Originally posted on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 4/26/13
RANK TEAM CHANGE SCHEDULE COMMENT 1 -- 0 @ DET vs. WAS Losing Jason Heyward makes them a little less interesting, but it helps that he was playing poorly. Even with that, Atlanta has some fantastic match-ups this week. 2 +4 vs. CIN @ ATL Gonzalez, Espinosa and Span might all be emerging from their slumps at the same time plus we get a few week of prospect porn with the promotion of Anthony Rendon. Bonus points for their top-notch match-ups this week. 3 -1 vs. HOU @ TOR Big Papi's "colorful" pre-game speeches are worth the price of admission alone. 4 +9 @ MIN vs. CWS Thanks to one of the greatest GIFs of all time, we are reminded of how much fun a Yu Darvish start can be. 5 -1 vs. ATL vs. MIN Come for the fantastic starting pitching and offense, stay for the sideshow that is the Tigers bullpen, now with more Papa Grande! 6 -3 @ WAS @ STL There is so much to like here, but this whole "Zack Cozart batting second" thing is so irritating that it cancels it all out. 7 +1 vs. PIT vs. CIN Edward Mujica has temporarily saved the St. Louis bullpen from their meltdown potential. 8 -3 vs. BAL vs. LAA It turns out their new juggernaut offense isn't quite so awesome when they are playing someone other than the Astros. 9 -2 vs. CLE vs. TB To prove to Evan Longoria that he is no longer affected by the old losing culture of the Devil Rays, James Shields should take a page out of the new winning culture of the Rays and bring a rare bird to the mound with him for his start this week. Might I recommend a North Island Brown Kiwi? 10 +2 @ SD @ ARI Sure, it cam against the Padres, but even a hint that Tim Lincecum might be returning to form is all we need. 11 -- 0 vs. COL vs. SF Maybe we should all shut up and watch Didi Gregorius before we keep disparaging Kevin Towers for that trade. 12 -5 @ OAK @ SEA Wait, what? The O's can lose in extra innings now? Screw that. 13 +16 @ LAD vs. PIT All of the sudden the Brewers are over .500 and one of the hottest teams in the league. 14 +2 @ NYY vs. BOS At a minimum you have to tune in to see how the Toronto fans greet former manager John Farrell. You might not want to have the kids in the room for that. 15 -1 @ NYM @ CLE Rot for for choice this weekend, which is Ryan Howard-ese for Chooch Ruiz returns this weekend. 16 - vs. PHI @ MIA Tune in this weekend for the return of Shaun Marcum! It might be your only chance to see him before goes on the DL again. 17 -7 vs. LAA vs. BAL The Mariners recently "boasted" a starting outfield of Jason Bay, Endy Chavez and Carlos Peguero. So, yeah. 18 +2 vs. TOR vs. HOU The demise of Ichiro is getting pretty depressing, almost as depressing as watching Lyle Overbay play everyday. 19 -2 vs. MIL vs. COL Apparently $230+ million doesn't buy you a rotation with anyone worth watching after Clayton Kershaw. At least Matt Kemp finally homered. 20 +5 @ CWS @ KC Are you not excited for Big Game James facing his former team for the first time? Oh, you're not? How about Wade Davis? Yeah, that's understandable. 21 -3 @ ARI @ LAD That game with snow-covered trees was a nice novelty, but it wears off quickly after having to watch Jon Garland and Jeff Francis pitch. 22 -3 vs. SF @ CHC Chase Headley is back but it isn't really helping but at least Andrew Cashner is getting a look in the rotation. 23 +3 @ STL @ MIL Thanks to their overachieving pitching staff and underachieving lineup, you are almost guaranteed a close game. Only five of their games this year have been been decided by more than three runs. 24 -3 vs. TB @ TEX Hawk Harrelson might give this team The Will To Win but that doesn't give us The Will To Watch them. 25 +3 @ SEA @ OAK Their offense is coming around, but it is hard to get too excited to watch a team that is literally using a pitcher that was 20th on their depth chart on Opening Day. 26 -2 @ BOS @ NYY The thing about the Astros is that they are bad, but not comically bad, which is no fun for anyone. 27 -4 @ MIA vs. SD This might be the most unwatchable week worth of matchups for a team we will see all year. 28 -6 @ KC vs. PHI Why is the Cleveland Indians rotation? 29 -2 vs. TEX @ DET Joe Mauer continues to be amazing, but he is also the only player on the team with over 31 at-bats that has an average over. 238. 30 -- 0 vs. CHC vs. NYM The only compelling reason to watch the Marlins is that they might be the first team to start a bloody coup against ownership in the middle of a game. [follow]
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