Fantasy Baseball: Tuesday News and Notes
Look to avoid Jay Bruce and his 1-20 against Wandy Rodriguez. Drew Stubbs is now much better, having just 1-13 marks. Brandon Phillips is the only other questionable start, having gone 8-35. Otherwise, there should be no concerns in starting your Reds against Rodriguez here. Votto is at .333 and Edgar Renteria is 5-10, leading the way for the Reds.
Look to use Alexei Ramirez against Francisco Liriano. Ramirez is 10-20 against him. Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski are both north of .300 against the lefty. Look to avoid the struggles of Alex Rios here. Nothing else sticks out as a potential roadblock.
Jorge de la Rosa has held the Diamondbacks to a collective .254 average. That said, only the 5-14 of Ryan Roberts is good enough to be in your lineup here. Chris Young and Stephen Drew have both struggled dramatically, hitting .227 and .263 respectively. Justin Upton is only 3-13 as well. De la Rosa is 2-1 in his last three starts against Arizona, allowing five runs in 18.1 innings of work.
Ryan Dempster has been an unmitigated disaster so far this season, and the matchup against the Dodgers has some potential pitfalls as well. Andre Ethier is 7-19 and Juan Uribe is at .333 as well. Only James Loney's 1-13 stands out as a number that should be benched. Otherwise, use your Dodgers as you normally would.
Miguel Cabrera is 8-14 with two home runs against C.C. Sabathia and Ramon Santiago is 7-24. Those are the best numbers you will find in this one. Avoid your Tigers where you can. Specifically, keep Jhonny Peralta and his 1-14 and Brandon Inge with his .179 in 56 at-bats away from your fantasy lineups.
Vernon Wells' struggles are likely to continue tonight given his numbers against Jon Lester. Wells is just 6-31 against the lefty. Bobby Abreu is no better, putting up just four hits in 20 at-bats. Howie Kendrick is 3-10 while Torii Hunter is 4-9 against Lester. Lester threw six shutout innings against the Angels earlier this year and has allowed just three earned runs in his last 20 innings.
Jim Thome is 8-13 against Edwin Jackson and Justin Morneau has raked as well, going 6-14. Thome adds two home runs in those 13 at-bats. Jackson has been much better in his two home starts this season, allowing just four runs in 12.2 innings pitched. He is 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA in his last three starts against the Twins.
Kyle McClellan is one of the more added pitchers of late, but there have to be some questions as to why. While 4-0, his 1.43 WHIP this season begs to the front of the mind that he is partially lucky. He has struck out 17 in 30.2 innings while walking 10, so that ratio is not great either. Add in better than a hit an inning and you have to think that this is not a long-term fix to a rotation problem. Leave him alone.
While Jimmy Rollins has two home runs against Livan Hernandez, he is just 14-64 (.219) overall against him. Ryan Howard is not much better at 5-27. Ben Francisco and Placido Polanco are going to be the best options available to you here.
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John Danks has given up eight runs in his last 12 innings pitched and overall the Twins have hit him very hard. Look to get your normal Twins in the lineup for this one. Michael Cuddyer is the big winner with five home runs in 48 at-bats to go with a .458 average. Only red flag here is Jason Kubel who is only 9-37 lifetime against the Chicago pitcher.
The Phillies have had no better luck against Jason Marquis than they had against Livan Hernandez. Only Ryan Howard at 7-19 checks in higher than .250 with enough at-bats to care about. Ugly numbers for Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez, and Placido Polanco. If you were starting Brian Schneider, please join my league but also bench him since he is 1-for-24 against Hernandez.
Lance Berkman has had his struggles with Javier Vazquez, going only 5-27 against him. Unless you were starting Nick Punto, those are the only numbers to be wary of in this matchup. The rest of your Cardinals are good to go for this one.
Josh Beckett was filthy in his last outing against the Angels, going eight innings and allowing just two runs on three hits. That said, Beckett is only 1-4 in his last seven starts against the Angels. Is this the same Josh Beckett? Does not seem to be. His numbers this season have been too solid. Start your Angels as normal except for Bobby Abreu, who is miserable against him. You can actually have it both ways in this one.
Ervin Santana has allowed 12 earned runs in his last 17 innings over three starts. That stretch includes a five-run, seven-inning loss against the Red Sox. Nothing great to report, but the only rough numbers to avoid are the 1-17 of Jason Varitek and the 3-15 of Dustin Pedroia. Everything else should be business as usual.
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