Fantasy Baseball: Monday News and Notes
Only two decent numbers for the Oakland A's against Jered Weaver. Look to keep Kurt Suzuki who is 10-for-29 against him and Ryan Sweeney who is 6-for-18. Otherwise, Weaver has dominated the A's in his starts. There are no numbers better than .231 outside of these two. Given the dominance of Weaver lately, keep your A's on the sideline.
On the other side, the Angels have limited at-bats against Gio Gonzalez. Torii Hunter is only 2-for-13 while Bobby Abreu checks in at 0-for-11. The only other player with better than 10 at-bats against Gonzalez is Alberto Callaspo. Callaspo is 4-for-11 against Gonzalez. If you have better options for Hunter and Abreu, look to use them, but the rest of the samples are too small to be concerned with at this point.
If you own the Brewers, then you should start today against Bronson Arroyo. Only Craig Counsell and Mark Kotsay have at least 10 at-bats and better than a .300 average against Arroyo. Kotsay is 6-for-18 with two home runs. Ryan Braun is just 8-for-32, while Rickie Weeks is 5-for-29 and Prince Fielder is only 9-for-38. The power is there for each, but overall results are not.
Both Juan Pierre and Paul Konerko are 4-for-13 against A.J. Burnett. Those are the only numbers you should look to use as the White Sox have struggled against Burnett overall. Burnett's ERA is still higher than many would like to see, but he is striking out a batter an inning and is getting the run support needed to be successful.
Look to keep Rick Ankiel on the sidelines against Paul Maholm. Ankiel is only 2-for-13. Jayson Werth checks in at 6-for-18 with a home run. Maholm is 0-3 in his last seven starts against the Nationals with an ERA of 7.31. Might want to avoid him here.
Ryan Ludwick has owned Derek Lowe, going 8-for-13 against him. Some good numbers across the board for the Padres against the Atlanta starter. Jorge Cantu is 7-for-14 and Brad Hawpe is 13-for-39 with three home runs and 10 RBI. Orlando Hudson has hit over .300 against him and even Alberto Gonzalez is 7-for-13.
Omar Infante and John Buck should be good to go against Jon Garland in this matchup, but beware of Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez is just 3-for-16 against the starter. Gaby Sanchez is just 1-for-8 while Chris Coghlan is 2-for-13.
Short Schedule, so we will leave it there.
Spot Starts: Moseley, Lannan
Clay Buchholz has had reasonable success against the Orioles. Look to avoid the 1-for-16 of Luke Scott and the 2-for-20 of Nick Markakis. Matt Wieters and Brian Roberts should both be good to start in this matchup. Buchholz is 3-2 in his last seven starts with a BAA of .239.
The Indians are led by Shin-Soo Choo against Luke Hochevar. Choo is at .600 in 20 at-bats against the Kansas City starter. Asdrubal Cabrera adds five hits in 15 at-bats as well. Those are the best options available. Avoid your other Indians where possible here.
Chris Young and Stephen Drew have both hit Roy Oswalt well. Drew is hitting better than .300 against the righty in 23 at-bats, while Young checks in better than .400 in 15 trips to the plate. Look to avoid the 3-for-19 of Xavier Nady and note that both Gerardo Parra and Miguel Montero have not had much success against Oswalt.
Bud Norris owned the Cardinals last season, going 3-1 in four starts with a 3.38 ERA. He struck out 27 batters in 26.2 innings. Be careful using Albert Pujols. He was removed from Sunday's game and was not quick to say that he would be ready on Tuesday. Pujols is just 4-for-17 against Norris, so another day may not be the worst thing. No regular Cardinal has better than a .286 average against Norris.
The Yankees are a combined 24-for-102 against Gavin Floyd. Not great, but a small sample over an entire roster. Note that Robinson Cano is only 1-for-13 while Derek Jeter is just 3-for-14 and Alex Rodriguez 1-for-8. Curtis Granderson has the "best" numbers at .276 in 29 at-bats with two home runs against Floyd. Not great numbers across the board.
Spot Starts: Floyd, Masterson, Britton
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