Fantasy Baseball: Friday News and Notes
A few interesting numbers for the Orioles against Josh Beckett. Derrek Lee is 5-for-9 with two home runs while Adam Jones checks in at .308 in 26 at-bats. Vlad Guerrero hits just .233 against Beckett in his 43 at-bats. Nolan Reimold is hitless in nine trips to the plate while Nick Markakis hits .286 but has 12 strikeouts in 42 at-bats. Beckett is 2-0 at home with a 1.17 ERA in six starts (5 ER over 38.1 IP).
Ty Wiggington is hitting .429 in 21 at-bats against Jason Marquis. Todd Helton adds two home runs in 30 at-bats to go with a .300 average. Marquis has been relatively solid at home but was lit up by the Pirates there his last time out. Overall, he is 4-1 at home with a 3.30 ERA. Not bad numbers if you are in need of a deeper spot play.
Some good numbers for the Braves even against Roy Halladay. Chipper Jones is 5-for-10 with two home runs while Brian McCann is a .353 hitter in 17 at-bats. Dan Uggla has been abysmal, but even he has a .409 average in 22 at-bats against the righty. Avoid the 1-for-14 of Nate McLouth.
Not a large overall sample size, but many of the Rangers regulars have double-digit at-bats against Gio Gonzalez. Adrian Beltre is 7-for-16 with two home runs and Josh Hamilton matches the two home runs to go with a .357 average of his own. David Murphy and Ian Kinsler add averages north of .300 as well. Michael Young's 4-for-19 is the only real trouble spot in this one.
Nothing good to report for Oakland against Texas starter C.J. Wilson. In 82 combined at-bats, the A's have hit a sparkling .146 against Wilson. Landon Powell, Pennington, Suzuki, and DeJesus are all 1-for-12. Hideki Matsui is just 2-for-13 while Coco Crisp has just one hit in eight at-bats.
Any Twins you would start against Gavin Floyd make sense in this one as the regulars all have averages better than .294 against the Chicago starter. Floyd is 4-7 in his last 12 starts against the Twins and in that stretch posts a 4.83 ERA. There are much better options available for fantasy owners than attempting to go down that path.
Ichiro has hit .364 against Ervin Santana, but the rest of the Mariners should be left on your bench for this one. Franklin Gutierrez has hit only .188 and has 11 strikeouts in 32 at-bats. Jack Cust is hitting .200 while Chone Figgins is only 5-for-20. Santana has given up 10 home runs in 72.2 innings at home this season but does have a 3.34 ERA in his own park. He is 6-3 with a 3.09 ERA in his last 14 starts against the Mariners.
Orlando Hudson is the only regular to look to start against Chad Billingsley. Hudson is a .350 hitter in 20 at-bats. Look to avoid Chase Headley who has struck out 10 times in 30 at-bats to go with a .233 average. Hundley, Venable, and Ludwick are all hitting south of .240 against the Dodgers starter.
While I would bench the 3-for-14 of Austin Jackson, the rest of your Tigers need to be in the lineup against Kyle Davies. Ryan Raburn is the big winner at 7-for-14 while Jhonny Peralta checks in at .455 in 22 at-bats. Davies was roughed up by the Rockies and this does not look like a promising start given the volume of .300 average against him that he will face.
Spot Starts: Porcello, Blackburn, Lyles
B.J. Upton is only a .205 hitter in 29 at-bats against A.J. Burnett and has struck out 15 times in that stretch. Johnny Damon adds a .200 mark in 25 at-bats while Ben Zobrist is only 6-for-24. Best numbers in this one come from Evan Longoria who is at .371 in 35 at-bats and the .294 of Casey Kotchman. Burnett has lost four of his last six starts and has given up 10 runs in his last 20.1 innings overall.
There is nothing exciting about owning Mark Buehrle, but there is something to be said for his consistency. Buehrle has lowered his ERA over his last 10 starts by nearly half a run and he is keeping his WHIP right around 1.30. He is 4-1 at home with a 2.83 ERA in eight starts this year. Joe Mauer and Jim Thome have really struggled. Mauer is at .224 in 49 at-bats while Thome hits .227 in 22. Michael Cuddyer is the best option with a .344 average and three home runs in 96 at-bats.
A case where numbers are fun to play with. While Chone Figgins has hit just .148 in 27 at-bats against Joel Pineiro, Jack Wilson is 8-for-15 and Josh Bard is 5-for-12. Even Adam Kennedy checks in at .300. Pineiro is only 2-2 at home and holds a 4.40 ERA to go with a .326 BAA.
While the numbers are not a large sample, Tommy Hanson has done well in limited time against the Phillies. Ryan Howard checks in with a home run but is only 2-for-12. Shane Victorino holds the same mark himself. It only gets slightly better with Raul Ibanez and his 3-for-13. Chase Utley is the big winner with a .286 average in 14 at-bats against Hanson.
Ryan Dempster looks to be ready to come back from a back injury that has held him off the mound since June 29th. He was on a role at that time, allowing just seven earned runs in 32.1 innings pitched over five starts. Andrew McCutchen is 6-for-18 against Dempster while Garrett Jones is only 2-for-18. Use Neil Walker and his 6-for-10 mark against the Cubs starter.
Since it is all about Jeter still, know that he hits .315 against James Shields. His teammates do not have as much luck. Mark Teixeira is 6-for-35 (.171) with 13 strikeouts, Curtis Granderson is 3-for-35 (.086) with 11 K's, and Nick Swisher is 5-for-23 (.217) and has gone down on strikes eight times. Jorge Posada is a .333 hitter in 30 at-bats and is your best option outside of Jeter.
The only Royal you will want to start is Billy Butler against Justin Verlander. Butler is hitting .394 with two home runs in 33 at-bats. Otherwise, not much good to report. Alex Gordon is just 4-for-23 and Melky Cabrera only 3-for-17.
Zach Duke saw a fair amount of the Cardinals when he was with the Pirates and it did not really go well. Albert Pujols is hitting .415 against him with four home runs in 41 at-bats. Matt Holliday is at .450 in 20 at-bats with a home run while both Ryan Theriot and Yadier Molina are hitting better than .320 against him. Colby Rasmus has struggled with just two hits in 13 at-bats while Lance Berkman has hit only .231 in 26.
Cole Hamels has struck out 24 Braves in 20 innings against them this season while posting a 1.00 WHIP and 3.15 ERA. Chipper Jones is the only Atlanta regular hitting better than .300 against Hamels that has at least 10 at-bats, though Freddie Freeman is 3-for-9 with a home run. Dan Uggla is 6-for-46 with 14 strikeouts and even Brian McCann is hitting only .261 against him.
Both Bobby Abreu and Torii Hunter hit better than .300 against Felix Hernandez, but avoid your other Angels here. No other regular starter is going to give you an average that creeps over .265 and many have far more than 20 at-bats against the Seattle starter.
Spot Starts: Dempster, Buehrle, Marcum, Maholm
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