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Opening Time: Thursday is not a streaming day

Scott Pianowski
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We'll give a full look to the Thursday pitching form, not that there's much to grab here. Nonetheless, due diligence, meet the moundsmen:

Probable Starters for Sept. 15
1. Cliff Lee vs. Florida: Untouchable over last month (0.70/0.80)
2. Max Scherzer at Oakland: Inconsistent, but matchup is right
3. Brandon McCarthy vs. Detroit: I like him as a 2012 sleeper
4. Jeremy Hellickson at Boston: Tough assignment but at least he misses Lester
5. Anibal Sanchez at Philadelphia: Misses enough bags to be worth a stab
6. Dana Eveland vs. Pittsburgh: A shame he was never teammates with Tim Crabtree
7. Homer Bailey vs. Chicago: His apologists would follow him into a burning building
8. Jhoulys Chacin vs. San Francisco: Second-half collapse (4.60/1.53)
9. Kyle Kendrick vs. Florida: Not enough strikeouts if you're in an IP-capped league
10. Mark Buehrle at Kansas City: He's hit some turbulence, but good spot to rally
11. Ryan Vogelsong at Colorado: Bloom is off rose, Colorado air is still thin
12. Randy Wells at Cincinnati: On a nice run, but this is a tricky spot
13. Alexi Ogando vs. Cleveland: Fatigue is the obvious problem here
14. Tommy Milone at New York: Mayday Milone, missed bats in the minors
15. Kyle Weiland vs. Tampa: Innings from the Vatican Gift Shop
16. Alex Sanabia at Philadelphia: Nightcap in a doubleheader is always a crap shoot
17. Jeff Francis vs. Chicago: Has to pitch to contact now
18. Fausto Carmona at Texas: Stuff moves plenty but he can't command it
19. Chris Schwinden vs. Washington: Chris Capuano pushed back to Friday
20. Ross Ohlendorf at Los Angeles: Zero-percent owned for a reason

It's not a good card for streamers. I can't trust Wells (23 percent) in Cincinnati's cozy park. McCarthy (36 percent) at home would be fine, but Detroit's offense is a concern. Eveland (eight percent) against a sputtering Pittsburgh club might work.

It might be smarter to focus on your offense for this 10-game card. Fill in all your spots, grab a catcher from the Florida-Philly doubleheader, perhaps. A participation offense is generally a good thing. Maybe you can find some thin-air magic with the San Francisco at Colorado series.{ysp:more}

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About Last Night: Cody Ross looks like a nifty short-term rental. He's reached base eight times in the last three games (including a homer and a steal), producing at the top of San Francisco's lineup. And as much as we don't trust the Giants offense, we'll gladly bet on gravity and try some of these options in their four-game series at Coors Field. Ross is available in 95 percent of Yahoo! leagues. … Javy Guerra was asked to pitch a rare two innings on Tursday and he had nothing by the second frame, handing the Diamondbacks a gift win. Look for him to be rested Wednesday night. … Jim Johnson got an easy save against Tampa, recording the last out in relief of lefty specialist Troy Patton. Anything that keeps Kevin Gregg off the field and out of our lives is fine with me. … The Red Sox got their groove back at Fenway, piling up 18 hits and 18 runs in a laugher over Toronto. Brandon Morrow would be having a dynamite season if we didn't count runs allowed as a stat. Tim Wakefield wasn't dominant by any means (6 IP, 5 R), but it was enough to finally secure win No. 200 after seven failed attempts. … Nick Hundley had two more hits, and a stolen base, in San Diego's loss by the bay. Hundley is on a .413 binge in the second half (with five homers in 27 games), and keep in mind the Padres are in Coors Field for three games next week. Hundley is unowned in 83 percent of Yahoo! leagues. … Mike Leake's final 2011 appearance was a sharp one: eight innings of one-run ball against Chicago. Although his WHIP was much better on the road this year (1.11 versus 1.22), his ERA was in the same neighborhood (3.79 versus 3.92). Next step: spiking the strikeout rate for 2012. … Matt Holliday is dealing with a hand injury and is out indefinitely. … The suddenly-slumping Austin Jackson will get a routine day off Wednesday. … Josh Beckett (ankle) is in line to start Friday against Tampa Bay, the second night of a four-game showdown. … Boston's lead over Tampa pushed back to four games after Tuesday's play. . … Mariano Rivera, we're not remiss, we chose you to end this list. The HOF-in-waiting closer picked up save No. 600 with a handshake at Seattle, oddly punctutated when Ichiro Suzuki was thrown out at second base attempting to steal. Next up: Trevor Hoffman, the save king at 601.

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