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Friday, May 20, 2011

Next week's batch of two-start pitchers looks decidedly thin in comparison to last week's smorgasbord, but there are a number of compelling options to be found in both the AL and the NL. Among the most enticing names is Clay Buchholz of the Red Sox, who has rebounded nicely from a slow start with a lights-out month of May thus far. In the Senior Circuit, Bud Norris will get a pair of starts at home; he's still available in a lot of leagues so I'd recommend giving him a look, especially if you need strikeouts. Also, give some consideration to Tom Gorzelanny -- he's been pitching quite well and is unowned in about 90 percent of leagues.

Going Twice...

American League

Strong Plays
Ricky Romero: @NYY (Sabathia), CWS (Danks)
Alexi Ogando: CWS (Danks), KC (Duffy)
Jeremy Hellickson: @DET (Coke), CLE (Masterson)
Dan Haren: OAK (Ross), @MIN (Pavano)
Jered Weaver: OAK, @MIN (Liriano)
Justin Verlander: TB (Davis), BOS (Beckett)
Justin Masterson: BOS (Buchholz), @TB (Hellickson)
Josh Beckett: @CLE (Carmona), @DET (Verlander)
Clay Buchholz: @CLE (Masterson), @DET (Coke)

Decent Plays
Jesse Litsch: @NYY (Colon), CWS (Jackson)
Jason Vargas: @MIN (Pavano), NYY (Colon)
Tyson Ross: @LAA (Haren), BAL (Britton)
Bartolo Colon: TOR (Litsch), @SEA (Vargas)
Carl Pavano: SEA (Vargas), LAA (Haren)
Phil Coke: TB (Hellickson), BOS (Buchholz)
John Danks: @TEX (Ogando), @TOR (Romero)
Zach Britton: KC (Duffy), @OAK (Ross)

At Your Own Risk
Danny Duffy: @BAL (Britton), @TEX (Ogando)

National League

Strong Plays
Matt Cain: FLA (Nolasco), @MIL (Gallardo)
Tom Gorzelanny: @MIL (Gallardo), SD (Moseley)
Cole Hamels: CIN (Arroyo), @NYM (Pelfrey)
Clayton Kershaw: @HOU (Norris), FLA (Nolasco)
Yovani Gallardo: WAS (Gorzelanny), SF (Cain)
Bud Norris: LAD (Kershaw), ARI (Saunders)
Ricky Nolasco: @SF (Cain), @LAD (Kershaw)
Jorge De La Rosa: ARI (Saunders), STL (Lohse)

Decent Plays
Kyle Lohse: @SD (Moseley), @COL (Da La Rosa)
Dustin Moseley: STL (Lohse), @WAS (Gorzelanny)
Jonathon Niese: @CHC (Dempster), PHI
Johnny Cueto: @PHI, @ATL (Lowe)
Bronson Arroyo: @PHI (Hamels), @ATL (Hanson)

At Your Own Risk
Joe Saunders: @COL (De La Rosa), @HOU (Norris)
Ryan Dempster: NYM (Niese), PIT (Maholm)

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, 5/25: Luke Hochevar @ BAL
Hochevar opened the month of May with three straight quality starts, and will look to carry the success forward against the last-place Orioles.

Wednesday, 5/25: Brian Duensing vs. SEA
The Duenslinger has been very consistent for the Twins this year, and couldn't ask for a better match-up than the M's at Target Field.

Thursday, 5/26: Joel Pineiro vs. OAK
Pineiro has been outstanding. If he's available in your league, snag him for this home tilt against the punchless A's.

National League

Tuesday, 5/24: Chris Narveson vs. WAS
The lefty has been very sharp this year, with a 4.00 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 45 innings of work.

Tuesday, 5/24: Kyle McClellan @ SD
He's no Adam Wainwright, but McClellan has proven a solid replacement and will take a 6-1 record into this favorable match-up.

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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 at nnelson9.
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