Andre Ethier – The man got paid, and today he will earn the big bucks. He faces off against Dan Haren, a pitcher who he has owned thus far in his career. He owns a .386 with 41.2% of his hits going for extra bases. Combine that with Haren’s recent struggles (9 runs and 18 hits over his last 2 outings) and this feels like a matchup Ethier can exploit in a big way for his daily fantasy baseball owners.
Scott Hairston -He may not be a player you routinely roster, but against Andy Pettitte, he is worth the gamble. He owns a .400 career mark against the veteran lefty with two thirds of his hits going for extra bases. In fact, the Mets team as a whole hits Pettitte well (.319 average) leading me to believe that this could be a higher scoring game than most would think.
Placido Polanco – He has had a few big games of off James Shields, and could very easily produce in a big way tonight. The Phils man at the hot corner has a .471 career average against Shields with half of his hits going for extra bases, resulting in a .941 slugging percentage. His batting average has increased each month this season, and a showdown with one of the better pitchers in the AL figures to bring out the best in this professional hitters. Look for extended at bats, where Shields is forced to show Polanco every pitch he has to offer. Polanco will grind out a multi hit performance, and do it at a bargain price for fantasy baseball owners.
Players to avoid:
Oakland Athletics – Tim Lincecum is going to find his way one of these days, and a trip to Oakland isn’t a bad place to start. The weak hitting Athletics are batting a lifetime .214 against The Freak with more strikeouts than hits. Oakland is rarely a place to look for daily fantasy baseball games, and I encourage you to look past Lincecum’s 6.19 ERA today, as he will shut down the A’s.
Paul Konerko – The White Sox slugger has had next to no success against Zack Greinke, and there is no reason that won’t continue today. Konerko has 9 hits in 59 career at bats (.153 average) with 17 of his outs coming by way of K. He doesn’t figure to have a whole lot of help from Alexei Ramirez (.130 career average against Greinke), making the middle portion of the Sox lineup a solid bet ot produce very little tonight.