Fantasy Baseball: Wednesday News and Notes
Nick Swisher and Derek Jeter are both hitting better than .300 against David Price, and beyond that the options are limited if you are looking to use your Yankees. Jorge Posada likely finds his way to the bench given his 1-for-21 mark. Mark Teixeira is 5-for-25 and Curtis Granderson only 4-for-21. Look to avoid them where you can.
Limited numbers for the Nationals against Brett Myers, but good ones for Ryan Zimmerman. Zimmerman is hitting .351 with two home runs and 14 RBI in 37 at-bats against Myers. Jayson Werth is just 2-for-9 and has the only other numbers worth noting against Myers. The Houston starter has given up 12 runs in his last 16 innings pitched and has lost his last four starts.
Both Carlos Lee and Hunter Pence are hitting better than .330 against Livan Hernandez and need to be in your lineup. Hernandez has been solid at home, but he has been completely miserable on the road. He is 1-7 with a 5.25 ERA when he leaves the ballpark in Washington. Look to start your Astros in this one if you could use a couple hits.
Outside of Miguel Tejada, not one of your Giants hits better than .275 against Clayton Kershaw. Tejada has a .350 mark in 20 at-bats against Kershaw. Pablo Sandoval is just 4-for-22 while Aaron Rowand is 2-for-13 and Andres Torres is 2-for-12. Stay away from this matchup where you can.
Andre Ethier has hit .281 with two home runs in 32 at-bats against Tim Lincecum. These are the best numbers you will see out of the Dodgers. James Loney is 6-for-33 while Matt Kemp is 5-for-23. Lincecum has given up two earned runs or less in five of his last six starts while working at least six innings in those same five starts.
John Danks will make his first start since June 25th tonight against the Royals. Danks was solid before being sidelined with an oblique strain and this is a favorable matchup. Alex Gordon is 1-for-13 while Billy Butler is 4-for-17 against the Chicago starter. At under 40 percent owned, Danks is a solid spot start option in all fantasy leagues today.
Adrian Beltre has raked against Dan Haren, putting up a .457 average with two home runs in 46 at-bats. David Murphy is 4-for-12 and Michael Young hits .279 in 43 at-bats. Look to avoid Ian Kinsler here if possible given his 5-for-22 and Elvis Andrus who is 2-for-13. Haren is 5-3 at home and has a 1.83 ERA in those starts.
There was a fair amount of run-away-and-hide from Jason Vargas after his last start against Texas. Vargas pitches to contact and it has caused him to be feast or famine so far this season. The good has by far outweighed the bad to this point. Giving up now would be tough. He still has a 1.19 WHIP and that has translated to good numbers. Good spot start here.
Yes, Nick Blackburn looked very good his last time out. In his three starts prior, he had surrendered 18 earned runs and three home runs in 13.1 innings of work. The Indians have hammered him. Travis Hafner, Asdrubal Cabrera, Luis Valbuena, and Michael Brantley are all hitting better than .300 and all have at least 14 at-bats against him.
Spot Starts: Vargas, Danks, Tomlin
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