Fantasy Baseball: Wednesday News and Notes

Collin HagerSenior Writer IMay 4, 2011

BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 27:  Josh Beckett #19 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 27, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Wednesday Notes

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-for-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-for-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-for-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-for-17 of Jason Varitek and the 3-for-15 of Dustin Pedroia. Everything else should be business as usual.

Color me skeptical for benching Carlos Zambrano tonight. Only two decent starts in his first six and the Dodgers hit him well. Love Matt Kemp and his 5-for-9 as well as the .438 of Andre Ethier in this one. Be careful with Juan Uribe tonight who is only 6-for-28. Uribe has been on fire of late, but certainly does not hit the big guy very well.

Rickie Weeks and Prince Fielder should be on your bench against Tim Hudson tonight. Weeks is only 1-for-18 against the Atlanta starter and Fielder has just five hits in 21 at-bats himself. Like Corey Hart and Ryan Braun in this one as your best bets. Hudson has rebounded well from two sub-par outings and has worked six innings in every start this season. Good matchup, even against Greinke.

Jose Bautista is just 2-for-15 against Jeff Niemann, making this a matchup to avoid tonight. Adam Lind looks good with an 8-for-21 mark. No other major numbers of note. While Niemann is coming off his best outing of the season against Minnesota, he has allowed at least three runs in every other start this season and overall has only been able to work past the sixth inning twice.

C.J. Wilson recorded a win in a seven-inning effort against the Mariners earlier this season. Look to use Jack Cust, as he is 5-for-11 against the Texas starter. Not many other good numbers to speak of Ichiro and Chone Figgins have seen the most action against him, but are hitting .250 and .267 respectively against him.

Spot Starts: Arrieta, Richard, Marquis

Thursday Notes

Roy Halladay already has one complete game win against the Nationals this season and the numbers lead you to believe he should gun for another. While you may want to keep Ivan Rodriguez and Matt Stairs (??) in your NL-only lineups, there are no other good numbers here. Adam LaRoche is 3-for-11 and Ian Desmond just 2-for-12.

While a limited number, Kelly Johnson is 4-for-7 against Jason Hammel. Otherwise, the Colorado pitcher has done a reasonably solid job against Arizona. Stephen Drew is 3-for-11 and Chris Young is 4-for-14 while Justin Upton checks in at just 2-for-10. Hammel is 2-1 in his last four starts against Arizona but with a 5.01 ERA.

Ben Zobrist is 7-for-15 against Ricky Romero and Johnny Damon is 6-for-10 against him as well. Look to avoid B.J. Upton who is only 1-for-14 in his efforts against the lefty starter. Romero struck out 10 Rays in his start against him on the 24th of April in a tough-luck 2-0 loss.

Give Edgar Renteria a shot against Brett Myers. Renteria is 20-for-43 against the Houston pitcher. Not much else good to report. Joey Votto is 3-for-13, Jay Bruce is 3-for-11, and Brandon Phillips is 3-for-20. Myers has been better than he is being given credit for despite the higher than desired WHIP. Keep him in for this one.

It is feast or famine for the Red Sox against Joel Pineiro. Jason Varitek is 0-for-16 while Kevin Youkilis is only 3-for-15. Look to use David Ortiz, who is at .440 with three home runs in 25 at-bats against him. Carl Crawford and Marco Scutaro are both .300 or better while Adrian Gonzalez checks in at .273. No concerns here.

Spot Starts: Hammel and Chen