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.
Ryan Dempster has given up 17 runs in 18.2 innings pitched on the road this season. While he has not been much better at home, the road numbers shown here are simply firghtening. The good news is that Dempster is 2-0 in his last four starts against the Marlins with an ERA at 1.08. Limited numbers for the Marlins against him, but look to avoid the 0-for-10 of Emilio Bonifacio.
Kyle Lohse has allowed two or fewer runs in six of his eight starts this season, completing at least six innings in every outing. Hunter Pence and Carlos Lee should both be good to go. Lee is a .299 hitter in 67 at-bats with five home runs against Lohse while Pence checks in at .324 in 34 at-bats. Look to avoid Michael Bourn's .148 mark and the 1-for-15 of Bill Hall. Lohse is 6-3 with a 2.55 ERA in his last 10 starts against Houston.
Colby Rasmus and Albert Pujols have largely been held at bay by Bud Norris, both posting only four hits in 19 and 17 at-bats respectively. Yadier Molina is the only St. Louis regular better than .300 and Matt Holliday has hit .273 in 22 at-bats with two home runs against him. Norris is 5-1 with a 2.00 ERA against the Cardinals in his last seven starts.
Andre Ethier MIGHT just own Matt Cain. Ethier is a .500 hitter in 44 at-bats against the San Francisco starter. That is a pretty relevant sample size. James Loney is at .359 and has 39 at-bats to his credit. There is reason to be careful with Matt Kemp, who is only a .257 hitter against Cain and has 35 at-bats.
Spot Starts: Gorzelanny, Lohse
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.
Only players to look to start for Baltimore would be Derrek Lee and Adam Jones against C.C. Sabathia. Lee is a .375 hitter in 16 at-bats against him while Jones is at .333 in 30. Otherwise, nothing good to report. Matt Wieters is 2-for-18 while Vlad Guerrero is only 3-for-20. Your other Orioles do not see much improvement on these numbers. Avoid where you can.
Buster Posey checks in at .421 in 19 at-bats against Chad Billingsley and he is not the only one with good numbers. Aaron Rowand has hit .348 in 23 at-bats while Nate Schierholtz is a .429 hitter in 14. Even Miguel Tejada looks good here. Avoid Andres Torres, Pat Burrell, Aubrey Huff, and Freddy Sanchez. All are at .235 or below.
Outside of Paul Konerko's 6-for-13, nothing good to report for the White Sox against Fausto Carmona. Alex Rios is 3-for-20 while both Alexei Ramirez and Adam Dunn are 2-for-11. Carmona was racked by the White Sox earlier this season for 10 runs in three innings, but is 6-1 against them in his last seven starts. Chalk that one up to a bad day.
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: Carmona, Harang, McClellan