Fantasy Baseball: Tuesday News and Notes
James Shields has won his last four decisions and has allowed just seven earned runs in his last 47.1 innings pitched over six starts. Curtis Granderson is only 3-for-31 against him and Mark Teixeira is no better at .182 in 33 at-bats. Nick Swisher is just a .217 hitter as well. Cano and Jeter are both better than .340 against Shields.
Only a couple decent numbers against Ubaldo Jimenez for the Giants. Freddy Sanchez is at .300 in 30 at-bats while Miguel Tejada is at .333 in 12. Aubrey Huff and Aaron Rowand are at .176 in 17 and 34 at-bats respectively. Andres Torres is just 1-for-13 while Buster Posey is only 2-for-13. Ubaldo Jimenez has walked 22 hitters in 30 innings this year, showing plenty of control problems and none of the dominance seen in 2010.
Some trouble spots for the Angels against Oakland starter Gio Gonzalez. Torii Hunter is just 2-for-14 while Bobby Abreu is only 1-for-14. At .357 in 14 at-bats, Alberto Callaspo is the best bet for success against Gonzalez.
Albert Pujols has hit .313 in 80 at-bats against Roy Oswalt, checking in with five home runs and 13 RBI in the process. Matt Holliday, Ryan Theriot, and Colby Rasmus should all be good to go here as well. Random note, this will be the first time that Lance Berkman will be facing his old teammate. Found it interesting more than anything.
Nothing but good numbers to report for the Mets against Ricky Nolasco. Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, and Dan Murphy are all hitting better than .333 against him. Even Jason Bay finds himself hitting .273 against the Florida starter. All players mentioned above have at least 17 at-bats with Beltran and Reyes having more than 30.
Carlos Gonzalez is 0-for-14 against Jonathan Sanchez, and he is not the only player with issues. Both Chris Iannetta anad Todd Helton are only .250 hitters while Ryan Spilborghs is at .231. Troy Tulowitzki is the best option available, a .350 hitter in 20 at-bats against Sanchez. Sanchez is always going to scare you, but he improved to 4-4 in his last 11 starts against the Rockies with a win earlier this year.
Wakefield is 2-0 with 3.48 ERA in his last four starts against the Orioles. Vlad Guerrero has hit .480 against Wakefield with five home runs in 25 at-bats. Cesar Izturis is no slouch either, going 7-for-16 against him. Brian Roberts is a .170 hitter in 47 at-bats while Nick Markakis has struggled to .185 in 27 at-bats.
Felix Hernandez has simply dominated the Minnesota lineup. Only Alexi Casilla at .286 in 14 at-bats checks in with an average better than .200 against the Seattle ace. Jason Kubel checks in at just .158 in 19 at-bats while Justin Morneau is only at .160 in 25. Nothing good to report for Michael Cuddyer or Denard Span in this one either. Avoid all your Twins.
Limited information to go on with the other side of the matchup. Francisco Liriano has held Chone Figgins to a 3-for-13 mark Jack Cust is just 2-for-10. Look to use Ichiro still, as he has hit better than .300 against the lefty while Miguel Olivo checks in at 5-for-16.
Spot Starts: Stauffer, Porcello, Britton
Tough numbers for many of your Pirates against Bronson Arroyo. Big one to note is that Andrew McCutchen is hitless in 12 at-bats against the Cincinnati starter. Garrett Jones is just 3-for-12 while Ryan Doumit has but one hit in 10 at-bats. Arroyo is 5-2 in his last eight starts against the Pirates, though he was hit hard by them earlier this season.
Miguel Tejada at .333 in 18 at-bats and Pat Burrell at .294 in 17 at-bats are your best options against Clayton Kershaw. The rest of the lineup has nothing but struggles. Aaron Rowand is 1-for-11 while Andres Torres is 2-for-12. Even Buster Posey is only 2-for-15 against the tough lefty. Look to avoid this situation where you can.
The turnover in the Mariners roster continues to leave fantasy owners with little to go on overall with matchups. Ichiro is only a .241 hitter against Jered Weaver and Chone Figgins is no better at .167 in 12 at-bats. Michael Saunders is 4-for-11, good for a .364 mark. The next best number comes in the 3-for-11 of Adam Kennedy. Weaver has given up 11 runs in his last 18 innings pitched over 3 starts.
If Nick Swisher is going to get on track, it will be against Jeremy Guthrie. Swisher is hitting .481 with two home runs in 27 at-bats against him. Granderson and Gardner are both good to go. Granderson is at .333 in 15 at bats while Gardner is 5-for-9. Look to avoid the 1-for-18 of Mark Teixeira, but that is the toughest number you will see.
While it might be B.J. Upton's year, it will be put to the test against Ricky Romero. Upton has only one hit in 14 at-bats against the Toronto pitcher. Ben Zobrist, though, is 7-for-15 while Johnny Damon is not only 6-for-10 but also has drawn six walks. Romero struck out 10 in seven innings while allowing two runs in a loss to Tampa earlier this year. Romero has been good at home, posting a 3.36 ERA dating back to the start of last season with an 8.4 K/9 ratio.
Spot Starts: Gorzelanny, Guthrie, Lohse
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