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Two Start Pitchers

Friday, May 11, 2012

The upcoming week marks the first on this year's major-league schedule in which no team is slated for a day off. That's good news for fantasy players, as it means there will be a veritable smorgasbord of two-start pitchers to choose from in the first week of interleague action. I see a lot of options worth liking, especially in the National League where a combination of great pitchers and good pitchers with favorable match-ups has led to a stacked "Strong Plays" category.

Speaking of match-ups, keep an eye on the lefty/righty match-ups. It's worth noting that the Rangers are lined up to face a left-handed starter in four of their first five games this week, so you may want to consider sitting David Murphy (648 career OPS vs. LHP) and Mitch Moreland (593 career OPS vs. LHP).

In the NL, the Diamondbacks are looking at southpaws in five of their seven match-ups, which is unwelcome news for Jason Kubel (673 career OPS vs. LHP) and Miguel Montero (648 career OPS vs. LHP).

Going Twice…

American League

Strong Plays

Brandon Morrow: TB (Niemann), NYM (Batista)
Colby Lewis: KC (Chen), @HOU (Harrell)
David Price: @TOR (Alvarez), ATL (Hudson)
Bartolo Colon: @LAA (Santana), @SF (Lincecum)
CC Sabathia: @BAL (Chin), CIN (Cueto)
Ervin Santana: OAK (Colon), @SD (Bass)
Dan Haren: OAK (Ross), @SD (Suppan)
Drew Smyly: @CWS (Danks), PIT (Bedard)
Jake Peavy: DET (Scherzer), @CHC (Peavy)
Jon Lester: SEA (Millwood), @PHI (Lester)
Josh Beckett: SEA (Vargas), @PHI (Lee)

Decent Plays

Henderson Alvarez: TB (Price), NYM (Gee)
Jeff Niemann: @TOR (Morrow), ATL (Delgado)
Jason Vargas: @BOS (Beckett), @COL (Friedrich)
Ivan Nova: @BAL (Arrieta), CIN (Bailey)
Bruce Chen: @TEX (Lewis), ARI (Miley)
Danny Duffy: @TEX (Feldman), ARI (Kennedy)
Max Scherzer: @CWS (Peavy), PIT (Correia)
Derek Lowe: @MIN (Marquis), MIA (Johnson)
Jeanmar Gomez: @MIN (Pavano), MIA (Sanchez)
Wei-Yin Chen: NYY (Sabathia), @WAS (Strasburg)
Jake Arrieta: NYY (Nova), @WAS (Detwiler)

At Your Own Risk

Kevin Millwood: @BOS (Lester), @COL (White)
Tyson Ross: @LAA (Haren), @SF (Vogelsong)
Carl Pavano: CLE (Gomez), @MIL (Gallardo)
Jason Marquis: CLE (Lowe), @MIL (Greinke)
John Danks: DET (Smyly), @CHC (Maholm)

National League

Strong Plays

Stephen Strasburg: SD (Bass), BAL (Chen)
Ross Detwiler: SD (Suppan), BAL (Arrieta)
Kyle Lohse: CHC (Volstad), @LAD (Billingsley)
Jake Westbrook: CHC (Maholm), @LAD (Kershaw)
Tim Lincecum: COL (Friedrich), OAK (Colon)
Ryan Vogelsong: COL (White), OAK (Ross)
Anthony Bass: @WAS (Strasburg), LAA (Santana)
Cliff Lee: HOU (Harrell), BOS (Beckett)
Joe Blanton: HOU (Rodriguez), BOS (Lester)
Zack Greinke: @NYM (Gee), MIN (Marquis)
Anibal Sanchez: PIT (Bedard), @CLE (Gomez)
Clayton Kershaw: ARI (Kennedy), STL (Westbrook)
Chad Billingsley: ARI (Miley), STL (Lohse)
Johnny Cueto: @ATL (Hudson), @NYY (Cueto)
Wade Miley: @LAD (Billingsley), @KC (Chen)
Ian Kennedy: @LAD (Kershaw), @KC (Duffy)

Decent Plays

Jeff Suppan: @WAS (Detwiler), LAA (Haren)
Kevin Correia: @MIA (Johnson), @DET (Scherzer)
Erik Bedard: @MIA (Sanchez), @DET (Smyly)
Dillon Gee: MIL (Greinke), @TOR (Alvarez)
Yovani Gallardo: @NYM (Batista), MIN (Pavano)
Josh Johnson: PIT (Correia), @CLE (Lowe)
Christian Friedrich: @SF (Lincecum), SEA (Vargas)
Alex White: @SF (Vogelsong), SEA (Millwood)
Paul Maholm: @STL (Westbrook), CWS (Danks)
Tim Hudson: CIN (Cueto), @TB (Price)
Randall Delgado: CIN (Bailey), @TB (Niemann)

At Your Own Risk

Miguel Batista: MIL (Gallardo), @TOR (Morrow)
Lucas Harrell: @PHI (Lee), TEX (Lewis)
Homer Bailey: @ATL (Delgado), @NYY (Nova)
Chris Volstad: @STL (Lohse), CWS (Peavy)

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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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