Weekly MLB Fantasy Update: 4/20-4/26
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Projected Rotation

AL West

Los Angeles Angels

Matt Shoemaker: 4/20: Oakland A’s and 4/25: Texas Rangers

Hector Santiago: 4/21: Oakland A’s and 4/26: Texas Rangers

Jeff Weaver: 4/22: Oakland A’s

C.J. Wilson: 4/23 Oakland A’s

Garrett Richards: 4/24 Texas Rangers

Seattle Mariners

Hisashi Iwakuma: 4/20: @ Houston Astros and 4/26: Minnesota Twins

Taijuan Walker: 4/21: @ Houston Astros

J.A. Happ: 4/22: @ Houston Astros

Felix Hernandez: 4/24: Minnesota Twins

James Paxton: 4/25: Minnesota Twins

Oakland Athletics

Kendall Graveman: 4/20: @ LA Angels and 4/25: Houston Astros

Drew Pomeranz: 4/21: @ LA Angels and 4/26: Houston Astros

Sonny Gray: 4/22: @ LA Angels

Jesse Hahn: 4/23: @ LA Angels

Scott Kazmir: 4/24: Houston Astros

Houston Astros

Asher Wojciechowski: 4/20: Seattle Mariners and 4/26: @ Oakland A’s

Colin McHugh: 4/21: Seattle Mariners

Roberto Hernandez: 4/22: Seattle Mariners

Dallas Keuchel: 4/24: @ Oakland A’s

Scott Feldman: 4/25: @ Oakland A’s

Texas Rangers

Nick Martinez: 4/21: Arizona Diamondbacks and 4/26: @ LA Angels

Yovani Gallardo: 4/22: Arizona Diamondbacks

Colby Lewis: 4/24: @ LA Angels

Ross Detwiler: 4/25: @ LA Angels

AL Central

Detroit Tigers

Shane Greene: 4/20: NY Yankees and 4/24: Cleveland Indians

Kyle Lobstein: 4/21: NY Yankees and 4/26: Cleveland Indians

David Price: 4/22: NY Yankees

Anibal Sanchez: 4/23: NY Yankees

Alfredo Simon: 4/25: Cleveland Indains

Cleveland Indains

Carlos Carrasco: 4/20: @ Chicago White Sox and 4/26: @ Detroit Tigers

Trevor Bauer: 4/21: @ Chicago White Sox

Corey Kluber: 4/22: @ Chicago White Sox

Danny Salazar: 4/23: @ Detroit Tigers

T.J. House: 4/24: @ Detroit Tigers

Kansas City Royals

Edison Volquez: 4/20: Minnesota Twins and 4/25: @ Chicago White Sox

Jason Vargas: 4/21: Minnesota Twins and 4/26: @ Chicago White Sox

Jeremy Guthrie: 4/22: Minnesota Twins

Yordano Ventura: 4/23: Minnesota Twins

Danny Duffy: 4/24: @ Chicago White Sox

Chicago White Sox

John Danks: 4/20: Cleveland Indians and 4/24: Kansas City Royals

Jeff Samardzija: 4/21: Cleveland Indians and 4/25: Kansas City Royals

Chris Sale: 4/22: Cleveland Indians and 4/26: Kansas City Royals

Jose Quintara: 4/23: Kansas City Royals

Minnesota Twins

Kyle Gibson: 4/24: Kansas City Royals and 4/26: @ Seattle Mariners

Tommy Millone: 4/21: Kansas City Royals

Mike Pelfrey: 4/22: Kansas City Royals

Phil Hughes: 4/24: @ Seattle Mariners

Rickey Nolasco: 4/25: @ Seattle Mariners

AL East

Baltimore Orioles

Wei-Yin Chen: 4/20: @ Boston Red Sox and 4/25: Boston Red Sox

Bud Norris: 4/21: @ Toronto Blue Jays and 4/26:  Boston Red Sox

Ubaldo Jimenez: 4/22: @ Toronto Blue Jays

Chris Tillman: 4/23: @ Toronto Blue Jays

Miguel Gonzalez: 4/24: Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox

Justin Masterson: 4/20: Baltimore Orioles and 4/25: @ Baltimore Orioles

Wade Miley: 4/21: @ Tampa Bay Rays and 4/26: @ Baltimore Orioles

Joe Kelly: 4/22: @ Tampa Bay Rays

Clay Buchholz: 4/23: @ Tampa Bay Rays

Rick Porcello: 4/24: @ Baltimore Orioles

New York Yankees

CC Sabathia: 4/20: @ Detroit Tigers and 4/25: NY Mets

Nate Eovaldi: 4/21: @ Detroit Tigers and 4/26: NY Mets

Adam Warren: 4/22: @ Detroit Tigers

Masahiro Tanaka: 4/23: @ Detroit Tigers

Michael Pineda: 4/24: NY Mets

Tampa Bay Rays

Chris Archer: 4/21: Boston Red Sox and 4/26: Toronto Blue Jays

Nathan Karns: 4/22: Boston Red Sox

Jake Odorizzi: 4/23: Boston Red Sox

Matt Andriese: 4/24: Toronto Blue Jays

Erasmo Ramirez: 4/25: Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays

Mark Buerhle: 4/21: Baltimore Orioles and 4/26:  @ Tampa Bay Rays

Aaron Sanchez: 4/22: Baltimore Orioles

Drew Hutchinson: 4/23: Baltimore Orioles

R.A. Dickey: 4/24: @ Tampa Bay Rays

Daniel Norris: @ Tampa Bay Rays

NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks

Chase Anderson: 4/21: Texas Rangers

Archie Bradley: 4/22: Texas Rangers

Josh Collmenter: 4/24: Pittsburgh Pirates

Rubby De La Rosa: 4/25: Pittsburgh Pirates

Jeremy Hellickson: 4/26: Pittsburgh Pirates

Colorado Rockies

Tyler Matzek: 4/21: San Diego Padres and 4/25: San Francisco Giants

Kyle Kendricks: 4/22: San Diego Padres

Jordan Lyles: 4/23: San Diego Padres

Eddie Butler: 4/24: San Francisco Giants

Jorge De La Rosa: 4/26: San Francisco Giants

Los Angeles Dodgers

Brett Anderson: 4/21: @ San Francisco Giants and 4/26: @ San Diego Padres

Clayton Kershaw: 4/22: @ San Francisco Giants

Zack Greinke: 4/23: @ San Francisco Giants

Brandon McCarthy: 4/24: @ San Diego Padres

Jon Wieland: 4/25: @ San Diego Padres

San Diego Padres

Odrisamer Despaigne: 4/20: @ Colorado Rockies and 4/25: LA Dodgers

Brandon Marrow: 4/21: @ Colorado Rockies and 4/26: LA Dodgers

James Shields: 4/22: @ Colorado Rockies

Tyson Ross: 4/23: @ Colorado Rockies

Andrew Cashner: 4/24: LA Dodgers

San Francisco Giants

Tim Lincecum: 4/21: LA Dodgers and 4/26: @ Colorado Rockies

Madison Bumgarner: 4/22: LA Dodgers

Ryan Volgelsong: 4/23: LA Dodgers

Chris Heston: 4/24: @ Colorado Rockies

Tim Hudson: 4/25: @ Colorado Rockies

NL Central

Chicago Cubs

Jake Arrieta: 4/20: @ Pittsburgh Pirates and 4/25: @ Cincinnati Reds

Travis Wood: 4/21: @ Pittsburgh Pirates and 4/26: @ Cincinnati Reds

Jason Hammel: 4/22: @ Pittsburgh Pirates

Kyle Hendricks: 4/23: @ Cincinnati Reds

Jon Lester: 4/24: @ Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds

Andrew DeSclafani: 4/20: @ Milwaukee Brewers and 4/25: Chicago Cubs

Jason Marquis: 4/21: @ Milwaukee Brewers and 4/26: Chicago Cubs

Johnny Cueto: 4/22: @ Milwaukee Brewers

Homer Bailey: 4/23: @ Milwaukee Brewers

Mike Leake: 4/24: Chicago Cubs

Milwaukee Brewers

Willy Peralta: 4/20: Cincinnati Reds and 4/25: St. Louis Cardinals

Mike Fiers: 4/21: Cincinnati Reds and 4/26: St. Louis Cardinals

Jimmy Nelson: 4/22: Cincinnati Reds

Kyle Lohse: 4/23: Cincinnati Reds

Matt Garza: 4/24: St. Louis Cardinals

Pittsburgh Pirates

A.J. Burnett: 4/20: Chicago Cubs and 4/25: Arizona Diamondbacks

Francisco Liriano: 4/21: Chicago Cubs and 4/26: Arizona Diamondbacks

Jeff Locke: 4/22: Chicago Cubs

Vance Worley: 4/23: Chicago Cubs

Gerrit Cole: 4/24 @ Arizona Diamondbacks

St. Louis Cardinals

Lance Lynn: 4/21: @ Washington Nationals and 4/26: @ Milwaukee Brewers

John Lackey: 4/22: @ Washington Nationals

Michael Wacha: 4/23: @ Washington Nationals

Carlso Martinez: 4/24: @ Milwaukee Brewers

Adam Wainwright: 4/25: @ Milwaukee Brewers

NL East

Atlanta Braves

Trevor Cahill: 4/21: @ NY Mets and 4/26: @ Philadelphia Phillies

Eric Stults: 4/22: @ NY Mets

Julio Teheran: 4/23: @ NY Mets

Alex Wood: 4/24: @ Philadelphia Phillies

Shelby Miller: 4/25: @ Philadelphia Phillies

Miami Marlins

Dan Haren: 4/21: @ Philadelphia Phillies and 4/26: Washington Nationals

Jarred Cosart: 4/22: @ Philadelphia Phillies

David Phelps: 4/23: @ Philadelphia Phillies

Matt Latos: 4/24: Washington Nationals

Tom Koehler: 4/25: Washington Nationals

New York Mets

Jonathan Niese: 4/21: Atlanta Braves and 4/26: @ NY Yankees

Dillon Gee: 4/22: Atlanta Braves

Bartolo Colon: 4/23: Atlanta Braves

Jacob DeGrom: 4/24: @ NY Yankees

Matt Harvey: 4/25: @ NY Yankees

Philadelphia Phillies

Jerome Williams: 4/21: Miami Marlins and 4/26: Atlanta Braves

Cole Hamels: 4/22: Miami Marlins

Sean O’Sullivan: 4/23: Miami Marlins

Aaron Harang: 4/24: Atlanta Braves

David Buchanan: 4/25: Atlanta Braves

Washington Nationals

Gio Gonzalez: 2/21: St. Louis Cardinals and 2/26: @ Miami Marlins

Doug Fister: 2/22: St. Louis Cardinals

Max Scherzer: 2/23: St. Louis Cardinals

Jordan Zimmermann: 2/24: @ Miami Marlins

Steven Strausburg: 2/25: @ Miami Marlins

Notes:

Matt Shoemaker has two home games against teams that have found minimal success. However, there is one player whose owners will not like seeing matched up against Shoemaker and that’s Adrian Beltre, who is 4-for-11 with one double and one walk. While no power to speak of he is the only batter on both teams with eleven at-bats that has found success so it should be noted.

Unlike Shoemaker, owners should consider benching Garrett Richards against the Rangers. In 139 at-bats the team has a .293/.358/.346 slash line with only three extra base hits. Most notable is again Adrian Beltre who has a career .320/.370/.440 slash line with one home run with a BB/K of 0.40. Owners of Beltre rejoice while Richards’s owners really need to think hard.

Hisashi Iwakuma has been pretty successful against the slow starting Houston Astros in his career. In 183 at-bats he has a .240/.268/.372 slash line with four home runs, a triple and eight doubles. Most important is his forty-eight strikeouts to eight walks so owners could enjoy quite a nice outing from Iwakuma.

The one player that could cause problems for Iwakuma is little Jose Altuve who has limited power against Iwakuma but his .400/.357/.520 slash line in twenty-five at-bats. Altuve has been off to a pretty solid start and showing that his new plate discipline from 2014 could be legit with four walks and only four strikeouts.

Kendall Graveman came into 2015 with a lot of hype but owners may want to pass on his two-start week. His 7.27 ERA and worst a 7.84 FIP so far is a good reason to want to pass on potentially damaging teams like the Angels and Astros. Even though the Astros did not do too much against him the last time around he did issue more walks than strikeouts and that could lead to issues.

Sonny Gray has been fantastic so far, but when he faces the Angels' Mike Trout, Trout has been able to hit him very hard. In fourteen at-bats, he has four hits and a .286/.286/.714 slash line. That very strong SLG comes from his two home runs he has had against Gray.

Many people were skeptical about Collin McHugh’s numbers in 2014 and so far no one has questions about his talent. So far McHugh has an 11.57 K/9 and a 1.54 BB/9 and still has not given up a home run. The one oddity that owners should keep an eye on is the massively high BABIP of .367 compared to the career average .244 though considering the BABIP is seventy-five points higher than his career BABIP so owners should not be too worried.

Yovani Gallardo has not been terrible so far, but the Diamondbacks have found success in the past and his .333/.359/.361 slash line says it all. Even worse is he will have to go up against Paul Goldschmidt, who owns an amazing .714/.778/.857 slash line against him.

Shane Greene has been proving to be worth the trade to get him so far and owners are enjoying the run so far. Though that does not mean he is the new fantasy ace and a must trade for player in fact this could be a great time to sale high on him. Greene has a very below average 4.50 K/9 and his BABIP is at .156, which is just less than 150 points lower than his career BABIP though that is only through seventeen starts. He also has a 2.18 FIP and 3.64 xFIP which means he could get hit hard soon.

Jose Abreu is going to be an interesting watch when he meets up against Yordano Ventura. In the five at-bats he faced Ventura last year Abreu had one home run but that is his only hit. More good news is he was able to keep an even BB/K ratio having one walk and one strikeout.

Jose Quintana has not been having a great season so far but it could be worse than it looks. His 3.72 FIP does seem to indicate he is getting a little unlucky and his BABIP is twenty-four points higher than his career average with also backs up this assessment. While his next start in Detroit might be one to pass on considering his last start ended with him giving up nine runs and ten hits in two innings of work.

While the Toronto Blue Jays have found great success against Baltimore Orioles pitcher Bud Norris, that does not apply to Jose Bautista. In fifteen at-bats, he has a .200/.294/.267 slash line with no home runs and five strikeouts. Nothing owners can do here but hope that Bautista can figure him out along with the rest of his team.

Joe Kelly has started hot so far in 2015, but his start against Tampa Bay will be interesting, since he has never faced them before. At this point, owners have no reason to worry about him, but the lack of experience pitching to the Rays could be good or bad. The numbers do say he is getting a little lucky but well within acceptable ranges.

The New York Yankees are going to a tough stretch come up facing some big teams in the Tigers and Mets. CC Sabathia has the worst of it, going against both but more importantly, he faces Miguel Cabrera, who historically crushes Sabathia. In twenty-nine at-bats, he has a .345/.417/.621 with two home runs and twelve RBI’s. Cabrera has even drawn more walks than strikeouts so far in his career. If owners are in a deeper league where Sabathia is owned it might be smart to bench him.

Andrew McCutchen does not seem like a hitter that would struggle against any pitcher but apparently Josh Collmenter has his number. With only one hit in seven at-bats he has limited the MVP to a .111 batting average but on the plus side he has walked twice.

Chris Heston will have to face a team that has beat up on him last time around but did limit the damage to personal stats damage. Heston gave up seven hits in twenty-three at-bats and the Rockies ended the game with a .306/.360/.348 but only were able to plate one run. The game is in Colorado so this could be a toss up for owners since Heston has looked sharp but it is always a gamble pitching in Colorado.

Mat Latos has looked terrible and it goes without saying he is not this bad but owners may consider benching him for a while till the old Latos shows back up. Right now his BABIP is 205 points higher than his career BABIP and his FIP is at 4.13 compared to his 10.24 ERA. The walks keep coming as his BB/9 is at 5.59 but he still is getting the strikeouts since he does have a K/9 of 9.31. In shallow leagues it is probably a good time to drop Latos and see what else is out there since he is not likely to get better numbers against Washington. Deeper leagues bench him and hope for the best.

Starlin Castro is going to have a field day against A.J. Burnett. In twenty-nine at-bats he has a .448/.448/.552 slash line with four RBI’s and three doubles. Even though he has no walks against Burnett and has struck out three times, Castro just seems to be locked in against Burnett.

Shelby Miller is almost an identical case to Shane Greene. His 0.90 ERA is hiding a lot of warning signs including his 3.19 FIP and a 3.60 BB/9. If owners can find someone that will take Miller because of his ERA its a good time to try it now since a 4.50 K/9 and that 3.60 BB/9 spells bad trouble later on.

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