB, 74 K’s, 31 ER, 3.19 ERA, 1.27 whip

Up next is the AL.

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