For some, this is Week 1 of the playoffs. Congratulations on earning a postseason berth. If not, the regular season is dwindling down and it's time to make a final push.
Now is the time to look at the upcoming schedule. Finding a spot starter or picking up a streamer can make all the difference this time of the year.
Here's a closer look at some starting pitchers who are in line for a good matchup this week.
Key Double Starts
Jason Vargas ... 62 percent owned in Yahoo! ... 62 percent owned in ESPN
There's nothing sexy about Jason Vargas, but his 3.90 ERA is pretty impressive. He'll have two home starts this week (vs. Boston and Oakland), and he's been great at Safeco. He has a 2.63 ERA and 0.99 WHIP at home this season.
Tommy Milone ... 44 percent owned in Yahoo! ... 38 percent owned in ESPN
Tommy Milone will make two starts at pitcher-friendly parks this week. He'll start with a home game against the Angels and then he'll travel to Seattle at the end of the week. The Angels could be a difficult matchup, but Milone has a 2.34 ERA at home this year. He's also posted a 2.25 ERA in three starts against the M's this season.
Andrew Werner ... 1 percent owned in Yahoo! ... < 1 percent owned in ESPN
Andrew Werner has looked very good in his first two MLB starts. He earned the W against the Pirates in his debut and then took a tough-luck loss after allowing two earned against the Braves. He'll get two more starts this week. He'll be on the road against the Dodgers (it's a scary team, but Dodger Stadium is spacious) and then he'll host the Diamondbacks later.
Mike Fiers ... 60 percent owned in Yahoo! ... 68 percent owned in ESPN
Mike Fiers has two starts but both will come on the road. He'll be in Miami on Monday and the Marlins rank 28th in runs and 24th in batting average in the MLB. He'll travel to St. Louis later in the week and the rookie right-hander threw seven scoreless against the Cards on July 16. Fiers has been a nice surprise to the 2012 season with eight wins and a 2.85 ERA.
Ross Detwiler ... 35 percent owned in Yahoo! ... 28 percent owned in ESPN
This could arguably be the best double start of the week. Ross Detwiler will be at home to face the Cubs and the Marlins. The Cubs rank 29th in runs and 26th in batting average in the MLB, and the Marlins are in the lower tier as well (see stats above). Detwiler has gotten the job done at home this year, going 6-2 with a 2.74 ERA.
Kris Medlen ... 74 percent owned in Yahoo! ... 98 percent owned in ESPN
For some reason, Yahoo! users aren't noticing Kris Medlen's success. He's still available in over a quarter of Y! leagues. What's there not to love about Medlen? He's 6-1 with a 1.71 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and a 7.01 K/9 rate. He'll get the Rockies at home and then he'll be at the Mets later in the week. The way he's pitching right now, it doesn't matter who his opponent is.
Bully the Weak Teams
Always look for pitchers throwing against light-hitting teams. These weak offensive teams include: the Astros, Cubs, Marlins and Indians.
The Astros are on the road the entire week, squaring off against the Pirates and then the Reds. Pitchers like Wandy Rodriguez (9 Ws, 3.86 ERA), Kevin Correia (9 Ws, 4.40 ERA), Homer Bailey (10 Ws, 4.09 ERA) and Bronson Arroyo (11 Ws, 3.76 ERA) are all good stream options.
The Cubs are on the road every game this week, too. First they'll be in DC and then they travel to Pitt. Edwin Jackson will face the Cubs on Tuesday. E-Jax is owned in 66 percent of Yahoo! leagues and 75 percent of ESPN leagues. He's been solid over the last month, posting a 3.38 ERA and 1.03 WHIP.
The Pirates' Jeff Locke should face the Cubs, too. Locke will make his MLB debut on Monday. The young southpaw went 10-5 with a 2.48 ERA in Triple-A this season.
The Indians will also be on the road the entire week. They'll start in Detroit and end up in Minnesota. Rick Porcello (9 Ws, 4.57 ERA), Doug Fister (7 Ws, 3.67 ERA), Samuel Deduno (5 Ws, 3.72 ERA) and Scott Diamond (10 Ws, 3.21 ERA) will face the struggling Indians this week.
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