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Two Start Pitchers

Friday, May 11, 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, 5/16: Felipe Paulino vs. BAL
Paulino has good stuff and shut down the Yankees in his season debut this past week.

Thursday, 5/17: Jerome Williams vs. CWS
The veteran sinker-baller is off to a strong start this year and will look to keep it going at home against the Sox.

Friday, 5/18: Andy Pettitte vs. CIN
How will the 39-year-old southpaw fare in his return to baseball after a year away? Depending on how he looks against the Mariners in his debut Sunday, he might be a worth a play in this following nod against the Reds.

National League

Wednesday, 5/16: James McDonald @ WAS
McDonald is off to a tremendous start with a 2.70 ERA through his first six turns. The Nationals, despite their success, have struggled to score runs.

Thursday, 5/17: Aaron Harang @ SD
Harang's ERA is a bit bloated at 5.24, but he's turned in three quality starts in his past four trips and is averaging nearly a strikeout per inning.

Friday, 5/18: Barry Zito vs. OAK
Zito can be difficult to trust, but he's been effective this year and figures to fare well at home against his former team.

Total Games

American League

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

National League

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

Lefty/Righty Breakdowns

American League

BAL: 5 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
BOS: 4 vs. RHP, 3 vs. LHP
CLE: 7 vs. RHP, 0 vs. LHP
CWS: 4 vs. RHP, 3 vs. LHP
DET: 4 vs. RHP, 3 vs. LHP
KC: 5 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
LAA: 7 vs. RHP, 0 vs. LHP
MIN: 7 vs. RHP, 0 vs. LHP
NYY: 6 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
OAK: 5 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
SEA: 4 vs. RHP, 3 vs. LHP
TB: 6 vs. RHP, 1 vs. LHP
TEX: 3 vs. RHP, 4 vs. LHP
TOR: 5 vs. RHP, 2 vs. LHP
 
National League

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

The Infirmary

You can get a full listing of injured players at Rotoworld's Injury Page (http://www.rotoworld.com/teams/injuries/mlb/all/) but here's the latest on a few prominent players who have been out of action:

Chris Iannetta: Out until late June (wrist)
Jhoulys Chacin: Out indefinitely (shoulder)
Jonathan Sanchez: Out until late May (elbow)
Juan Rivera: Out indefinitely (knee)
Justin Morneau: Out until late May (wrist)
Alex Gonzalez: Out for the season (knee)
Carlos Gomez: Out until late May (hamstring)
Josh Thole: Out until late May (head)
Jayson Werth: Out until August (wrist)



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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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