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Weekly starters: Dice-K loses out on two

Weekly starters: Dice-K loses out on two

Top Two-Start Pitchers of the Week

Roy Halladay, Toronto: He leads the American League in both innings and strikeouts, which is the main reason you can never leave him off your squad. The 2.93 ERA and the six games he's thrown where he's allowed just one run or less would be the other. He'll get the inconsistent Yankees first this week, followed by the Orioles. He's an automatic play each and every time he hits the mound.

Carlos Zambrano, Chicago Cubs: He's 7-1 and the clear cut ace of the team that has the best record in the major leagues. Add in a 2.33 ERA and the fact that 10 of his 12 starts have seen him allow three runs or less and he's one of the most complete pitchers in the game today. He just dominated the Dodgers a couple days ago, and he'll get them again in Los Angeles next Saturday.

Cliff Lee, Cleveland: He still has the best ERA in the American League going into this weekend (1.50) and with starts coming against Texas and Detroit, there's no reason to bench him now. Yeah, either of those teams can explode at any moment, but both of them can be closed out just as easily as well.

Ervin Santana, Los Angeles Angels: When you're on, you're on - and that's exactly what Ervin's been this season. With the horror of '07 clearly in his rearview mirror, Santana's been one of the best pitchers in the majors this year. He had a complete game three-hitter in his last outing and now his ERA's sunk to 3.09. He also has a 7-2 record, which is pretty sexy in its own right.

Adam Wainwright, St. Louis: One of the top pitchers in the game who doesn't get the due he deserves. Fantasy owners know the deal, though. He's given up one run or less in four of his six starts in May and has his ERA down to 2.86 on the season. Games at Washington and Houston wouldn't scare me in the slightest this week.


Rich Harden, Oakland: He just came off the disabled list (again), yet he looks like he hasn't missed a beat. He was strong when he left the lineup and he's strong once again. He's frustrating to own, since he could get hurt again at ANY point, but when he's in there, you just have to go with him.

Vincente Padilla, Texas: I don't understand why this guy is still on some waiver wires right now. I know he has to throw in a hitters park every other game, but what more does this guy have to do to get some respect? He's 7-2 with a mid-3.00s ERA and strikes out a good amount of batters, too. I've been picking him up anywhere I can lately.

Jonathan Sanchez, San Francisco: This guy is a strikeout machine this year. With 63 Ks in 62 innings, he's someone you have to have going regardless of the matchups at this point. He may have only reached the eighth inning once this season, but with just six runs allowed in his last three games, it's as good a time as any to roll the dice with him.

Jeremy Guthrie, Baltimore: I like what Guthrie's been doing lately. He may only have a 2-6 record on the year, but his May ERA is under 3.00 and he's given up more than three runs in a game only twice all season long. The Twins and the Blue Jays don't scare me all that much right now, either. Lock him into your lineup if you have him.

Bronson Arroyo, Cincinnati: With three wins in his last four starts, including 29 strikeouts in 27 innings, I'm liking Arroyo this week. Sure, he has tough matchups in Philly and in Florida, but he's a hot hand right now. When you can win that many games consistenly for a team like the Reds, you're doing something.

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Added: May 30, 2008

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