Only Alexi Casilla at 9-for-13 has decent numbers for the Twins against CC Sabathia. Dating back to his days with Cleveland, Sabathia has owned Minnesota. Joe Mauer is just 5-for-23 while Justin Morneau is 6-for-39. Nothing good to report on any starters you would normally play here.
Both David Wright and Carlos Beltran are better than .300 against Cole Hamels. Beltran has added three home runs in 31 at-bats against the lefty. Might not be a shock to see Scott Hairston in the lineup given his .375 mark in 16 at-bats against him as well. The worst number is the .250 in 32 at-bats for Jose Reyes.
All tough numbers for the Rockies against Clayton Kershaw. Not a .300 average to be found amongst any hitter that would be in your lineups. Carlos Gonzalez is 2-for-12 while Troy Tulowitzki is just a .185 hitter in 27 at-bats. Spilborghs, Helton and Iannetta have all struggled against the lefty.
Hanley Ramirez owns Jason Marquis to the tune of 8-for-17 against him lifetime. Emilio Bonifacio is the only other player with a track record to note, going 4-for-9 against him. Marquis was 1-1 against Florida last season, giving up five runs on 12 hits and four walks in 11.2 innings pitched.
Jayson Werth is only 2-for-19 against Anibal Sanchez while Ryan Zimmerman is only a .222 hitter lifetime in 36 at-bats. The .278 of Adam LaRoche and .286 of Ian Desmond are the best numbers available for owners. Sanchez was 2-0 against Washington in four starts last season with a 1.05 ERA.
Mike Leake got a spot in the rotation more because of the injuries that sidelined Homer Bailey and Johnny Cueto than because of his effectiveness in the spring. While Carlos Lee is only 1-for-9 against him in the past, Leake did not show much to cause owners to want to throw him out here. Except that fact it's the Astros.
Alexei Ramirez and Gordon Beckham have raked against Luke Hochevar. Ramirez is 6-for-13 while Beckham is 4-for-11. Alex Rios checks in at only 1-for-14 while Paul Konerko is 2-for-15 against him. Hochevar is 3-1 in his last four starts against the White Sox.
Johnny Damon is only 4-for-28 against Jered Weaver and the rest of his teammates do not exactly have stellar marks, either. Do not expect to see Kelly Shoppach behind the plate tonight given his 0-for-10 mark against the righty. Manny Ramirez is just 4-for-15.
There is no one more anxious about what we will see out of Josh Beckett tonight than I am. He looked much better in the spring than he did the bulk of last year and takes on a lineup he should dominate. Still, Shin-Soo Choo is 4-for-10 against him and Travis Hafner is 5-for-15. Otherwise, not much to write home about for Cleveland here.
Spot Starts: Cashner, Leake, Hochevar
Surprisingly, Lyle Overbay has solid numbers against Chris Carpenter, having gone 5-for-12 against him in the past. Ryan Doumit checks in at 6-for-19 as well. Ronny Cedeno should not be on any roster, but if he is, note that he is only 3-for-20 against Carpenter and Andrew McCutchen is only 2-for-11.
If Felix Hernandez is going to struggle, Texas is a possible place. Of course, struggle is relative. He is just 3-3 in his last nine starts at Texas and 6-8 against them in his last 19 starts overall. Still his ERA in Arlington is only 2.64 and is 3.53 against the Rangers since 2008. Josh Hamilton is just 6-for-31 while Ian Kinsler is 8-for-46. Averages over .300 come from Nelson Cruz, Michael Young and Elvis Andrus.
Looks like a good night to use Melky Cabrera. He is 8-for-14 against Mark Buehrle. Mitch Maier and Billy Butler both check in well north of .300 as well. Buehrle is just 2-4 in his last seven at Kauffman Stadium with a 4.53 ERA and just 5-5 in his last 14 against them overall. Good night to keep him on the sideline.
Compounding the problems Jayson Werth has had against Anibal Sanchez on Tuesday are the problems he has had against Chris Volstad, Wednesday's starter. Werth is only 1-for-20 against him. He is the only one with trouble. Ryan Zimmerman is 13-for-21 while Ian Desmond is 6-for-12. Have to like the two of them here.
Orlando Hudson has owned Tim Lincecum, putting up a .438 mark in 16 at-bats against him. Nick Hundley is the only other San Diego starter hitting better than .300. Look to avoid Ryan Ludwick, Brad Hawpe and Chase Headley here where possible.
Spot Starters: Brandon McCarthy, Carl Pavano, Jeff Francis