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Week Ahead: Leaning Heaney

Friday, June 20, 2014


Entering this season, Marlins prospect Andrew Heaney was widely viewed as a Top 30 prospect in baseball. He backed up that elite status with a spectacular start in the minors, posting a 2.47 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 79-to-15 K/BB ratio in 76 innings between Double-A and Triple-A.

The left-hander was called up recently as part of a big shakeup in the Miami rotation, and he excelled in his first big-league start, holding the Mets to one run on four hits over six innings. He'll follow up the sterling debut with two starts in The Week Ahead.

His first outing will come in Philadelphia against a mediocre Phillies club. The second will be more challenging, as he'll have to deal with the Athletics at home.

I'm not quite ready to label Heaney a "Strong Play," but he's got plenty of upside this week and he's still available in more than 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Let's touch on a few other noteworthy two-start options before serving up your full lists below.

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* One pitcher who has not struggled at home is Wei-Yin Chen, who is 3-1 with a 3.13 ERA in Baltimore. He gets the White Sox and Rays in Camden, making him a very favorable play.

* Kyle Gibson has rattled off 21 scoreless innings in his last three turns, with two of those coming on the road, so it's hard to bet against him with starts scheduled in Anaheim and Arlington.

* Bartolo Colon is at it again. It appeared that the clock may have finally run out on the 41-year-old when he sat with a 5.84 ERA in mid-May, but in his last six starts he's 5-0 with a 1.66 ERA. He's slated for two turns this week and he's only owned in 35 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Going Twice…

American League

Strong Plays

Mark Buehrle: NYY (Whitley), CWS (Sale)
Felix Hernandez: BOS (Lackey), CLE (Bauer)
Alex Cobb: PIT (Volquez), @BAL (Chen)
Kyle Gibson: @LAA (Shoemaker), @TEX (TBD)
Chris Sale: @BAL (Chen), @TOR (Buehrle)
John Lackey: @SEA (Hernandez), @NYY (Whitley)
Wei-Yin Chen: CWS (Sale), TB (Cobb)

Decent Plays

Marcus Stroman: NYY (Phelps), CWS (Quintana)
Chase Whitley: @TOR (Buehrle), BOS (Lackey)
Matt Shoemaker: MIN (Gibson), @KC (Guthrie)
Jeremy Guthrie: LAD (Greinke), LAA (Shoemaker)
Scott Feldman: ATL (Harang), DET (Smyly)
Drew Smyly: @TEX (Lewis), @HOU (Feldman)
Jose Quintana: @BAL (Gonzalez), @TOR (Stroman)

National League

Strong Plays

Matt Cain: SD (Cashner), CIN (Simon)
Tim Hudson: SD (Hahn), CIN (Bailey)
Andrew Cashner: @SF (Cain), ARI (Miley)
Bartolo Colon: OAK (Gray), @PIT (Locke)
Yovani Gallardo: WAS (Zimmermann), COL (De La Rosa)
Matt Garza: WAS (Gonzalez), COL (Chacin)
Zack Greinke: @KC (Guthrie), STL (Lynn)
Clayton Kershaw: @KC (Duffy), STL (Miller)
Alfredo Simon: @CHC (Samardzija), @SF (Cain)
Jeff Samardzija: CIN (Simon), WAS

Decent Plays

Gio Gonzalez: @MIL (Garza), @CHC (Samardzija)
Shelby Miller: @COL (De La Rosa), @LAD (Kershaw)
Lance Lynn: @COL (Chacin), @LAD (Greinke)
Jeff Locke: @TB (Archer), NYM (Colon)
Andrew Heaney: @PHI (Buchanan), OAK (Gray)
Nathan Eovaldi: @PHI (Hernandez), OAK (Milone)
Jhoulys Chacin: STL (Lynn), @MIL (Garza)
Homer Bailey: @CHC (Arrieta), @SF (Hudson)
Aaron Harang: @HOU (Feldman), @PHI (Buchanan)

At Your Own Risk

Roberto Hernandez: MIA (Eovaldi), NYM (Niese)
Jorge De La Rosa: STL (Miller), @MIL (Gallardo)

Streamer City

The following pitchers are generally available in over 50 percent of fantasy leagues and have favorable match-ups this week:

American League

Friday, 6/27: Chris Young vs. CLE
Young has allowed three or fewer runs in four of his last five turns, and has seen an uptick in strikeouts as well.

National League

Wednesday, 6/25: Henderson Alvarez @ PHI
Despite a sparkling 2.56 ERA, Alvarez is unowned in more than 60 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Philly's offense is subpar.

Wednesday, 6/25: Chase Anderson vs. CLE
Anderson is 5-1 with a 3.21 ERA, and he shut down the Braves in his last start at home.

Thursday, 6/26: Vance Worley vs. NYM
After a horrendous run with the Twins that ended with a DFA this spring, Worley is back in the bigs with the Pirates and looking more like his old self.

Total Games

American League

5: CLE, OAK
6: BOS, DET, HOU, KC, LAA, MIN, NYY, SEA, TEX
7: BAL, CWS, TB, TOR

National League
 
5: ARI
6: NYM, SD
7: ATL, CHC, CIN, COL, LAD, MIA, MIL, PIT, SF, STL, WAS
8: PHI

Lefty/Righty Breakdowns

American League

BAL: 4 vs. RHP, 3 vs. LHP
BOS: 5 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
CLE: 3 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
CWS: 4 vs. RHP, 3 vs. LHP
DET: 4 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
HOU: 4 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
KC: 4 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
LAA: 5 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
MIN: 5 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
NYY: 4 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
OAK: 4 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
SEA: 6 vs. RHP, 0 vs. LHP
TB: 5 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
TEX: 5 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
TOR: 4 vs. RHP, 3 vs. LHP

National League

ARI: 3 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
ATL: 6 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
CHC: 6 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
CIN: 6 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
COL: 6 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
LAD: 6 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
MIA: 5 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
MIL: 4 vs. RHP, 3 vs. LHP
NYM: 4 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
PHI: 6 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
PIT: 5 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
SD: 5 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
SF: 7 vs. RHP, 0 vs. LHP
STL: 4 vs. RHP, 3 vs. LHP
WAS: 6 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP

The Infirmary

You can get a full listing of injured players at Rotoworld's Injury Page but here's the latest on a few prominent players who have been out of action:

Bronson Arroyo: Out indefinitely (elbow)
Gavin Floyd: Out for the season (elbow)
Christian Yelich: Out until early July (back)
Trevor Plouffe: Out indefinitely (ribs)
Drew Pomeranz: Out indefinitely (hand)
Yonder Alonso: OUt until early July (wrist)
David DeJesus: Out until mid-August (hand)



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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