Fantasy Baseball: Thursday News and Notes (May 5, 2011)
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 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.
Ricky Romero has been scratched with an oblique injury and will not take the ball today as originally scheduled. Make sure to adjust your lineups accordingly. Kyle Drabek will get the ball, and he should be given the same starting consideration you would Romero.
Adam Lind is just 5-for-24 against David Price, and if you were starting John McDonald, it would be a better idea to leave him off the roster. Juan Rivera is 4-for-12, and Jose Bautista is 8-for-19. Bautista adds three home runs in those 19 at-bats against the lefty.
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.
Nothing good, but nothing bad for the Tigers against A.J. Burnett. Victor Martinez is 6-for-24 against Burnett with a home run. Magglio Ordonez is 3-for-12, while Jhonny Peralta is 3-for-13. Brandon Inge and his .308 mark is the best available to owners in this matchup. Burnett was roughed up in his last outing but has been very solid in two of the last three.
No doubt that Josh Johnson is one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball, but that does not mean that all the Cardinals see the same struggles. Yadier Molina is 5-for-12, while Albert Pujols is 4-for-12 with a home run. Lance Berkman only has nine at-bats against Johnson but does have three hits in those trips to the plate.
Raul Ibanez broke out a little bit last night, and he is 10-for-18 against John Lannan with two home runs. Shane Victorino is 9-for-29, and Placido Polanco is 5-for-10. Ryan Howard has struggled to 5-for-29 against the Washington starter, while Jimmy Rollins is 8-for-32.
Spot Starts: Hammel and Bruce Chen
Wandy Rodriguez is frustrating some owners at this point, but he has pitched well against the Pirates. Look for Matt Diaz to be in the lineup, as he is 6-for-17 against him, but that is about what we have to offer here. Garrett Jones is 1-for-10, while Andrew McCutchen is just 2-for-9. Lyle Overbay has four hits in nine at-bats against Rodriguez as well.
Matt Cain has largely dominated the hitters in the Colorado lineup. Carlos Gonzalez is only 3-for-23, while Seth Smith is just 1-for-15. Ian Stewart is just 5-for-22, and Todd Helton checks in at only .208 in 48 at-bats. Troy Tulowitzki and Ryan Spilborghs are the only two better than .300. Spilborghs is 7-for-21, while Tulo is 16-for-49.
Outside of Carlos Ruiz, you would likely want to avoid the rest of your Phillies against Derek Lowe. Ryan Howard has struggled to .225 in 40 at-bats without a home run, while Rollins is 8-for-36 with no home runs either. Both Ibanez and Victorino are below .200 against Lowe. Lowe got the loss last time, giving up just two runs in seven innings against them. He is 4-4 against them in his last nine starts against the Phillies.
Adam LaRoche has had his successes against Ricky Nolasco. LaRoche is a .314 hitter in 35 at-bats against the Florida starter, but he does not have a home run. Jayson Werth is 3-for-13 against him. Nolasco is 5-2 in his last eight starts against Washington with a 4.08 ERA.
Worth noting that Randy Wolf has allowed a total of only two earned runs over his last four starts covering 27.2 innings of work. Keep Pujols in the lineup, but note that Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina, Lance Berkman and Ryan Theriot are all sub-.225 hitters against him, and all have at least 20 at-bats to their credit. Berkman is the worst offender at 3-for-27 with Molina second at 3-for-21.
Spot Starts: Zach Britton, Paul Maholm, Justin Masterson
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