Fantasy Baseball Weekly Pitching Primer: Get Kuroda, Vogelsong, Hellickson in your lineups

Two-Start Pitchers

Must Starts:

Hiroki Kuroda, Los Angeles Dodgers: 

Kuroda has had great success this year, posting a sub-3.00 ERA despite his 7-13 record.  The righty has great track records against each of his opponents this week: the Phillies and Astros.

Ryan Vogelsong, San Francisco Giants:

Vogelsong’s renaissance year means that he should be in your lineup every week, until he reverts to the old Ryan Vogelsong.

Jeremy Hellickson, Tampa Bay Rays:

The rookie lefthander has provided a consistently solid line for fantasy owners this year.  Despite a matchup in the Bronx, there is no reason to put him on your bench this week.

Other Must Starts: Dan Haren, LA Angels; Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies; Daniel Hudson, Arizona Diamondbacks

Take a chance:

Doug Fister, Detroit Tigers:

Fister impressed in his first outing with his new team and even got a win to show for it.  The righty has produced quality starts in his last two games, against two of the most fearsome offenses in baseball: the Yankees and Rangers.

This week, he gets the offensively-challenged Orioles and Indians.  Fister will not provide strikeouts, but as long as he keeps the ball on the ground he can be an effective weapon for your fantasy team this week.

Matt Harrison, Texas Rangers: H

arrison has had a roller coaster season, with rocky starts in three of his last seven games.  However, this week, he gets the Mariners at home and pitches in Oakland against the Athletics.  In his last start against each team, the lefty went at least seven innings and allowed one or no runs.  Harrison can take advantage of both of these struggling offenses and provide a solid week of fantasy starts.

Spot Start Options:

James McDonald, Pittsburgh Pirates: 

While the Pirates rotation has collapsed over the last few weeks, they have the perfect pick-me-up series this week.  Pittsburgh goes to San Francisco to face the absolutely abysmal Giants offense at AT&T Park.  While I put McDonald’s name up, because he provides the most strikeouts and fantasy impact out of the starters for the series, Charlie Morton and Jeff Karstens, despite recent struggles, should also be considered options.




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