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Week 10 Preview

Saturday, June 06, 2009

The upcoming tenth week of major-league action will feature the return of interleague play, so prepare accordingly. The week will feature plenty of strong two-start pitchers, all listed below along with your usual helping of streamer recommendations, lefty/righty match-ups and injury updates.

Going Twice...

American League

Strong Plays
James Shields: LAA (Weaver), WAS (Zimmermann)
Jered Weaver: @TB (Shields), SD (Peavy)
Mark Buehrle: DET (Galarraga), @MIL (Looper)
Cliff Lee: KC (Bannister), STL (Carpenter)
Josh Beckett: NYY (Wang), @PHI (Happ)
Jarrod Washburn: @BAL (Hernandez), @COL (Hammel)

Decent Plays
Jeremy Bonderman: @CWS (Richard), @PIT (Ohlendorf)
Brian Tallet: @TEX (McCarthy), FLA (Johnson)
Casey Janssen: @TEX (Feldman), FLA (West)
Brandon McCarthy: TOR (Tallet), LAD (Billingsley)
Jeff Niemann: @NYY (Pettitte), WAS (Stammen)
Andy Pettitte: TB (Niemann), NYM (Redding)
Anthony Swarzak: @OAK (Outman), @CHC (Wells)
Scott Baker: @OAK (Anderson), @CHC (Lilly)
Brian Bannister: @CLE (Lee), CIN (Cueto)
David Hernandez: SEA (Washburn), ATL (Kawakami)
Armando Galarraga: @CWS (Buehrle), @PIT (Duke)

At Your Own Risk
Scott Feldman: TOR (Janssen), LAD (Wolf)
Chein-Ming Wang: @BOS (Beckett), NYM (Pelfrey)
Brett Anderson: MIN (Baker), @SF (Cain)
Josh Outman: MIN (Swarzak), @SF (Johnson)
Clayton Richard: DET (Bonderman), @MIL (Parra)

National League

Strong Plays
Chris Carpenter: @FLA (Johnson), @CLE (Lee)
Randy Johnson: @FLA (West), OAK (Outman)
Matt Cain: @ARI (Garland), OAK (Anderson)
Jake Peavy: ARI (Buckner), @LAA (Weaver)
Josh Johnson: STL (Carpenter), @TOR (Tallet)
Ted Lilly: @HOU (Moehler), MIN (Baker)
Johnny Cueto: @WAS (Zimmermann), @KC (Bannister)
Derek Lowe: PIT (Ohlendorf), @BAL (Hill)
Johan Santana: PHI (Happ), @NYY (Wang)>
Zach Duke: @ATL (Kawakami), DET (Galarraga)

Decent Plays
Jordan Zimmermann: CIN (Cueto), @TB (Shields)
J.A. Happ: @NYM (Santana), BOS (Beckett)
Ross Ohlendorf: @ATL (Lowe), DET (Bonderman)
Braden Looper: COL (Hammel), CWS (Buehrle)
Sean West: SF (Johnson), @TOR (Janssen)
Jason Marquis: @STL (Thompson), SEA (Bedard)
Jason Hammel: @MIL (Looper), SEA (Washburn)

At Your Own Risk
Kenshin Kawakami: PIT (Duke), @BAL (Hernandez)
Brian Moehler: CHC (Lilly), @ARI (Garland)
Billy Buckner: @SD (Peavy), HOU (Paulino)
Jon Garland: SF (Cain), HOU (Moehler)
Brad Thompson: COL (Marquis), @CLE (Huff)

Friday Afternoon Update: I got mixed up by Wang's return to the Yankees rotation so it looks like Sabathia actually is not a two-time starter in Week 10 and Wang is; I've made the switch above. Also swapped out Pelfrey for Santana, who was pushed back from Sunday to Tuesday. Also replaced Jurrjens with Kawakami and Karstens with Duke. Thanks to readers for the heads-up, and apologies for the errors.

Streamer City

The following pitchers are generally available in over 50 percent of fantasy leagues and have favorable match-ups this week:

American League

Wednesday, 6/10: Dallas Braden vs. MIN
Braden has rattled off three straight quality starts and gets the home nod against a lefty-heavy Minnesota lineup. Braden left his last start with a blister on his finger, so keep an eye on his performance tonight.

Thursday, 6/11: Jeremy Guthrie vs. SEA
Guthrie is riding a pair of terrific starts and should be able to handle the Mariners offense. Definitely worth a look if he hasn't been snatched up already in your league.

National League

Wednesday, 6/10: Doug Davis vs. SF
Second week in a row I've recommended Davis as a streamer. Nice match-up against a weak San Fran lineup.

Thursday, 6/11: Aaron Cook @ MIL
The Brewers have posted a 641 OPS against ground ball pitchers this season. That bodes well for the sinker-balling Cook.

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Nick Nelson is a frequent contributor to Rotoworld's baseball coverage and regularly blogs about the Minnesota Twins at Twins Daily. Follow him on Twitter @NickNelsonMN.
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