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This Week(end) In Streaming Strategy

Happy All-Star break! The shortened week of course means that fantasy junkies need only worry about Friday through Sunday in the short-term. Here are some matchups on both sides of the ball that are likely to yield short-term gains over the weekend...

Corey Kluber, Scott Kazmir -- Both Cleveland starters are owned in less than 20 percent of Yahoo and ESPN leagues, and both will draw the Twins this weekend. Kazmir has struggled on the road in 2013, but he has a 2.08 ERA in two starts against the Twins, who have just a .706 team OPS against lefties and are without their top right-handed power bat, Josh Willingham. Kluber has also struggled away from Cleveland but has a 3.15 ERA over his past seven starts.

Lonnie Chisenhall -- It's not just the pitchers who benefit from facing the Twins, as the Tribe's lineup will square off against Mike Pelfrey, Kevin Correia and Scott Diamond. That group of pitchers wouldn't intimidate Mario Mendoza himself, let alone the 24-year-old Chisenhall, who's hitting .309/.365/.544 with three homers over his past 20 games.

Bud Norris -- Norris, owned in 17 percent of Yahoo leagues and six percent of ESPN leagues, draws a home start against a light-hitting Mariners offense. Norris' 2.27 home ERA ranks 13th in baseball, so despite a poor start heading into the break, he's a solid option on Friday.

Wade Miley -- The Giants' lineup has been abysmal of late, and Miley has been the opposite. He's sporting a 2.29 ERA over the past month, and he dominated the Giants in his lone start against them this season. San Francisco struggles against lefties in the first place, and Miley, not surprisingly, has pitched considerably better away from the hitter-friendly Chase Field this year.

Felix Doubront -- No one's going to mistake Doubront for King Felix, but he's still criminally underutilized in fantasy leagues. He's whiffed 93 hitters in 99 innings and draws a depleted Yankees lineup this weekend that has struggled against lefties all season. It's a home affair, where Doubront has been slightly better, as well. Doubront fared well in his last go against the Yankees, allowing just one run in six innings with six strikeouts.

Evan Gattis -- Fresh off a stint on the disabled list, Gattis travels to the homer-happy U.S. Cellular Field to square off against a pair of lefties (John Danks and Jose Quintana) as well as a returning Jake Peavy. Gattis is slashing .302/.380/.631 against lefties. Chicago's bullpen is also noticeably thinner, with Matt Thornton now in Boston and Jesse Crain on the shelf. He's available in about 57 percent of ESPN and Yahoo Leagues, so take advantage. If you're in a particuarly deep league, Reed Johnson's hitting .333/.378/.405 against southpaws, making him a decent option against Danks and Quintana as well. With B.J. Upton and Jordan Schafer on the DL, he should find his way into the lineup.

Jake Westbrook -- Few teams have struggled like the Padres this month, and Westbrook will look to prolong their offensive woes on Friday. Westbrook is nowhere near as good as his 2.88 ERA. There are years of data to show that he is what he is -- an unexciting innings eather with a low strikeout rate and strong ground-ball rate. He's allowed just one earned run in 29 home innings this season, and while scientists are working around the clock to determine the source of this phenomenon, it's unlikely that San Diego will be able provide much in the way of answers Friday.


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