Justin Verlander was credited for allowing seven runs over 5.2 innings with four walks and six strikeouts in the loss to the White Sox Wednesday.
Verlander actually pitched better than his final line suggests, and had he not talked rookie manager Brad Asmus into allowing him to stay in to face a left-handed hitter in the sixth inning with two outs and a lefty ready to go in the pen only to see that decision blow up in everybody's face. I have actually avoided JV over the last couple years in drafts due to his downward trend and top two number of innings since 2006 with his higher amount of leverage in his innings than any pitcher over that span and I am not confident he has turned the corner after he was allowed to throw over 120 innings on Wednesday, but I would consider rolling the dice on him over say Michael Wacha (worried he is dealing with an injury), Mat Latos, or Bronson Aorryo, to name a few.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Rudy Gay (ankle) will start against the 76ers on Wednesday.
Gay has been playing through an ankle injury, and after being on a slight minutes limit for the last couple of games, he isn't expected to be on Wednesday night against the 76ers. Consider him a solid start going up against a bad team, while featuring an average of 17 points and nearly seven rebounds per game on the season. Analysis: Dom Murtha
Rajon Rondo (toe) will play against the 76ers on Wednesday.
While his fantasy numbers have been solid this season, Rondo has been a turnstile defensively and has brought a bad locker room vibe to Sacramento. Luckily for fantasy owners, the only thing that matters is his statistical production, which has been good so far, so continue to start him on a nightly basis, just like recently saved coach Karl will do going forward. Analysis: Dom Murtha