Forecaster: July 16-22

Updated: July 16, 2012, 1:12 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

On tap: In the first full seven-day week of baseball's traditional "second half," the American League has a fairly full schedule. Eleven of the 14 AL squads play a full seven games, though oddly enough, the Texas Rangers play a league-low five times. Over in the National League, we have an eight-game week, the result of an Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals Saturday doubleheader. Seven other NL teams play seven times, with the other six teams playing six apiece.

Fantasy Forecaster

ESPN leagues with weekly transaction deadlines would have already locked lineups; the scoring period began this past Thursday, July 13, and runs through Sunday, July 22. So consider this Forecaster update a handy helper for those of you in ESPN leagues with daily lineups, or those of you in off-site leagues (for shame!).

For further analysis of the week's matchups, see the full "Week 14" Forecaster right here. Today's update simply refreshes the pitching and hitting grids as well as the top 75 starting pitching rankings.

Several notable starting pitchers will mark their returns from the disabled list in the early stages of the week. The Philadelphia Phillies will welcome Roy Halladay back to their rotation for a Tuesday start at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium, though that is tentatively scheduled to be his only turn of the week. The New York Yankees get CC Sabathia back on Tuesday versus the Toronto Blue Jays, putting him in line for two turns (the second is expected to be Sunday at Oakland's O.co Coliseum). And Colby Lewis rejoins the Rangers' rotation on Wednesday at Oakland, though that's his only scheduled start.

ESPN leagues: Week 14

Monday's first game is Los Angeles Angels at Detroit Tigers on ESPN and ESPN3, with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. Here are the scheduled start times of the first games each day:

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Probable starting pitchers | Week 14 pitcher rankings | Hitting ratings

Projected starting pitchers

The chart below lists each of the 30 MLB teams' schedules and projected starting pitchers, and provides a matchup rating for each day's starter. Pitchers scheduled to start at least twice this week are in gold/beige boxes.

Tristan's Week 14 pitcher rankings: Top 75

1. Justin Verlander (DET) -- Fri-CHW (Sale)
2. Clayton Kershaw (LAD) -- Wed-PHI (Lee)
3. Felix Hernandez (SEA) -- Thu-@KC (Hochevar)
4. Matt Cain (SF) -- Sat-@PHI (Hamels)
5. Stephen Strasburg (WAS) -- Fri-ATL (Hanson)
6. David Price (TB) -- Thu-CLE (Jimenez)
7. Cole Hamels (PHI) -- Sat-SF (Cain)
8. Madison Bumgarner (SF) -- Thu-@ATL (Hudson)
9. Zack Greinke (MIL) -- Wed-STL (Wainwright)
10. R.A. Dickey (NYM) -- Thu-@WAS (Gonzalez)
11. Jered Weaver (LAA) -- Fri-TEX (Holland)
12. Chris Sale (CHW) -- Fri-@DET (Verlander)
13. Gio Gonzalez (WAS) -- Thu-NYM (Dickey)
14. Jordan Zimmermann (WAS) -- Wed-NYM (Young)
15. Josh Johnson (MIA) -- Wed-@CHC (Samardzija)
16. CC Sabathia (NYY) -- Tue-TOR (Cecil), Sun-@OAK (Colon)
17. Tim Hudson (ATL) -- Thu-SF (Bumgarner)
18. Adam Wainwright (STL) -- Wed-@MIL (Greinke)
19. C.J. Wilson (LAA) -- Wed-@DET (Fister)
20. Johnny Cueto (CIN) -- Tue-ARI (Bauer), Sun-MIL (Fiers)
21. Jake Peavy (CHW) -- Thu-@BOS (Morales)
22. Yu Darvish (TEX) -- Sat-@LAA (Santana)
23. Cliff Lee (PHI) -- Wed-@LAD (Kershaw)
24. Mat Latos (CIN) -- Wed-ARI (Kennedy)
25. Johan Santana (NYM) -- Fri-LAD (Harang)
26. Matt Moore (TB) -- Tue-CLE (Tomlin), Sun-SEA (TBD)
27. James McDonald (PIT) -- Wed-@COL (Guthrie)
28. Roy Halladay (PHI) -- Tue-@LAD (TBD)
29. Ryan Vogelsong (SF) -- Wed-@ATL (Minor)
30. Ubaldo Jimenez (CLE) -- Thu-@TB (Price)
31. Wandy Rodriguez (HOU) -- Wed-@SD (Richard)
32. Yovani Gallardo (MIL) -- Sat-@CIN (Arroyo)
33. Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) -- Wed-TOR (Romero)
34. Tommy Hanson (ATL) -- Fri-@WAS (Strasburg)
35. Jonathon Niese (NYM) -- Tue-@WAS (Detwiler), Sun-LAD (Eovaldi)
36. Max Scherzer (DET) -- Thu-LAA (Williams)
37. Chris Capuano (LAD) -- Sat-@NYM (TBD)
38. Anibal Sanchez (MIA) -- Tue-@CHC (Wood), Sun-@PIT (Karstens)
39. Jon Lester (BOS) -- Tue-CHW (Humber)
40. Phil Hughes (NYY) -- Mon-TOR (Alvarez), Sat-@OAK (Parker)
41. Jair Jurrjens (ATL) -- Tue-SF (Zito), Sun-@WAS (Detwiler)
42. Kyle Lohse (STL) -- Fri-CHC (Dempster)
43. Francisco Liriano (MIN) -- Wed-BAL (TBD)
44. Jarrod Parker (OAK) -- Sat-NYY (Hughes)
45. Ivan Nova (NYY) -- Fri-@OAK (Milone)
46. Matt Garza (CHC) -- Sat-@STL (Westbrook)
47. Lance Lynn (STL) -- Mon-@MIL (Fiers), Sun-CHC (Wood)
48. Vance Worley (PHI) -- Fri-SF (Lincecum)
49. Matt Harrison (TEX) -- Sun-@LAA (Richards)
50. James Shields (TB) -- Fri-SEA (Iwakuma)
51. Edwin Jackson (WAS) -- Mon-@MIA (Zambrano), Sat-ATL, Gm. 1 (Sheets)
52. Colby Lewis (TEX) -- Wed-@OAK (Blackley)
53. Wade Miley (ARI) -- Mon-@CIN (Arroyo), Sat-HOU (Happ)
54. Justin Masterson (CLE) -- Wed-@TB (Hellickson)
55. Ryan Dempster (CHC) -- Fri-@STL (Lohse)
56. Trevor Cahill (ARI) -- Fri-HOU (Norris)
57. Tommy Milone (OAK) -- Fri-NYY (Nova)
58. Travis Wood (CHC) -- Tue-MIA (Sanchez), Sun-@STL (Lynn)
59. Ervin Santana (LAA) -- Mon-@DET (Porcello), Sat-TEX (Darvish)
60. Clayton Richard (SD) -- Wed-HOU (Rodriguez)
61. Tim Lincecum (SF) -- Fri-@PHI (Worley)
62. Edinson Volquez (SD) -- Thu-HOU (Harrell)
63. Joe Blanton (PHI) -- Mon-@LAD (Eovaldi), Sun-SF (Zito)
64. Drew Pomeranz (COL) -- Fri-@SD (Marquis)
65. Luke Hochevar (KC) -- Thu-SEA (Hernandez)
66. Bronson Arroyo (CIN) -- Mon-ARI (Miley), Sat-MIL (Gallardo)
67. Scott Diamond (MIN) -- Mon-BAL (Tillman), Sat-@KC (Sanchez)
68. Alex Cobb (TB) -- Mon-CLE (McAllister), Sat-SEA (Vargas)
69. Trevor Bauer (ARI) -- Tue-@CIN (Cueto), Sun-HOU (Lyles)
70. Lucas Harrell (HOU) -- Thu-@SD (Volquez)
71. Jeremy Hellickson (TB) -- Wed-CLE (Masterson)
72. Homer Bailey (CIN) -- Fri-MIL (Estrada)
73. Ross Detwiler (WAS) -- Tue-NYM (Niese), Sun-ATL (Jurrjens)
74. Chris Young (NYM) -- Wed-@WAS (Zimmermann)
75. Jason Vargas (SEA) -- Mon-@KC (Sanchez), Sat-@TB (Cobb)

Two-start options for AL-/NL-only leagues:
Bartolo Colon (OAK) -- Tue-TEX (Oswalt), Sun-NYY (Sabathia)
Aaron Cook (BOS) -- Mon-CHW (Axelrod), Sun-TOR (Alvarez)
Nate Eovaldi (LAD) -- Mon-PHI (Blanton), Sun-@NYM (Niese)
Michael Fiers (MIL) -- Mon-STL (Lynn), Sun-@CIN (Cueto)
Jeff Francis (COL) -- Mon-PIT (Karstens), Sat-@SD (Wells)
Jordan Lyles (HOU) -- Tue-@SD (Ohlendorf), Sun-@ARI (Bauer)
Zach McAllister (CLE) -- Mon-@TB (Cobb), Sat-BAL (Tillman)
Jonathan Sanchez (KC) -- Mon-SEA (Vargas), Sat-MIN (Diamond)
Chris Tillman (BAL) -- Mon-@MIN (Diamond), Sat-@CLE (McAllister)
Jacob Turner (DET) -- Tue-LAA (Richards), Sun-CHW (Humber)
Kip Wells (SD) -- Mon-HOU (Happ), Sat-COL (Francis)
Barry Zito (SF) -- Tue-@ATL (Jurrjens), Sun-@PHI (Blanton)

No-thank-yous, among two-start pitchers:
Henderson Alvarez (TOR) -- Mon-@NYY (Hughes), Sun-@BOS (Cook)
Dylan Axelrod (CHW) -- Mon-@BOS (Cook), Sat-@DET (Porcello)
Samuel Deduno (MIN) -- Tue-BAL (Britton), Sun-@KC (Teaford)
Christian Friedrich (COL) -- Tue-PIT (Bedard), Sun-@SD (Ohlendorf)
J.A. Happ (HOU) -- Mon-@SD (Wells), Sat-@ARI (Miley)
Philip Humber (CHW) -- Tue-@BOS (Lester), Sun-@DET (Turner)
Jeff Karstens (PIT) -- Mon-@COL (Francis), Sun-MIA (Sanchez)
Ross Ohlendorf (SD) -- Tue-HOU (Lyles), Sun-COL (Friedrich)
Rick Porcello (DET) -- Mon-LAA (Santana), Sat-CHW (Axelrod)
Garrett Richards (LAA) -- Tue-@DET (Turner), Sun-TEX (Harrison)
Everett Teaford (KC) -- Tue-SEA (Beavan), Sun-MIN (Deduno)
Josh Tomlin (CLE) -- Tue-@TB (Moore), Sun-BAL (Britton)
Carlos Zambrano (MIA) -- Mon-WAS (Jackson), Sat-@PIT (Burnett)
Randy Wolf (MIL) -- Tue-STL (Kelly)

Hitting ratings

The chart below lists each of the 30 teams' total number of scheduled games, home games and games versus right- and left-handed pitchers, and provides a matchup rating for the week's games in terms of overall offense, offense for left- and right-handed hitters and base stealing. Matchup ratings for each individual game are listed under the corresponding date.

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