Raul Ibanez is a .550 hitter in 20 at-bats against John Lannan. He adds two home runs in that stretch as well. Placido Polanco is at 6-for-12 himself with Chase Utley checking in at .440 in 25 at-bats. Tough numbers include the 5-for-30 of Ryan Howard, though he does have two home runs, and the 3-for-16 of Wilson Valdez. Jimmy Rollins is a .265 hitter in 34 trips to the plate.
Good numbers from many of the Tigers against Scott Baker. Austin Jackson is 5-for-11 while Victor Martinez, Ramon Santiago, and Miguel Cabrera are all hitting better than .300. Brandon Inge has struggled to a .214 mark in 42 at-bats. Ryan Raburn is just 2-for-10 while Jhonny Peralta is at .255 in 47 at-bats.
Only Matt Kemp has stand-out numbers against Ubaldo Jimenez. Kemp has seen Jimenez 32 times and has hit .344 with a home run against him. No other Dodgers regular cracks .300 against him. James Loney at .175 in 40 at-bats is your worst option, but Casey Blake at .238 in 21 is not much better. Avoid your Dodgers where possible.
Jon Garland has been hit pretty hard by the Rockies, especially Carlos Gonzalez. Gonzalez is 11-for-18, good for a .611 mark. Todd Helton is 5-for-10 and Dexter Fowler is 4-for-10. Only trouble spot is 2-for-22 of Jason Giambi. Otherwise, play your Rockies as you normally would in this matchup.
Rough numbers for many of the Red Sox against Gavin Floyd. Carl Crawford is an interesting option. Though only 2-for-8 against Floyd, both hits are home runs. Both J.D. Drew and Dustin Pedroia have 14 at-bats against him but hit .143 and .214 respectively against him. Even Jacoby Ellsbury is only 2-for-11. The .294 of David Ortiz is your best option in this one.
Avoid Michael Cuddyer and his 2-for-19 mark against Rick Porcello in this one. Delmon Young is 6-for-17 against the Detroit starter and while Denard Span is 7-for-18. Best numbers come from Jason Kubel, who is a .500 hitter in 22 at-bats against Porcello. Porcello may just be 3-3 in his last eight starts against the Twins, but he has just a 2.66 ERA in that stretch.
Many know that I am a big Clayton Richard supporter, but that just does not add up today. Richard's road numbers this season have been bad. He does have both his wins away from home, but he also has a 6.00 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. This should spell good numbers for your Braves today.
Some good and some bad for the A's against A.J. Burnett. Look to avoid Coco Crisp, Hideki Matsui, and David DeJesus as all are well below .200 against the New York starter. Kurt Suzuki is 6-for-18 against Burnett while Daric Barton and Ryan Sweeney are both better than .300 as well.
Spot Starts: Porcello, Leake, Matusz
Check out Bud Norris' road splits before starting him against the Padres. Norris is 0-3 on the road with a 6.55 ERA in four starts. He has allowed batters to hit .330 against him in those starts. He certainly still has strikeout numbers worth starting, fanning 26 in 22 road innings. This is Petco Park, which is slightly different than most of his road starts, but tough none the less.
Ichiro is a .367 hitter in 30 at-bats against James Shields and he is not the only one with good numbers against the Tampa starter. Chone Figgins is 10-for-27, showing good numbers despite recent struggles. Franklin Gutierrez and Miguel Olivo are both better than .300 against him as well. Jack Cust and Adam Kennedy are your only trouble spots.
Johnny Damon owns Felix Hernandez, posting a .563 average in 16 at-bats. Look to see Casey Kotchman in the lineup as well given his 5-for-14 marks. B.J. Upton though is only 1-for-18 and Ben Zobrist is only 2-for-12.
Both Carlos Beltran and Angel Pagan are worth starting against Paul Maholm. Pagan is 5-for-12 with a home run while Beltran is 6-for-14 with a home run as well. Maholm may be 1-3 on the road, but batters are hitting just .218 against him outside of his home park.
Spot Starts: Maholm, Swarzak, Stauffer