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 wherever 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.
Even though he is the best of the best, Felix Hernandez has had his problems with Jhonny Peralta and Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera is 7-for-14 against him, while Peralta checks in at .300. Magglio Ordonez and Brandon Inge need to stay on your bench here. Neither is worth starting, as both are hitting .200 or worse against the starter.
Yes, it is a small sample, but Casey Blake is 4-for-7 with two home runs against Florida starter Chris Volstad. Matt Kemp has been swinging a hot bat as well and is 5-for-14 against Volstad to boot. James Loney is only 2-for-13, while Andre Ethier is 2-for-10. Volstad is a matchup starter in almost every format, and this is not one that looks like it would be beneficial given the other options available. A win is unlikely given that he is facing Clayton Kershaw.
Two young pitchers taking the mound are moving in seemingly opposite directions. Zach Britton is a recommended spot start for several reasons that are largely anecdotal. The Red Sox seem to struggle against young, left-handed pitchers that they have not seen before. Britton fits the bill. Dan Hudson draws a tough Phillies lineup and has had too many first-inning struggles. A draft darling, but give him a start to get his footing back.
Vernon Wells has the only numbers to speak of against Brandon McCarthy, and he is just 1-for-10 against him. McCarthy has controlled the ball very well, walking just three while striking out 20. His lack of wins is bad luck more than anything. Good matchup here for him to get on track.
Spot Starts: Floyd, Justin Masterson, Britton, McCarthy
The Orioles put up some decent numbers against Josh Beckett. Luke Scott is 9-for-20, while Nick Markakis is at .308 and Brian Roberts at .300. Derrek Lee has limited at-bats, but he is 3-for-6 with two home runs against Beckett. Vlad Guerrero checks in at only 10-for-40, while Adam Jones is 6-for-23.
Look to avoid A.J. Pierzynski against Bartolo Colon, but the bulk of your White Sox are good to go in this one. Omar Vizquel should see action, as he is a .471 hitter against Colon in 17 at-bats. Paul Konerko is at .293 with two home runs, while Alex Rios is at .286. Colon has been solid with the Yankees, but the White Sox here seem to know him pretty well.
The Reds you are likely to start against Yovani Gallardo are all good options here. Joey Votto might not have a home run against him, but he has hit .353 in 17 at-bats. Brandon Phillips is 7-for-19 with a home run, while Jay Bruce is 6-for-11. The only minor concerns are Jonny Gomes and Ramon Hernandez. Gallardo has given up 16 runs in his last 19.2 innings pitched against the Reds.
Michael Bourn should be on your bench against Kyle Lohse. Bourn is 4-for-24 against him for his career. No concerns with Hunter Pence or Carlos Lee. Lee has five home runs and a .313 average against Lohse in 61 career at-bats. Pence is without a home run but has hit .355 in 31 at-bats against the St. Louis starter.
Might finally get some legs out of Kevin Kouzmanoff. He has raked against Dan Haren. Kouzmanoff is a .320 hitter with three home runs in 25 at-bats. Look to avoid David DeJesus, as he is only 1-for-16 against the Angels starter. Coco Crisp is 5-for-14, while Hideki Matsui is just 3-for-12. Haren is 2-0 in his last three starts against the A's.
Spot Starts: R.A. Dickey, J.A. Happ, Nick Blackburn