MLB Fantasy Baseball: Thursday News and Notes
So with my vacation upon us, I've set up some posts to automatically go every day that will have five to 10 quick-hit notes for you to take a look at and set your lineups. Keep coming back as they will be up every day by 9am. A guaranteed shout out or guest post to anyone willing to tweet the posts for me each morning with a link. It would be appreciated!
Luke Scott has been suffering from a groin injury, but it would be good for him to get back in the lineup against Phil Hughes. Scott is 7-for-13 against the righty. Hopefully he can be up for more than pinch-hit duty here. Only Nick Markakis has good numbers otherwise at better than .300, but Hughes has been ugly of late and could be pitching early on for a job. Start your Orioles and avoid Hughes.
Sometimes numbers just make you laugh. Like the fact that you should bench Prince Fielder against Paul Maholm. Fielder is only 3-for-42 (read that again) against Maholm. Rickie Weeks is at .194 in 36 at-bats. I would use others as normal, including Ryan Braun, Casey McGehee, and even Carlos Gomez in this one. Maholm is 1-4 in his last 12 starts against the Brewers.
Andrew McCutchen has struggled against Randy Wolf, posting just four hits in 18 at-bats. Otherwise, the message would be to start your Pirates here. Not one other has an average south of .280 when they have at least 10 at-bats. Use them to your advantage.
Chipper Jones is 13-for-28 with four home runs against Ricky Nolasco. Brian McCann is solid as well with a .361 average and five home runs in 36 at-bats. Only major concern is Nate McLouth who has just a 3-for-13 mark against the righty. Nolasco is 3-5 with a 6.41 ERA in his last 10 starts against the Braves.
Cliff Lee has seemingly faced everyone in the league given his changes of teams in the last few years. The Nationals are no exception. Lee is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts against them. In 16 innings, Lee has allowed 16 hits but no walks against Washington. No good numbers of which to speak, so avoid your Nationals where you can.
Both Johnny Damon and B.J. Upton have both owned Carl Pavano. Upton is 7-for-14 with a home run while Damon checks in at .409 in 22 at-bats. Ben Zobrist has the only other numbers to look at given his three hits in eight at-bats.
Matt Holliday back in the lineup would be bad news for Hiroki Kuroda. Holliday is a .400 hitter in 20 at-bats. Holliday has hits in each of his first three games back and this is a good spot to trust him. Worth noting that with how much Pujols has struggled, this could be a tough matchup for him. Pujols is only 1-for-9 lifetime against Kuroda.
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