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Ervin's Encore

Friday, July 29, 2011

It's always fun when a pitcher coming off a no-hitter appears among the two-start crop for the following week. In the case of Ervin Santana it's especially good news because he'll be running into some very favorable match-ups, with home nods against the Twins and Mariners. Owners of the talented Angels righty can gleefully place him in their lineups and expect sterling results. Heck, given the general ineptitude of the Minnesota and Seattle offenses, maybe he's got a couple more no-nos up his sleeve.

For a breakdown of the the rest of the week's two-start pitchers, as well as your usual assortment of streamer suggestions, match-ups and injuries, read on..

Going Twice...

American League

Strong Plays
Ricky Romero: @TB (Price), @BAL (Simon)
Doug Fister: OAK (Cahill), @LAA (Santana)
Trevor Cahill: @SEA (Fister), @TB (Hellickson)
Ervin Santana: MIN (Duensing), SEA (Fister)
Max Scherzer: TEX (Lewis), @KC (Davies)
John Danks: NYY (Burnett), @MIN (Duensing)
Josh Beckett: CLE (Huff), NYY (Burnett)

Decent Plays
Colby Lewis: @DET (Scherzer), CLE (Huff)
A.J. Burnett: @CWS (Danks), @BOS (Beckett)
Brian Duensing: @LAA (Santana), CWS (Danks)
Jake Peavy: NYY (Hughes), @MIN (Pavano)
Alfredo Simon: @KC (Duffy), TOR (Romero)

At Your Own Risk
Phil Hughes: @CWS (Peavy), @BOS (Lackey)
Josh Tomlin: @BOS (Lackey), @TEX (Wilson)
David Huff: @BOS (Beckett), @TEX (Lewis)
John Lackey: CLE (Tomlin), NYY (Hughes)

National League

Strong Plays
Jaime Garcia: @MIL (Marcum), @FLA (Hensley)
Chris Carpenter: @MIL (Greinke), @FLA (Vazquez)
Matt Cain: ARI (Kennedy), PHI (Kendrick)
Tim Lincecum: ARI (Hudson), PHI (Hamels)
Cory Luebke: LAD (Kershaw), @PIT (Correia)
Cole Hamels: @COL (Chacin), @SF (Lincecum)
Zack Greinke: STL (Carpenter), @HOU (Norris)
Clayton Kershaw: @SD (Luebke), @ARI (Kennedy)
Bud Norris: CIN (Arroyo), MIL (Greinke)
Jair Jurrjens: @WAS (Hernandez), @NYM (Pelfrey)
Ian Kennedy: @SF (Cain), LAD (Kershaw)

Decent Plays
John Lannan: ATL (Lowe), @COL (Cook)
Livan Hernandez: ATL (Jurrjens), COL (Chacin)
Paul Maholm: CHC (Zambrano), SD (Moseley)
Kevin Correia: CHC (Wells), SD (Luebke)
Kyle Kendrick: @COL (Cook), @SF (Cain)
Mike Pelfrey: FLA (Vazquez), ATL (Jurrjens)
Clay Hensley: @NYM (Capuano), STL (Garcia)
Javier Vazquez: @NYM (Pelfrey), STL (Carpenter)
Jhoulys Chacin: PHI (Hamels), WAS (Hernandez)
Carlos Zambrano: @PIT (Maholm), CIN (Cueto)

At Your Own Risk
Aaron Cook: PHI (Kendrick), WAS (Lannan)
Bronson Arroyo: @HOU (Norris), @CHC (Wells)
Randy Wells: @PIT (Correia), CIN (Arroyo)

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, 8/3: Joel Pineiro vs. MIN
The righty will look to settle back into a groove at home against Minny's weak offense.

Wednesday, 8/3: Erik Bedard vs. OAK
If Bedard looks sharp against the Rays tonight (Friday) in his return from the disabled list, he's a must-play against the A's next week. Assuming he's still with Seattle.

Friday, 8/5: Duane Below @ KC
The rookie southpaw should be able to subdue a Royals lineup that lacks punch.

National League

Wednesday, 8/3: Josh Collmenter @ SF
Collmenter has hurled three straight quality starts, allowing only three runs while striking out 14 and walking one in 21 innings.

Thursday, 8/4: James McDonald vs. CHC
He hasn't allowed a run in either of his past two starts, defeating the Reds and Braves.

Friday, 8/5: Juan Nicasio vs. WAS
The Colorado rookie has been a bit inconsistent, but figures to match up well against the Nats.

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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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