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The schedule is meatier this week, and we'll see some familiar names after last week's rain-a-thon. Heads up with the Red Sox in your weekly leagues; they're the only club down to five games. The Mariners, meanwhile, have eight games, including a Wednesday doubleheader at Oakland.
1. Max Scherzer (HOU, MIN): On 14-1 run at home, despite 3.55 ERA there last year.
2. Zack Greinke (at WAS, SF): Last start over three runs: July 25, 2013.
3. Clayton Kershaw (at WAS, SF): No reason not to activate him right away.
4. Scott Kazmir (SEA, WAS): He's reached set-and-forget status, especially at home.
5. Yordano Ventura (at SD, at SEA): The numbers match up to the ridiculous tape.
6. Jordan Zimmermann (LAD, at OAK): Not the friendliest matchups (Kershaw, Kazmir).
7. Jeff Samardzija (CWS, at ATL): Absurdly unlucky, but keep using him.
8. Jose Quintana (at CHC, ARI): Hope for wind luck at Wrigley, but a reasonable shot at two wins.
9. Homer Bailey (at BOS, COL): The secondary stats are in his corner.
10. Nathan Eovaldi (NYM, at SD): Terrific numbers (2.58/1.02, 35 K, 5 BB) yet widely avaiable (40%).
11. Shelby Miller (at ATL, at PIT): Low ERA is a miracle given homer and walk problems.
12. *Cole Hamels (TOR, at NYM): With flu pushback, might see two starts.
13. Jonathon Niese (at MIA, PHI): He's been excellent in all five turns.
14. Tim Hudson (at PIT, at LAD): In circle of trust now, though on the road and faces Greinke.
15. Chris Archer (BAL, CLE): He's pitched much better than the 4.84 ERA suggests.
16. Roenis Elias (at OAK, KC): Needs better control, but the 10K show in New York buys credibility.
17. Matt Garza (ARI, NYY): Unfortunate strand rate likely to correct.
18. Martin Perez (at COL, BOS): So-so K/BB rate doesn't justify the other impressive ratios (2.95/1.08).
19. Aaron Harang (STL, CHC): Crashed hard last week, hard to trust now.
20. Zach McAllister (MIN, at TB): Keeps ball in park, strikeouts pushing forward.
21. Chris Tillman (at TB, HOU): Consistent form, but needs more deep starts.
22. Henderson Alvarez (NYM, at SD): Strikeout numbers don't match raw velocity.
23. Robbie Ray (HOU, MIN): Comes up for Tuesday; we'll see if he lasts the week.
24. Jered Weaver (NYY, at TOR): Middle-80s on the gun, lots of luck.
25. David Phelps (at LAA, at MIL): First turns, may not work that deep.
26. Chris Young (at OAK, KC): At least the ballparks work for him.
27. Kyle Kendrick (TOR, at NYM): Puny strikeout rate, persistent homer problem.
28. Juan Nicasio (TEX, at CIN): Two parks you don't want to mess with.
29. Robbie Ross (at COL, BOS): Tarred and feathered last week and now heads to Coors.
30. Jeremy Guthrie (at SD, at SEA): Cushy schedule, but he's had too many messy turns.
31. Josh Tomlin (MIN, at TB): Sorry kids, Trevor Bauer will have to wait.
32. Kyle Gibson (at CLE, at DET): Doesn't miss enough bats.
33. Robbie Erlin (KC, MIA): Better than surface stats, but still a low-velocity guy.
34. J.A. Happ (at PHI, LAA): Just entering the rotation, so temper expectations.
35. Mike Bolsinger (at MIL, at CWS): No fun pitching against White Sox these days.
36. Eric Stults (KC, MIA): Pour a bowl of Fruit Brute.
37. Sam Deduno (at CLE, at DET): At least we're spared from Pelfrey.
38. Jarred Cosart (at DET, at BAL): Strikeout spike is nice, but homer problem persists.
39. Edwin Jackson (CHW, at ATL): Walks are getting out of hand.
40. Brett Oberholtzer (at DET, at BAL): Strikeout rate has improved, but nothing else going on here.
41. Jordan Lyles (TEX, at CIN): Grounders are nice, but not enough strikeouts to matter.
42. Hector Noesi (at CHC, ARI): Nothing to recommend here.
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