A.J. Burnett has been decent of late and only Alex Rios has hit better than .300 against him in the past. Paul Konerko is 4-for-15 with two home runs while Adam Dunn is 4-for-16. A.J. Pierzynski should be avoided given his sub-.200 mark in 22 at-bats. Burnett has lost his last three decisions and has only completed the sixth inning once in his last four starts.
Gavin Floud has allowed only two runs in his last 22.1 innings pitched. Nick Swisher, Mark Teixeira, and Andruw Jones are all only 1-for-9 against Floyd and Robinson Cano is just 2-for-16. Curtis Granderson is a .250 hitter in 32 at-bats while Brett Gardner is 4-for-8.
Surprisingly, only Albert Pujols has a decent track record for the Cardinals against Randy Wolf. Pujols is a .323 hitter in 31 at-bats with two home runs. Lance Berkman is 3-for-27, Yadier Molina is 5-for-24, Rafael Furcal is at .211 in 38 at-bats, and Matt Holliday is at .233 in 30 at-bats. Look elsewhere for some offense.
Ichiro has hit .346 against Gio Gonzalez and has the best numbers available to fantasy owners. Look to avoid the 2-for-12 of Franklin Gutierrez. Chone Figgins has struggled as well with a 5-for-20 mark. Gonzalez has lost three of his last four starts and in his last two starts he has surrendered 10 runs in 10 innings.
Aaron Hill has had rough season, but he has hit .273 in 33 at-bats against James Shields and has added four home runs as well. Adam Lind has been solid as well with five home runs and a .306 average in 36 at-bats against Shields. Keep your Blue Jays active in this one as there are no red flags in players that you would be looking to start.
Charlie Morton has decidedly come back to earth. In his last 10 starts, his ERA has risen by a run and a half. He has allowed nine earned runs in his last 9.1 innings in his last two starts. While he has held righties down, lefties simply have hammered him to the tune of .380.
I wrote about this for FantasyPros911.com yesterday and it is just as true here. I do not understand why people are abandoning Tim Stauffer at this point. He has allowed more than three earned runs exactly once in his last 10 outings. In all nine of those starts he completed at least six innings. While just 3-4 at home, he has a 2.88 ERA. Sure Stauffer has struggled with wins because of San Diego's lineup, but he has pitched well.
It might take Tim Wakefield to cool off Asdrubal Cabrera. Wakefield has held him to a 1-for-9 mark. Travis Hafner is worse with a 1-for-12 mark. Wakefield has been up and down, but largely you could blame some of the in-game management. He gave up seven runs against Seattle, but the bulk in the seventh inning when he shouldn't have been in there. Generally, six innings is his limit.
Only once in his last 10 appearances has Brandon Beachy allowed more than three earned runs. In his last two starts, he has allowed one earned run in 13.1 innings of work. Beachy's ERA has moved up and down some, but it is overall BETTER than it was on April 30th. Beachy is only available in 10 percent of leagues, but he should be owned across all leagues.
Spot Starts: Floyd, Stauffer, Wolf