John Danks is pitching this season nearly exactly in line with his career numbers - no better and no worse. Curtis Granderson has struggled to a 1-for-23 mark against Danks. Robinson Cano is 5-for-10 and Mark Teixeira is 5-for-9. Nick Swisher is not bad either at 4-for-10.
UGLY numbers from the Nationals against Derek Lowe. Only Ryan Zimmerman is hitting better than .300 against Lowe. Jayson Werth is at .250 in 28 at-bats, Ian Desmond is the same in 20 at-bats. Adam LaRoche is 2-for-19 while Michael Morse is 2-for-15. For the season, the Nationals are hitting just .190 against the Atlanta starter.
Ryan Ludwick again has good numbers against a Cubs starter. He is 4-for-9 with two home runs against Randy Wells. Andrew McCutchen is 7-for-13, so you will certainly want to continue to keep him in the lineup. Wells has allowed at least four earned runs in six of his last seven starts. Avoid him at all costs in this one.
You will certainly want to start your Braves against John Lannan. Your regulars have simply raked against the Washington starter. Chipper Jones, Dan Uggla, Martin Prado, and Alex Gonzalez are all hitting better than .300 against him. Lannan has not been able to complete six innings in three of his last four starts, but he has been moderately effective through keeping opponents to three or fewer runs in nine of his last 10 starts overall.
B.J. Upton is just 3-for-17 against Ricky Romero, but he is the only true trouble spot for the Rays against him. Evan Longoria is hitting .364 in 11 at-bats while Ben Zobrist is at .389 in 18. Johnny Damon is the big winner with his 7-for-13 mark. Despite an overall rough July, Romero has posted a 3.05 ERA in his three starts since the break to go with a .203 BAA.
Jose Bautista has owned David Price. Bautista is 8-for-19 with three home runs against the lefty. Unfortunately for Toronto, no one else comes close to that production. In fact, the rest of the team is a combined .186 against him. Only the 4-for-14 of (wait for it) Mike McCoy comes close to being worthy of starting.
Wandy Rodriguez is likely a continuing audition for another team with each start. He has given up just three runs in 14 innings over his last two outings. Joey Votto has the best numbers you will see at .353 in 34 at-bats. Ramon Hernandez has good numbers as well, but avoid the rest of your Reds where possible. Jay Bruce is a disaster at 1-for-23 and it does not get much better from there.
Felix Hernandez is already 2-0 this season with a 1.09 ERA against Oakland. In 24.2 innings of work, the A's have registered just three runs on 13 hits and three walks, good for a .159 average. Only the .323 of David DeJesus and .333 of Kurt Suzuki should be in your lineup for this one. Hernandez has simply been too dominant against them.
Only Justin Upton at .290 in 31 at-bats cracks the .220 mark against Tim Lincecum. The Diamondbacks have out-and-out ugly numbers against the San Francisco ace. Add in the fact that Lincecum has allowed one earned run or less in six of his last seven starts and you have a recipe for disaster. Keep your Diamondbacks on the bench for this one.
Spot Starts: Correia, Danks, Hand