If you made a move to finish last week strong, you now have a great chance to get your week off to a great start and help yourself at the end of the week as well. Pitchers who get the starting nod on Monday will probably have a second game later this week making picking one up even more important to a solid finish in weekly formats.
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Monday Pickups for 4/15
Chad Billingsley-LA Dodgers: (16.8%) Billingsley and the Dodgers welcome the light-hitting Padres to town who they just played last week. Billingsley looked strong against the Friars last week allowing a run on five hits in six innings and picking up the win in his first start of the season. Billingsley is a solid pickup for the long term as well since he was very productive last year before getting injured.
James McDonald-Pittsburgh Pirates: (15.6%) McDonald’s line from his last start looks ugly-five innings, four runs-but all the damage was done in the first inning then McDonald battled back and ultimately got the win to move to 1-1. He’ll face the Cardinals Monday and has some solid career numbers against them (4-1, 2.27 ERA). He’ll also be at home where he’s had a track record of success over the past couple years. His second start is a bit less appealing, although it’s at home too, when he’s scheduled to take on the Braves.
Gavin Floyd-Chicago White Sox: (1.0%) Floyd got battered by the Nats his last time out but still managed seven strikeouts. He’ll take the mound tonight in Toronto opposed by Mark Buehrle whose ERA is still over 10. Floyd is the top strikeout option with 12 in 11 1/3 innings this season, but he does carry some risk since he comes in with a 5.56 ERA. Toronto has been hitting well, but Floyd’s second start this week is a more favorable one against the Twins. If you plan on holding him for two starts, Floyd makes sense.
Juan Nicasio-Colorado Rockies: (0.0%) Nicasio is a flier as he takes the hill at Coors Field against the Mets. He’ll be opposed by Jeremy Hefner who’s 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA so far this season. Nicasio can be good if his control is there. This will be his first home start of the season and his first career appearance against the Mets. It’s a wild card, but I think Nicasio could pay off at least with a W as the Rockies lineup has been hitting the ball well.
Here’s how my previous picks have done over the past week:
|Jhoulys Chacin||7-Apr||6 2/3||1||2||6||0||1||0|
|Ubaldo Jimenez||8-Apr||4 1/3||7||4||7||3||0||1|
|Kevin Correia||8-Apr||7 1/3||3||1||8||1||0||1|
|Travis Wood||9-Apr||6 1/3||3||6||7||3||1||0|
|Jeremy Guthrie||9-Apr||6 2/3||4||2||6||1||1||0|
|Carlos Villanueva||12-Apr||7 1/3||0||3||3||1||0||0|
|Garrett Richards||13-Apr||6 1/3||4||1||3||3||0||0|