Starting week 2 of the fantasy baseball season means a fresh start for those in weekly formats, and time to make some moves to get the starting pitchers you want. Most of the pitchers going today will be making two starts this week, so if they perform well on Monday you can consider keeping them for their second. There’s some interesting matchups as some teams have home openers and most are starting new series as we start this new week.
Here’s the pickups I’d add for Monday, and a quick look back at how my picks have fared so far this season:
Looking Ahead to Monday
Paul Maholm-Atlanta Braves: (owned in 35.4% of ESPN leagues) Maholm looked good in his first start last week against Philadelphia when he went 5 2/3 shutout innings striking out six and allowing six hits and a walk. He starts Monday night against the Marlins who have struggled to score runs this season, and Maholm has a good chance to get the W. His start later this week is at Washington, but for at least Monday, he’s a good pickup.
Ubaldo Jimenez-Cleveland Indians: (10.6%) Jimenez looked like his former, fantasy-relavant self in his first start this year. He hit 95 on the gun and lasted six innings allowing one run to the Blue Jays on three hits and two walks while striking out six. He gets the call Monday in the Tribe home opener as they take on the Yankees. Last year, Jimenez had a 3.70 home ERA compared to a 6.82 on the road. The Yankees knocked him around, but the current lineup isn’t nearly as potent as the typical Bronx bombers making Jimenez worth a look.
Philip Humber-Houston Astros: (0.2%) Any time you start an Astros starter, wins could be hard to come by since their offense is more miss than hit. Humber has a nice matchup Monday, though, as he and the Astros take on the Mariners in their home opener. He’ll face Joe Saunders who got knocked around in his first start, and anytime a starter goes at Petco there’s a little more room for error. Humber may not pitch a perfect game again, but he does make a nice pickup against Seattle on Monday. He started his year with a solid 5 2/3 innings against the Rangers striking out a pair and allowing just a run on five hits. He picked up the loss as his teammates couldn’t score him a run, but it was still a positive outing overall.
Kevin Correia-Minnesota Twins: (0.2%) Correia gets the start in Kansas City for the Twins coming off a solid opening day start against the Tigers. He went seven innings allowing seven hits and two runs to Detroit’s power-packed lineup on his way to a no-decision. He’ll face a powerful Royals team in their home-opener and could get pounded, but he’s matched up against Ervin Santana who has been struggling meaning a win is within the realm of possibility if he has another start like his last one.
Looking Back at previous Picks
My picks struggled yesterday with only Bartolo Colon getting the win. Hopefully, Sunday and Monday can turn things back around.
|Rick Porcello||4-Apr||5 1/3||3||2||6||2||0||1|
|Miguel Gonzalez||4-Apr||6 1/3||2||4||5||2||1||0|
|Dan Straily||5-Apr||6 2/3||2||11||5||0||1||0|
|Kyle Kendrick||5-Apr||5 2/3||5||3||8||2||0||1|