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The Week Ahead

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Friday, August 10, 2012


Looking over the list of two-start pitchers in the upcoming week, you'll find a number of pitchers who were playing for different teams just a couple weeks ago, including Ryan Dempster, Zack Greinke and Anibal Sanchez. How will these hurlers fare while making two starts in new uniforms?

The three have all had some hiccups in transitioning from the National League the less pitcher-friendly American League. Sanchez gave up three homers to Toronto in his first start for Detroit, and coughed up seven runs against the Yankees in his latest tilt. Dempster was plastered by the Angels for eight runs in his Ranger debut. Greinke is 0-2 with a 5.86 ERA in three starts for the Halos.

Fortunately, two of these pitchers will look ahead to some cozy match-ups in The Week Ahead. Sanchez throws against the Twins at Target Field and then gets the Orioles at home. Greinke is slated for home tilts against the Rays and the woeful Indians.

Dempster, meanwhile, will hit the road to face the Yankees and Jays. Ouch.

Going Twice…

American League

Strong Plays

Matt Moore: @SEA (Millwood), @LAA (Greinke)
Bartolo Colon: @KC (Guthrie), CLE (Masterson)
CC Sabathia: TEX (Dempster), BOS (Morales)
Hiroki Kuroda: TEX (Harrison), BOS (Lester)
C.J. Wilson: CLE (Masterson), TB (Cobb)
Zack Greinke: CLE (Jimenez), TB (Moore)
Anibal Sanchez: @MIN (Deduno), BAL (Hunter)
Jake Peavy: @TOR (Villanueva), @KC (Chen)

Decent Plays

Henderson Alvarez: CWS (Quintana), TEX (Harrison)
Carlos Villanueva: CWS (Peavy), TEX (Dempster)
Matt Harrison: @NYY (Kuroda), @TOR (Alvarez)
Ryan Dempster: @NYY (Sabathia), @TOR (Villanueva)
Alex Cobb: @SEA (Beavan), @LAA (Wilson)
Blake Beavan: TB (Cobb), MIN (Deduno)
Jose Quintana: @TOR (Alvarez), @KC (Guthrie)
Justin Masterson: @LAA (Wilson), @OAK (Colon)

At Your Own Risk

Samuel Deduno: DET (Sanchez), @SEA (Beavan)
Jeremy Guthrie: OAK (Colon), CWS (Quintana)
Tommy Hunter: BOS (Beckett), @DET (Sanchez)

National League

Strong Plays

Gio Gonzalez: @SF (Vogelsong), NYM (Young)
Ryan Vogelsong: WAS (Gonzalez), @SD (Richard)
Clayton Richard: @ATL (Hudson), SF (Vogelsong)
Cole Hamels: @MIA (Eovaldi), @MIL (Fiers)
Mike Fiers: @COL (Francis), PHI (Hamels)
Josh Johnson: PHI (Kendrick), @COL (Pomeranz)
Chad Billingsley: @PIT (Rodriguez), @ATL (Hudson)
Mat Latos: NYM (Young), CHC (Volstad)
Tim Hudson: SD (Richard), LAD (Billingsley)
Mike Minor: SD (Ohlendorf), LAD (Harang)

Decent Plays

Joe Kelly: ARI (Kennedy), PIT (Rodriguez)
Kevin Correia: LAD (Billingsley), @STL (Kelly)
Jeff Karstens: LAD (Harang), @STL (Lynn)
Nathan Eovaldi: PHI (Hamels), @COL (Chatwood)
Aaron Harang: @PIT (Karstens), @ATL (Minor)
Jeff Samardzija: HOU (Galarraga), @CIN
Ian Kennedy: @STL (Kelly), @HOU (Galarraga)

At Your Own Risk

Ross Ohlendorf: @ATL (Minor), SF (Zito)
Kyle Kendrick: @MIA (Johnson), @MIL (Wolf)
Chris Young: @CIN (Latos), @WAS (Gonzalez)
Randy Wolf: @COL (Chatwood), PHI (Kendrick)
Armando Galarraga: @CHC (Samardzija), ARI (Kennedy)
Jeff Francis: MIL (Fiers), MIA (LeBlanc)
Tyler Chatwood: MIL (Wolf), MIA (Eovaldi)
Drew Pomeranz: MIL (Rogers), MIA (Johnson)
Chris Volstad: HOU (Harrell), @CIN (Latos)


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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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