Your prep for the coming fantasy baseball week
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Sleepers of the week
SP Jose Quintana, Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers (April 21-24)
The Tigers haven't faced many left-handed pitchers this year yet haven't done much in that time. Quintana, who boasts some of the most sneakily good peripherals among big-league starting pitchers, lines up to face these rivals during this series and potentially once more the following week. The southpaw boasts a 2.70 ERA with 23 strikeouts against Detroit in four lifetime starts (26 2/3 IP).
SP Homer Bailey, Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves (April 25-27)
Bailey has reflected his first name too closely for his fantasy owners' comfort by giving up six in his first 14 1/3 innings. Atlanta ranks among the league leaders in homers versus righty arms, but they're near the bottom in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. If Bailey yields a tater or two, they may not cause much damage, and Bailey's velocity and strikeout ability remains intact even during his woes.
OF Leonys Martin, Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics (April 18-20)
Martin's .230 career BA in 61 AB vs. the A's doesn't produce much confidence, but he's typically fared better in Arlington than elsewhere, and against righty arms than he has lefties. Oakland lines up to throw at least two of the former against him.
2B Aaron Hill, Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies (April 28-30)
Fantasy owners have had little desire to play Hill, considering his sluggishness out of the gate. Maybe it'll take more games against the Rox to get him going. He's 4-for-14 against them so far this year. In his previous first two full seasons with Arizona, Hill has hit .350 in 98 AB against them, with four of his five homers coming at Chase Field, not that hitter's paradise in Denver.
Bust of the week
OF Jason Kubel, Minnesota Twins at Tampa Bay Rays (April 22-24)
Kubel is off to a torrid start and has plenty of room for playing time. However, as has been typical in his career, he has done most of his damage versus righty hurlers. The Rays will probably throw David Price and Erik Bedard at Minnesota in that series, so despite the latter being a newcomer to Tampa Bay, Kubel should do a little less than his owners expect -- if he even plays.
Hamels ready to go
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Phillies | Cole Hamels may have made final rehab start
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:23:01 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels (biceps) pitched what was likely his final rehab start on Thursday, April 17, as he threw seven strong innings for Class A Clearwater. Hamels allowed one run on three hits while walking one and striking out two. Hamels, making his third start for the Threshers, threw 57 of his 81 pitches for strikes.
Fantasy Tip: Hamels will likely be activated off the disabled list early next week, when the Phillies play four games against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Hamels could return as early as Tuesday, April 22.
Blue Jays | Jose Reyes on track for Saturday
Toronto Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes (hamstring) is on track to return Saturday, April 19, because the weather on Friday, April 18, isn't expected to be favorable.
Fantasy Tip: Note this for your leagues that allow daily transactions.
Braves | Craig Kimbrel says he's ready
Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel (shoulder) threw a 15-pitch side session Wednesday, April 16, and said his shoulder felt good. Kimbrel says he's ready to pitch.
Fantasy Tip: Kimbrel looks like he's dodged a bullet. Make sure he's in your starting lineups moving forward.
Simon says "Start me!"
Probable pitchers with attractive matchups next week, in descending order
(Owned in less than 50 percent of leagues polled)
Subject to change based on injury, weather, managerial decisions and other conditions
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