Fantasy Baseball: Wednesday News and Notes (May 11, 2011)
Adam Lind has been beyond impressive against John Lackey. Lind has 10 hits in 18 at-bats against the Boston starter. Otherwise, there is very little to go on for the Blue Jays historically. John McDonald and Aaron Hill each have sub-.200 averages against Lackey in 19 and 21 at-bats respectively. Corey Patterson and Jose Bautista have ugly numbers as well, both below .200, but in only 15 and 11 trips to the plate respectively.
Raul Ibanez at 4-for-10 is your best bet against Ricky Nolasco. Nolasco has largely held the better Philadelphia hitters in check. Ryan Howard is at .217 in 17 at-bats, while Jimmy Rollins is at .240 in 25. Shane Victorino is only a .174 hitter in 23 at-bats against the Florida starter. Nolasco is 5-1 in his last seven starts against the Phillies.
Kelly Johnson is 8-for-14 with two home runs against Jonathan Sanchez. His numbers are the best in the lineup, but Miguel Montero is 4-for-10 himself with two home runs as well. Stephen Drew and Chris Young are a combined 13-for-60, each with 30 of those at-bats. Ugly numbers between the two there.
Magglio Ordonez is a .469 hitter with two home runs in 49 at-bats against Scott Baker. Other players above .300 include Miguel Cabrera at .321 with two home runs and Ramon Santiago at .364. Small sample for Austin Jackson, but he is 5-for-8. Brandon Inge, Jhonny Peralta and Victor Martinez are all tougher to recommend for this matchup.
The three players you likely want to start on the Astros all struggle against Edinson Volquez. Carlos Lee is 0-for-12, while Hunter Pence is only at .176 in 17 at-bats. Michael Bourn is no better, putting up just two hits in 11 at-bats against the Cincinnati starter. Look for other options where possible here.
A night off seemed to rejuvenate Adrian Beltre. A game against Gio Gonzalez will help even more. Beltre is hitting .438 with two home runs in 16 at-bats against the Oakland starter. Ian Kinsler is 4-for-11, while David Murphy is 4-for-12. The small sample winner is Julio Borbon. Already hitting well over .350 in the last two weeks, Borbon enters tonight with four hits in seven at-bats against Gonzalez.
Your Braves are largely good to go here. The worst numbers come in the form of the .250 in 24 at-bats from Brian McCann and the .267 from Nate McLouth. Looks like Alex Gonzalez will be in the lineup after a slight groin injury sidelined him earlier this week, and he is 6-for-10 against John Lannan. Chipper Jones and Dan Uggla are both over .333 against the Washington starter. Lannan is 6-4 in his last 11 starts against Atlanta.
As I wrote for FantasyPros911.com yesterday, Randy Wolf is being dropped like a bad habit, but his numbers have been solid with the exception of his most recent outing. With how the Padres are hitting, this is a great matchup for him. Nothing founded statistically, as the Padres have limited numbers, but call it a good hunch.
Hold back on your Royals tonight against A.J. Burnett. Alex Gordon is just 2-for-15, while Melky Cabrera, though red-hot, is only 2-for-16. Billy Butler's .267 is the best of the bunch, and he has recorded only 15 at-bats against the New York starter.
Spot Starts: Jake Westbrook, Tim Stauffer, Jesse Litsch
Stephen Drew is your best bet against Matt Cain. Drew is 10-for-29 (.345) with three home runs against Cain. Xavier Nady and Justin Upton are both at .300 in 10 and 20 at-bats respectively. Otherwise, tough road ahead for Arizona. Kelly Johnson is 3-for-21, while Chris Young is at .167 in 24 trips to the plate against Cain.
Only Ian Desmond (.294 in 17 at-bats) and Jayson Werth (.280 in 25 at-bats) are hitting better than .233 against Derek Lowe. Adam LaRoche has had the most struggles, posting just one hit in 17 at-bats against Lowe. Avoid this situation where you can, as the numbers simply just do not add up to a good day for the Nationals.
Jaime Garcia has been white-hot, posting four wins in his first four decisions. He has allowed three or fewer earned runs in every start this season while completing six innings four times. Garcia's most recent outing was by far his best, and the Cubs have not seen much of him. Good matchup here, and avoid your Cubs as a result.
Lyle Overbay is 7-for-19 with two home runs against Jon Garland, and he has the best numbers of the Pirates against him. Garrett Jones is the only other hitter with double-digit at-bats against Garland. Jones is 2-for-11 against him. Andrew McCutchen is 2-for-7 with Ryan Doumit at just 1-for-7.
B.J. Upton and Evan Longoria are the only Rays that have double-digit at-bats against Justin Masterson. Upton is 5-for-11 with a home run, while Longoria is 5-for-17 with a home run as well. Otherwise, not enough to go on here. Masterson has allowed two or fewer runs in six of his seven starts and just one home run in his 47 innings pitched overall.
Spot Starts: Charlie Morton, Zach Britton
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