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Fantasy Baseball 2013: Full List of This Week's 2-Start Pitchers

Doug MeadCorrespondent IApril 14, 2013

Fantasy Baseball 2013: Full List of This Week's 2-Start Pitchers

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    With the 2013 MLB season entering its third week of play, fantasy team owners are in full swing as they try to position themselves at the top of their respective leagues.

    Two-start pitchers can always be of great benefit for just about any fantasy baseball league. However, it doesn't necessarily mean that they should be automatic selections. Matchups, current trends and home/road splits are always important when deciding who to start or sit.

    Here is a full list of this week's two-start pitchers for consideration. Start and own percentages will be included for CBSSports.com, as well as own percentages for Yahoo! Sports.

     

    Note: All statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.

Cliff Lee: Philadelphia Phillies

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Mon., Apr. 15 @ CIN against Bronson Arroyo    
    Sat., Apr. 20 vs. STL against Lance Lynn 

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 98/88

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 99

    Considering the hot start to the season for Cliff Lee, it would be difficult to tell any fantasy team owner to sit him at all.

    Lee is 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA to start the young season. He's 3-2 lifetime with a 3.79 ERA at Great American Ball Park—certainly not numbers that suggest he should sit.

    He'll be back home on Saturday to face the Cardinals, a team he's had excellent numbers against in the past (2.44 ERA in six career starts).

     

    Start or Sit?

    Lee is absolutely a must-start in both games.

Josh Johnson: Toronto Blue Jays

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Tues., Apr. 16 vs. CHW against Dylan Axelrod    
    Sun., Apr. 21 vs. NYY against Andy Pettitte

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 96/71 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 89

    Josh Johnson has yet to look entirely comfortable to start the season. He lasted just 1.1 innings while getting pounded by the Detroit Tigers for six runs on seven hits last Thursday.

    He'll have two home starts this week. He's had limited starts against both of his upcoming opponents, beating the White Sox in 2010 and shutting down the Yankees in 2009 with a one-run, three-hit performance in seven innings.

     

    Start or Sit?

    Definitely start against Axelrod and the White Sox on Tuesday. However, it might be wise to monitor that start when making the decision to start him against a hot Pettitte on Sunday.

Jordan Zimmermann: Washington Nationals

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Mon., Apr. 15 @ MIA against Wade LeBlanc    
    Sun., Apr. 22 @ NYM against Aaron Laffey

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 97/82 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 97

    Jordan Zimmermann is quickly making it known that the Washington Nationals have more than just two potential aces on their staff.

    He has looked sharp thus far, allowing just three earned runs in his first two starts. However, he'll be on the road for his two outings this week.

    Fortunately, he's going up against two of the more impotent offenses in baseball in the Marlins and Mets.

     

    Start or Sit?

    A definite start in both games. Zimmermann actually has a better ERA on the road (3.23) throughout his career than at home (3.64).

Kris Medlen: Atlanta Braves

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Tues., Apr. 16 vs. KC against Jeremy Guthrie    
    Sun., Apr. 21 @ PIT against Jonathan Sanchez

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 97/79 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 98

    Kris Medlen took a loss in his first outing but didn't necessarily look shaky. Early control issues did him in against the Phillies. He turned things around against the Marlins on Tuesday, though, with a nice seven-inning effort.

    Medlen will take on the Royals at home, and Turner Field is definitely a comfort zone for him. He last pitched against the Pirates in 2010 at PNC Park, giving up two runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings.

     

    Start or Sit?

    Considering the Braves' current hot streak, I wouldn't bet against Medlen in either start.

Lance Lynn: St. Louis Cardinals

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Mon., Apr. 15 @ PIT against James McDonald    
    Sat., Apr. 20 @ PHI against Cliff Lee

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 94/63 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 85

    Lance Lynn started off on the road this year, losing to the Arizona Diamondbacks before collecting a win in the friendly confines of Busch Stadium.

    Lynn will make his next two starts on the road. While he fared well at PNC Park, he struggled last year at Citizens Bank Park against the Phillies.

     

    Start or Sit?

    Considering his early struggles on the road, combined with an ERA over a run higher away from home, Lynn is definitely not a guarantee.

    Start him against Pittsburgh on Monday, but sit him against Cliff Lee on Saturday.

Homer Bailey: Cincinnati Reds

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Tues., Apr. 16 vs. PHI against Kyle Kendrick    
    Sun., Apr. 21 vs. MIA against Alex Sanabia

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 94/70

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 81

    Homer Bailey has the benefit of making two starts at home this week—a perfect place to rebound from a stinker of a performance at Busch Stadium against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

    However, home is not where the heart is for Bailey during his career. He's posted a 5.02 career ERA at Great American Ball Park, including a 5.16 ERA in 17 starts last year.

     

    Start or Sit?

    It's tough to say that sitting a pitcher who's making two starts at home is a good play. But the home/road splits are so drastic in Bailey's case that I'm comfortable sitting him for the entire week, even with the offensively-challenged Marlins coming to town on Sunday.

Jeremy Hellickson: Tampa Bay Rays

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Mon., Apr. 15 @ BOS against Ryan Dempster    
    Sat., Apr. 20 vs. OAK against Jarrod Parker 

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 81/47 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 68

    Jeremy Hellickson has been a mixed bag in his two starts thus far, picking up a no-decision against the Baltimore Orioles and a loss against the Texas Rangers. He's given up eight runs on 13 hits in 11.1 innings thus far, so he's not quite in form yet to start the season.

    With Friday night's rainout, Hellickson will start twice, taking the Patriots Day start at Fenway Park and then heading back home to face the red-hot Oakland A's on Saturday.

     

    Start or Sit?

    With a 4.97 ERA at Fenway, Hellickson could be a tough decision for Monday's contest. Fantasy owners should consider other pitcher matchups before making their final choice. He's a definite start on Saturday against the A's.

Tommy Milone: Oakland Athletics

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Mon., Apr. 15 vs. HOU against Erik Bedard    
    Sun., Apr. 21 @ TB against Roberto Hernandez

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 83/57 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 48

    Milone is off to a 2-0 start, although, on Wednesday, he was backed up by a hot Athletics offense to pick up the victory.

    He'll square off against the Astros at home for the first time in his career on Monday. His matchup on Sunday is considerably tougher, as he's taking on Matt Moore at Tropicana Field.

     

    Start or Sit?

    A must-start on Monday, but a sit on Sunday.

Andy Pettitte: New York Yankees

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Tues., Apr. 16 vs. ARI against Brandon McCarthy
    Sun., Apr. 21 @ TOR against Josh Johnson

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 85/65 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 65

    Andy Pettitte already looks like he's in midseason form, giving up just two earned runs in 15 innings of work thus far. He'll attempt to keep up his hot start with an interleague matchup at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

    Pettitte has faced the Diamondbacks twice in his career, winning both decisions.

    He'll take on Josh Johnson and the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre on Sunday, where he is 15-6 with a career 3.84 ERA. 

     

    Start or Sit?

    He's a definite start for both outings. Pettitte is off to a hot start—I'm all for riding the hot pitcher, especially given his lifetime record against both opponents.

Ryan Dempster: Boston Red Sox

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Mon., Apr. 15 vs. TB against Jeremy Hellickson
    Sat., Apr. 20 vs. KC against Ervin Santana

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 83/52 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 61

    Ryan Dempster has already made a home start for his new team, but he'll get a real taste of what Boston's like when he makes the start in the annual Patriots Day game on Monday morning.

    Dempster has the luxury of making two home starts as he continues getting acclimated to his new surroundings.

     

    Start or Sit?

    With way too small of a sample size at Fenway for his career, it's hard to judge how Dempster can use his home park to his advantage.

    Unless you have a fantasy team stacked with better alternatives, Dempster should be safe for both starts.

Brandon McCarthy: Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Tues., Apr. 16 @ NYY against Andy Pettitte    
    Sun., Apr. 21 @ COL against Jeff Francis

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 52/22 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 50

    Brandon McCarthy has looked shaky early for his new team, giving up 10 runs on 19 hits in 11.2 innings. And it won't get any easier for him when he travels to Yankee Stadium to face the hot Andy Pettitte on Tuesday.

    McCarthy will then head to Coors Field on Sunday—definitely not a place for a pitcher to be looking to right the ship.

     

    Start or Sit?

    With his less-than-stellar effort to start the season, combined with two road outings coming up, it might be prudent to sit McCarthy for the week.

Derek Holland: Texas Rangers

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Tues., Apr. 16 @ CHC against Travis Wood    
    Sun., Apr. 21 vs. SEA against Aaron Harang

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 80/54 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 71

    Derek Holland has only victory to show for two stellar starts at the beginning of the season. He gave up just two runs in eight innings against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, but opposing pitcher Matt Moore and the Rays bullpen shut out Texas, spoiling Holland's effort.

    He'll pitch at Wrigley Field for the first time in his career on Tuesday against the Cubs before coming back home to take on the Mariners.

     

    Start or Sit?

    Holland has been sharp thus far, but it should be noted that he's struggled in interleague matchups, with a 1-5 lifetime record and 5.96 ERA. I'm inclined to sit him on Tuesday and start him back home on Sunday.

Mark Buehrle: Toronto Blue Jays

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Mon., Apr. 15 vs. CHW against Gavin Floyd    
    Sat., Apr. 20 vs. NYY against Hiroki Kuroda

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 54/25 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 24

    Much like new teammates Josh Johnson and R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle has gotten off to a sluggish start with the Toronto Blue Jays.

    Buehrle has allowed 11 unearned runs on 14 hits in just 9.2 innings. Fortunately for Buehrle, his Jays picked him up in both starts with wins.

    Buehrle will be home for both starts this week. He's been successful at the Rogers Centre as a visitor with a 2.91 lifetime ERA before this season.

     

    Start or Sit?

    Buehrle has been a master at avoiding long losing streaks throughout most of his career, so fantasy owners should feel comfortable that he can turn things around at home this week. Start him in both games.

James McDonald: Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Mon., Apr. 15 vs. STL against Lance Lynn    
    Sat., Apr. 20 vs. ATL against Paul Maholm

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 64/36 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 32

    If it weren't for a horrible display of offense behind him, James McDonald would be 2-0 instead of 1-1 to begin the season. He shut down the Chicago Cubs in his first start with just one run on two hits in seven innings.

    McDonald will toil at home twice this week—a definite place of comfort—where he has a 15-6 record and 2.93 ERA at PNC Park during his career.

     

    Start or Sit?

    Start McDonald in both games. Despite the Pirates hitting just .153 as a team entering play this weekend, McDonald has found a way to keep his team close. Staying in Pittsburgh for an extended homestand doesn't hurt.

Ubaldo Jimenez: Cleveland Indians

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Tues., Apr. 16 vs. BOS against Felix Doubront
    Sun., Apr. 21 @ HOU against Erik Bedard

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 51/31 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 9

    Cleveland Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez looked terrific in his first start, giving up just one run on three hits in six innings in the no-decision.

    His second start was one that reminded fans of the Jimenez that we've seen over the last two-plus years. He got rocked for seven runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings, including two home runs.

    Jimenez is at home against the Red Sox on Tuesday and at Minute Maid Park on Sunday to face the Astros.

     

    Start or Sit?

    Does any fantasy owner actually feel safe in starting Jimenez at all right now? Probably not; he's been no help on the fantasy side since the first half of the 2010 season. He needs to sit for both starts. As of Saturday, Jimenez was only on 51 percent of fantasy rosters on CBSSports.com and only nine percent on Yahoo!.

    You wouldn't be alone in staying away from Jimenez, at least for the foreseeable future.

Gavin Floyd: Chicago White Sox

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Mon., Apr. 15 @ TOR against Mark Buehrle    
    Sat. Apr. 20 vs. MIN against Kevin Correia

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 51/26 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 6

    Gavin Floyd pitched reasonably well in his first effort against the Kansas City Royals, but he faltered in his next start on the road, giving up five runs in five innings to the Washington Nationals.

    Floyd makes another road start on Monday when the Chicago White Sox travel to the Rogers Centre. He has largely struggled in Toronto, with a 7.00 ERA in four games.

     

    Start or Sit?

    Sit him on Monday, but start him at home on Saturday against the Twins.

Rick Porcello: Detroit Tigers

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Tues., Apr. 16 @ SEA against Blake Beavan    
    Sun., Apr. 21@ LAA against Joe Blanton

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 38/18

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 7

    Based on Rick Porcello's performance thus far in the regular season, it's a perfect example of why fantasy owners should never overreact to a standout effort in spring training.

    Porcello put up a tidy 3.00 ERA and a 4-1 record in six spring outings and appeared to be on his way to figuring out whatever ailed him in terms of mechanics.

    However, the effort put forth in his first two starts has fans bemoaning the return of the old Porcello.

    He's on the road for his next outings.

     

    Start or Sit?

    He has a sterling 1.32 ERA at Safeco Field, but that was before the fences were pulled in. I'm not comfortable starting Porcello at all next week. Judging from the above percentages, neither are many other fantasy owners, either.

Bronson Arroyo: Cincinnati Reds

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Mon., Apr. 15 vs. PHI against Cliff Lee    
    Sat., Apr. 20 vs. MIA against Wade LeBlanc 

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 44/25 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 12

    Not many fantasy owners are terribly enticed by Cincinnati Reds starter Bronson Arroyo right now. He picked up a win in his first game at home, however, and he makes his next two starts at Great American Ball Park as well.

     

    Start or Sit?

    Iffy against Cliff Lee on Monday, especially considering that Arroyo has a 2-7 lifetime record and 6.55 ERA against them. He did beat Philadelphia in his lone start against them last year.

    I'm inclined to start him in both games, especially on Saturday against the punchless Marlins.

Felix Doubront: Boston Red Sox

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Tues., Apr. 16 @ CLE against Ubaldo Jimenez    
    Sun., Apr. 21 vs. KC against Jeremy Guthrie  

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 45/21 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 15

    It will be a well-rested Felix Doubront when he pitches on Tuesday at Progressive Field against the Cleveland Indians. Because of Friday's rainout and the realignment of the Red Sox rotation, Doubront's regular start was skipped. 

     

    Start or Sit?

    With the up-and-down nature of Jimenez, I like Doubront's chances on Tuesday. He's at home against the Royals as well, so he should be a start for his fantasy owners for both games.

Joe Blanton: Los Angeles Angels

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Mon., Apr. 15 @ MIN against Mike Pelfrey
    Sun., Apr. 21 vs. DET against Rick Porcello 

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 17/7 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 4

    Right now, there are likely very few fantasy owners who have any confidence whatsoever in Los Angels Angels starting pitcher Joe Blanton.

    He's given up four home runs and 10 runs overall in his 10 innings, picking up two losses already on the young season. An early 3.6 K/9 rate doesn't help owners with strikeouts, either. 

     

    Start or Sit?

    Absolutely a sit for both contests.

Kyle Kendrick: Philadelphia Phillies

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Tues., Apr. 16 @ CIN against Homer Bailey    
    Sun., Apr. 21 vs. STL against Jake Westbrook 

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 19/10 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 7

    There are always pitchers who are a must-start every time they take the mound. The established aces are the foundation of many a fantasy team.

    The real trick is finding the fringe pitchers that can help make fantasy contributions when matchups are favorable.

    That won't be the case with Kyle Kendrick of the Phillies this week. Kendrick hasn't exactly looked dominant in his first two outings, allowing seven runs on 16 hits in 11.2 innings.

    He faces to very tough NL Central Division opponents next week as well.

     

    Start or Sit?

    Kendrick is 1-2 with a 5.71 ERA during his career at Great American Ball Park, and he's going up against Westbrook on Sunday, who's off to a hot start himself. Sit Kendrick for both games.

Wily Peralta: Milwaukee Brewers

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Tues., Apr. 16 vs. SF against Barry Zito    
    Sun., Apr. 21 vs. CHC against Travis Wood 

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 22/10 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 4

    Wily Peralta hasn't been terrible, but he wasn't exactly stellar in his first two starts of the season. He'll be at home with both starts this week but is facing a hot Barry Zito on Tuesday.

     

    Start or Sit?

    Sit on Tuesday, start against Wood and the Cubs on Sunday.

Barry Zito: San Francisco Giants

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Tues., Apr. 16 @ MIL against Wily Peralta    
    Sun., Apr. 21 vs. SD against Eric Stults  

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 75/52 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 55

    Barry Zito has yet to allow a run on the young season, giving up just 10 hits in 14 innings. While both of his first two starts were at home in friendly AT&T Park, he's got the hot hand heading into Miller Park on Tuesday. He's back at home to face the last-place San Diego Padres on Sunday.

     

    Start or Sit?

    Ride the hot hand right now—Zito is a must-start for both outings.

Chad Billingsley: Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Mon., Apr. 15 vs. SD against Eric Stults
    Sun., Apr. 21 @ BAL against Jake Arrieta 

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 76/38 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 24

    All eyes will be on Dodger Stadium on Monday as the San Diego Padres face off against Chad Billingsley and the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the wake of the bench-clearing brawl that saw Zack Greinke fracture his collarbone after plunking Padres hitter Carlos Quentin, it will be must-see TV for sure.

    Billingsley looked solid in picking up his first win of the season last Wednesday at Petco Park, allowing just one run on five hits in six innings.

     

    Start or Sit?

    A definite start at home on Monday against a team he just defeated on the road. Billingsley should also be a start against the Orioles at Camden Yards. While he has never pitched at Camden Yards, he has a better road ERA (3.54) than at home (3.78).

Juan Nicasio: Colorado Rockies

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Mon., Apr. 15 vs. NYM against Jeremy Hefner     
    Sat., Apr. 20 vs. ARI against Trevor Cahill 

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 15/7 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 1

    Considering the above percentages, it's plain that Colorado Rockies starter Juan Nicasio has yet to win over the hearts of fantasy baseball aficionados. Taking into account his injury history thus far, it's not a surprise.

    The fact that he toils for the Rockies likely doesn't help, either.

    Nicasio does have favorable matchups this week with two home contests, however. He has a better home ERA as well during his brief career (4.30/5.08).

     

    Start or Sit?

    Nicasio should be a start on Monday. But against the Diamondbacks on Saturday, he matches up with Cahill, who posted a nice 3.44 ERA in three games at Coors Field last year. Sit him on Saturday.

Jake Arrieta: Baltimore Orioles

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Tues., Apr. 16 vs. TB against Roberto Hernandez    
    Sun., Apr. 21 vs. LAD against Chad Billingsley 

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 14/6 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 2

    The Baltimore Orioles have won both of Jake Arrieta's starts, but it wasn't because of quality outings from him—it was about their ability to fight back in spite of his ineffectiveness.

    Arrieta draws two starts at Camden Yards this week, so the matchups would appear to be at least somewhat favorable.

     

    Start or Sit?

    Consider starting on Tuesday, but sit on Sunday against Billingsley.

Jeremy Guthrie: Kansas City Royals

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Tues., Apr. 16 @ ATL against Kris Medlen    
    Sun., Apr. 21 @ BOS against Felix Doubront  

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 46/25 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 18

    Two starts on the road doesn't necessarily spell trouble for Jeremy Guthrie and the Kansas City Royals this week.

    Guthrie is off to an excellent start, winning handily on the road at US Cellular Field before returning home for his second win of the season.

     

    Start or Sit?

    While Guthrie is not one of the elite pitchers that fantasy owners will automatically start no matter where he's pitching, he's definitely worth considering as a start for both outings.

Erik Bedard: Houston Astros

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Mon., Apr. 15 @ OAK against Tommy Milone    
    Sun., Aprl 21 vs. CLE against Ubaldo Jimenez 

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 16/9 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 5

    Erik Bedard has looked outstanding in the early going, picking up the first save of his career with 3.1 innings of one-hit relief on Opening Day against the Texas Rangers. And he followed that up with four solid innings of one-hit ball in the Astros' 16-9 shellacking of the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday.

     

    Start or Sit?

    I'm inclined to say sit Bedard on Monday against the red-hot Athletics, but considering his hot start, fantasy owners may want to consider him. A definite start on Saturday against Jimenez and the Indians.

Travis Wood: Chicago Cubs

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Tues., Apr. 16 vs. TEX against Derek Holland    
    Sun., Apr. 21 @ MIL against Wily Peralta 

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 44/30 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 13

    Travis Wood essentially got a role in the starting rotation because of injuries to Matt Garza and Scott Baker. But he's certainly aiming to keep that role with a torrid start to the season.

    Wood has allowed just two earned runs on eight hits through 12.1 innings thus far.

     

    Start or Sit?

    It's hard to say sit considering the red-hot start. I've always been in favor of staying with a hot pitcher until he proves otherwise. Start Wood in both outings.

Jake Westbrook: St. Louis Cardinals

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Tues., Apr. 16 @ PIT against Jonathan Sanchez    
    Sun. Apr. 21 @ PHI against Kyle Kendrick  

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 33/20 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 8

    Speaking of hot pitchers.

    Jake Westbrook has yet to allow an earned run in his two outings, but he has walked 10 batters in his 15.2 innings. He's coming off a brilliant five-hit shutout of the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

     

    Start or Sit?

    Westbrook has just four strikeouts in his two starts as well, so fantasy owners won't be racking up huge points. Eventually, his walk rate is going to burn him as well. Start him on Tuesday against an impotent Pirates lineup, but sit him on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.

Jeff Francis: Colorado Rockies

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Tues., Apr. 16 vs. NYM against Aaron Laffey    
    Sun., Apr. 21 vs. ARI against Brandon McCarthy 

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 6/3 

     

    Yahoo Own Percentage: 1

    It's obvious that not many fantasy baseball lovers are buying—or buying into—Jeff Francis at the moment. The 5.87 early ERA and 1.96 WHIP certainly don't help in considering him as an option, either. 

     

    Start or Sit?

    While Francis is making two home starts, it's just not easy saying he's worth the gamble. Start him only if you're desperate for pitching help this week.

Roberto Hernandez: Tampa Bay Rays

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Tues., Apr 16 @ BAL against Jake Arrieta    
    Sun., Apr. 21 vs. OAK against Tommy Milone 

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 4/1 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 1

    If you thought fantasy owners were staying away from Jeff Francis in droves, consider the case of the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona.

    Roberto Hernandez earned a starting role this spring for the Tampa Bay Rays, but his rough start (0-2, 6.08 ERA) may have the Rays looking for other options in the very near future.

     

    Start or Sit?

    An absolute no-start at this point.

Eric Stults: San Diego Padres

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Mon., Apr. 15 @ LAD against Chad Billingsley    
    Sun., Apr. 21 @ SF against Barry Zito  

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 18/11 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 9

    Eric Stults hasn't gotten off to a bad start this year with a 1-1 record a 3.60 ERA and a 9.9 K/9 rate. But he's taking on two tough NL West foes on the road this week.

     

    Start or Sit?

    Have to say sit considering his opponents. The atmosphere will be charged up in Dodger Stadium, as the Padres come into town following the bench-clearing brawl last week. It doesn't get better for Stults, as he matches up against a sizzling Zito on Sunday at AT&T Park.

Aaron Harang: Seattle Mariners

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Tues., Apr. 16 vs. DET against Rick Porcello    
    Sun., Apr. 21 @ TEX against Derek Holland 

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 3/1 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 1

    Aaron Harang is with his third team in less than a week, and he'll finally make his season debut on Tuesday against Rick Porcello and the Tigers at home. He'll travel to Rangers Ballpark to take on Derek Holland on Sunday.

     

    Start or Sit?

    Owners may not get much out of Harang as he works to get back into form. Keep him on the bench for now.

Wade LeBlanc: Miami Marlins

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Mon., Apr. 15 vs. WAS against Jordan Zimmermann
    Sat., Apr. 20 @ CIN against Bronson Arroyo 

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 5/3 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 1

    Wade LeBlanc has been a hard-luck starter thus far, losing his first two starts despite a 3.27 ERA.

     

    Start or Sit?

    With an offense that currently isn't capable of much support, it's hard to say start LeBlanc. He has delivered an 8.2 K/9 rate, though, so if fantasy owners are looking to pick up extra strikeouts and keep their overall ERAs low, LeBlanc might not be a bad play this week.

Mike Pelfrey: Minnesota Twins

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    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Mon., Apr. 15 vs. LAA against Joe Blanton    
    Sun., Apr. 21 @ CHW against Dylan Axelrod 

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 4/2 

     

    Yahoo Own Percentage: 1

    Fantasy owners have yet to jump on the Mike Pelfrey bandwagon.

    Pelfrey's quick return from Tommy John surgery has yielded mixed results: a 1-1 record and a 7.36 ERA. He also has just two strikeouts in 7.1 innings.

     

    Start or Sit?

    Start him at home against an ineffective Joe Blanton. Sit him on Sunday at Chicago.

Jeremy Hefner: New York Mets

38 of 42

    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Mon., Apr. 15 @ COL against Juan Nicasio    
    Sat., Apr. 20 vs. WAS against Gio Gonzalez

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 3/2

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 1

    Another pitcher who's an example of spring training versus regular season, Jeremy Hefner teased everyone with his performance in Grapefruit League action, but he has fallen far short thus far in regular-season play. His 0-2 record and 6.00 ERA is not a plus, nor is his 5.0 K/9 rate or his 1.78 WHIP.

     

    Start or Sit?

    Definitely a no-start at Coors Field, and I don't like his chances against the Nats and Gonzalez on Sunday. Sit for the week.

Dylan Axelrod: Chicago White Sox

39 of 42

    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Tues., Apr. 16 @ TOR against Josh Johnson    
    Sun., Apr. 21 vs. MIN against Mike Pelfrey 

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 4/2 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 1

    Dylan Axelrod has yet to show he can pitch effectively at the major league level, and he's struggling with that to start this season as well.

     

    Start or Sit?

    No other fantasy owners have much confidence in Axelrod at this point—he's a definite sit until he can prove he belongs.

Aaron Laffey: New York Mets

40 of 42

    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Tues., Apr. 16 @ COL against Jeff Francis    
    Sun., Apr. 21 vs. WAS against Jordan Zimmermann  

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 1/0 

     

    Yahoo Own Percentage: 0

    Definitely hitting the bottom of the barrel at this point with two-start pitchers this week.

    Aaron Laffey can best be described as a journeyman who is currently just holding down a spot until the Mets can get a few able bodies back.

     

    Start or Sit?

    I can't imagine anyone will even consider starting Laffey at Coors Field on Tuesday. His assignment against Jordan Zimmerman and the Nationals doesn't get easier on Sunday, either.

    Absolutely stay away from Laffey.

Alex Sanabia: Miami Marlins

41 of 42

    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Tues., Apr. 16 vs. WAS against Dan Haren
    Sun., Apr. 21 @ CIN against Homer Bailey 

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 2/1 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 0

    A strained elbow in 2011 and a strained oblique slowed down Alex Sanabia, who impressed with a 5-3 record and 3.73 ERA in 15 appearances two years ago, 12 of them starts.

    Sanabia is healthy once again and trying to become a staple in the Marlins' rotation. He threw six shutout innings against the New York Mets in his first start before the Atlanta Braves got to him for six runs on eight hits in five innings last Wednesday.

     

    Start or Sit?

    I am inclined to actually start Sanabia against Haren and the Nationals at home on Tuesday. Sit him on Sunday on the road against the Cincinnati Reds.

Jonathan Sanchez: Pittsburgh Pirates

42 of 42

    Week 3 Scheduled Starts

    Tues., Apr. 16 vs. STL against Jake Westbrook    
    Sun., Apr. 21 vs. ATL against Kris Medlen 

     

    CBS Own/Start Percentage: 2/1 

     

    Yahoo! Own Percentage: 0

    Unless you are an absolute glutton for punishment, Jonathan Sanchez should not even be a consideration to start in any fantasy format.

    Unless you like train wrecks too, that is.

    There is nothing more exasperating than watching a man like Sanchez toss a no-hitter and then watch as he struggles through four innings with a pitch count approaching 90-100.

    Sanchez may not even last this week with his 0-2 record and 12.96 ERA.

     

    Start or Sit?

    Um, what do you think?

     

    Doug Mead is a featured columnist with Bleacher Report. His work has been featured on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle.

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