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End of the Line

Friday, September 21, 2012

Well, it's been a fun ride. The 2012 MLB season has been full of surprising performances, memorable moments and controversial decisions (Strasburg, anyone?). Now, the campaign is finally winding down, as late-running fantasy leagues wrap up their championship rounds with less than two weeks of action remaining.

Now that the final full week of regular-season games is upon us, the following crop of two-start pitchers will be the last of the year. There are several interesting storylines to be found here. Yu Darvish will look to continue his recent run of strong play and wrap up a successful rookie season. Justin Verlander will put the final touches on his case for a second straight Cy Young. Andy Pettitte will try to keep the magic going and help push the Yankees past the Orioles. Jorge De La Rosa, finally back from injury, will look to show something in a brief late-season audition.

It's been a pleasure bringing you these weekly previews all season, and I hope they've been helpful toward giving your team an edge. We'll see you next spring.

Going Twice…

American League

Strong Plays

Yu Darvish: OAK (Straily), LAA (Wilson)
Derek Holland: OAK, LAA (Weaver)
Jeremy Hellickson: @BOS (Matsuzaka), @CWS (Liriano)
CC Sabathia: @MIN (Vasquez), @TOR (Romero)
Andy Pettitte: @MIN (Hendriks), @TOR (Laffey)
Justin Verlander: KC (Mendoza), @MIN (Walters)
Chris Sale: CLE (McAllister), TB (Archer)

Decent Plays

Dan Straily: @TEX (Darvish), SEA (Ramirez)
C.J. Wilson: SEA (Beavan), @TEX (Darvish)
Luis Mendoza: @DET (Verlander), @CLE (Huff)
Anibal Sanchez: KC (Chen), @MIN (Hendriks)
Francisco Liriano: CLE (Kluber), TB (Hellickson)
Wei-Yin Chen: TOR (Romero), BOS (Doubront)
Zach McAllister: @CWS (Sale), KC (Chen)

At Your Own Risk

Aaron Laffey: @BAL (Gonzalez), NYY (Pettitte)
Ricky Romero: @BAL (Chen), NYY (Sabathia)
Liam Hendriks: NYY (Pettitte), DET (Sanchez)
Bruce Chen: @DET (Sanchez), @CLE (McAllister)

National League

Strong Plays

Jordan Zimmermann: MIL (Estrada), @STL (Lohse)
Matt Cain: ARI (Skaggs), @SD (Werner)
Wandy Rodriguez: @NYM (Hefner), CIN (Leake)
Cole Hamels: WAS (Lannan), @MIA (Nolasco)
Marco Estrada: @WAS (Zimmermann), HOU (Keuchel)

Decent Plays

John Lannan: @PHI (Hamels), @STL (Westbrook)
Jake Westbrook: @HOU (Abad), @WAS (Lannan)
Kyle McPherson: @NYM (Young), CIN (Bailey)
Chris Young: PIT (McPherson), @ATL (Hudson)
Michael Fiers: @CIN (Leake), HOU (Lyles)
Aaron Harang: @SD (Volquez), COL (De La Rosa)
Mike Leake: MIL (Fiers), @PIT (Rodriguez)
Paul Maholm: MIA (LeBlanc), NYM (Hefner)
Trevor Cahill: @COL (Chatwood), CHC (Wood)

At Your Own Risk

Jeremy Hefner: PIT (Rodriguez), @ATL (Maholm)
Jorge De La Rosa: CHC (Rusin), @LAD (Harang)
Tyler Chatwood: ARI (Cahill), @LAD (Kershaw)
Chris Rusin: @COL (De La Rosa), @ARI (Skaggs)
Tyler Skaggs: @SF (Cain), CHC (Rusin)

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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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