Fantasy Baseball: Tuesday News and Notes
Nothing pretty for the Blue Jays against C.C. Sabathia. As hot as Jose Bautista has been, he is 0-for-11 against the lefty. Aaron Hill and Rajai Davis are a combined 5-for-44, each sharing 22 of those at-bats. Only Jayson Nix at 3-for-10 is hitting at least .300 and he is the only player on the Blue Jays with at least 10 at-bats hitting better than .275.
Look to avoid David DeJesus tonight as he is just 2-for-18 against Dan Haren. Hideki Matsui and Mark Ellis both struggle as well. Good numbers from Coco Crisp and Kevin Kouzmanoff. Kouzmanoff is a .321 hitter with three home runs in 28 at-bats. Crisp is 5-for-14, good for a .357 mark. Haren allowed just one unearned run against the A's in his start earlier this season against them.
In nine starts this season, Doug Fister has allowed two or fewer runs seven times. When he blows up, though, he blows up. The two bad outings saw him allow a combined 10 earned runs in 12.2 innings. Worth noting that while only Denard Span has cracked 10 at-bats against him on the Twins, the small samples are still interesting. Delmon Young is 4-for-9 and Span is 3-for-10. Even Michael Cuddyer is 3-for-8. There are pieces to choose from here.
Jhoulys Chacin has been good all season, but is even better at home. His 2.70 ERA on the road is lowered to 1.80 in his own park (counterintuitive, don't you think?). Justin Upton is 0-for-10 against Chacin while Chris Young is only 2-for-13. Stephen Drew has good numbers at 4-for-12. Start your other Diamondbacks as normal.
Josh Beckett was taken out of his last start with a stiff neck but is scheduled to make his start today. Asdrubal Cabrera is 4-for-10 against him and Shin-Soo Choo checks in at .308 in 13 at-bats. Orlando Cabrera has struggled to a .239 mark in 44 at-bats while Adam Everett is no better, hitting just .214 against him.
Since his start on April 28th ballooned his ERA to nearly 9.50, Ryan Dempster has been able to lower his mark by three full runs with a 3.50 ERA for the month of May. He has won three of his last four outings and has given up only four earned runs in his last 13 innings pitched at home. Jason Bay is just 2-for-13 against him but Carlos Beltran is 6-for-9.
Only a couple rough numbers for the Cardinals against San Diego starter Aaron Harang. The team saw plenty of him while Harang was with the Reds. Look to avoid the 2-for-21 of Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina is just at .206 in 34 at-bats. No other concerns for you in this one. Start your Cardinals as normal as Harang is 2-7 in his last nine starts with a 4.88 ERA against them.
Not much of a strikeout pitcher, but Charlie Morton's numbers at home have been solid. He has just a 1.74 ERA in his own ballpark. While the Braves are not a fantastic matchup and going against Jair Jurrjens makes it worse, he needs to be owned more widely than he currently is. Especially for home pitching matchups.
Spot Starts: McClellan, Fister, Morton
Ryan Sweeney, Cliff Pennington, and David DeJesus have simply raked against Ervin Santana. All are hitting better than .400 against him with Sweeney leading the way at .529 in 17 at-bats. Kurt Suzuki has struggled to 3-for-27 while Mark Ellis is at .229 in 48 at-bats. Otherwise, look to start your A's as you normally would in this one.
Erick Aybar, Alberto Callaspo, and Howie Kendrick are your best bets against Trevor Cahill. Aybar is at .294 in 17 at-bats. Both Callaspo and Kendrick are better than .300, going a combined 9-for-28. Torii Hunter and Bobby Abreu have both struggled, going just .214 and .143 respectively in 14 at-bats a piece.
Jason Hammel has been lit up at home, posting a 5.17 ERA while allowing 32 hits in 31.1 innings. Gerardo Parra and Kelly Johnson are both better than .300 and are your best options against the Colorado starter in this one. Tough numbers otherwise. Stephen Drew is 3-for-13 while Justin Upton is 2-for-12.
Jon Lester dominated Cleveland his last time out, posting seven shutout innings in his effort. Jack Hannahan is 6-for-12 against Lester and needs to be started at least in AL-only formats. Orlando Cabrera at .333 in 18 at-bats is the only other number worth noting. Shin-Soo Choo is 0-for-9 and Asdrubal Cabrera just 1-for-8.
UGLY numbers for the Astros against Ted Lilly. Hunter Pence is at .188 in 32 at-bats while Michael Bourn is 1-for-11. Carlos Lee is barely better with a .256 mark in 43 at-bats. Bill Hall is 2-for-17 while Jason Michaels is 3-for-13.
Spot Starts: Garcia, McDonald
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