Feb 24, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke (21) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Projected MLB Starting Rotations-Starter Spotlight for Fantasy Baseball

Former Atlanta Brave and current Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tommy Hanson is just one of the starting pitchers joining a new rotation this year. Find out who’s in and who’s out of your favorite team’s rotation and who to target and avoid for your fantasy squad in our starter spotlight. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

As spring training winds to a close, teams are getting their starting rotations finalized and set for the start of the season. The depth and quality of a team’s starting rotation is one of the keys to determining how successful their season will be, and the same holds true of your fantasy team.

Throughout the season here at Fantasy CPR we’ll have a Starter Spotlight tab in our menu bar which will bring you the latest update of who is in and who is out of starting rotations around the league. This information can be vital to know who will be getting the opportunities and the innings you need for your fantasy baseball team to be successful. We’re also planning on bringing back our daily spot starter feature highlighting available starters that can help you on a short term or even one-time basis.

Most teams have their rotations for Opening Day finalized although there are still a few camp battles playing out. The pictures used don’t necessarily mean I think those players are ones you should pursue but are designed to highlight newcomers to the rotations in each division  Here’s a rundown of the rotations you can expect to see in the first weeks of the season:

AL East

Baltimore Orioles
1. Jason Hammel
2. Wei-Yin Chen
3. Miguel Gonzalez
4. Chris Tillman
5. Jake Arrieta/Brian Matusz

Mar 8, 2012; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster (46) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during first inning at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Red Sox
1. Jon Lester
2. Clay Buccholz
3. Ryan Dempster
4. John Lackey
5. Felix Doubront

New York Yankees
1. CC Sabathia
2. Andy Pettitte
3. Hiroki Kuroda
4. Ivan Nova
5. David Phelps

Tampa Bay Rays
1. David Price
2. Jeremy Hellickson
3. Matt Moore
4. Alex Cobb
5. Jeff Niemann

Toronto Blue Jays
1. R.A. Dickey
2. Brandon Morrow
3. Mark Buehrle
4. Josh Johnson
5. J.A. Happ

AL Central

Chicago White Sox
1. Chris Sale
2. Jake Peavy
3. Gavin Floyd
4. Jose Quintana
5. Dylan Axelrod

March 6, 2013; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields (33) throws in the first inning during a spring training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians
1. Justin Masterson
2. Ubaldo Jimenez
3. Brett Myers
4. Zach McAllister
5. Scott Kazmir

Detroit Tigers
1. Justin Verlander
2. Doug Fister
3. Max Scherzer
4. Anibal Sanchez
5. Rick Porcello

Kansas City Royals
1. James Shields
2. Ervin Santana
3. Jeremy Guthrie
4. Wade Davis
5. Luis Mendoza

Minnesota Twins
1. Vance Worley
2. Kevin Correia
3. Mike Pelfrey
4. Liam Hendriks
5. Cole De Vries

AL West

Houston Astros
1. Bud Norris
2. Lucas Harrell
3. Philip Humber
4. Erik Bedard
5. Brad Peacock/Alex White

Mar 3, 2013; Surprise, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Joe Saunders (23) pitches during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Angels
1. Jared Weaver
2. C.J. Wilson
3. Tommy Hanson
4. Jason Vargas
5. Joe Blanton

Oakland Athletics
1. Brett Anderson
2. Jarrod Parker
3. Tommy Milone
4. A. J. Griffin
5. Dan Straily

Seattle Mariners
1. Felix Hernandez
2. Hisashi Iwakuma
3. Joe Saunders
4. Blake Beavan
5. Brandon Maurer

Texas Rangers
1. Matt Harrison
2. Yu Darvish
3. Derek Holland
4. Alexi Ogando
5. Nick Tepesch

NL East

Atlanta Braves
1. Tim Hudson
2. Paul Maholm
3. Kris Medlan
4. Mike Minor
5. Julio Teheran

March 16, 2013; Port St Lucie, FL, USA;New York Mets starting pitcher Shaun Marcum (38) throws a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the spring training game at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Marlins
1. Ricky Nolasco
2. Nate Eovaldi
3. Wade LeBlanc
4. Henderson Alvarez
5. Kevin Slowey

New York Mets
1. Jonathon Niese
2. Shaun Marcum
3. Matt Harvey
4. Dillon Gee
5. Jeremy Hefner

Philadelphia Phillies
1. Roy Halladay
2. Cliff Lee
3. Cole Hamels
4. Kyle Kendrick
5. John Lannan

Washington Nationals
1. Stephen Strasburg
2. Gio Gonzalez
3. Jordan Zimmermann
4. Dan Haren
5. Ross Detwiler

NL Central

Chicago Cubs
1. Jeff Samardzija
2. Edwin Jackson
3. Scott Feldman
4. Travis Wood
5. Carlos Villanueva

February 12, 2013; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson (36) throws during spring training camp at Finch Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds
1. Johnny Cueto
2. Mat Latos
3. Bronson Arroyo
4. Homer Bailey
5. Mike Leake

Milwaukee Brewers
1. Yovani Gallardo
2. Marco Estrada
3. Mike Fiers
4. Kyle Lohse
5. Wily Peralta UPDATE: Chris Narveson to bullpen

Pittsburgh Pirates
1. A.J. Burnett
2. Wandy Rodriguez
3. James McDonald
4. Jonathan Sanchez
5. Kyle McPherson / Jeanmar Gomez / Jeff Locke

St. Louis Cardinals
1. Adam Wainwright
2. Jake Westbrook
3. Jaime Garcia
4. Lance Lynn
5. Shelby Miller

NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks
1. Ian Kennedy
2. Trevor Cahill
3. Wade Miley
4. Brandon McCarthy
5. Patrick Corbin

Colorado Rockies
1. Jhoulys Chacin
2. Jorge De La Rosa
3. Juan Nicasio
4. Jeff Francis
5. Jon Garland

Los Angeles Dodgers
1. Clayton Kershaw
2. Zack Greinke
3. Josh Beckett
4. Chad Billingsley
5. Hyun-Jin Ryu

San Diego Padres
1. Edinson Volquez
2. Clayton Richard
3. Eric Stults
4. Jason Marquis
5. Tyson Ross

San Francisco Giants
1. Matt Cain
2. Madison Bumgarner
3. Tim Lincecum
4. Barry Zito
5. Ryan Vogelsong

Let us know your thoughts about your team’s rotation in the comments section and any way we can be a help to you as you prepare for your championship run in your 2013 fantasy baseball league.

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