Fantasy Baseball: Friday News and Notes
John Lackey has given up just three runs in 13 innings against the Mariners this season, but the Mariners do have a couple good numbers against him from their regulars. Ichiro is a .306 hitter in 98 at-bats while Chone Figgins is 5-for-11. Franklin Gutierrez is 2-for-18 while Miguel Olivo is only 4-for-26.
David Price has been lit up by the Yankees this season, surrendering 11 runs in 17.1 innings pitched. That's good for a 5.71 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. Price has given up at least four earned runs in four of his last seven outings. Jason Collette noted on Twitter the other day that Price continues to rely more on his fastball over the second half of the season. The bulk of the team has hit him poorly, but both Jeter and Swisher are good to go.
On the other end of the spectrum, C.C. Sabathia has given up just two earned runs in 17 innings against the Rays. Still some good numbers for Tampa. Both Kelly Shoppach and Ben Zobrist check in at .273 while B.J. Upton is a .297 hitter. Evan Longoria is 8-for-24 with three home runs.
Livan Hernandez has been killed on the road this season, posting a 5.69 ERA and 1.72 away from his home park. He has given up nine runs on 25 hits to the Phillies over 19.1 innings against them in 2011. Only Ryan Howard at .242 (but with four home runs in 33 at-bats) and Jimmy Rollins at .222 in 72 at-bats have struggled against Hernandez.
Random stat that should amuse all fantasy owners: Carl Pavano has held Asdrubal Cabrera hitless in 19 at-bats lifetime. The Indians have activated Shin-Soo Choo and he is a .400 hitter against Pavano. Michael Brantley has solid numbers, posting a .333 mark in 21 at-bats.
Cole Hamels is 6-1 in his last 10 starts against Washington. Add in a 2.54 ERA over that stretch and you have a solid matchup for the lefty. Hamels has a 2.29 ERA at home this season and has allowed two or fewer earned runs in his last five starts in Philadelphia. Ryan Zimmerman's .275 mark in 51 at-bats is the best available for Washington.
Avoid Prince Fielder tonight. The Brewers first baseman is hitting .089 with just four hits in 45 at-bats against Paul Maholm. Both Ryan Braun and Corey Hart are good to go here. Not much else to like about the Brewers otherwise here.
Only Josh Willingham has decent numbers against C.J. Wilson. Willingham is 5-for-10 and is the only Oakland player cracking .300 with at least 10 at-bats against Wilson. Kurt Suzuki is 1-for-14 while David DeJesus is only 2-for-15. It gets no better. Avoid your A's here.
Brandon McCarthy could make the duel with Texas interesting. McCarthy has a 1.14 WHIP and 2.39 ERA at home this season. Add to it, McCarthy has given up just four earned runs over his last four starts covering 22 innings of work.
Spot Starts: Minor, Maholm, Lohse
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