Fantasy Baseball: Week 4 Pitching Preview

Jon Lester looks to keep Fantasy Baseball owners happy this week
Jon Lester looks to keep Fantasy Baseball owners happy this week

Jon Lester looks to keep Fantasy Baseball owners happy this week

Fantasy Baseball: Week 4 Pitching Preview

Week 3 provided plenty of good pitching performances mixed in with some horrors so hopefully you avoided any of the catastrophic starts and took advantage of some of the good ones. Heading into week 4 we have 48 pitchers scheduled to make two start week so taking advantage of the good ones could be extremely profitable for you. The downside to all those starting pitchers is there are lot of borderline starters as well as some potential flat out awful guys who you should do your best to avoid. So in order to muddle through the sheer weight of pitching here is my Week 4 Pitching Preview.

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

BOS

vs BAL

vs NYY

vs NYY

vs NYY

TOR

TOR

TOR

NYY

 

BOS

BOS

BOS

vs LAA

vs LAA

vs LAA

BAL

BOS

TOR

TOR

TOR

vs KC

vs KC

vs KC

TB

 

vs MIN

vs MIN

vs MIN

CWS

CWS

CWS

TOR

 

vs BAL

vs BAL

vs BAL

vs BOS

vs BOS

vs BOS

DET

vs CWS

vs CWS

vs CWS

vs CWS

MIN

MIN

MIN

CWS

DET

DET

DET

DET

vs TB

vs TB

vs TB

KC

CLE

CLE

CLE

CLE

BAL

BAL

BAL

CLE

vs KC

vs KC

vs KC

vs KC

SF

SF

SF

MIN

 

TB

TB

TB

vs DET

vs DET

vs DET

TEX

OAK

OAK

OAK

 

SEA

SEA

SEA

OAK

vs TEX

vs TEX

vs TEX

HOU

HOU

HOU

HOU

LAA

WSH

WSH

WSH

 

NYY

NYY

NYY

HOU

SEA

SEA

SEA

vs OAK

vs OAK

vs OAK

vs OAK

SEA

vs HOU

vs HOU

vs HOU

 

vs TEX

vs TEX

vs TEX

NYM

vs STL

vs STL

vs STL

vs STL

vs MIA

vs MIA

vs MIA

WSH

vs LAA

vs LAA

vs LAA

vs SD

vs SD

vs SD

vs SD

ATL

vs MIA

vs MIA

vs MIA

 

vs CIN

vs CIN

vs CIN

MIA

ATL

ATL

ATL

 

NYM

NYM

NYM

PHI

LAD

LAD

LAD

LAD

ARI

ARI

ARI

CHC

vs ARI

vs ARI

vs ARI

vs ARI

MIL

MIL

MIL

MIL

vs SD

vs SD

vs SD

 

vs CHC

vs CHC

vs CHC

STL

NYM

NYM

NYM

NYM

vs PIT

vs PIT

vs PIT

CIN

PIT

PIT

PIT

PIT

ATL

ATL

ATL

PIT

vs CIN

vs CIN

vs CIN

vs CIN

STL

STL

STL

LAD

vs PHI

vs PHI

vs PHI

vs PHI

vs COL

vs COL

vs COL

ARI

CHC

CHC

CHC

CHC

vs PHI

vs PHI

vs PHI

SF

COL

COL

COL

 

vs CLE

vs CLE

vs CLE

COL

vs SF

vs SF

vs SF

 

LAD

LAD

LAD

SD

MIL

MIL

MIL

WSH

WSH

WSH

WSH

 

 

 

 

 

(Two start pitchers highlighted in Green)

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Buchholz

Lester

Lackey

Doubront

Peavy

Buchholz

Lester

 

Tanaka

Pineda

Sabathia

Kuroda

Nova

Tanaka

Chen

Gonzalez

Tillman

Norris

Jimenez

Chen

Gonzalez

 

Odorizzi

Price

Bedard

Archer

Ramos

Odorizzi

 

Dickey

McGowan

Hutchison

Buehrle

Morrow

Dickey

Sanchez

Verlander

Smyly

Scherzer

Porcello

Sanchez

Verlander

Danks

Sale

Paulino

Quintana

Johnson

Danks

Sale

Guthrie

Shields

Vargas

Chen

Ventura

Guthrie

Shields

McAllister

Salazar

Masterson

Kluber

Carrasco

McAllister

Salazar

 

Pelfry

Gibson

Nolasco

Correia

Hughes

Pelfry

Darvish

Scheppers

Perez

 

Undecided

Undecided

Undecided

Straily

Milone

Gray

Kazmir

Chavez

Straily

Milone

Richards

Skaggs

Weaver

 

Wilson

Santiago

Richards

Keuchel

Feldman

Cosart

Oberholtzer

Peacock

Keuchel

Feldman

Hernandez

Ramirez

Young

 

Elias

Undecided

Undecided

Mejia

Gee

Niese

Colon

Wheeler

Mejia

Gee

Roark

Jordan

Gonzalez

Zimmermann

Strasburg

Roark

Jordan

Terheran

Wood

Harang

 

Santana

Hale

Teheran

Koehler

Fernandez

Eovaldi

 

Alvarez

Koehler

Fernandez

Lee

Hamels

Burnett

Kendrick

Hernandez

Lee

Hamels

Hammel

Wood

Samardzija

Villanueva

Villanueva

Hammel

Wood

Peralta

Gallardo

Lohse

 

Garza

Estrada

Peralta

Undecided

Wainwright

Wacha

Lynn

Miller

Kelly

Wainwright

Leake

Cueto

Simon

Cingrani

Bailey

Leake

Cueto

Liriano

Volquez

Morton

Rodriguez

Cole

Liriano

Volquez

Maholm

Ryu

Greinke

Haren

Beckett

Maholm

Ryu

Arroyo

McCarthy

Miley

Bolsinger

Collmenter

Arroyo

McCarthy

Vogelsong

Bumgarner

Cain

 

Hudson

Lincecum

Vogelsong

De La Rosa

Morales

Chatwood

 

Lyles

Nicasio

De La Rosa

Cashner

Kennedy

Ross

Stults

Erlin

Cashner

Kennedy

 

Two Start Pitchers

Within the tiers below players are not listed in any particular order. (Also I have dropped theownership % because it is generally different for every website you play on)

Must Start:

Tanaka: Has been awesome so far and that should continue @Boston and then at home against the Angels

Verlander: Is starting to look like his old self and a start at home against the White Soxfollowed by a trip to Minnesota could mean a great week for JV

Sale: Playing at Detroit could be tough and he will be facing JV. Returning home to play the hit or miss Rays should cement a decent week

Darvish: Two starts on the road in two pitcher friendly stadiums. I’m loving Darvish’s potential this week

Hernandez: Two starts at home are always great for the King

Teheran: Two home starts with one against the miss happy Marlins should spell a top week.

Fernandez: Two road starts and the one it Atlanta concerns me but he is just too good to ignore.

Lee: I feel like I need more faith in Lee and while I expect a really nice start at the Dodgers I am concerned about the journey to hitter friendly Chase Field but I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt this week.

Wainwright: Two decent line ups to pitching against in the Mets and Pitt

Cueto: Has been hot so far and in pitcher friendly Pittsburgh I don’t see that stopping. A visit to Atlanta could see the wheels loosen on the wagon but I’m not counting on it because he has been hot so far.

Ryu: Has been generally awesome but was rocked once against San Fran. Two home starts against average at best line ups.

Fairly Safe Starts:

Lester: At home to Baltimore should be fine but what stops him being a must start is the trip to Toronto where he could get mashed if they fire.

Odorizzi: I love any start at home even if it is against the hard hitting Twins and he should be good enough in Chicago to mean you can risk him this week.

Sanchez: Same match ups as Verlander but I am slightly more worried (not much though, I would still start him in most cases)

Shields: Two road games and while I think he will survive the trip to Cleveland the game in Baltimore’s hitter friendly park concerns me big time.

Straily: A home start followed by a game against the Astro’s make me confident inStraily this week

Milone: As above

Mejia: Two home starts are always a bonus for Mets pitchers

Gee: As above. I’m still clinging to his strikeout potential!

Roark: Two home starts. The Angels game concerns me more than the visit of the Padres.

Peralta: Not keen on the two home starts but they are against two of the coldest line ups in the NL.

Liriano: Home starts are always welcome and I cannot see a trip to St. Louis being so destructive I wouldn’t start him.

Cashner: Two road starts and while the one in Milwaukee is a concern I think he is good enough to overcome it.

Tough Choices:

Buchholz: Home start against the Yanks followed by a trip to Toronto is fraught with danger

Chen: A visit to Boston could go either way but pitching at home against a potentially powerful KC line up is a concern

Dickey: I am not sure what to do with Dickey and I am glad I don’t own him. Two home starts could go either way and that’s the problem

McAllister: Home against KC should be serviceable and I actually quite like the trip to San Fran. I’m just not sure he does what he should.

Salazar: Same match ups as above but with Danny it’s the control that worries me.

Pelfry: Away at Tamp[a should be good but returning home to see the Tigers scares the daylights out of me.

Richards: Two road starts in the NL is a good thing. I might be tempted here

Keuchel: A game at Seattle could be really nice but then he returns home for Oakland which could be messy

Feldman: As above

Jordan: Similar to Roark but I trust him less

Hamels: Returning for first time and could beaceish but the trip to Arizona scares me off him. Had he been pitching all season I would have him a tier above at least.

Hammel: At home should be fine but then a travel to the Brewers could easily see him rocked.

Wood: Has struggled at home in the past and then he goes to the Brewers. All round it could be a tough week but there’s potential for his hot start to continue

Leake: A nice match up in Pitt but then I fear a rocking in Atlanta

Volquez: I just don’t think he is as good asLiriano so I’d be wary with him

Maholm: Two home starts against on and off line ups could be really good but he can also be the master of his downfall

Arroyo: I like him away at the Cubs but I’m less confident about the visit of the Phillies

McCarthy: As above

Kennedy: I’m always more down on San Diego pitcher (not named Cashner) when they don’t pitch at home

Deep Leagues Starts:

Gonzalez: A trip to Toronto puts me off him immediately before I even consider the return home to face KC

Danks: The Detoit game could be messy and I would be happier if he was visit Tampa than at home against them

Guthrie: Trip to Baltimore is what stops him being a mixed league guy

Koehler: Same match ups as Fernandez but without the talent

Vogelsong: A start in Colorado is all I need to say

De La Rosa: I am never going to like him when he pitches at home.

One Start Pitchers

Must Starts: (Not many of these guys with a lot of aces making two starts)

Scherzer: I just think hes awesome whoever he faces

Strasburg: I like his match up with San Diego

Samardzija: Match up with struggling Arizona is fine if its at home (which it is this week)

Potential Sits: (New category for extreme cases)

Bumgarner & Cain: Both starting in Colorado and that scares me if I have better options I may go that way

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