Fantasy Forecaster updated Thursday, July 14, at 12:43 p.m. ET.
On tap: Baseball's traditional "second half" begins with an extended "week," this one an 11-day scoring period in ESPN leagues that runs from Thursday, July 14, through Sunday, July 24. Oddly enough, it is not one of the most packed weeks on the 2011 schedule; there are only seven games scheduled on Thursday, July 14, 12 games scheduled on Monday, July 18, and eight games scheduled on Thursday, July 21. There are, however, two doubleheaders: Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics on Saturday, July 16, the first scheduled doubleheader in 10 years; and Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins on Monday, July 18, which is a day-night doubleheader making up an April 22 rainout. Between the extended period, those days off and the doubleheaders, there are varied numbers of games by team, meaning considerable quantitative advantage in this particular week. One team, the Twins, plays 12 games; five teams play 11 games; 13 teams play 10 games; and 11 teams play nine games.
This is a critical stretch for two playoff-hopeful teams: The Milwaukee Brewers, tied for the National League Central lead entering the second half, begin with an 11-day road trip to Colorado, Arizona and San Francisco, a major concern for a team that is 16-29 (.356) on the road, the fourth-worst road-record in baseball. Brewers ace Zack Greinke has the toughest of the pitching matchups: He's scheduled to pitch at Colorado's Coors Field and Arizona's Chase Field. Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Rays, six games back in the American League East and five back in the wild-card race, begin the second half with a three-game series versus the Boston Red Sox and a four-game series versus the New York Yankees, the two teams they trail within the division. It's make-or-break time for the Rays, whose disadvantage is that, because of the seven games being played consecutively, they'll have to use fourth/fifth starters Jeff Niemann and Alex Cobb against either of those teams.
Reminder: As Week 15 is an 11-day scoring period in ESPN leagues, lineups are due with the first pitch on Thursday, July 14, scheduled at 7:05 p.m. ET. If you play in a league that splits this period into two separate weeks, one a four-day "week" from Thursday, July 14, through Sunday, July 17, and the other a seven-day week from Monday, July 18, through Sunday, July 24, then most likely your lineup deadline for the latter would coincide with the 1:10 p.m. ET start time of the Indians-Twins doubleheader that Monday. Here are this scoring period's scheduled first pitches by day: Thursday, July 14, 7:05 p.m. ET; Friday, July 15, 2:20 p.m. ET; Sunday, July 16, 1:05 p.m. ET; Sunday, July 17, 1:05 p.m. ET; Monday, July 18, 1:10 p.m. ET; Tuesday, July 19, 7:05 p.m. ET; Wednesday, July 20, 12:35 p.m. ET; Thursday, July 21, 12:10 p.m. ET; Friday, July 22, 2:20 p.m. ET; Saturday, July 23, 1:05 p.m. ET; and Sunday, July 24, 1:05 p.m. ET.
The chart below lists each of the 30 MLB teams' schedules and projected starting pitchers, and provides a matchup rating for each day's starter. Pitchers scheduled to start twice this week are in gray/beige boxes.
P: The starting pitcher's matchup rating, which accounts for past history (three years' worth as well as past 21 days), opponent and ballpark. Ratings range from 1-10, with 10 representing the best possible matchup, statistically speaking, and 1 representing the worst.
• "Short-week" (July 14-17) advantage: The Texas Rangers. Though they've made the odd choice of going with Derek Holland in their second-half opener, the Rangers have an advantageous four-game, opening-series assignment at Seattle's Safeco Field. But Holland is coming off a four-hit shutout in his first-half finale (July 7) and manager Ron Washington made the move as a confidence-builder; and the matchup inspires plenty of sleeper potential. Meanwhile, Colby Lewis, C.J. Wilson and Matt Harrison, who will start the next three games, are a combined 7-for-8 in quality starts with a 2.57 ERA (starts only) at Safeco since the beginning of 2010. Activate them all. Also favorable: Twins (KC-4), San Francisco Giants (@SD-4).
• "Next-week" (July 18-24) advantage: The Yankees. Though the four-game series at Tampa Bay provides them a test, not to mention they've slotted CC Sabathia so he'll only pitch once between July 18-24 -- Thursday, July 21, at Tampa Bay -- the Yankees match up well thanks to a seven-game week concluding with three against the Athletics. The Rays, after all, managed only nine runs total in their three-game, first-half-concluding series at New York, and had mere .245/.313/.396 rates in their final 36 first-half games. A.J. Burnett is 6-3 with a 2.58 ERA in 12 career starts at Tropicana Field, nine of them quality starts, while Freddy Garcia is 4-2 with a 4.14 ERA in eight career starts at "The Trop," including a quality-start victory there as recently as May 28, 2010. Both are worth your consideration. Phil Hughes, solid enough in his July 6 return start (5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER), was 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA in his two starts versus the Athletics in 2010. Also favorable: Red Sox (@BAL-3, SEA-3), Florida Marlins (@NYM-1, SD-3, NYM-3).
• Injury one-liners (a quick look at the status of injured players): Scott Baker (elbow) was pushed to the back of the Twins' rotation, meaning he won't start until the team's Monday, July 18, doubleheader, but that'd still give him two starts this scoring period. Josh Beckett (knee) was scratched from a scheduled All-Star relief appearance, and although he remains scheduled to start Sunday, July 17, that assignment could now be in jeopardy. Erik Bedard (knee) hopes to return in time for the July 22-24 series at Boston, but that's too hazy a timetable to risk activating him in fantasy leagues. John Danks (oblique) is scheduled to return to the Chicago White Sox's rotation Wednesday, July 20, at Kansas City, but as the team resumes a six-man rotation, he'll work once and therefore isn't an attractive option for this period. Jon Lester (lat) is eligible to return from the disabled list on Friday, July 22, but as he's no lock to pitch that weekend, wait another week before activating him. Ryan Madson (hand) could be back in time for the second-half opener, and as he's expected to resume closing for the Philadelphia Phillies, he's worth activating in most formats. Jake Peavy (fatigue) has been bumped to Tuesday, July 19, which drops him out of my top 100 starting pitchers for the week. J.J. Putz (elbow) might also return for the second-half opener and is expected to resume closing immediately, but as he could miss the Arizona Diamondbacks' July 15-17 opening series, he's a riskier option than Madson. Carlos Zambrano (back) is scheduled to pitch Saturday, July 16, giving him two starts this scoring period, but if you can afford to, keep him reserved for another week for evaluation purposes.
• Twelve games in a scoring period when most will play nine or 10 is a substantial advantage, especially when all 12 of those are scheduled at home; only seven other teams play more than six home games! The Twins are the lucky ones with that schedule. They had 17 wins in their final 26 games of the first half, 17 quality starts, a 3.90 ERA and 1.28 WHIP as a team, and be aware that they accomplished all that despite having allowed 11 or more runs three times during that time span. Target Field has proven "friendly confines" for three Twins starters in particular: Scott Baker (12-4, 3.20 ERA, 1.21 WHIP in 22 career starts), Brian Duensing (10-4, 3.07 ERA, 1.32 WHIP in 37 games, 14 starts) and Carl Pavano (11-5, 3.38 ERA, 1.23 WHIP in 21 starts). Nick Blackburn, meanwhile, has six wins, 10 quality starts, a 2.40 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 11 starts versus the Indians (his July 20 opponent), more than making up for a 5.40 career ERA in 11 games against the Kansas City Royals (his July 15 opponent). Francisco Liriano, one of five three-start pitchers, is actually the lone weak link. He has a 4.89 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 15 starts at Target Field in the past calendar year, a 7.20 ERA and 1.73 WHIP in his past three starts overall and lifetime ERAs of 4.64, 3.23 and 5.06 against the Royals, Indians and Detroit Tigers, respectively.
As for the Twins' bullpen, Matt Capps saved two of the Twins' three games at the Chicago White Sox to conclude the first half, though Joe Nathan had 5 1/3 shutout innings and a .111 batting average allowed in his final six outings entering the break. Either reliever could stake a claim; Capps is the safer choice in shallow formats, while Nathan might be an intriguing AL-only sleeper.
• The Marlins' 11-game schedule is every bit as favorable as their July 18-24 schedule; a four-game set at Chicago's Wrigley Field to open their second half shouldn't be considered terribly scary. After all, the Chicago Cubs have .229/.285/.408 rates and have averaged 3.81 runs per game in their past 21 games at Wrigley. The Marlins' staff has a 3.60 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in their past 20 contests, and that's including 15- and 14-run meltdowns on July 1 and 5, respectively.
Anibal Sanchez is the Marlins' starter under the spotlight; he's also one of the five three-start pitchers in fantasy Week 15. Yes, he posted a 14.09 ERA and 2.61 WHIP in his past two starts, but those came at Texas (July 1) and versus the Phillies (July 6), two teams that have scored more runs in 2011 than Sanchez's first two opponents, the Cubs (4.08 per game) and Padres (3.30). Although it's a gamble to use a pitcher coming off a slump like this, perhaps the All-Star break's rest will rejuvenate him, and the matchups still support his being a viable fantasy option.
For more insight into Week 15 pitching matchups, see my rankings for the top 75 starting pitchers, as well as every two-start pitcher, at column's end.
The chart below lists each of the 30 teams' total number of scheduled games, home games and games versus right- and left-handed pitchers, and provides a matchup rating for the week's games in terms of overall offense, offense for left- and right-handed hitters and base stealing. Matchup ratings for each individual game are listed under the corresponding date.
Some of the data used to generate this chart is derived from Baseball Musings' Day-by-day database.
H: Hitters' matchup rating, which accounts for the opposing starting pitcher's past history (three years' worth as well as past 21 days) as well as ballpark factors. L: Hitters' matchup rating accounting only for left-handed hitters. R: Hitters' matchup rating accounting for only right-handed hitters. S: Base stealing matchup rating, which accounts for the opponent's catchers' ability to gun down opposing base stealers. Ratings range from 1-10, with 10 representing the best possible matchup, statistically speaking, and 1 representing the worst.
• "Short-week" (July 14-17) advantage: The Baltimore Orioles open their second half with a four-game series at home versus the Indians, who concluded the first half with only 17 wins, 20 quality starts, a 4.59 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP in their last 43 games. Home games benefit Orioles hitters: As a team, they have an OPS 47 points higher at home (.744) than on the road (.697), and Vladimir Guerrero (.291/.319/.419 rates), J.J. Hardy (.309/.387/.509), Adam Jones (.301/.342/.555) and Matt Wieters (.289/.348/.423) each have an OPS at least 88 points higher at Camden Yards than on the road. Nick Markakis (.349/.378/.442 in July) and Mark Reynolds (5 HRs in 10 July games) also concluded the first half red-hot. Also favorable: Indians, Brewers.
• "Next-week" (July 18-24) advantage: The Atlanta Braves make a four-game stop at Colorado's Coors Field followed by three at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park, and in addition to the ballpark advantages provided at each venue, they'll also benefit from facing mostly struggling starters. These are the combined July stats of the seven right-handers the Braves face: 4-8 record, 5.56 ERA, 1.32 WHIP. If you're a Martin Prado owner, you should be pleased to learn that he's a .353/.405/.471 hitter in nine career games at Coors, and .294/.368/.412 in seven at Great American. Barring a setback, he's a must-start for those seven days. Also favorable: White Sox.
• Injury one-liners: Ryan Braun (calf) is optimistic about playing Thursday, July 14, at Colorado, so he should be safe to use in all fantasy leagues. Carl Crawford (hamstring) could be activated from the DL on Monday, July 18, setting him up for six of the Red Sox's nine games, meaning he's a more attractive fantasy option in leagues that split up this scoring period. Carlos Gonzalez isn't expected to be ready by Thursday, July 14, but he might not miss much more time than that; he's a risky play but you should use him if you lack a quality alternative. Placido Polanco (back) hopes to be ready for the Phillies' second-half opener, and considering the dearth of quality third basemen, he's probably worth the gamble. The aforementioned Prado (calf) is actually due back on Friday, July 15, meaning he's worth activating even in standard ESPN leagues. Jose Reyes (hamstring) is targeting a return during the New York Mets' 10-game road trip beginning Friday, July 22, but at best that gives him three games this scoring period. Reynolds (hand) is expected to be fine for the second half, so keep him active.
• The Orioles' 10-game, Week 15 schedule is entirely favorable. That Red Sox series might seem scary, but it isn't; the Red Sox are expected to throw Tim Wakefield, a spot starter and Andrew Miller, meaning the soft side of their rotation. The Orioles are also fortunate to miss either Dan Haren or Jered Weaver during their three-game series versus the Angels from July 22-24.
• Twelve games presents an advantage for Twins hitters, too, and keep in mind that the Twins averaged 4.51 runs per game while winning 24 of their final 35 first-half contests. The healthy return of Joe Mauer has yet to pay dividends for his owners, but a .306 batting average in 10 July games shows that he's beginning to come around. Ten games versus right-handed starters should feed a potential Mauer hot streak, plus improvement by him will only strengthen his teammates' counting numbers (runs/RBIs). Something else you might not realize: Target Field isn't nearly the pitchers' venue this season that it was during its inaugural year; it ranks ninth in runs (1.092) and 15th in home runs (1.003) per our Park Factor page. Alexi Casilla (.315/.370/.435) and Michael Cuddyer (.313/.393/.550) have been standouts at Target Field in 2011, and Danny Valencia (.368/.405/.605 in 10 July games) is in the midst of a hot streak. Get them all in your lineup.
• The Brewers play four games apiece at Colorado's Coors Field and Arizona's Chase Field, which present challenges for their pitchers, but if they're to maintain their standing atop the NL Central, they'll need to lean on their hitters at least for this week. The All-Star break acquisition of closer Francisco Rodriguez, not to mention the expected return of Braun, should energize this squad; expect the team to come out swinging immediately. The stats say it all: Besides the obvious (Braun, Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks), Jonathan Lucroy is 7-for-16 (.438 AVG) in four career games at Coors, Casey McGehee is a .500 hitter (11-for-22) with three homers and 12 RBIs in six career games at Chase and Corey Hart is a .289/.325/.500 hitter in 13 lifetime games at Chase.
Weatherproof games: Rangers at Mariners (4, Thu 7/14-Sun 7/17); Yankees at Blue Jays (4, Thu 7/14-Sun 7/17); Dodgers at Diamondbacks (3, Fri 7/15-Sun 7/17); Pirates at Astros (3, Fri 7/15-Sun 7/17); Red Sox at Rays (3, Fri 7/15-Sun 7/17); Nationals at Astros (3, Mon 7/18-Wed 7/20); Brewers at Diamondbacks (4, Mon 7/18-Thu 7/21); Yankees at Rays (4, Mon 7/18-Thu 7/21); Mariners at Blue Jays (3, Tue 7/19-Thu 7/21); Rockies at Diamondbacks (3, Fri 7/22-Sun 7/24).
Rankings take into account several factors: The pitcher's raw talent, historical and recent performance; number of starts; strength of opponent(s); and ballpark factors. Be aware that different leagues might emphasize different pitching statistics that could change these rankings slightly. These are based upon a fairly standard Rotisserie scoring system, like ESPN's.
1. Justin Verlander (DET) -- 7/15-CHW (Floyd), 7/21-@MIN (Pavano)
2. CC Sabathia (NYY) -- 7/16-@TOR (Romero), 7/21-@TB (Shields)
3. Clayton Kershaw (LAD) -- 7/15-@ARI (Saunders), 7/20-@SF (Lincecum)
4. Cliff Lee (PHI) -- 7/17-@NYM (Pelfrey), 7/23-SD (Latos)
5. Roy Halladay (PHI) -- 7/18-@CHC (TBD), 7/24-SD (Stauffer)
6. Jered Weaver (LAA) -- 7/16-@OAK, Gm. 1 (Cahill), 7/21-TEX (Wilson)
7. Tim Lincecum (SF) -- 7/15-@SD (Moseley), 7/20-LAD (Kershaw)
8. Ubaldo Jimenez (COL) -- 7/14-MIL (Gallardo), 7/19-ATL (Beachy), 7/24-@ARI (Collmenter)
9. Tommy Hanson (ATL) -- 7/17-WAS (Gorzelanny), 7/22-@CIN (Arroyo)
10. Cole Hamels (PHI) -- 7/16-@NYM (Niese), 7/22-SD (Luebke)
11. Matt Cain (SF) -- 7/17-@SD (Latos), 7/23-MIL (Wolf)
12. Felix Hernandez (SEA) -- 7/16-TEX (Wilson), 7/22-@BOS (Lackey)
13. Dan Haren (LAA) -- 7/15-@OAK (McCarthy), 7/20-TEX (Holland)
14. Tim Hudson (ATL) -- 7/15-WAS (Hernandez), 7/20-@COL (Nicasio)
15. Yovani Gallardo (MIL) -- 7/14-@COL (Jimenez), 7/19-@ARI (Collmenter), 7/24-@SF (Vogelsong)
16. Chris Carpenter (STL) -- 7/16-@CIN (Arroyo), 7/22-@PIT (Maholm)
17. Chad Billingsley (LAD) -- 7/18-@SF (Vogelsong), 7/24-WAS (Marquis)
18. C.J. Wilson (TEX) -- 7/16-@SEA (Hernandez), 7/21-@LAA (Weaver)
19. Mat Latos (SD) -- 7/17-SF (Cain), 7/23-@PHI (Lee)
20. Jair Jurrjens (ATL) -- 7/16-WAS (Lannan), 7/21-@COL (Chacin)
21. David Price (TB) -- 7/15-BOS (Miller), 7/20-NYY (Garcia)
22. Ricky Nolasco (FLA) -- 7/15-@CHC (Dempster), 7/20-SD (Harang)
23. Colby Lewis (TEX) -- 7/15-@SEA (Fister), 7/22-TOR (Reyes)
24. Josh Beckett (BOS) -- 7/17-@TB (Hellickson), 7/23-SEA (Beavan)
25. Madison Bumgarner (SF) -- 7/14-@SD (Harang), 7/19-LAD (De La Rosa)
26. Scott Baker (MIN) -- 7/18-CLE, Gm. 1 (Carmona), 7/23-DET (Penny)
27. Daniel Hudson (ARI) -- 7/17-LAD (Lilly), 7/22-COL (Cook)
28. Zack Greinke (MIL) -- 7/16-@COL (Chacin), 7/21-@ARI (Kennedy)
29. James Shields (TB) -- 7/16-BOS (Lackey), 7/21-NYY (Sabathia)
30. Anibal Sanchez (FLA) -- 7/14-@CHC (Garza), 7/19-SD (Stauffer), 7/24-NYM (Gee)
31. Johnny Cueto (CIN) -- 7/15-STL (Westbrook), 7/20-@PIT (Karstens)
32. Francisco Liriano (MIN) -- 7/14-KC (Chen), 7/19-CLE (Masterson), 7/24-DET (Porcello)
33. Tim Stauffer (SD) -- 7/19-@FLA (Sanchez), 7/24-@PHI (Halladay)
34. Matt Garza (CHC) -- 7/14-FLA (Sanchez), 7/19-PHI (Kendrick)
35. Jaime Garcia (STL) -- 7/17-@CIN (Bailey), 7/23-@PIT (Correia)
36. Michael Pineda (SEA) -- 7/19-@TOR (Cecil), 7/24-@BOS (Wakefield)
37. Hiroki Kuroda (LAD) -- 7/16-@ARI (Kennedy), 7/22-WAS (Lannan)
38. Alexi Ogando (TEX) -- 7/19-@LAA (Chatwood), 7/24-TOR (Cecil)
39. Jhoulys Chacin (COL) -- 7/16-MIL (Greinke), 7/21-ATL (Jurrjens)
40. Ryan Vogelsong (SF) -- 7/18-LAD (Billingsley), 7/24-MIL (Gallardo)
41. Gio Gonzalez (OAK) -- 7/17-LAA (Pineiro), 7/24-@NYY (Colon)
42. Brandon Morrow (TOR) -- 7/17-NYY (Hughes), 7/23-@TEX (Harrison)
43. Ricky Romero (TOR) -- 7/16-NYY (Sabathia), 7/21-SEA (Fister)
44. Brandon Beachy (ATL) -- 7/19-@COL (Jimenez), 7/24-@CIN (Leake)
45. Ian Kennedy (ARI) -- 7/16-LAD (Kuroda), 7/21-MIL (Greinke)
46. Wandy Rodriguez (HOU) -- 7/17-PIT (Correia), 7/23-@CHC (Wells)
47. Ervin Santana (LAA) -- 7/16-@OAK, Gm. 2 (Harden), 7/22-@BAL (Simon)
48. Cory Luebke (SD) -- 7/16-SF (Zito), 7/22-@PHI (Hamels)
49. Max Scherzer (DET) -- 7/16-CHW (Jackson), 7/22-@MIN (Duensing)
50. Justin Masterson (CLE) -- 7/14-@BAL (Guthrie), 7/19-@MIN (Liriano)
51. Jason Vargas (SEA) -- 7/14-TEX (Holland), 7/20-@TOR (Villanueva)
52. Doug Fister (SEA) -- 7/15-TEX (Lewis), 7/21-@TOR (Romero)
53. Trevor Cahill (OAK) -- 7/16-LAA, Gm. 1 (Weaver), 7/22-@NYY (Hughes)
54. Jeremy Hellickson (TB) -- 7/17-BOS (Beckett), 7/22-@KC (Hochevar)
55. Ryan Dempster (CHC) -- 7/15-FLA (Nolasco), 7/20-PHI (Worley)
56. Josh Tomlin (CLE) -- 7/15-@BAL (Arrieta), 7/20-@MIN (Blackburn)
57. Shaun Marcum (MIL) -- 7/17-@COL (Cook), 7/22-@SF (Zito)
58. Bud Norris (HOU) -- 7/16-PIT (Maholm), 7/22-@CHC (Zambrano)
59. Philip Humber (CHW) -- 7/17-@DET (Penny), 7/24-@CLE (Carmona)
60. Javier Vazquez (FLA) -- 7/16-@CHC (Zambrano), 7/21-SD (Moseley)
61. Bartolo Colon (NYY) -- 7/14-@TOR (Reyes), 7/19-@TB (Cobb), 7/24-OAK (Gonzalez)
62. A.J. Burnett (NYY) -- 7/18-@TB (Niemann), 7/23-OAK (Harden)
63. Mike Leake (CIN) -- 7/18-@PIT (Morton), 7/24-ATL (Beachy)
64. Barry Zito (SF) -- 7/16-@SD (Luebke), 7/22-MIL (Marcum)
65. Carl Pavano (MIN) -- 7/16-KC (Francis), 7/21-DET (Verlander)
66. Brett Myers (HOU) -- 7/15-PIT (Karstens), 7/20-WAS (Hernandez)
67. Brian Duensing (MIN) -- 7/17-KC (Paulino), 7/22-DET (Scherzer)
68. Phil Hughes (NYY) -- 7/17-@TOR (Morrow), 7/22-OAK (Cahill)
69. Jordan Zimmermann (WAS) -- 7/19-@HOU (Happ)
70. Derek Lowe (ATL) -- 7/18-@COL (Hammel), 7/23-@CIN (Bailey)
71. Aaron Harang (SD) -- 7/14-SF (Bumgarner), 7/20-@FLA (Nolasco)
72. Vance Worley (PHI) -- 7/15-@NYM (Dickey), 7/20-@CHC (Dempster)
73. R.A. Dickey (NYM) -- 7/15-PHI (Worley), 7/20-STL (McClellan)
74. Dillon Gee (NYM) -- 7/19-STL (Lohse), 7/24-@FLA (Sanchez)
75. Gavin Floyd (CHW) -- 7/15-@DET (Verlander), 7/22-@CLE (Carrasco)
76. Edwin Jackson (CHW) -- 7/16-@DET (Scherzer), 7/23-@CLE (Gomez)
77. Freddy Garcia (NYY) -- 7/15-@TOR (Villanueva), 7/20-@TB (Price)
78. Matt Harrison (TEX) -- 7/17-@SEA (Beavan), 7/23-TOR (Morrow)
79. Ted Lilly (LAD) -- 7/17-@ARI (Hudson), 7/23-WAS (Gorzelanny)
80. Jonathon Niese (NYM) -- 7/16-PHI (Hamels), 7/21-STL (Westbrook)
81. Randy Wolf (MIL) -- 7/18-@ARI (Duke), 7/23-@SF (Cain)
82. Kevin Correia (PIT) -- 7/17-@HOU (Rodriguez), 7/23-STL (Garcia)
83. Derek Holland (TEX) -- 7/14-@SEA (Vargas), 7/20-@LAA (Haren)
84. Carlos Carrasco (CLE) -- 7/16-@BAL (Simon), 7/22-CHW (Floyd)
85. Homer Bailey (CIN) -- 7/17-STL (Garcia), 7/23-ATL (Lowe)
86. Kyle Lohse (STL) -- 7/19-@NYM (Gee), 7/24-@PIT (Morton)
87. Carlos Villanueva (TOR) -- 7/15-NYY (Garcia), 7/20-SEA (Vargas)
88. Carlos Zambrano (CHC) -- 7/16-FLA (Vazquez), 7/22-HOU (Norris)
89. Dustin Moseley (SD) -- 7/15-SF (Lincecum), 7/21-@FLA (Vazquez)
90. Joel Pineiro (LAA) -- 7/17-@OAK (Gonzalez), 7/23-@BAL (Atkins)
91. Tom Gorzelanny (WAS) -- 7/17-@ATL (Hanson), 7/23-@LAD (Lilly)
92. Bronson Arroyo (CIN) -- 7/16-STL (Carpenter), 7/22-ATL (Hanson)
93. Brandon McCarthy (OAK) -- 7/15-LAA (Haren), 7/20-@DET (TBD)
94. Rich Harden (OAK) -- 7/16-LAA, Gm. 2 (Santana), 7/23-@NYY (Burnett)
95. John Lackey (BOS) -- 7/16-@TB (Shields), 7/22-SEA (Hernandez)
96. Felipe Paulino (KC) -- 7/17-@MIN (Duensing), 7/24-TB (Cobb)
97. Jeff Karstens (PIT) -- 7/15-@HOU (Myers), 7/20-CIN (Cueto)
98. Jeff Niemann (TB) -- 7/18-NYY (Burnett), 7/23-@KC (Francis)
99. Joe Saunders (ARI) -- 7/15-LAD (Kershaw), 7/20-MIL (Narveson)
100. Jeff Francis (KC) -- 7/16-@MIN (Pavano), 7/23-TB (Niemann)
Will not start during the "short week" (July 14-17):
Scott Baker (MIN), Brandon Beachy (ATL), Chad Billingsley (LAD), Mark Buehrle (CHW), A.J. Burnett (NYY), Chris Capuano (NYM), Fausto Carmona (CLE), Brett Cecil (TOR), Tyler Chatwood (LAA), Alex Cobb (TB), Josh Collmenter (ARI), John Danks (CHW), Kyle Davies (KC), Rubby De La Rosa (LAD), Danny Duffy (KC), Zach Duke (ARI), Dillon Gee (NYM), Roy Halladay (PHI), Jason Hammel (COL), J.A. Happ (HOU), Clay Hensley (FLA), Kyle Kendrick (PHI), Mike Leake (CIN), Kyle Lohse (STL), Derek Lowe (ATL), Jordan Lyles (HOU), Jason Marquis (WAS), Kyle McClellan (STL), James McDonald (PIT), Charlie Morton (PIT), Guillermo Moscoso (OAK), Jeff Niemann (TB), Alexi Ogando (TEX), Jake Peavy (CHW), Michael Pineda (SEA), Rick Porcello (DET), Tim Stauffer (SD), Anthony Swarzak (LAA), Ryan Vogelsong (SF), Tim Wakefield (BOS), Dontrelle Willis (CIN), Randy Wolf (MIL), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS).
Bartolo Colon (NYY) -- 7/14-@TOR (Reyes), 7/19-@TB (Cobb), 7/24-OAK (Gonzalez) -- ranked 60th
Yovani Gallardo (MIL) -- 7/14-@COL (Jimenez), 7/19-@ARI (Collmenter), 7/24-@SF (Vogelsong) -- ranked 15th
Ubaldo Jimenez (COL) -- 7/14-MIL (Gallardo), 7/19-ATL (Beachy), 7/24-@ARI (Collmenter) -- ranked 8th
Francisco Liriano (MIN) -- 7/14-KC (Chen), 7/19-CLE (Masterson), 7/24-DET (Porcello) -- ranked 32nd
Anibal Sanchez (FLA) -- 7/14-@CHC (Garza), 7/19-SD (Stauffer), 7/24-NYM (Gee) -- ranked 30th
Only one start:
Mark Buehrle (CHW) -- 7/18-@KC (Davies)
John Danks (CHW) -- 7/20-@KC (Chen)
Kyle Davies (KC) -- 7/18-CHW (Buehrle)
Rubby De La Rosa (LAD) -- 7/19-@SF (Bumgarner)
Danny Duffy (KC) -- 7/19-CHW (Peavy)
J.A. Happ (HOU) -- 7/19-WAS (Zimmermann)
Kyle Kendrick (PHI) -- 7/19-@CHC (Garza)
Kyle McClellan (STL) -- 7/20-@NYM (Dickey)
James McDonald (PIT) -- 7/19-CIN (Willis)
Guillermo Moscoso (OAK) -- 7/19-@DET (Porcello)
Jake Peavy (CHW) -- 7/19-@KC (Duffy)
Anthony Swarzak (MIN) -- 7/18-CLE, Gm. 2 (TBD)
Dontrelle Willis (CIN) -- 7/19-@PIT (McDonald)
Jordan Zimmermann (WAS) -- 7/19-@HOU (Happ) -- ranked 68th
"Next week" -- only July 18-24 -- two-start pitchers
Scott Baker (MIN) -- Mon-CLE, Gm. 1 (Carmona), Sat-DET (Penny)
Brandon Beachy (ATL) -- Tue-@COL (Jimenez), Sun-@CIN (Leake)
Chad Billingsley (LAD) -- Mon-@SF (Vogelsong), Sun-WAS (Marquis)
A.J. Burnett (NYY) -- Mon-@TB (Niemann), Sat-OAK (Harden)
Chris Capuano (NYM) -- Mon-FLA (Hensley), Sat-@FLA (Hensley)
Fausto Carmona (CLE) -- Mon-@MIN, Gm. 1 (Baker), Sun-CHW (Humber)
Brett Cecil (TOR) -- Tue-SEA (Pineda), Sun-@TEX (Ogando)
Tyler Chatwood (LAA) -- Tue-TEX (Ogando), Sun-@BAL (TBD)
Alex Cobb (TB) -- Tue-NYY (Colon), Sun-@KC (Paulino)
Josh Collmenter (ARI) -- Tue-MIL (Gallardo), Sun-COL (Jimenez)
Bartolo Colon (NYY) -- Tue-@TB (Cobb), Sun-OAK (Gonzalez)
Zach Duke (ARI) -- Mon-MIL (Wolf), Sat-COL (Hammel)
Yovani Gallardo (MIL) -- Tue-@ARI (Collmenter), Sun-@SF (Vogelsong)
Dillon Gee (NYM) -- Tue-STL (Lohse), Sun-@FLA (Sanchez)
Roy Halladay (PHI) -- Mon-@CHC (TBD), Sun-SD (Stauffer)
Jason Hammel (COL) -- Mon-ATL (Lowe), Sat-@ARI (Duke)
Clay Hensley (FLA) -- Mon-@NYM (Capuano), Sat-NYM (Capuano)
Ubaldo Jimenez (COL) -- Tue-ATL (Beachy), Sun-@ARI (Collmenter)
Mike Leake (CIN) -- Mon-@PIT (Morton), Sun-ATL (Beachy)
Francisco Liriano (MIN) -- Tue-CLE (Masterson), Sun-DET (Porcello)
Kyle Lohse (STL) -- Tue-@NYM (Gee), Sun-@PIT (Morton)
Derek Lowe (ATL) -- Mon-@COL (Hammel), Sat-@CIN (Bailey)
Jordan Lyles (HOU) -- Mon-WAS (Marquis), Sun-@CHC (TBD)
Jason Marquis (WAS) -- Mon-@HOU (Lyles), Sun-@LAD (Billingsley)
Charlie Morton (PIT) -- Mon-CIN (Leake), Sun-STL (Lohse)
Jeff Niemann (TB) -- Mon-NYY (Burnett), Sat-@KC (Francis)
Alexi Ogando (TEX) -- Tue-@LAA (Chatwood), Sun-TOR (Cecil)
Michael Pineda (SEA) -- Tue-@TOR (Cecil), Sun-@BOS (Wakefield)
Rick Porcello (DET) -- Tue-OAK (Moscoso), Sun-@MIN (Liriano)
Anibal Sanchez (FLA) -- Tue-SD (Stauffer), Sun-NYM (Gee)
Tim Stauffer (SD) -- Tue-@FLA (Sanchez), Sun-@PHI (Halladay)
Ryan Vogelsong (SF) -- Mon-LAD (Billingsley), Sun-MIL (Gallardo)
Tim Wakefield (BOS) -- Mon-@BAL (TBD), Sun-SEA (Pineda)
Randy Wolf (MIL) -- Mon-@ARI (Duke), Sat-@SF (Cain)
Tristan H. Cockcroft is a fantasy baseball analyst for ESPN.com and a two-time champion of the League of Alternative Baseball Reality (LABR) experts league. You can e-mail him here, or follow him on Twitter @SultanofStat.