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Unfamiliar Foes

Friday, June 17, 2011

Interleague play is in full swing for the upcoming week, with each club across the majors facing unfamiliar foes. Keep an eye on American League teams playing in NL parks and vice versa, as the switch in DH rules will affect playing time for certain folks.

Each MLB team gets a day off, so the two-start pitcher crop is a bit lighter than usual. There's only a handful of truly appealing options scattered across both leagues, so you may want to go fishing in the "Decent Plays" category, as well as the streamer suggestions.

The Tigers are scheduled to face four lefties in six games, so maybe Ryan Raburn (829 career OPS vs. LHP) can finally get it going.

Going Twice...

American League

Strong Plays
Ricky Romero: @ATL (Hudson), @STL (McClellan)
Jered Weaver: @FLA (Sanchez), @LAD (Kershaw)
Josh Beckett: SD (Moseley), @PIT (Morton)

Decent Plays
Derek Holland: HOU (Happ), NYM (Gee)
Jeff Niemann: @MIL (Narveson), @HOU (Happ)
Doug Fister: @WAS (Hernandez), @FLA (Sanchez)
Ivan Nova: @CIN (Cueto), COL (Nicasio)
Josh Outman: @NYM (Gee), @PHI (Halladay)
Carl Pavano: @SF (Bumgarner), @MIL (Narveson)
Gavin Floyd: CHC (Zambrano), WAS (Hernandez)
Jake Arrieta: @PIT (Morton), CIN (Cueto)

At Your Own Risk
Luke Hochevar: ARI (Saunders), CHC (Zambrano)
Brad Penny: @LAD (Kershaw), ARI (Saunders)
Fausto Carmona: COL (Nicasio), @SF (Bumgarner)

National League

Strong Plays
Madison Bumgarner: MIN (Pavano), CLE (Carmona)
Roy Halladay: @STL (McClellan), OAK (Outman)
Dillon Gee: OAK (Outman), @TEX (Holland)
Clayton Kershaw: DET (Penny), LAA (Weaver)
Anibal Sanchez: LAA (Weaver), SEA (Fister)
Johnny Cueto: NYY (Nova), @BAL (Arrieta)

Decent Plays
Livan Hernandez: SEA (Fister), @CWS (Floyd)
Dustin Moseley: @BOS (Beckett), ATL (Hudson)
Charlie Morton: BAL (Arrieta), BOS (Beckett)
Chris Narveson: TB (Niemann), MIN (Pavano)
Juan Nicasio: @CLE (Carmona), @NYY (Nova)
Carlos Zambrano: @CWS (Floyd), @KC (Hochevar)
Tim Hudson: TOR (Romero), @SD (Moseley)

At Your Own Risk
Kyle McClellan: PHI (Halladay), TOR (Romero)
J.A. Happ: @TEX (Holland), TB (Niemann)
Joe Saunders: @KC (Hochevar), @DET (Penny)

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, 6/22: Edwin Jackson vs. CHC
Jackson has generally been effective lately, especially at home, and merits a look against the cross-town rivals.

Friday, 6/24: Carlos Carrasco @ SF
The young righty has notched 15 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings, including seven shutout frames at Yankee Stadium in his most recent turn.

Friday, 6/24: Scott Baker @ MIL
Baker has looked increasingly sharp lately, and is coming off a complete game victory against the Rangers.

National League

Thursday, 6/23: Chris Capuano vs. OAK
Capuano has three quality starts in his last four turns, while the A's have scored four or fewer runs in nine of their past 10.

Thursday, 6/23: Jason Marquis vs. SEA
The veteran right-hander has been very steady for the Nats this year, and matches up well at home against the M's.

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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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