Jon Niese (SD, MIA)
Niese quietly assembled a sound 2012 campaign in his third full season in the Bigs, with a 3.40 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in over 190 innings. Don't be concerned with his 3.74 ERA at home, as Niese's 1.12 WHIP illustrates the 26-year-old was better than believed in Flushing Meadows. Though Niese's .272 BABIP gives pause on his ability to replicate last year's figures, the lineups of the Marlins and Padres will provide a platform for the Mets ace to shine on opening week.
Jarrod Parker (SEA, at HOU)
After posting a 2.61 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 15 home starts last season, Parker is a must-start in every O.co Coliseum outing this year. And though he struggled on the road (4.54 ERA, 1.37 WHIP in 14 away games), the Astros are not the most daunting of opponents. Look for this highly-touted prospect to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump in delivering a strong second season for the A's.
Chris Sale (KC, SEA)
For a guy who finished with 17 wins, a 3.05 ERA and an ...