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September 21, 2012 9:54 pm

Weekly Planner: Week 26

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Paul Sporer

Paul wraps up Weekly Planner as we approach the season's final full week.

And down the stretch they come… it’s the final week of two-start pitchers.

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Auto-Starts:
Cole Hamels and Matt Cain


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September 14, 2012 9:04 pm

Weekly Planner: Week 25

1

Paul Sporer

Rotations are in serious flux as teams juggle starters down the stretch, but Paul helps make sense of it all in this week's Planner.

Some teams are running six-man rotations and every team seemingly has their rotation in flux, but we’ll try to iron out the two-start pitchers for next week as we inch closer and closer to wrapping up yet another 162.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Auto-Starts: Max Scherzer and Doug Fister


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September 7, 2012 5:00 am

Weekly Planner: Week 24

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Paul Sporer

With the season winding down, Paul helps you squeeze the most value out of your pitching as possible with another slate of two-start pitchers.

With expanded rosters, rotations are far from stable, and I don’t expect them to be the rest of the way, so please keep that caveat in mind more than ever.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Auto-Starts
: Doug Fister


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August 31, 2012 5:00 am

Weekly Planner: Week 23

5

Paul Sporer

Paul returns to this week to help you decide which two-start pitchers are worth your time.

Back at it again, but a big thanks is in order to Derek Carty for filling in on both of my columns last week.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Auto-Starts:
CC Sabathia and James Shields


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August 24, 2012 5:00 am

Weekly Planner: Week 22

15

Derek Carty

Derek helps you parse the two-start starters in this week's Planner.

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Auto-Starts: Matt Cain (@HOU, @CHC) and Stephen Strasburg (@MIA, vs. STL)

Cain gets about as good a draw as a pitcher can possibly get this week, facing what are perhaps baseball’s two worst offenses.  The only thing that would make this better is if he were facing them at home.


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August 17, 2012 5:00 am

Weekly Planner: Week 21

6

Paul Sporer

It's a weak batch of two-start pitchers for AL-only leaguers, but Paul helps you get throw it in this week's Planner.

I hated to put Mike Fiers among last week’s “sits,” but with the trip to Coors on the docket, I just had to. That decision paid off as he hit his first real blip of the season.  I think we’ll see him rebound against the Phillies this weekend, though, and he is a good play going forward.  In the AL, both Matt Moore and Hiroki Kuroda have remained white-hot as they head into their weekend starts. 

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Auto-Starts: Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner, R.A. Dickey, Roy Halladay, Adam Wainwright, Jordan Zimmermann, and Cliff Lee


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August 10, 2012 5:00 am

Weekly Planner: Week 20

0

Paul Sporer

It's a jam-packed week for two-start pitchers in this week's Planner.

There are usually questions about most, if not all, of the guys I don’t do any write-ups for each week, so let’s try something new and do a little something on every “start” and “consider.”  I’ll still do a little something on the group of sits, but those are generally rather self-explanatory. 

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Auto-Starts: CC Sabathia, Zack Greinke, and Jake Peavy


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August 3, 2012 5:00 am

Weekly Planner: Week 19

14

Paul Sporer

A.J. Burnett gets a big vote of confidence from Paul in this week's Planner. Oh, and there's some analysis of two-start pitchers too.

A number of rotations got jumbled this week, so the projections for some two-start guys got shuffled around, creating some repeats in both leagues, starting with the AL “auto-starts”…

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Auto-Starts: Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver, and James Shields


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July 27, 2012 5:00 am

Weekly Planner: Week 18

0

Paul Sporer

This week finds tons of two-start pitchers worth using, so have at it.

Despite actually posting better peripherals than last year, Ian Kennedy’s ERA and WHIP have lagged this year, but he appears to be getting back on track with back-to-back gems and a chance for a third straight and second in a week when he faces the Mets on Saturday. He is still toting a 4.20 ERA, though, so there may still be time to buy at a discount. Anyone paying attention isn’t just going to give him away, but it’s worth a shot. Frankly, I’d buy at market value, so any discount would be icing.

It was supposed to be a star-studded week in the NL with six auto-starters going, but Clayton Kershaw, R.A. Dickey, and Roy Halladay have all been smacked around in their initial start of the week. At least Zack Greinke, Gio Gonzalez, and Josh Johnson have held up their end. Of the three duds, I’m not at all worried about Kershaw, am slightly concerned about Dickey’s horrid July, and am legitimately worried that Halladay simply isn’t 100 percent yet.

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Weekly Planner returns after an All-Star break induced week off.

Those in NL-only leagues will see plenty of two-start options to choose from, while AL-only players are quite limited when it comes to trustworthy options for the upcoming week.

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Auto-Starts: Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Roy Halladay, R.A. Dickey, Gio Gonzalez, and Josh Johnson


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July 13, 2012 5:00 am

Weekly Planner: Week 15

14

Paul Sporer

Paul examines the two-start pitchers coming out of the All-Star Break.

This week’s Weekly Planner, more than ever, is rife with uncertainty as teams still haven’t put their rotations in stone, so this is definitely subject to change. I did my best cobbling a few sources together as well as my own leg/guess work.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Auto-Starts: CC Sabathia and Jon Lester


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June 29, 2012 5:00 am

Weekly Planner: Week 14

1

Paul Sporer

Paul helps you pack your team's stat sheet with another week of two-start pitchers.

I have noticed that there are often times when players are listed as two-start pitchers but don’t end up following the plan and reappear on in the WP a week later. I apologize for these, but I am just going off of the data culled together from a few outlets. Obviously those outlets and myself are at the mercy of teams who make changes on a whim, so keep in mind that two-start pitchers are always tentative.

We’re off to a bumpy start in the AL with Matt Moore getting pushed back (and starting twice next week), Felipe Paulino suffering a setback in his rehab, and Felix Doubront getting knocked around by the Blue Jays. Justin Masterson survived Yankee Stadium but needs to be better against Baltimore to save his week.

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