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Trading Places

Friday, August 05, 2011


Just a week after swapping teams, Doug Fister and Charlie Furbush both find themselves among slated for two starts in the upcoming week.

Fister excelled in his first start for the Tigers, allowing only two earned runs over seven innings in a victory (although he didn't record a single strikeout). Furbush also notched a victory in debuting for his new team, hurling five innings of one-run ball for the Mariners.

In the next week, Fister is certainly the more appealing option. While both his starts coming on the road, he faces a pair of beatable lineups in Cleveland and Baltimore. Furbush, meanwhile, has the unenviable task of taking on the Rangers in Texas and the Red Sox at home.

In the long run, though, the trade figures to benefit Furbush more than Fister, at least from a fantasy perspective. While the Tigers are almost certain to provide more run support than the Mariners, Safeco has proven to be a haven for marginal strike-throwers like Furbush.

Going Twice...



American League

Strong Plays
Brett Cecil: OAK (Harden), LAA (Pineiro)
Matt Harrison: SEA (Furbush), @OAK (Harden)
David Price: KC (Chen), @NYY (Hughes)
Scott Baker: BOS (Wakefield), @CLE (Masterson)
Doug Fister: @CLE (Masterson), @BAL (Bergesen)
Justin Masterson: DET (Fister), MIN (Baker)

Decent Plays
Rich Harden: @TOR (Cecil), TEX (Harrison)
Phil Hughes: LAA (Pineiro), TB (Price)
Bruce Chen: @TB (Price), @CWS (Humber)
Philip Humber: @BAL (Bergesen), KC (Chen)
Gavin Floyd: @BAL (Guthrie), KC (Duffy)
Tim Wakefield: @MIN (Baker), @SEA (Furbush)
Jeremy Guthrie: CWS (Floyd), DET (Scherzer)

At Your Own Risk
Charlie Furbush: @TEX (Harrison), BOS (Wakefield)
Joel Pineiro: @NYY (Hughes), @TOR (Cecil)
Brad Bergesen: CWS (Humber), DET (Fister)

National League

Strong Plays
Ryan Vogelsong: PIT (Morton), @FLA (Hensley)
Tim Stauffer: @NYM (Capuano), @CIN (Bailey)
Roy Halladay: @LAD (Kuroda), WAS (Wang)
Shaun Marcum: @STL (Jackson), PIT (Morton)
Hiroki Kuroda: PHI (Halladay), HOU (Lyles)
Matt Garza: WAS (Wang), @ATL (Lowe)
Daniel Hudson: HOU (Rodriguez), NYM (Capuano)

Decent Plays
Edwin Jackson: MIL (Marcum), COL (Rogers)
Charlie Morton: @SF (Vogelsong), @MIL (Marcum)
Chris Capuano: SD (Stauffer), @ARI (Hudson)
Jordan Lyles: @ARI (Marquis), @LAD (Kuroda)
Wandy Rodriguez: @ARI (Hudson), @LAD (Lilly)
Clay Hensley: ATL (Lowe), SF (Vogelsong)
Dontrelle Willis: COL (Rogers), SD (LeBlanc)
Homer Bailey: COL (Hammel), SD (Stauffer)
Derek Lowe: @FLA (Hensley), CHC (Garza)
Jason Marquis: HOU (Lyles), NYM

At Your Own Risk
Chieng-Ming Wang: @CHC (Garza), @PHI (Halladay)
Esmil Rogers: @CIN (Willis), @STL (Jackson)
Jason Hammel: @CIN (Bailey), @STL (Garcia)

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, 8/10: Derek Holland vs. SEA
Holland has hurled a shutout in three of his past five starts. Bring on the Mariners.

Thursday, 8/11: Brad Mills vs. OAK
Mills continues his big-league audition with a favorable home match-up against the A's.

National League

Tuesday, 8/9: James McDonald @ SF
Prior to his past couple forgettable outings, McDonald was on quite the roll. See if he can get it going again in San Fran.

Wednesday, 8/10: R.A. Dickey vs. SD
The knuckleballer has been quite consistent for the Mets this year, and figures to fare well against the light-hitting Padres.

Friday, 8/12: Javier Vazquez vs. SF
Don't look now, but Vazquez seems to be coming around, with six quality starts in his past seven turns.


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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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