Fantasy Baseball: Friday News and 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 any one here. Brandon Inge and his .261 average is the low-water mark for the Tigers in this one. Enjoy.
Other than playing Chase Headley, who is a .308 hitter against Ted Lilly, there is nothing you want a part of with the Padres lineup. Ryan Ludwick is 5-for-32, Nick Hundley is 0-for-11, and Jorge Cantu is 4-for-18. Lilly is 3-3 in his last seven starts against the Padres with a 3.52 ERA.
While his 7.03 ERA against Houston since 2008 may not show it, Nolasco has largely controlled the lineup he will see. Nolasco is 3-1 in his last four starts against him and that ERA is largely hurt by one poor outing last season. Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn are both above .300, but those are the only decent numbers Nolasco will see.
Geovany Soto rakes against Randy Wolf. Soto is 6-for-19 with two home runs. Unfortunately, Aramis Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano have not had anywhere near that luck. Soriano is a .192 hitter in 26 at-bats, but he does have two home runs against Wolf. Ramirez is 5-for-25 with eight strikeouts in his trips to the plate against him.
David DeJesus has very good numbers against Carl Pavano. DeJesus is 11-for-26 against Pavano lifetime. Only Hideki Matsui has other stats worth noting, good or bad. He is 4-for-8 against Pavano. Pavano was 8-4 at home last season with a 3.71 ERA.
Spot Starts: Drabek, Richard, Britton
The good news for the Yankees is when they hit Buchholz, they hit him hard. All your regulars are largely good here, with Jeter and Rodriguez both hitting better than .300 against the starter. Robinson Cano is 7-for-15 against Buchholz with Mark Teixeira checking in at 4-for-9. No concerns here over the weekend.
Keep Dan Uggla on the bench against Roy Oswalt. Uggla is only 3-for-20 against him. Nate McLouth is 10-for-30 with two home runs, while Alex Gonzalez is 10-for-25 with two home runs of his own. Chipper Jones is not too shabby with a .267 average in 15 at-bats.
If you are so inclined to use your Padres (should you own any) against Hiroki Kuroda, it is not a bad decision. Will Venable is a .438 hitter in 16 at-bats while both Brad Hawpe and Jorge Cantu are better than .333 hitters. Even Chase Headley is 6-for-18 in his time against Kuroda. Use them while the numbers are favorable.
Fantasy owners have to enjoy when they see Scott Kazmir on the mound at this point. The high end is Rajai Davis who is 7-for-15 and only Jose Bautista at 2-for-10 would seem to be a problem. Aaron Hill hits .286 and both Adam Lind and John McDonald would seem to be decent options as well. Keep your Blue Jays in the lineup for this one.
I would not expect to see J.D. Drew in the lineup against C.C. Sabathia on Sunday, and if you can avoid David Ortiz that would be a good call as well. Neither crack .230 against the lefty. With Mike Cameron's 7-for-14 mark, you can certainly bet that Francona will bench Drew here. The ugliest number? Dustin Pedroia is only 1-for-22 and he is followed by the 1-for-13 of Jacoby Ellsbury. No other concerns here.
Jose Reyes and David Wright are both strong performers against Jason Marquis, but you might want to avoid Carlos Beltran. Beltran is only 3-for-20. Wright is a .400 hitter in 30 at-bats with two home runs. Batters hit .321 overall against Marquis on the road last year and had an ERA over 6.00 in those starts.
Shane Victorino is only 2-for-24 against Derek Lowe, and not one Philadelphia regular is hitting better than .250 against him. That includes Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Raul Ibanez. Lowe posts just a 4-3 record in his last eight starts against Philly, but he has a 3.53 ERA in those outings. Look to use him here as the numbers across the board are more favorable than not.
Luke Hochevar has some solid numbers against the bulk of the Tigers. Jhonny Peralta is 2-for-15 while Magglio Ordonez is 2-for-9 and Brandon Inge just 3-for-12. Austin Jackson has a .400 mark in 10 at-bats while Miguel Cabrera is 9-for-17. Those two are good to go for this matchup.
Spot Starts: Hochevar, Lohse, Leake, Nova, Cecil
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