Monday, 5/3: Brett Cecil (Blue Jays) @ Cleveland Indians (Mitch Talbot)
Cecil is a top prospect. In his first two starts, facing the Rays and Red Sox, he managed 6+ innings each time out. Now he'll get the much weaker lineup in Cleveland.
Back-Up Plan: Mike Leake (Reds) v. New York Mets (Oliver Perez)
Tuesday, 5/4: Ian Kennedy (D-Backs) @ Houston Astros (Roy Oswalt)
Kennedy was able to go eight innings deep against both the Phillies and Cubs. He's homer-prone, so Minute Maid Park isn't the greatest spot for him, but the Astros lineup is pretty thin and his teammates have been raking recently, so he'll have a good shot at a victory, even if he gives up a couple dingers.
Back-Up Plan: Bronson Arroyo (Reds) v. New York Mets (John Maine)
Wednesday, 5/5: Fausto Carmona (Indians) v. Toronto Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow)
Carmona got rocked by Minnesota in his last start (which got him dropped in this league), but he was 3-0 prior to that outing. I expect him to bounce back against a slightly weaker lineup.
Back-Up Plan: Aaron Cook (Rockies) @ San Diego Padres (Clayton Richard)
Thursday, 5/6: Matt Harrison (Rangers) v. Kansas City Royals (Kyle Davies)
With a short slate of games on Thursday, there aren't a whole lot of favorable matchups. The Royals have actually been hitting quite well, especially in support of Davies, but Harrison got his first win in his last start and has probably pitched a little better than the numbers indicate (1-1, 4.97 ERA). If Dice-K is still available in your league (doubtful), pick him up instead (v. Angels).
Back-Up Plan: Dana Eveland (Blue Jays) @ Chicago White Sox (John Danks)
Friday, 5/7: Justin Masterson (Indians) v. Detroit Tigers (Jeremy Bonderman)
Control problems caused Masterson to have a pair of rough starts during the third week of the season, but he bounced back Saturday against the Twins. He's striking out more than ten batter per nine innings and he'll get a free-swinging lineup in Chicago.
Back-Up Plan: Homer Bailey (Reds) v. Chicago Cubs (Carlos Silva)
Saturday, 5/8: Jaime Garcia (Cardinals) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (Jeff Karstens)
It's hard to believe, but Jaime Garcia is still available on the waiver wire in this league. Perhaps in part because he's been on and off my team almost every week so far this season. Not the greatest matchup on Monday, in Philadelphia, but Saturday in Pittsburgh should be much kinder.
Back-Up Plan: Brett Cecil (Blue Jays) @ Chicago White Sox (Jake Peavy)
Sunday, 5/9: Anibal Sanchez (Marlins) @ Washington Nationals (Livan Hernandez)
Pretty mediocre options for Sunday, but Sanchez has racked up two straight quality starts, including one of the road, and seems to have put his early struggles with command behind him, walking only two batters in his last thirteen innings. The Nats have been pretty solid offensively in 2010, but I like his chances slightly more than Ian Kennedy's, who is at homer-happy Chase Field taking on the homer-happy Brewers.
Back-Up Plan: Ian Kennedy (D-Backs) v. Milwaukee Brewers (Chris Narveson)
Week Four Results:
Mat Latos (@ Marlins): L, 2 2/3 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Bud Norris (v. Reds): L, 5 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 6 K
Jaime Garcia (v. Braves): W, 7 IP, 4 H, BB, 5 K
Ian Kennedy (@ Cubs): W, 8 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, BB, 6 K
Doug Fister (@ Rangers): DNP (on Sunday, however: ND, 8 IP, 3 H, 3 K)
Brandon Morrow (v. Athletics): W, 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
Dana Eveland (v. Athletics): L, 6 2/3 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, K
C. J. Wilson (@ Mariners): ND, 7 IP, 5 H, ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Week Four Totals: 3-3, 4.11 ER, 1.25 WHIP, 38 K, 50 1/3 IP (46 H, 23 ER, 17 BB)
The week started rough, but Jaime Garcia and Ian Kennedy continued their runs of excellence (as did Doug Fister and C. J. Wilson on Sunday) to get me back on track and finish with solid overall numbers.
2010 Totals: 10-8, 3.63 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 130 K, 173 2/3 IP (155 H, 70 ER, 62 BB)