Fantasy Baseball: Friday News and Notes

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Fantasy Baseball: Friday News and Notes
Friday Notes

Tim Wakefield has seen plenty of the White Sox. Alex Rios has hit just .216 in 51 at-bats against Wakefield while Alexei Ramirez is 2-for-12. A.J. Pierzynski, Carlos Quentin, and Omar Vizquel are all hitting better than .300 against the knuckleballer with Quentin hitting better than .400 against him.

Look to avoid Mark Teixeira against Jeremy Guthrie tonight, as he is only 1-for-18 against the Baltimore starter. Nick Swisher is the bat to have with a .481 mark and three home runs in 27 at-bats. Brett Gardner has limited at-bats but is 5-for-9 against Guthrie. Curtis Granderson is the only other regular hitting better than .300 against Guthrie.

Might want to bench Matt Wieters and his 2-for-19 mark against A.J. Burnett. The bulk of the Orioles you would start have struggled, but look to the 5-for-10 of J.J. Hardy if you need some help on offense tonight. Burnett is 0-2 in four starts this month with a 4.94 ERA in those outings. Be careful in throwing him out there even against Baltimore.

Charlie Morton's ERA has risen by a full run since May 24th, not something to be proud of in the least. His WHIP away from home this season is 1.45, showing a much higher than average strand rate given that his ERA outside of Pittsburgh is still just 3.00. He has stymied the Phillies once before this season, but against Halladay this is a tough matchup.

The Astros have had no luck against Randy Wolf this season. Look to avoid most of them here. Hunter Pence is just 5-for-24 while Carlos Lee is 5-for-29 and Michael Bourn 1-for-13. Clint Barmes is only 2-for-17 himself. Wolf has given up just two runs on eight hits in 17 innings against the Astros so far this season. Does not look good for Houston here.

Those that have seen Matt Garza on the Cardinals have not enjoyed facing him. Matt Holliday is just 2-for-11 while Lance Berkman is 2-for-15. Best bat available for them is Corey Patterson and his 6-for-10 mark. While he has not recorded a decision in his last three starts, he has given up only three runs in that stretch over 21 innings.

Justin Upton is just 2-for-16 against Ted Lilly but his are the only majo numbers to avoid. Kelly Johnson is hitting .353 in 17 at-bats while Chris Young is at .300 in 20. Lilly has been getting hammered of late. In six of his last seven starts he has given up three or more earned runs. He has not completed seven innings in any of those outings.

NL-only owners may like what they could get from some of the Padres against Jason Hammel. Nick Hundley is 7-for-14 while Chase Headley is at .286 in 21 at-bats. Aaron Cunningham is 5-for-8 and may get a start tonight while Everth Cabrera is 5-for-18. Look to avoid Will Venable and his 1-for-15 mark in this one.

Gavin Floyd has given up just one run in his last 15.1 innings pitched over his last two starts. Marco Scutaro is 7-for-12 against Floyd, by far the best numbers the Red Sox have against Floyd. David Ortiz is hitting .350 in 20 at-bats as well. Nothing else to write home about, but only worth avoiding is the 2-for-11 of Kevin Youkilis and the 3-for-15 of Jacoby Ellsbury.

Spot Starts: Stauffer, Collmenter, Bedard
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