Matt Holliday – The Cardinals left fielder would be a good play based on his current hot streak, but he is a can’t miss option when you consider that he owns Ricky Nolasco. Holliday is batting .476 for his career against the righty with a .952 slugging percentage. The stars align for Holliday whose batting average (+35 points) and power both increase at Busch Stadium.
Tampa Bay Rays – Their offense has been struggling over the last 2 weeks, but a visit from Justin Masterson is all they. Only Ben Zobrist (.100 batting average) has struggled against the righty, with all other current Rays batting .359. None of the healthy Rays strikeout often against Masterson, making it difficult for him to pitch out of jams. There aren’t any bad options out of Tampa Bay tonight, make sure to take advantage in daily fantasy baseball games.
Players to avoid:
Alfonso Soriano – Not many Cubs are having respectable years at the plate, but Soriano is one of them. He is likely the only reason daily fantasy baseball owners even look up the Cubs schedule, but he is an awful play tonight. Soriano is batting only .125 against Johan Santana with more strikeouts than walks and hits combined. The Cubs offense is anything but intimidating, allowing Santana to focus his efforts on retiring Soriano.
Jimmy Rollins – If you’ve watched a Phillies game lately, the swings Rollins is taking are encouraging. But I’ll stick with numbers over the eye test, making Rollins a player to avoid against Tim Hudson. The Braves pitcher has held Rollins to a 12 hits in 64 at bats (.188 batting average), statistics that are impossible to ignore. I think we see the dominant Hudson from June tonight, and I am not rostering Rollins in any daily fantasy baseball format.
Texas Rangers – Yep, you read that right. I’m avoiding arguably the best offense in the league and here’s why. They face off against Francisco Liriano, a pitcher who has held their team to a .220 average. More impressive than the low average is how will he has worked around the elite hitters of Texas. Josh Hamilton (.200), Ian Kinsler (.200), Nelson Cruz (0/3 with 3 strikeouts), and Elvis Andrus (0/9) all struggle against the Twins lefty. The Rangers should still win this game, but it won’t be in spectacular fashion like you’d expect.