For stream conscious owners who want to push the innings-pitched envelope this is the list for you. Run support, ballpark factors, historical and recent trends, opposing offenses, and opposing SPs are painstakingly taken into account to give you the top double dippers of each week. Of course, due to meteorological influences, injuries and managerial alterations each hurler's two-start status is subject to change.
Other NL Double Dippers: Charlie Morton, Pit (at SF, at Mil), Jason Hammel, Col (at Cin, at StL), Esmil Rogers, Col (at Cin, at StL), Chien-Ming Wang, Was (at ChC, at Phi), Jordan Lyles, Hou (at Ari, at LAD), Brad Hand, Fla (Atl, SF)
Other AL Double Dippers: None (Note: Britton was placed on the DL late Friday. Some worthless, un-recommendable derelict will fill the void. Stay away.)
Flame of the Week
Ivan Nova, NYY, SP/RP (10-percent owned) — Last week, while A-Rod's underground gambling pickle dominated the headlines off-the-field, Nova quietly continued to roll on it. Over his past two turns, including Thursday's masterful 10 K performance against the Chi-Sox, the underrated righty has yielded just three runs while racking 16 strikeouts and two wins over 14.2 IP. His ability to throw his hard-biting slider consistently for strikes has coaxed ample groundball outs (53.7 GB%) while limiting walks (3.22 BB/9), both outstanding qualities for a young pitcher. Most owners still vying for virtual trophies would jump all over a budding SP on an offensive-rich team, but because of the Yanks' crowded rotation, it's still possible Nova could again be sent back to Scranton. If the NYY bullpen is exhausted over the weekend against the rival Red Sox, Phil Hughes may slide temporarily back into relief duty, opening the door for Nova to take the mound Tuesday against the Angels. No matter what occurs, Nova remains one Bartolo burger away from a permanent spot in the rotation. If that happens, he could become one of the biggest difference-makers down the stretch. Watch his situation closely.
Lame O' the Weak
Bobby Abreu, LAA, OF (63-percent owned, 38-percent started) — Abreu, once one of the most tastiest combo meals in the league, has undergone a significant regression. Impacted by the corrosive effects of Father Time, the 37-year-old is just 15-for-96 (.156 BA) since July 1. Though Mike Scioscia believes his bat speed hasn't slowed, the Halos' manager recently said the former All-Star's troubles stem from "poor plate coverage" and "not squaring the ball up." Historically, Abreu's bat has sizzled during the summer's dog days, batting .300 in August/September over his career. However, on pace for his worst season since 1997, he's cut-worthy at this point. With championship hopes on the line, numbers, not names, need to be chased. Peter Bourjos (14-percent owned), Josh Reddick (13-percent), Jon Jay (11-percent), Conor Jackson (three-percent) and Eric Young (two-percent) are potential OF-eligible replacements to consider.
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