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Friday, May 04, 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

Wednesday, 5/9: Drew Smyly @ SEA
The rookie left-hander has been excellent in early action, notching 22 strikeouts in 22 innings with a 1.23 ERA.

Thursday, 5/10: Henderson Alvarez @ MIN
Alvarez is having an odd year. He's pitching deep into games consistently and having success, but striking out nobody. In any case, the Blue Jays own the Twins.

National League

Wednesday, 5/9: Wade Miley vs. STL
Miley is 3-0 on the season and has won both of his past two starts while looking extremely sharp.

Wednesday, 5/9: Ross Detwiler @ PIT
The lefty has turned in quality starts in each of his first five outings; he's a good bet to do so again in Pittsburgh.

Thursday, 5/10: Patrick Corbin vs. SF
The Giants are hitting just .237 against southpaws this year.

Total Games

American League

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

National League

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

Lefty/Righty Breakdowns

American League

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

ARI: 4 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
ATL: 4 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
CHC: 5 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
CIN: 5 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
COL: 4 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
HOU: 6 vs. RHP, 0 vs. LHP
LAD: 5 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
MIA: 2 vs. RHP, 4 vs. LHP
MIL: 6 vs. RHP, 0 vs. LHP
NYM: 5 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
PHI: 4 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
PIT: 4 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
SD: 3 vs. RHP, 3 vs. LHP
SF: 2 vs. RHP, 4 vs. LHP
STL: 3 vs. RHP, 3 vs. LHP
WAS: 5 vs. RHP, 1 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:

Kevin Youkilis: Out until mid-May (back)
Rafael Perez: Out indefinitely (shoulder)
Jeremy Guthrie: Out until mid-May (shoulder)
Jesse Crain: Out until mid-May (ribs)
Doug Fister: Returning this week (ribs)
Yuniesky Betancourt: Out until mid-May (ankle)
Mariano Rivera: Out for the season (knee)
Eric Chavez: Out indefinitely (head)
Coco Crisp: Out indefinitely (ear)
Jim Thome: Out indefinitely (back)
Cory Luebke: Out until mid-May (elbow)
Pablo Sandoval: Out until mid-June (hand)
Evan Longoria: Out until late June (hamstring)



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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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