Patrick Dahl

The Week Ahead

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Philadelphia Flyer

Sunday, September 14, 2008


Here's what is happening in the week ahead:

Two-Start Pitchers

American League

Must Start
Scott Kazmir – BOS (Daisuke Matsuzaka), MIN (Nick Blackburn)
John Lackey - @OAK (Sean Gallagher), @TEX (Brandon McCarthy)
Daisuke Matsuzaka - @TB (Scott Kazmir), @TOR (Shaun Marcum)
Kevin Slowey - @CLE (Scott Lewis), @TB (Andy Sonnanstine)
Shaun Marcum – BAL (Chris Waters), BOS (Daisuke Matsuzaka)
Gavin Floyd - @NYY (Andy Pettitte), @KC (Brandon Duckworth)
Mark Buehrle - @NYY (Alfredo Aceves), @KC (Kyle Davies)

Other Options
Andy Sonnanstine – BOS (Josh Beckett), MIN (Kevin Slowey)
Andy Pettitte – CHW (Gavin Floyd), BAL (Chris Waters)
Brandon Morrow - @KC (Brandon Duckworth), @OAK (Sean Gallagher)
Sean Gallagher – LAA (John Lackey), SEA (Brandon Morrow)
Brandon McCarthy – DET (Dontrelle Willis), LAA (John Lackey)

If You Must
Chris Waters - @TOR (Shaun Marcum), @nYY (Andy Pettitte)
Scott Lewis – MIN (Kevin Slowey), DET (Zach Miner)
Kyle Davies – SEA (Carlos Silva), CHW (Mark Buehrle)
Brandon Duckworth – SEA (Brandon Morrow), CHW (Gavin Floyd)
Alfredo Aceves – CHW (Mark Buehrle), BAL (Garrett Olson)
Carlos Silva - @KC (Kyle Davies), @OAK (Dana Eveland)

National League

Must Start

Roy Oswalt - @FLA (Chris Volstad), @PIT (Ross Ohlendorf)
CC Sabathia - @CHC (Ted Lilly), @CIN (Bronson Arroyo)
Dan Haren – SF (Matt Cain), @COL (Greg Reynolds)
Derek Lowe - @PIT (Jimmy Barthmaier), SF (Matt Cain)
Hiroki Kuroda - @PIT (Ross Ohlendorf), SF (Brad Hennessey)
Matt Cain - @ARI (Dan Haren), @LAD (Derek Lowe)
Bronson Arroyo – STL (Braden Looper), MIL (CC Sabathia)
Jamie Moyer - @ATL (James Parr), @FLA (Chris Volstad)

Other Options
Braden Looper - @CIN (Bronson Arroyo), @CHC (Ted Lilly)
Mike Pelfrey - @WAS (Odalis Perez), @ATL (James Parr)
Chris Volstad – HOU (Brian Moehler), PHI (Jamie Moyer)
James Parr – PHI (Jamie Moyer), NYM (Mike Pelfrey)
Ted Lilly – MIL (CC Sabathia), STL (Braden Looper)
Pedro Martinez - @WAS (John Lannan), @ATL (Jorge Campillo)
Doug Davis – SF (Brad Hennessey), @COL (Aaron Cook)
John Lannan – NYM (Pedro Martinez), SD (Cha Seung Baek)

If You Must
Greg Reynolds – SD (Wade LeBlanc), ARI (Dan Haren)
Ross Ohlendorf – LAD (Hiroki Kuroda), HOU (Brian Moehler)
Wade LeBlanc - @COL (Greg Reynolds), @WAS (Odalis Perez)
Brad Hennessey - @ARI (Doug Davis), @LAD (Hiroki Kuroda)
Odalis Perez – NYM (Mike Pelfrey), SD (Wade LeBlanc)

Possible Streamers

The following pitchers are available in more than half of mixed leagues and have a start that makes them worth using in the coming week:

American League

Wednesday: Gil Meche vs. SEA - Meche is coming off a tough outing, but in the last month he's posted a 3.76 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Wednesday's matchup against Seattle's offense should make him a fine start.

Friday: Paul Byrd @ TOR - Byrd has been solid since joining the Red Sox, and despite the fact that Toronto's offense has looked better of late, this looks like a solid matchup.

National League

Wednesday: Jeff Francis v. SD His solid pitching isn't translating to wins, but Francis has a 2.51 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP over the past month. A matchup against San Diego should lead to good stats, but facing Jake Peavy will make another win elusive.

Friday: Josh Johnson vs. PHI – Johnson has pitched very well since returning from Tommy John surgery this season, and in his two starts against the Phillies he's posted a 1.42 ERA.

Friday: Greg Maddux vs. SF - Maddux hasn't pitched very well since joining the Dodgers, but facing San Francisco should help.


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