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Feast for the Fourth

Friday, July 1, 2011

The July 4th holiday gives many folks an excuse to take a day off from work and enjoy an extra-long weekend. It's one of the highlights of summer.

Baseball players will get no such luxury. Only two clubs (the Phillies and Pirates) get a day off next week, so there will be plenty of baseball, and -- as such -- plenty of two-start pitchers. Below you can find the full list, which includes tons of strong options, especially in the American League.

Enjoy the holiday, everyone.

Going Twice...

American League

Strong Plays
Matt Harrison: BAL, OAK (Cahill)
Colby Lewis: BAL (Jakubauskas), OAK (Moscoso)
Felix Hernandez: @OAK (Cahill), @LAA (Haren)
Michael Pineda: @OAK (Moscoso), @LAA (Pineiro)
Trevor Cahill: SEA (Hernandez), @TEX (Harrison)
CC Sabathia: @CLE (Carrasco), TB (Shields)
A.J. Burnett: @CLE (Tomlin), TB (Price)
Scott Baker: TB (Shields), @CWS (Peavy)
Dan Haren: DET (Verlander), SEA (Hernandez)
Justin Verlander: @LAA (Haren), @KC (Chen)
Jake Peavy: KC (Chen), MIN (Baker)
Mark Buehrle: KC (Paulino), MIN (Duensing)

Decent Plays
Brandon Morrow: @BOS, @CLE (Tomlin)
Guillermo Moscoso: SEA (Pineda), @TEX (Lewis)
Brian Duensing: TB (Price), @CWS (Buehrle)
Joel Pineiro: DET (Furbush), SEA (Pineda)
Bruce Chen: @CWS (Peavy), DET (Verlander)
Felipe Paulino: @CWS (Buehrle), DET (Furbush)
Charlie Furbush: @LAA (Pineiro), @KC (Paulino)
Carlos Carrasco: NYY (Sabathia), TOR (Cecil)
Chris Jakubauskas: @TEX (Lewis), @BOS (Beckett)

At Your Own Risk
Brett Cecil: @BOS (Lackey), @CLE (Carrasco)
Josh Tomlin: NYY (Burnett), TOR (Morrow)

National League

Strong Plays
Jordan Zimmermann: CHC (Dempster), COL (Jimenez)
Chris Carpenter: CIN (Cueto), ARI (Hudson)
Tim Lincecum: SD (Stauffer), NYM (Pelfrey)
Tim Stauffer: @SF (Lincecum), @LAD (de la Rosa)
Shaun Marcum: ARI (Hudson), CIN (Cueto)
Wandy Rodriguez: @PIT (Karstens), @FLA (Volstad)
Johnny Cueto: @STL (Carpenter), @MIL (Marcum)
Tommy Hanson: COL (Jimenez), @PHI (Lee)
Daniel Hudson: @MIL (Marcum), @STL (Carpenter)

Decent Plays
Tom Gorzelanny: CHC, COL (Cook)
Barry Zito: SD (Richard), NYM (Capuano)
Clayton Richard: @SF (Zito), @LAD (Lilly)
Paul Maholm: HOU (Myers), CHC
Vance Worley: @FLA (Nolasco), ATL (Lowe)
Mike Pelfrey: @LAD (de la Rosa), @SF (Lincecum)
Randy Wolf: ARI (Duke), CIN (Volquez)
Chris Capuano: @LAD (Lilly), @SF (Zito)
Rubby de la Rosa: NYM (Pelfrey), SD (Stauffer)
Ted Lilly: NYM (Capuano), SD (Richard)
Brett Myers: @PIT (Maholm), @FLA (Nolasco)
Chris Volstad: PHI (Hamels), HOU (Rodriguez)
Ricky Nolasco: PHI (Worley), HOU (Myers)
Ubaldo Jimenez: @ATL (Hanson), @WAS (Zimmermann)
Edinson Volquez: @STL (Westbrook), @MIL (Wolf)
Ryan Dempster: @WAS (Zimmerman), @PIT (Correia)
Zach Duke: @MIL (Wolf), @STL (Westbrook)
Derek Lowe: COL (Cook), @PHI (Worley)

At Your Own Risk
Jake Westbrook: CIN (Volquez), ARI (Duke)
Aaron Cook: @ATL (Lowe), @WAS (Gorzelanny)

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, 7/6: Tyler Chatwood vs. DET
The young righty has allowed only one run in 14 innings over his last two starts. He'll have a hard time maintaining that success with an ugly K/BB ratio, but you might as well try and ride this out.

Wednesday, 7/6: Wade Davis @ MIN
Davis had pitched well over his past few starts and should be able to keep it rolling at Target Field.

Friday, 7/8: Nick Blackburn @ CWS
Blackburn owns a 3.44 career ERA against the White Sox, and US Cellular is one of the few road parks where he has a good track record.

National League

Wednesday, 7/6: Charlie Morton vs. HOU
After struggling in his past couple outings, Morton got some extra rest and should be strong against the Astros.

Wednesday, 7/6: Dustin Moseley @ SF
Moseley carries a 3.03 ERA into this favorable match-up.

Thursday, 7/7: Homer Bailey @ MIL
Bailey had pitched very well prior to a two-month injury layoff. See if he can get it going again in Milwaukee.

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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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