Top 5 Fantasy Baseball Matchups of the Week (Apr. 20th)

Carlos Silva looks like he is returning to his old form.

Here at Fantasy Baseball Sportal, we continue to give you excellent match-up previews for hitters and pitchers each week.

Read on for this week’s top match-ups to take advantage of in your fantasy baseball league:

Top Pitchers

1. Brad Penny, St. Louis Cardinals

Pitching coach Dave Duncan has worked his magic yet again it seems. Penny has been Cy Young esque so far this season having a miniscule .64 ERA and .79 WHIP. I don’t know about you but I’ll take two starts against the Giants and D’Backs.

2. Carlos Silva, Chicago Cubs

The big righty has been a huge surprise this year, he’s pitching like he’s a Twin again. A .69 ERA through two starts. Look for that to continue against the struggling Mets offense.

3. Josh Johnson, Florida Marlins

The Marlins ace looked to have gotten it going last start against the Reds receiving the victory while striking out 10. Now he faces the horrid Astros lineup.

4 .Ubaldo Jimenez, Colorado Rockies

Can’t be much better than he was against the Braves when he threw the no-no, but then again, he is facing the Nationals this week.

5. Francisco Liriano, Twins

Liriano had arguably his best start in two years his last outing: against the Red Sox! Liriano shut down the Sox giving up only four hits, no runs, and striking out eight. Now he gets the weak hitting Cleveland Indians. I look for him to build on his success and possibly record an even better stat-line.

Top Hitters

1. Matt Kemp, OF, LA Dodgers

Kemp will be playing the Nationals and the Reds this week. Rihanna’s man exploded last week and enjoyed the number 8… 8 hits, 8 RBIs, 8 runs, to go along with 4 long balls and 4 walks. His only competition this week pitching wise will come against rookie Mike Leake of the Reds.

2. Miguel Cabrera, 1B Detroit Tigers

The Tigers slugger has seven games this week with four of them going against the Angels who currently has the fourth worst ERA in the AL. Look for Miguel to maintain his high OBP (.458)   and record a bunch of extra base hits this week.

3. Joe Mauer, C, Minnesota Twins

Mauer will be facing the Indians this week for three games and if last year is any indication he will be on base after almost every at-bat. The best catcher in the game had a .718 OBP against the division foes last year. The Royals will be the other opponent for a three game series in KC.

4. Carl Crawford, OF, Tampa Bay Rays

This speedy outfielder will be playing seven games this week against the White Sox and the Blue Jays. In 2009 Crawford played nine games against the Jays and stole five bases while hitting .410.

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