A.J. Pierzynski – The White Sox catcher is quietly producing a solid season for his fantasy baseball owners, and that is a trend that I like to continue against Zack Greinke tonight. The newest Angel figures to have troubles adjusting to a bigger market in LA, and it won’t make him more comfortable when Pierzynski steps to the plate, as he has had as much success against Greinke as any hitter. He is batting .408 in 49 carer at bats, by far the best on Chicago’s roster. With the rest of the Sox likely to struggle, look for their catcher to be in the center of any runs they can produce against the Angels tonight.
Players to avoid:
Chris Johnson and Aaron Hill – Both have been value plays for the majority of this season, as Hill boasts a .300 batting average and Johnson seems to hit an absolute bomb on a weekly basis. One would assume that facing the Phillies when one of the big 3 is not on the mound is a strong matchup, but that’s not the case for these two against Joe Blanton. They have combined for 1 hit in 21 at bats (.048 batting average), giving them very little potential upside in daily fantasy baseball games. The fact that righties (both Johnson and Hill bat right handed) are batting 47 points lower against Blanton than lefties is simply icing on the cake.
Jay Bruce – Wandy Rodriguez may have switched uniforms, but he is still the same pitcher, which is very bad news for Bruce. The domination of Bruce is borderline comical, as he holds a .069 batting average against the Pirates lefty and has struck out more often than not in 29 career at bats. Ryan Ludwick has been the Reds power hitter worth rostering of late, and that won’t change tonight for daily fantasy baseball owners. Bruce has more power, but some pitchers just dominate certain hitters, and this is one of those instances.
Paul Konerko – As was the case with Bruce, switching the uniform of a pitcher who dominates doesn’t change anything. Zack Greinke has owned Konerko (.145 batting average with nearly twice as many strikeouts as hits) and that won’t change now that he’s in Anaheim. The powerful first basemen has managed only a .226 slugging percentage against Greinke, making a HR a long shot. We are not looking at a multi hit performance, and with a home run unlikely, there is little value in rostering Konerko tonight.
Lance Berkman – The Big Puma can hit some of the games best pitchers, but he cannot solve Randy Wolf. He has just 3 hits in 33 career at bats (.091 batting average) and has struck out 8 times. Berkman’s playing time has been a bit sporadic of late, and when in the lineup, he has failed to produce the elite power he displayed last season. It seems that he is aging quickly this year, so don’t pay the price for last years solid season.