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AL Pitching Planner: April 23 – April 29

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AL Pitching Planner: April 23 – April 29

Posted on 23 April 2012 by Mark Sherrard

With 3 weeks in the books, we are starting to get a feel for which teams have good offenses (Texas, Yankees, Cleveland and Toronto) and which do not (Oakland, Kansas City, Seattle and Minnesota). So, for those of you playing the matchups by team, take note.

Here’s the rundown of the AL 2 start pitchers and those with favorable matchups:

Two Start Pitchers

No-Brainers

David Price:  4/24 vs LAA; 4/29 @ TEX – tough matchup against Texas, but he’s still an ace

Derek Holland: 4/23 vs NYY; 4/29 vs TB – quietly becoming one of the best pitchers in the AL

Jon Lester:  4/23 @ MIN; 4/28 @ CHW – quality pitcher against two weak teams

Not too shabby

Josh Beckett: 4/24 @ MIN; 4/29 @ CHW – like Lester, Beckett benefits from facing two weak teams

Jake Peavy: 4/23 @ OAK; 4/28 vs BOS – is he really back?  How he does against Boston could provide some answers

Gavin Floyd: 4/24 @ OAK; 4/29 vs BOS – maddingly inconsistent pitcher has good matchup against Oakland

Derek Lowe: 4/24 vs KC; 4/29 vs LAA – benefits from favorable matchup against KC

Max Scherzer: 4/24 vs SEA; 4/29 @ NYY – faces one of the worst and one of the best offenses

Bruce Chen: 4/23 vs TOR; 4/28 @ MIN – has started the season strong and faces a weak Minnesota team

Ervin Santana: 4/24 @ TB; 4/29 @ CLE – a couple tough matchups, but keep the faith

Hiroki Kuroda: 4/23 @ TEX; 4/29 vs DET – he’s better than he’s shown, but has two formidable foes

Bartolo Colon: 4/23 vs CHW; 4/29 @ BAL – it may be all smoke and mirrors, but ride him while you can

Jason Vargas: 4/24 @ DET; 4/29 @ TOR – has pitched well, but has tough matchups

Brandon Morrow: 4/23 @ KC; 4/28 vs SEA – should fare well against light hitting Royals and Mariners

Henderson Alvarez: 4/24 @ BAL; 4/29 vs SEA – Orioles lead AL in strikeouts, Mariners are 13th in average

Risky at best

Jason Marquis: 4/23 vs BOS; 4/29 vs KC – he has a career 4.56 ERA in the (weaker) NL

Tommy Hunter: 4/24 vs TOR; 4/29 vs OAK – unproven and has to face a tough Toronto team

Other Favorable Matchups

C.J. Wilson: 4/25 @ TB

The $77.5 million man is 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA in career against Tampa

Felix Hernandez: 4/25 vs DET

Detroit can hit, but Felix is 8-2 with a 2.79 career ERA against Detroit

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