This week there are several more-than-capable starting pitching options, including some stud two-start guys, who can carry your team to a Week 10 victory if you play them correctly.
Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies
I should not even have to say anything here.
Anibal Sanchez, Florida Marlins
Sanchez’s big boost in strikeouts this year has boosted him into the upper echelon of fantasy pitchers. He and his 2.60 ERA should be started any chance you get.
Erik Bedard, Seattle Mariners
Right now you have to be loving Bedard if you were lucky enough to make him a draft selection… which most sane people were not. Bedard looks as though he has returned to old form and gets the Orioles and Rays offenses, neither of which is murderer’s row.
Tim Hudson, Atlanta Braves
Hudson is a little bit more shaky when it comes to the “must start” title. He’s apparently healthy after having some back pains earlier this week. However, he gets the best cure-all a pitcher could hope for in his first start, the abysmal Padres offense. Then, Hudson gets to travel to the cavernous Citi Field, where the righty owns a career 1.80 ERA. Put him in your lineup.
Other Must Starts: Chad Billingsley, LA Dodgers; Mat Latos, San Diego Padres; C.J. Wilson, Texas Rangers; Ian Kennedy, Arizona Diamondbacks
Take a Chance:
Bartolo Colon, New York Yankees
Never thought I’d be suggesting Colon, but he has had a solid season so far. Colon gets two starts on the West Coast against the terrible A’s lineup in the Coliseum and the middling Angel offense. The big right-hander will be pitching with an extra day of rest too. So if you need a starter for the week, why not Colon?
Jason Hammel, Colorado Rockies
Very quietly, Hammel is putting together a great year. His 3.20 ERA despite the Coors effect is impressive, but even more impressive is his 1.71 road ERA this season. This week he heads to Chavez Ravine to play the Dodgers and to the pitcher haven that is AT&T Park in San Francisco. Over the last three years, Hammel has a 2.88 ERA against the Dodgers and a 3.46 ERA vs. the Giants. He is looking like a great option this week against the 26th and 29th ranked offenses, respectively.
Vance Worley, Philadelphia Phillies
Worley has been a star in his replacement of Joe Blanton. This week, he gets the Pirates, who own the fourth worst offense in the league. Another bonus is that Worley will be pitching in PNC Park, a much better pitcher’s park than Citizen’s Bank Park. Take advantage of his great pitching (2.14 ERA) this week.
Brian Matusz, Baltimore Orioles
Matusz will start his season in Safeco Field, a paradise for any pitcher. Coming off injury, the Orioles lefty gets one of the weakest offenses in baseball in Seattle. Matusz had progressed incredibly last season logging ERAs of 2.43, 1.89, and 1.50 in August, September and October last year. Look for Matusz to continue that success this week against the Mariners.