Fantasy Baseball Week of the Pitcher

The 2011 season has been labeled “The Year of the Pitcher” by Major League Baseball and ohh how the marketing department was wrong. Just ask Jason Giambi, Aubrey Huff, Carlos Beltran, and Corey Hart how this “Year of the Pitcher” has been treating them recently.

As we all know, numbers don’t lie. So the fact that in the last month these four fantasy freaks have gone yard thrice in a single game says enough about the so called dominating pitching of baseball. There have been a few no hitters so far, but other than that I’ve seen no decline in production whatsoever.

For the MLB as a whole, all 30 teams have combined for 1,539 total home runs and 6,964 RBI’s  with the Bronx Bombers holding a commanding  HR lead with 85 up to this point. The St. Louis Cardinals, who have a had a subpar Pujols so far, (until this week) lead the MLB in basically the rest of the offensive categories, including hits (581), average (.281), runs scored (298), RBI (284) and OBP (.356).

Honestly I think people forget that these are professional hitters. You have to remember that they’ve spent copious amounts of time in the cages, repetitively hitting off tees and pitching coaches, mastering their respective batting stances (shout out to Craig Counsell) and studying the pitching habits of the aces in the MLB. At the end of the day no matter how good a Roy Halladay can be, no matter how many anomalous no hitters are thrown, there will still be production, runs scored, and big flies.

I told you that to tell you this.

This upcoming week in the majors I am labeling the week of the pitcher. Yes, I said it. This week will bring owners ERA’s/WHIP down and WINS up nationwide.

Check out the matchups and the number of aces that have two starts this week and you’ll see why. I predict huge numbers for my SP-filled teams this week. We even get to see my life (fantasy) saver Michael Pineda twice!

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Pitcher Opponents
Felix Hernandez @ White Sox, @ Tigers
David Price @ Angels, @ Orioles
Jon Lester @ Yankees, @ Blue Jays
Michael Pineda @ White Sox, @ Tigers
Max Scherzer @ Rangers, Mariners
Gio Gonzalez @ Orioles, @ White Sox
Colby Lewis Tigers,  @ Twins
Josh Tomlin Twins, @ Yankees
Brandon Morrow @ Royals, Red Sox
Brian Matusz A’s, Rays
Scott Baker @ Indians, Rangers
John Danks Mariners, A’s
Rick Porcello @ Rangers, Mariners
Kyle Drabek @ Royals, Red Sox
Matt Harrison Tigers, @ Twins
Joel Pineiro Rays, Royals
Freddy Garcia Red Sox, Indians
Felipe Paulino Blue Jays, @ Angels
Anthony Swarzak @ Indians, Rangers
Sean O’Sullivan Blue Jays, @ Angels
Guillermo Moscoso @ Orioles, @ White Sox

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Pitcher Opponents
Tim Lincecum Nationals, Reds
Cliff Lee Dodgers, Cubs
Shaun Marcum Mets, Cardinals
Tommy Hanson @ Marlins, @ Astros
Zack Greinke @ Marlins, Cardinals
Jonathan Sanchez Nationals, Reds
Roy Oswalt Dodgers, Cubs
Ubaldo Jimenez @ Padres, Dodgers
Daniel Hudson @ Pirates, @ Marlins
Jordan Zimmermann @ Giants, @ Padres
Tim Stauffer Rockies, Nationals
Jake Westbrook @ Astros, @ Brewers
Ted Lilly @ Phillies, @ Rockies
Javier Vazquez Brewers, D-backs
Kevin Correia D-backs, Mets
Clayton Richard Rockies, Nationals
Brett Myers Cardinals, Braves
Mike Leake Cubs, @ Giants
Clayton Mortensen @ Padres, Dodgers
Jon Garland @ Phillies, @ Rockies
John Lannan @ Giants, @ Padres
Chad Reineke Cubs, @ Giants
Doug Davis @ Reds, @ Phillies

PS to all fantasy owners: The Cubs team ERA is almost 5.00 flat. Stay far away


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