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End Game

Friday, September 23, 2011


Another long baseball season is coming to a close, so this will be our final edition of The Week Ahead here in 2011. Games only run through Wednesday next week, so obviously there will be no two-start pitchers to sort out. Instead, since these waning days can be crucial for those who are wrapping up their fantasy playoffs, we'll list out and categorize every starter scheduled to take the mound Monday through Wednesday, while also serving up your usual match-up info and pinpointing hitters who might have an edge in the short week.

It's been a pleasure bringing you this column each Friday during the baseball season. I hope the information helped guide you along the way. Good luck to those who are still playing, and to everyone else: we'll see you next year!

Going Once...

American League

Strong Plays

Josh Beckett: @BAL (Britton)
Jon Lester: @BAL (Simon)
Ubaldo Jimenez: @DET (Scherzer)
Justin Masterson: @DET (Porcello)
Mark Buehrle: TOR (Alvarez)
Doug Fister: CLE (Gomez)
Dan Haren: TEX (Wilson)
Jered Weaver: TEX (Harrison)
CC Sabathia: @TB (Shields)
Brandon McCarthy: @SEA (Vargas)
Gio Gonzalez: @SEA (Vasquez)
Jeremy Hellickson: NYY (Hughes)
David Price: NYY (Colon)
C.J. Wilson: @LAA (Haren)

Decent Plays

Zach Britton: BOS (Beckett)
Erik Bedard: @BAL (Hunter)
Jeanmar Gomez: @DET (Fister)
Philip Humber: TOR (Morrow)
Max Scherzer: CLE (Jimenez)
Rick Porcello: CLE (Masterson)
Felipe Paulino: @MIN (Slowey)
Bruce Chen: @MIN (Pavano)
Ervin Santana: TEX (Lewis)
Carl Pavano: KC (Chen)
Phil Hughes: @TB (Hellickson)
Bartolo Colon: @TB (Price)
Trevor Cahill: @SEA (Beavan)
Jason Vargas: OAK (McCarthy)
Blake Beavan: OAK (Cahill)
Colby Lewis: @LAA (Santana)
Matt Harrison: @LAA (Weaver)
Henderson Alvarez: @CWS (Buehrle)

At Your Own Risk

Tommy Hunter: BOS (Bedard)
Alfredo Simon: BOS (Lester)
Dylan Axelrod: TOR (McGowan)
Kevin Slowey: KC (Paulino)
Anthony Vasquez: OAK (Gonzalez)
Dustin McGowan: @CWS (Axelrod)
Brandon Morrow: @CWS (Humber)

 

National League

Strong Plays

Daniel Hudson: LAD (Eveland)
Josh Collmenter: LAD (Lilly)
Matt Garza: @SD (Stauffer)
Anibal Sanchez: WAS (Milone)
Javier Vazquez: @WAS (Lannan)
Wandy Rodriguez: STL (Garcia)
Ted Lilly: @ARI (Collmenter)
Shaun Marcum: PIT (Morton)
Yovani Gallardo: PIT (Locke)
R.A. Dickey: CIN (Volquez)
Cliff Lee: @ATL (Delgado)
Roy Oswalt: @ATL (Lowe)
Cole Hamels: @ATL (Hudson)
Mat Latos: CHC (Wells)
Ryan Vogelsong: COL (Millwood)
Madison Bumgarner: COL (White)
Kyle Lohse: @HOU (Myers)
Jaime Garcia: @HOU (Rodriguez)

Decent Plays

Wade Miley: LAD (Kuroda)
Randall Delgado: PHI (Lee)
Tim Hudson: PHI (Hamels)
Rodrigo Lopez: @SD (LeBlanc)
Homer Bailey: @NYM (Schwinden)
Kevin Millwood: @SF (Vogelsong)
Aaron Cook: @SF (Surkamp)
Chris Volstad: WAS (Peacock)
Brett Myers: STL (Lohse)
Dana Eveland: @ARI (Hudson)
Hiroki Kuroda: @ARI (Miley)
Randy Wolf: PIT (Ohlendorf)
Chris Capuano: CIN (Arroyo)
Charlie Morton: @MIL (Marcum)
Tim Stauffer: CHC (Garza)
Wade LeBlanc: CHC (Lopez)
Eric Surkamp: COL (Pomeranz)
Jake Westbrook: @HOU (Sosa)
Tommy Milone: @FLA (Sanchez)
John Lannan: @FLA (Vazquez)

At Your Own Risk

Derek Lowe: PHI (Oswalt)
Randy Wells: @SD (Latos)
Bronson Arroyo: @NYM (Capuano)
Edinson Volquez: @NYM (Dickey)
Alex White: @SF (Bumgarner)
Henry Sosa: STL (Westbrook)
Chris Schwinden: CIN (Bailey)
Ross Ohlendorf: @MIL (Wolf)
Jeff Locke: @MIL (Gallardo)
Brad Peacock: @FLA (Volstad)

Total Games

American League

3: BAL, BOS, CWS, CLE, DET, KC, LAA, MIN, NYY, OAK, SEA, TB, TEX, TOR

National League

3: ARI, ATL, CHC, CIN, COL, FLA, HOU, LAD, MIL, NYM, PHI, PIT, SD, SF, STL, WAS

Lefty/Righty Breakdown

American League

BAL: 1 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
BOS: 2 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
CWS: 3 vs. RHP, 0 vs. LHP
CLE: 3 vs. RHP, 0 vs. LHP
DET: 3 vs. RHP, 0 vs. LHP
KC: 2 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
LAA: 1 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
MIN: 2 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
NYY: 2 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
OAK: 1 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
SEA: 2 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
TB: 2 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
TEX: 3 vs. RHP, 0 vs. LHP
TOR: 2 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP

RH hitters with good match-ups: Mark Trumbo, Howie Kendrick, Josh Willingham, Scott Sizemore

LH hitters with good match-ups: A.J. Pierzynski, Jim Thome, Alex Avila, Josh Hamilton, Mitch Moreland

National League

ARI: 1 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
ATL: 1 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
CHC: 2 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
CIN: 2 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
COL: 1 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
FLA: 1 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
HOU: 2 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
LAD: 2 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
MIL: 2 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
NYM: 3 vs. RHP, 0 vs. LHP
PHI: 3 vs. RHP, 0 vs. LHP
PIT: 2 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
SD: 3 vs. RHP, 0 vs. LHP
SF: 2 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
STL: 2 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
WAS: 3 vs. RHP, 0 vs. LHP

RH hitters with good match-ups: Ryan Roberts, Chris Young, Chris Iannetta, Gaby Sanchez, Omar Infante

LH hitters with good match-ups: Lucas Duda, Raul Ibanez, Will Venable, Laynce Nix



Nick Nelson is a frequent contributor to Rotoworld's baseball coverage and regularly blogs about the Minnesota Twins at Twins Daily. Follow him on Twitter at nnelson9.
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