MLB Fantasy—Two-Start Pitchers for Week Six: Matt Garza, Barry Zito

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MLB Fantasy—Two-Start Pitchers for Week Six: Matt Garza, Barry Zito
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Austin Jackson was the centerpiece of the deal that sent Curtis Granderson’s large contract to the New York Yankees. As of Saturday, he is hitting .369/1/9/5, has reached base in 24 consecutive games, and is the odds on favorite to win the American League Rookie of the Year Award.

He’s hitting at a very high rate, and even though his other numbers aren’t very high, that batting average pace is completely unsustainable. His batting average for batted balls in play (BABIP) is .512. Over time hitters tend to regress to a norm of .300.

If you have him on your squad, sell now because his value will never be higher. If you are thinking of trading for him, consider waiting for his value to dip a little before pulling the trigger.

Now, the projected two-start pitchers for this week. For those of you in leagues who require you to set your lineup at the beginning of the week, these are guys you should strongly consider:

American League
BAL David Hernandez
BOS John Lackey
CWS none
CLE Jake Westbrook
DET Dontrelle Willis, Rick Porcello
KC Brian Bannister
LAA Joel Pineiro
MIN none
NYY Sergio Mitre, Javier Vazquez
OAK Vin Mazzaro
SEA Cliff Lee
TB Matt Garza
TEX Colby Lewis
TOR Brandon Morrow
  
National League
ARI Rodrigo Lopez
ATL Tommy Hanson
CHC Ted Lilly
CIN Bronson Arroyo
COL Greg Smith, Aaron Cook
FLA Nate Robertson, Ricky Nolasco
HOU Brett Myers
LAD Chad Billingsley
MIL Doug Davis
NYM John Maine, Jon Niese
PHI Kyle Kendrick
PIT Charlie Morton
SD Wade LeBlanc
SF Barry Zito
STL Brad Penny
WAS Luis Atilano, Scott Olsen


Rick’s Picks

Five best bets for double-start pitchers this week

1. Matt Garza, TB—Garza faces a mediocre offense on the road (at LAA) and a weak offense at home (vs SEA). You don’t need to know that much about Garza’s opponents this week to start the hottest pitcher in baseball.

2. Barry Zito, SF—Zito has found his glory days of old and is pitching very well these days. He gets two poor offenses at home (vs SD, vs HOU) and should reward you with a strong week.

3. Brad Penny, STL—Penny is not pitching anywhere near his caliber these days, and St. Louis is very glad about that. He gets two weak offenses (vs HOU, at CIN) and should keep right on rolling.

4. Tommy Hanson, ATL—Hanson faces two of the top three hitting clubs in the league (vs MIL, vs ARI), but two home starts should help Hanson tame his opponents.

5. Colby Lewis, TEX—Lewis is in the top 10 in strikeouts and faces two mediocre offenses (vs OAK, at TOR). Look for the K’s to keep coming and maybe a couple of W’s.


Rick Milleman is the head fantasy baseball contributor at DraftBuddy.com. Check his annual player projections included in the Cheatsheet Compiler & Draft Buddy to help draft your championship team.

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