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RotoBaller Week 1 Sit or Start: Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers

As you can imagine, we here at are EXTREMELY excited for the start of the 2013 baseball and fantasy baseball season. To celebrate the kick-off, our staff experts have given their 'sit or start' picks for week one's fantasy SP hurlers. As you can see, we are taking a "tread carefully" approach.  A lot of pitchers are still rusty or making adjustments, and can get blown up early in the year.  You don't want that statistical clunker in your lineup off the bat...

 Sunday, 3/31/2013 - Fantasy Baseball SP Matchups

Start Em'
(Solid Matchup)
Sit Em'
(Wait & See)
Game Probable Home SP Probably Away SP
Harrison Norris TEX@HOU Norris, Bud SP HOU Harrison, Matt SP TEX


 Monday, 4/1/2013 - Fantasy Baseball SP Matchups

Start Em'
(Solid Matchup)
Sit Em'
(Wait & See)
Game Probable Home SP Probably Away SP
Sabathia, Lester N/A BOS@NYY Sabathia, CC SP NYY Lester, Jon SP BOS
Samardzija, Burnett N/A CHC@PIT Burnett, A.J. SP PIT Samardzija, Jeff SP CHC
Gallardo Chacin COL@MIL Gallardo, Yovani SP MIL Chacin, Jhoulys SP COL
Verlander Worley DET@MIN Worley, Vance SP MIN Verlander, Justin SP DET
Sale, Shields N/A KC@CHW Sale, Chris SP CHW Shields, James SP KC
Weaver, Cueto N/A LAA@CIN Cueto, Johnny SP CIN Weaver, Jered SP LAA
Strasburg Nolasco MIA@WAS Strasburg, Stephen SP WAS Nolasco, Ricky SP MIA
Hamels, Hudson N/A PHI@ATL Hudson, Tim SP ATL Hamels, Cole SP PHI
Niese Volquez SD@NYM Niese, Jonathon SP NYM Volquez, Edinson SP SD
Hernandez, Anderson N/A SEA@OAK Anderson, Brett SP OAK Hernandez, Felix SP SEA
Kershaw, Cain N/A SF@LAD Kershaw, Clayton SP LAD Cain, Matt SP SF
Wainwright Kennedy STL@ARI Kennedy, Ian SP ARI Wainwright, Adam SP STL


 Tuesday, 4/2/2013 - Fantasy Baseball SP Matchups

Start Em'
(Solid Matchup)
Sit Em'
(Wait & See)
Game Probable Home SP Probably Away SP
Price Hammel BAL@TB Price, David SP TB Hammel, Jason SP BAL
Dickey Masterson CLE@TOR Dickey, R.A. SP TOR Masterson, Justin SP CLE
N/A Estrada, De La Rosa COL@MIL Estrada, Marco SP MIL De La Rosa, Jorge SP COL
Parker, Iwakuma N/A SEA@OAK Parker, Jarrod SP OAK Iwakuma, Hisashi SP SEA
Bumgarner Ryu SF@LAD Ryu, Hyun-Jin SP LAD Bumgarner, Madison SP SF
N/A Garcia, Cahill STL@ARI Cahill, Trevor SP ARI Garcia, Jaime SP STL
Darvish Harrell TEX@HOU Harrell, Lucas SP HOU Darvish, Yu SP TEX


By the way: some of the pitchers we recommend benching in week 1 could easily be solid as the year moves along.  But a wait-and-see approach in the first week of the season usually spares you much heart ache and pain in the ERA / WHIP departments.  It's tough to recover in ERA and WHIP the more you get blown up early on in the year.  Basically we are recommending that you bench most guys in unfavorable matchups in the first week, where we would be less bearish on them later on in the season...

 Wednesday, 4/3/2013 - Fantasy Baseball SP Matchups

Start Em'
(Solid Matchup)
Sit Em
(Wait & See)
Game Probable Home SP Probably Away SP
Hellickson Chen BAL@TB Hellickson, Jeremy SP TB Chen, Wei-Yin SP BAL
Kuroda Buchholz BOS@NYY Kuroda, Hiroki SP NYY Buchholz, Clay SP BOS
Rodriguez Jackson CHC@PIT Rodriguez, Wandy SP PIT Jackson, Edwin SP CHC
Morrow Jimenez CLE@TOR Morrow, Brandon SP TOR Jimenez, Ubaldo SP CLE
N/A Nicasio, Peralta COL@MIL Peralta, Wily SP MIL Nicasio, Juan SP COL
Sanchez Correia DET@MIN Correia, Kevin SP MIN Sanchez, Anibal SP DET
Peavy Santana KC@CHW Peavy, Jake SP CHW Santana, Ervin SP KC
N/A Wilson, Latos LAA@CIN Latos, Mat SP CIN Wilson, C.J. SP LAA
Gonzalez Eovaldi MIA@WAS Gonzalez, Gio SP WAS Eovaldi, Nate SP MIA
N/A Halladay, Maholm PHI@ATL Maholm, Paul SP ATL Halladay, Roy SP PHI
Harvey Richard SD@NYM Harvey, Matt SP NYM Richard, Clayton SP SD
N/A Saunders, Milone SEA@OAK Milone, Tommy SP OAK Saunders, Joe SP SEA
Lincecum, Beckett N/A SF@LAD Beckett, Josh SP LAD Lincecum, Tim SP SF
Lynn McCarthy STL@ARI McCarthy, Brandon SP ARI Lynn, Lance SP STL
Ogando Humber TEX@HOU Humber, Philip SP HOU Ogando, Alexi RP TEX


 Thusday, 4/4/2013 - Fantasy Baseball SP Matchups

Start Em'
(Solid Matchup)
Sit Em'
(Wait & See)
Game Probable Home SP Probably Away SP
Moore Gonzalez BAL@TB Moore, Matt SP TB Gonzalez, Miguel SP BAL
N/A Pettitte, Dempster BOS@NYY Pettitte, Andy SP NYY Dempster, Ryan SP BOS
N/A Wood, McDonald CHC@PIT McDonald, James SP PIT Wood, Travis SP CHC
N/A Buehrle, Myers CLE@TOR Buehrle, Mark SP TOR Myers, Brett RP CLE
N/A Porcello, Pelfrey DET@MIN Pelfrey, Mike SP MIN Porcello, Rick SP DET
N/A Guthrie, Floyd KC@CHW Floyd, Gavin SP CHW Guthrie, Jeremy SP KC
N/A Arroyo, Blanton LAA@CIN Arroyo, Bronson SP CIN Blanton, Joe SP LAA
Zimmerman LeBlanc MIA@WAS Zimmermann, Jordan SP WAS LeBlanc, Wade RP MIA
Lee, Medlen N/A PHI@ATL Medlen, Kris RP ATL Lee, Cliff SP PHI
Gee Stults SD@NYM Gee, Dillon SP NYM Stults, Eric SP SD
Griffin Maurer SEA@OAK Griffin, A.J. SP OAK Maurer, Brandon P SEA


 Friday, 4/5/2013 - Fantasy Baseball SP Matchups

Start Em'
(Solid Matchup)
Sit Em'
(Wait & See)
Game Probable Home SP Probably Away SP
Johnson Doubront BOS@TOR Johnson, Josh SP TOR Doubront, Felix SP BOS
Minor Feldman CHC@ATL Minor, Mike SP ATL Feldman, Scott SP CHC
N/A Cobb, McAllister CLE@TB Cobb, Alex SP TB McAllister, Zach SP CLE
N/A Davis, Kendrick KC@PHI Kendrick, Kyle SP PHI Davis, Wade RP KC
N/A Hefner, Alvarez MIA@NYM Hefner, Jeremy SP NYM Alvarez, Henderson SP MIA
N/A Arrieta, De Vries MIN@BAL Arrieta, Jake SP BAL De Vries, Cole SP MIN
N/A Nova, Fister NYY@DET Fister, Doug SP DET Nova, Ivan SP NYY
Straily Peacock OAK@HOU Peacock, Brad SP HOU Straily, Dan SP OAK
Greinke Sanchez PIT@LAD Greinke, Zack SP LAD Sanchez, Jonathan SP PIT
N/A Francis, Marquis SD@COL Francis, Jeff SP COL Marquis, Jason SP SD
N/A Quintana, Beavan SEA@CHW Quintana, Jose SP CHW Beavan, Blake SP SEA
Haren Bailey WAS@CIN Bailey, Homer SP CIN Haren, Dan SP WAS


 Saturday, 4/6/2013 - Fantasy  Baseball SP Matchups

Start Em'
(Solid Matchup)
Sit Em'
(Wait & See)
Game Probable Home SP Probably Away SP
N/A Lackey, Happ BOS@TOR Happ, J.A. SP TOR Lackey, John SP BOS
Teheran Vullanueva CHC@ATL Teheran, Julio SP ATL Villanueva, Carlos RP CHC
N/A Kazmir, Hernandez CLE@TB Hernandez, Roberto SP TB Kazmir, Scott SP CLE
N/A Lanna, Mendoza KC@PHI Lannan, John SP PHI Mendoza, Luis SP KC
Niese Slowey MIA@NYM Niese, Jonathon SP NYM Slowey, Kevin SP MIA
Scherzer Phelps NYY@DET Scherzer, Max SP DET Phelps, David RP NYY
Anderson Bedard OAK@HOU Bedard, Erik SP HOU Anderson, Brett SP OAK
N/A Locke, Harang PIT@LAD Harang, Aaron SP LAD Locke, Jeff SP PIT
N/A Chacin, Volquez SD@COL Chacin, Jhoulys SP COL Volquez, Edinson SP SD
Hernandez Axelrod SEA@CHW Axelrod, Dylan SP CHW Hernandez, Felix SP SEA
Detwiler Leake WAS@CIN Leake, Mike SP CIN Detwiler, Ross SP WAS