Fantasy Baseball: Monday News and Notes (May 9, 2011)
The Marlins that would likely be in your lineup are good to go against Joe Blanton. Hanley Ramirez, Emilio Bonifacio and Chris Coghlan are all better than .300 against the Philadelphia starter. Blanton is 5-2 with a 3.12 ERA in his last eight starts against the Marlins.
Jimmy Rollins is hitting just .190 in 63 at-bats against Javier Vazquez. Everyone else, though, should be in your lineup, as the next low-water mark is 4-for-16 out of Shane Victorino. Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, Placido Polanco and Ben Francisco are all better than .294 against the Florida starter.
Wandy Rodriguez has given up just two earned runs over his last 15 innings of work covering two starts. Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips should stay on your bench. Bruce is just 1-for-20, while Phillips is at .229 in 35 at-bats. Drew Stubbs has struggled as well at 1-for-13. Otherwise, your Reds are good to go here. Jonny Gomes, Joey Votto and Edgar Renteria are the best bets.
Mike Napoli is 0-for-10 against Trevor Cahill, giving him the worst numbers against the Oakland starter. Ian Kinsler is 2-for-15, while Chris Davis is 2-for-13. Elvis Andrus and Julio Borbon are both sub-.220 against him, and Adrian Beltre is only at .235. David Murphy is your best bet at .320 in 25 at-bats with Michael Young at .286.
Bobby Abreu checks in at 5-for-31 against Edwin Jackson, and he is not the only one struggling, as Howie Kendrick is 1-for-13. Otherwise, your Angels are good to go in this one. Torii Hunter is 6-for-14, while Vernon Wells checks in at .308.
C.J. Wilson has done a solid job holding down the Oakland hitters. Kurt Suzuki and Cliff Pennington are each 1-for-9, while David DeJesus is 1-for-12. Hideki Matsui and Mark Ellis are 2-for-13 and 2-for-14 respectively. Wilson gave up just two earned runs over seven innings in picking up the loss against Oakland last time out.
Spot Starts: Brandon Morrow, Blanton
Aaron Hill is only 2-for-26 against Jon Lester, while Adam Lind is 3-for-17 and Jose Bautista 6-for-29. Ugly numbers abound! John McDonald, Jose Molina and Corey Patterson are your best bets in this one, as all are at or better than .333. Lester is 8-4 in his last 13 starts against the Blue Jays.
Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard are still good to go even against an ace like Josh Johnson. Rollins is at .308, while Howard is at .310 with two home runs. Could NL-only owners have a use for Pete Orr here? His 6-for-13 is certainly enticing. Raul Ibanez has had a lot of struggles at just 2-for-14.
The Cubs, surprisingly, have good numbers against Chris Carpenter. Aramis Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano are both at .333 in 60 and 42 at-bats respectively, and each has two home runs. Kosuke Fukudome's 2-for-17 is the only red flag in this one unless you planned on starting the 3-for-13 of Blake DeWitt. Carpenter is 3-4 in his last nine starts against the Cubs.
Only Justin Upton at 9-for-28 (.321) is worth the start against Tim Lincecum. The next best number is the .267 of Gerardo Parra. All your other Diamondbacks are sub-.210 against him. Chris Young is the worst offender at .158, but Kelly Johnson (.207) and Stephen Drew (.200) are not far behind. Young and Drew have combined for 27 strikeouts against Lincecum.
Michael Young is 7-for-13 with a home run against Brett Anderson, while Adrian Beltre is 6-for-16 with a home run of his own. Elvis Andrus is better than .300 as well, and Mike Napoli is at 4-for-9. Only Ian Kinsler's 2-for-10 is mildly worrisome. Anderson gave up seven runs in five innings against Texas in his last time facing them, his only bad outing of the season.
Spot Starts: Clayton Richard, Jason Hammel, Kevin Correia
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