Raul Ibanez – Jered Weaver is an elite pitcher, but he simply cannot solve how to pitch to Ibanez. The Yankee OF has 14 hits (4 homers) in 27 at bats against the Angel ace and has a 1.037 slugging percentage. In short, this matchup is far to tasty to pass up, and the price for Ibanez isn’t that off a player with this type of success.
All Milwaukee Brewers – The BrewCrew travels to LA to face the Dodgers and Aaron Harang, a pitcher they have owned over the past. As a team, the current Brewers are batting .295 against the 10 year veteran, with Nyjer Morgan and Alex Gonzalez recording 16 hits in 30 at bats. The usual suspects Aramis Ramirez (assuming he is active), Ryan Braun, and Rickie Weeks all hit Harang well, with Braun and Ramirez accounting for 88.9% of the Brewers long balls against the big righty. Look for Milwaukee to hang a crooked number on the Dodgers tonight, with fantasy baseball goodness aplenty.
Todd Helton – The ageless first basemen from Colorado has fared well against Wandy Rodriguez in a his career, making Monday’s first game of a double dip particularly enticing for daily fantasy baseball owners considering Helton. He is batting .429 against Rodriguez and figures to get at least 3 chances at the dish against the Astros starters, as Houston will be looking to save its bullpen for the nightcap. Helton bats 20 points higher at home and is a cheap option ($95,000) to fill a deep position today.
Players to avoid
Adrian Beltre – A game at home is typically reason enough to roster as many Ranger players as you can afford in salary cap fantasy baseball games, but Kevin Millwood has contained Beltre over a large sample size of 79 at bats. He has held the Texas 3b to an ordinary .253 average with a sub-par .280 OBP. Beltre is currently valued as the fourth best man at the hot corner on Fantazzle, but the fact that he has more strikeouts (9) than extra base hits (7) is implying that your money is well spent elsewhere.
All San Francisco Giants – It may be a small sample size, but I’m buying Trevor Cahill’s ability to shut down a feeble offense. Current Giants are batting only .195 against the D-Backs righty and have driven in only 3 runs in 77 at bats. Cahill’s ERA drops by 2.4 runs away from home, and San Francisco’s spacious park figures to keep that trend going.