Fantasy Baseball: Monday News and Notes
Only three White Sox hit .300 or better against C.C. Sabathia. Look to start Juan Pierre, Gordon Beckham (5-for-14), and Alexei Ramirez (.421 in 19 at-bats). Otherwise, there is little to write home about. In addition to being slowed by injury, Paul Konerko has hit only .224 in 76 at-bats. Carlos Quentin, A.J. Pierzynski, and Adam Dunn all hit below .200 against Sabathia.
Paul Maholm has dominated the Cubs this season, giving up just one run on 12 hits in 23.1 innings against them in 2011. Starlin Castro is still worth starting given his .333 mark and Reed Johnson needs to be in NL-only lineups. He is 8-for-13 against him lifetime!! Otherwise, nothing to drastically avoid, but the Cubs have had no success this year against him to breed any confidence.
Newly-acquired Ryan Ludwick should be thrilled to get to Pittsburgh to face Carlos Zambrano. Ludwick is 9-for-22 (.409) against him. Andrew McCutchen is 5-for-9 while Garrett Jones is 5-for-12. Look to avoid the rest of what you might otherwise start against the Chicago pitcher.
Bud Norris has been roughed up in his last three starts at home. Despite posting a 2.93 ERA in Houston for the entire season, Norris has allowed 11 runs in his last 16.2 innings pitched in his own park. Norris will continue to provide owners strikeouts, but he has been in a rough patch lately and should be benched here. Not to mention a blister issue caused him to be pulled from his last start.
Xavier Nady and Justin Upton should be good to go in this one even against Matt Cain. Both are hitting well above .300 against the San Francisco starter. Kelly Johnson, Miguel Montero, and Chris Young all have at least 20 at-bats against Cain and all three are hitting below .200 against him. Avoid them where you have other options.
Prince Fielder and Corey Hart are your only Brewers hitting at or above .300 against Chris Carpenter. Otherwise, the news is not that good. Jerry Hairston is at .214, Ryan Braun is just 3-for-15, and Casey McGehee is at just .250. Felipe Lopez, surprisingly, is a .292 hitter with two home runs in 24 at-bats against the St. Louis pitcher.
Javier Vazquez has allowed three earned runs or less in seven of his last eight starts. In five of those seven starts, he went at least six innings. While David Wright is a .308 hitter in 13 at-bats against Vazquez, the rest of the New York lineup has had their problems in this one. Look to avoid your Mets where you can here as even Jose Reyes is 4-for-21.
Martin Prado and Chipper Jones should lead the way against Livan Hernandez. Prado is hitting .414 in 29 at-bats against the righty while Jones is at .356 in 73 trips to the plate. McLouth, Hinske, Gonzalez, and Uggla are all hitting south of .215 against Hernandez. Jason Heyward checks in at .286 with two home runs in 14 at-bats. Hernandez has a 3.42 ERA and 1.17 WHIP at home this year.
Jair Jurrjens was lit up by the Nationals in his one outing against them this season. He gave up six runs on eight hits in only five innings. Though there are limited numbers against him for the most part, Ryan Zimmerman is 10-for-27 while Jayson Werth goes the other direction at .190 in 21 at-bats.
Spot Starts: Maholm, Hernandez, Vazquez
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