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Pitcher (to start): I’ll grudgingly recommend Chad Billingsley here, but I wouldn’t use him.
Pitcher (bum): Now here’s where it gets interesting. TBA is pitching for the Indians after Brett Myers had to bail out Carlos Carrasco yesterday. Yet I still think that Jonathan Sanchez will have the worst outing of the day. There are plenty of others to choose from beyond that pair.
Hitter (speed): I’m going to drop Collin Cowgill from the recommendation list. He’s leading off, but he shouldn’t be. That leaves Domonic Brown who I’m more excited about in a general sense rather than as a base stealer. Will Venable is more of a pure burner and Billingsley’s first start isn’t a bad place to play that card.
Pitcher (to start): I’m going to stick my neck out a bit and recommend Carlos Villanueva. I’ve liked him for years.
A.J. Griffin may be a more reliable choice, although he faces the Angels’ stacked lineup.
Pitcher (bum): The Marquis de San Diego (ahem, Jason Marquis) ought to struggle a bit. He’s one of the few pitchers that I’m pretty sure I could bat above .250 against.
I’m playing heavily against used-to-be-talented veterans in the early going. I don’t think Dan Haren is going to have a good year, which should mean runs for the White Sox.
Hitter (speed): Try out Jackie Bradley Jr. against Tillman too.
In his return from injury and a suspension for hitting Billy Butler in 2011, Carlos Carrasco was ejected for intentionally hitting Kevin Youkilis and may be suspended again. This is how life is meant to be lived.
It’s looking quite stormy today. The Reds, Cardinals, Mets, Phillies, Brewers, Cubs, Jays, Tigers, Rays, Rangers, Yankees, Indians, Orioles, and Red Sox all have a risk of rain or thunderstorms. None of the games appear at risk of a full rain-out, but delays could be rampant.