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The Tampa Two

Friday, April 27, 2012



Streamer City

The following pitchers are generally available in over 50 percent of fantasy leagues and have favorable match-ups this week:

American League

Thursday, 5/3: Jeff Niemann vs. SEA
The righty has posted a 16/5 K/BB ratio and 0.98 WHIP in 15 1/3 innings over his first three starts. He's a great pickup for this favorable home tilt.

Friday, 5/4: Jason Vargas vs. MIN
The Twins have a 685 OPS against LHP and a 634 OPS on the road.

Friday, 5/4: Drew Smyly vs. CWS
Smyly is still looking for that first MLB win, but it should come soon with the numbers he's putting up.

National League

Wednesday, 5/2: Carlos Zambrano @ SF
Big Z is flashing great improved command early on. He's also allowed only 10 hits over 19 innings in his first three starts.

Thursday, 5/3: Randall Delgado vs. PHI
Philly's offense has struggled this year, and the promising rookie Delgado will look to take advantage.

Thursday, 5/3: Erik Bedard @ STL
Bedard has been the victim of terrible run support in Pittsburgh, as his 2.63 ERA has resulted in an 0-4 record. His luck is bound to turn around at some point.

Total Games

American League

6: BAL, BOS, CLE, CWS, DET, MIN, OAK, TEX
7: KC, LAA, NYY, SEA, TB, TOR

National League

6: CIN, COL, HOU, LAD, MIL, NYM, SD, SF, STL, WAS
7: ARI, ATL, CHC, MIA, PHI, PIT

Lefty/Righty Breakdowns

American League

BAL: 5 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
BOS: 4 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
CLE: 3 vs. RHP, 3 vs. LHP
CWS: 5 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
DET: 5 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
KC: 6 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
LAA: 6 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
MIN: 4 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
NYY: 4 vs. RHP, 3 vs. LHP
OAK: 3 vs. RHP, 3 vs. LHP
SEA: 6 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
TB: 6 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
TEX: 5 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
TOR: 5 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
 
National League

ARI: 4 vs. RHP, 3 vs. LHP
ATL: 5 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
CHC: 6 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
CIN: 5 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
COL: 3 vs. RHP, 3 vs. LHP
HOU: 4 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
LAD: 5 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
MIA: 5 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
MIL: 4 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
NYM: 4 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
PHI: 6 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
PIT: 6 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
SD: 4 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
SF: 5 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
STL: 4 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
WAS: 4 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP

The Infirmary

You can get a full listing of injured players at Rotoworld's Injury Page but here's the latest on a few prominent players who have been out of action:

Daniel Hudson: Out indefinitely (shoulder)
Jesse Crain: Out until early May (ribs)
Kyle Weiland: Out indefinitely (shoulder)
Matt Guerrier: Out until mid-May (back)
Mike Pelfrey: Out for the season (elbow)
Jason Bay: Out until mid-May (ribs)
Cliff Lee: Out until late May (ribs)
Aubrey Huff: Out indefinitely (anxiety)
Sergio Santos: Out indefinitely (shoulder)
Ryan Zimmerman: Out indefinitely (shoulder)



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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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