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Six is a Crowd

Friday, September 07, 2012


The Rockies implemented a six-man rotation back in July as a creative approach to solving their severe starting pitching issues. Here in September, for various reasons, many other teams are following suit. The Marlins, Astros, Twins, Mets and Padres are among teams that have opted to go with six starters the rest of the way.

From a baseball standpoint, this makes sense. For teams that are not contending for a playoff spot, the primary objectives become keeping everyone healthy and getting a look at as many players as you can. Adding an extra starter to the rotation is helpful toward both ends.

From a fantasy standpoint, it's bad news. Teams that play six games in a week often won't have a single two-start pitcher, and teams that play seven games will have one instead of two. The number of remaining starts for fantasy assets such as Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Clayton Richard, Edinson Volquez and Scott Diamond is reduced.

Keep this in mind as you set your roster here in the final weeks.

Going Twice…

American League

Strong Plays

Ryan Dempster: CLE (Jimenez), SEA (Beavan)
Hiroki Kuroda: @BOS (Lester), TB (Cobb)
Dan Haren: OAK (Parker), @KC (Guthrie)
Doug Fister: @CWS (Peavy), @CLE (Jimenez)
Jake Peavy: DET (Fister), @MIN (Deduno)
Miguel Gonzalez: TB (Cobb), @OAK (Straily)
Brandon Morrow: SEA (Beavan), BOS (Lester)

Decent Plays

Alex Cobb: @BAL (Gonzalez), @NYY (Kuroda)
Jarrod Parker: @LAA (Haren), BAL (Saunders)
Samuel Deduno: CLE (Masterson), CWS (Peavy)
Rick Porcello: @CWS (Quintana), @CLE (Masterson)
Jose Quintana: DET (Porcello), @MIN (Hendriks)
Jon Lester: NYY (Kuroda), @TOR (Morrow)
Dan Straily: @LAA, BAL (Gonzalez)

At Your Own Risk

Blake Beavan: @TOR (Morrow), @TEX (Dempster)
Everett Teaford: @MIN (Diamond), LAA (Haren)
Ubaldo Jimenez: @TEX (Dempster), DET (Fister)
Justin Masterson: @MIN (Deduno), DET (Porcello)

National League

Strong Plays

Gio Gonzalez: @NYM (McHugh), @ATL (Minor)
Adam Wainwright: @SD (Stults), @LAD (Blanton)
Wandy Rodriguez: @CIN (Latos), @CHC (Volstad)
Roy Halladay: MIA (Eovaldi), @HOU (Gonzalez)
Kyle Kendrick: MIA (LeBlanc), @HOU (Lyles)
Mat Latos: PIT (Rodriguez), @MIA (Nolasco)
Mike Minor: @MIL (Peralta), WAS (Gonzalez)

Decent Plays

Jaime Garcia: @SD (Volquez), @LAD (Blanton)
Ryan Vogelsong: @COL (White), @ARI (Corbin)
Joe Blanton: @ARI (Kennedy), STL (Wainwright)

At Your Own Risk

Jordan Lyles: CHC (Volstad), PHI (Halladay)
Alex White: SF (Vogelsong), @SD (Werner)
Wily Peralta: ATL (Minor), NYM (Young)
Chris Volstad: @HOU (Lyles), PIT (Rodriguez)


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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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