Two-Start Pitchers to Start
Randy Wolf |Milwaukee Brewers| (1.8%) – The crafty lefty has a strong week ahead against one anemic lineup and another that is a historically weak matchup. Wolf’s first start takes place in San Diego against the senior circuit’s third-worst hitting team when it comes to left-handed pitching. The Padres are collectively hitting .216 against lefties this year. Wolf’s stays on the road for his next start in San Francisco. The heart of the Giants lineup is hitting .200 with no homeruns against Wolf.
Tommy Milone |Oakland A’s| (9.1%) – Milone has been one of the league’s best pitchers against right-handed hitters. He’s holding them to a BAA of .213 and an OBP of .250. This will sure serve him well against the Tampa Bay lineup that he’ll face this week and to a lesser extent, the Red Sox lineup that he’ll face as well. However, don’t let Boston’s power lefties Gonzalez and Ortiz intimidate you. Left-handed hitters have yet to get a hit against Milone through 13 at-bats this year.
Two-Start Pitchers to Sit
Jason Hammel |Baltimore Orioles| (39.7%) – If you’re like me then you’re guilty of reaching out to the waiver wire for Jason Hammel and his hot start. He won’t be able to keep up the pace but he could have a breakout year nonetheless. Be wary of his upcoming week though when setting your roster. He’ll be facing two of baseball’s most notorious lineups, the Yankees and the Red Sox. Both teams have dominated Hammel throughout his career. Yankees batters have 7 homeruns in only 69 career at-bats against Hammel. At Fenway Park Hammel has a 6.94 ERA and Boston hitters have a .429 batting average against him.
C.J. Wilson |Texas Rangers| (100%) – C.J. Wilson’s first start of the week will be against the Minnesota Twins. The Twins have the 5th-best lineup in baseball against left-handed pitchers. In 58.1 innings against Minnesota, Wilson has an ERA of 4.32. Wilson stays at home for the final series of the week against the Blue Jays. In 25.1 innings against the Jays, Wilson has an ERA of 4.26 and a WHIP of 1.58. Don’t expect Wilson to put up his usually dominant numbers this week.
Hitters to Start
Nolan Reimold |Baltimore Orioles| (90%) – Nolan Reimold’s stock has been climbing and now could be your last chance to get in on the action. Reimold will be facing the Red Sox and Yankees for 6 games this week, all on the road. Fortunately, Reimold is one of baseball’s best road hitters so far this year. Through 25 at-bats on the road Reimold is hitting an amazing .480 with an OBP of .500. In 17 games hitting at Yankee Stadium Reimold is hitting .294 with an OBP of .393. Half of those hits were for extra bases and approximately one-third of his hits there have left the yard. The week gets better when Reimold and the O’s travel to Boston. In 14 games at Fenway Park Reimold has a batting average .340 and an OBP of .400.
Bryan La Hair |Chicago Cubs| (59.5%) – Bryan LaHair is making the most of his starts with the Cubs so far this year. He has been used as a righty-killing bat for them. Against right-handed pitching this year LaHair is hitting .386 with a .481 OBP through 44 at-bats. LaHair will face the Reds’ front three of Arroyo, Bailey and Leake to start off his week. Against left-handed hitters, these three have a weak BAA of .307. The trio of Dodgers that LaHair will face have given up 8 homeruns in only 133 at-bats. LaHair is available in nearly half of all leagues and could be a cheap source of power if your team has stumbled out of the gate.
Hitters to Sit
Mark Reynolds |Baltimore Orioles| (61.7%) – Mark Reynolds has been off to a tremendously slow start, even by his accord. This week Reynolds and the Orioles have 6 games all of which are on the road. This is bad news for Reynolds’ owners. He owns the worst away game batting average split out of any major leaguer this year with at least 25 plate appearances. In 31 at-bats on the road this year Reynolds has a batting average of .097 and an OBP of .200. The first away series of the week for Reynolds is against the Yankees. He’ll be facing Hughes, Nova, and Kuroda. Against these three pitchers Reynolds has a .176 batting average in 34 at-bats. Only 1 of his 6 hits in those at-bats has gone for extra bases. Reynolds ends the week in Boston against the Red Sox and their three starting pitchers of Lester, Beckett, and Bucholz. Against these three starting pitchers Reynolds is hitting .200 through 25 career at-bats.
Hanley Ramirez |Miami Marlins| (100%) – If there was ever a week to sit Hanley Ramirez this is it. Ramirez is suffering from the same homesickness as described above in Mark Reynolds. Maybe it’s the air, maybe it’s the new stadium, who knows. Ramirez is just a notch below Reynolds on the worst away-game splits. In 39 at-bats away Ramirez is hitting .103 with a .239 OBP. Ramirez is hitting .194 against the three Giants starters that he’ll face this week. Ramirez also has a paltry .236 career batting average at AT&T Park. Ramirez and the Marlins will move down the coats for their next series of the week against the Padres.
(April 16, 2012 - Source: Brian Kersey/Getty Images North America)