Fantasy Baseball: Thursday News and Notes

Collin HagerSenior Writer IApril 7, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 01:  The Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox stand during the National Anthem on Opening Day at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on April 1, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Thursday Notes

Look to bench David Wright against Roy Halladay given his 2-for-15 against Roy Halladay. Jose Reyes is 8-for-19 against Halladay and Carlos Beltran is over .300 as well. Angel Pagan is 3-for-15 and Ike Davis is only 3-for-12.

Ryan Zimmerman is 6-for-26 against Josh Johnson while Adam LaRoche is only 3-for-15 and Jayson Werth is just 3-for-14. Only the 3-for-14 of Rick Ankiel cracks .250 of all the Nationals hitters. Johnson is 6-0 in his last 11 starts against the Nationals with a 3.29 ERA in those outings.

There are a few good numbers for the Marlins against John Lannan. Hanley Ramirez is obviously a must-start, and he is 7-for-15 against Lannan. Good numbers from Emilio Bonifacio (.400 in 10 at-bats) and Omar Infante (.500 in eight at-bats) as well. Lannan is 2-3 in his last six starts against Florida with an ERA over 5.30.

AL-only owners may want to look at Jack Hannahan today against Jon Lester. Yes, this lesser known (to say the least) Indian is 6-for-12 against Lester lifetime. Avoid most of your others outside of Orlando Cabrera. Lester had a rough outing last time out, and he is known to start slow. Still, this is a good matchup to take advantage of.

Edgar Renteria and Scott Rolen are both hitting over .420 against Brett Myers while Jonny Gomes is "King of Small Samples" with a 4-for-7 mark. Joey Votto and Ramon Hernandez are both good here as well. Look to avoid Brandon Phillips and his 3-for-19 mark in this one.

Joe Mauer and Jason Kubel should lead the way against A.J. Burnett. The two are both better than .300 against the righty starter. Look to avoid the 2-for-18 of Michael Cuddyer while Jim Thome is only 7-for-30 and Delmon Young just 3-for-14. Justin Morneau is OK with a .278 mark.

Small samples across the board for the White Sox against David Price. Paul Konerko is 4-for-9 with a home run and four RBI against Price while Alex Rios is 5-for-9 with two home runs. There is not much else to go on in terms of solid numbers. Price is 0-3 in his last five starts against the White Sox with a 5.00 ERA.

Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon are both struggling against Edwin Jackson. Ramirez is 8-for-38 while Damon is 2-for-14. The Rays in general have struggled against their former pitcher. As a collective, they are only 15-for-91 without a home run against Jackson.

Spot Starts: Chris Tillman, Paul Maholm

Friday Notes

The only concerns I would have in the Yankees against John Lackey come in Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher. Rodriguez is just a .175 hitter in 57 at-bats against Lackey while Swisher is just at .137 in 51. Otherwise, given the track records of the hitters and Lackey himself, start all your Yankees.

Ryan Howard is 14-for-41, good for a .341 mark, against Tim Hudson. The first baseman also adds six home runs and nine walks to the mix. At .306, Raul Ibanez is the only other player worth starting here. Shane Victorino and Jimmy Rollins check in at .235 and .226 respectively in a combined 88 at-bats.

Only Prince Fielder has decent numbers against Carlos Zambrano. Fielder is a .341 hitter with two home runs in 41 at-bats. Ryan Braun has struggled at 9-for-35 with 12 strikeouts while Rickie Weeks is at .190 in 42 at-bats with 18 strikeouts. Nyjer Morgan is likely to be in the lineup here given his 7-for-20 stat line. Zambrano is expected to make this start despite a hand injury.

Look for Juan Uribe to get on the mark against Clayton Richard. Uribe is 7-for-15 against him. Jamey Carroll, Matt Kemp and Casey Blake all have good marks, but look to avoid the 1-for-12 of Andre Ethier if you have a better option. Richard had a 3.15 ERA at home last season and was 3-0 against the Dodgers with a 2.21 ERA in three starts over 2010.

The Tigers have knocked around Kyle Davies. In a combined 175 at-bats, they are hitting .331 against the Kansas City pitcher. Jhonny Peralta is the big winner with a .429 mark in 21 at-bats, but you really cannot go wrong with anyone here. Brandon Inge and his .261 average is the low-water mark for the Tigers in this one. Enjoy.

Spot Starts: Drabek, Richard, Britton