CC Sabathia: vs CHC (Lilly); @ ATL (Morton) -- Since joining the Brewers, Sabathia is 4-0 with a 1.36 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and three complete games in four starts. The Cubs currently sport the best offense in the National League, but there's no reason to expect CC's dominance to cease anytime soon.
Ben Sheets: vs CHC (Zambrano); @ ATL (Hudson) -- Sheets boasts a 3.04 ERA over his last four starts, but he has just one win over that span to show for it. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.77 ERA in three combined starts versus the Cubs and Braves this season.
Carlos Zambrano: @ MIL (Sheets); vs PIT (Snell) -- After posting a 5.68 ERA and 1.78 WHIP in June, Zambrano is back on track with 2.21 and 0.93 marks in three July outings. However, his 5.9 K/9 rate (a career low) is disconcerting. If Z's current 2.9 BB/9 rate creep back up to last year's 4.2 mark, he will likely encounter more struggles.
James Shields: @ TOR (Burnett); vs DET (Galarraga) -- Shields stumbled in June, holding a 5.02 ERA (albeit with a very good 1.12 WHIP), but he's 3-1 with a 3.49 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in four July outings. In two starts against the Blue Jays in 2008, Shields is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.
Mike Mussina: vs BAL (Cabrera); vs LAA (Lackey) -- Mussina is currently on pace for his first 20-win campaign at the young age of 39. He's been one of the top pitchers in the game in the month of July, going 3-0 with a 1.04 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in four starts. He is a must start right now.
Daisuke Matsuzaka: vs LAA (Weaver); vs OAK (Smith) -- Dice-K continues to be an interesting case. On one hand, he's 11-1 with a 2.63 ERA. On the other, his 5.6 BB/9 rate is extremely dangerous, and that 6.6 H/9 rate can only go up. Continue to ride him for now, but he's not as safe as you would think.
Felix Hernandez: @ TEX (Millwood); vs BAL (Guthrie) He has only seven wins on the season, but Felix's 2.95 ERA and 115 Ks are the kind of numbers owners expected from the young right-hander this season. That said, owners should be aware that Hernandez boasts a 6.82 ERA and 1.67 WHIP in six career starts at Rangers Ballpark, where he's slated to start on Tuesday.
A.J. Burnett: vs TB (Shields); @ TEX (Millwood) -- Burnett holds an unimpressive 4.68 ERA in July, but his last three starts have shown promise. In those three outings, he's 2-1 with a 1.77 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 21 strikeouts in 20.1 innings. He has struggled against both the Rays (4.85 ERA in 13 innings) and Rangers (8.10 ERA in 6.2 innings) this year.
Tim Hudson: vs STL (Wellemeyer); vs MIL (Sheets) -- Hudson has been sharp of late, holding a 2.60 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in his last five games (four starts). He left his last outing with tightness in his elbow, but he's not expected to miss a start. Still, owners should track his status over the weekend just in case something changes.
Mark Buehrle: @ MIN (Slowey); @ KC (Davies) -- Since a tough May, Buehrle has been brilliant, sporting a combined 1.99 ERA in June and July. It's noteworthy, however, that opposing batters hit .300 against the left-hander on the road, as opposed to just .233 at U.S. Cellular Field.
Ricky Nolasco: vs NYM (Perez); vs COL (Rusch) -- After holding a 5.79 ERA in April, Nolasco has posted sub-4.00 ERAs in each month since. He has allowed 11 earned runs in his last 18 innings (5.50 ERA), spanning three starts, but he's still a fine low-end option for the time being.
Jeremy Guthrie: @ NYY (Rasner); @ SEA (Hernandez) -- Guthrie has been a respectable fantasy hurler this season, sporting a 3.58 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. However, there's something to keep in mind. In the first half last year, he held a 2.74 ERA and 1.62 WHIP. In the second half, those marks ballooned to 5.03 and 1.62, respectively.
Armando Galarraga: @ CLE (Laffey); @ TB (Shields) -- Galarraga holds a 2.69 ERA away from home this year and a 4.24 mark at Comerica, so his two road starts this week bode well for owners. In two starts against Cleveland this year, the right-hander is 2-0 with a 2.92 ERA and 0.57 WHIP.
Ted Lilly: @ MIL (Sabathia); vs PIT (Maholm) -- Lilly is what he is. He has value because he strikes hitters out and pitches for a good Cubs team, but his gopher-ball tendencies (23 homers allowed this year) mean he also carries plenty of risk from start to start.
John Maine: @ FLA (Sanchez); @ HOU (Oswalt) -- Here are Maine's ERAs over the last four months: April -- 3.58; May -- 3.72; June -- 4.24; July -- 5.73. Notice the trend? He's a capable fantasy start, but not a guy you want to count on right now.
Zack Greinke: @ OAK (Smith); vs CHW (Contreras) -- Greinke's trends are similar to Maine's. After posting a 1.25 ERA in April, he saw that mark rise to 4.38 ERA May, 5.25 in June and 6.14 in July. Greinke's peripherals look solid, but he'll turn things around eventually, but he should be left on the pine until he starts showing signs of getting back on track.
Todd Wellemeyer: @ ATL (Hudson); vs PHI (Myers) -- It's evident that the wheels have fallen off for the Cardinals right-hander. Since sporting a 2.19 ERA in May, Wellemeyer has held marks of 5.02 and 7.15 in June and July, respectively. He's not usable in fantasy right now.
Hiroki Kuroda: vs SF (Correia); vs ARI (Owings) -- Inconsistency has been the name of the game for Kuroda of late. In his last eight starts, he's allowed zero runs three times (including two complete game shutouts) and five or more runs four times. There's just not enough upside here to justify the risk he brings with him.
Brett Myers: @ WAS (Balester); @ STL (Wellemeyer) -- It's safe to say Myers' return to the rotation this season hasn't gone as planned. The Phillies are giving him another look after recalling him from Triple-A on Monday, but his last outing was the same old story (5 IP, 3 ER, 5 BB). We all know about the upside here, but that upside appears to be very, very far away from returning.
Jered Weaver: @ BOS (Matsuzaka); @ NYY (Rasner) -- Weaver was forced to leave his last start with a sore shoulder. Manager Mike Scioscia has said the right-hander won't miss a start, but the situation is at least worth keeping an eye on. Weaver's career 7.88 ERA in three starts at Fenway Park is another reason for concern.
Roy Oswalt: vs CIN (Cueto); vs NYM (Maine) -- Oswalt is recovering from a left hip adductor strain. He's currently in line for two starts, but that's subject to change since there's little reason for the Astros to rush him back. And given that Oswalt has been less than impressive this season even when he was supposedly healthy, there's no reason to rush him back into your fantasy lineup, either.
Greg Smith: vs KC (Greinke); @ BOS (Matsuzaka) -- Over his last two starts, Smith has allowed 10 earned runs over 9.2 innings, so he clearly hasn't been sharp lately, despite his respectable 3.90 ERA for the season. There's a chance the A's will shift there schedule around and give Dallas Braden two starts instead of Smith, so watch for updates over the weekend.
Greg Maddux: vs ARI (Owings); vs (Correia) -- Over Maddux's last two outings, he's allowed eight earned runs in just 9.1 innings of work. However, both of the veteran's starts this week come at home, where he holds a 2.51 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 11 starts (6.02 ERA, 1.57 WHIP on the road), making him a worthy option this week.
John Lackey: @ BOS (Buchholz); @ NYY (Mussina) -- Lackey's current 3.02 ERA and 1.12 WHIP look nice, but he hasn't looked right on the mound lately. He has allowed five or more runs in three of his last four outings for an ugly 7.61 ERA. With the Red Sox and Yankees on the slate for next week, Lackey can't be considered a safe investment.
Johnny Cueto: @ HOU (Oswalt); @ WAS (Balester)Kenny Rogers: @ CLE (Byrd); @ TB (Sonnanstine)Glen Perkins: vs CWS (Contreras); vs CLE (Laffey)Braden Looper: @ ATL (Morton); vs PHI (Blanton)Kevin Slowey: vs CWS (Buehrle); vs CLE (Byrd)Micah Owings: @ SD (Maddux); @ LAD (Kuroda)Doug Davis: @ SD (Hensley); @ LAD (Johnson)Aaron Laffey: vs DET (Galarraga); @ MIN (Perkins) Ian Snell: vs COL (Wells); @ CHC (Zambrano)Darrell Rasner: vs BAL (Guthrie); vs LAA (Weaver)Kevin Millwood: vs SEA (Hernandez); vs TOR (Burnett)Jose Contreras: @ MIN (Perkins); @ KC (Greinke)Paul Byrd: vs DET (Rogers); @ MIN (Slowey) Dallas Braden: vs KC (Greinke); @ BOS (Matsuzaka)Glendon Rusch: @ PIT (Herrera); @ FLA (Nolasco)Charlie Morton: vs STL (Looper); vs MIL (Sabathia)Anibal Sanchez: vs NYM (Maine); vs COL (Wells)Kevin Correia: @ LAD (Kuroda); @ SD (Maddux)Luis Mendoza: vs SEA (Dickey); vs TOR (Marcum)R.A. Dickey: @ TEX (Mendoza); vs BAL (Olson)Collin Balester: vs PHI (Myers); vs CIN (Cueto)Kip Wells: @ PIT (Herrera); @ FLA (Sanchez)
• Kevin Millwood, who left his last start with a right groin injury, is questionable for his Tuesday start.
• Chris Young is expected to return from the DL on Tuesday against Arizona. He could start twice if the Padres skip Clay Hensley.