Andre the Giant is healthy and ready to be reinserted into your fantasy baseball lineup.
Andre Ethier – The Dodgers outfielder crushed a HR in his first start off of the DL on Saturday and is ready to continue his superb season tonight against Joe Blanton. Ethier has hit Blanton hard over his career (.429 batting average and a .857 slugging percentage) and it is safe to assume that Blanton has yet to find any kind of rhythm that would discourage that trend (7-8 with a 4.98 ERA). As a team, the Dodgers are hitting .294 against the Phillies righty, meaning that there will be run producing opportunites for Ethier in this one.
Miguel Montero – He could very well be the days top producing catcher, as he has had success against Bronson Arroyo in the past. Montero holds a .462 batting average against the righty, and has clubbed one HR every 6.5 at bats. With Justin Upton’s struggles continuing, the Diamondbacks will count more heavily on Montero, and likely shift him to a spot in the lineup that will increase RBI chances. Runs are scored on a consistent basis at Cincinnati, putting Montero in a valuable position tonight.
Players to avoid:
Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind – The Blue Jays as a team hit the ball as hard as any one, but Phil Hughes has had success against them in his career, as he has recorded more strikeouts than hits allowed. The domination of Hughes is especially apparent against Encarnacion and Lind, two power hitters who have a combined .194 batting average, 2.5 times as many strikeouts as hits, and only one home run against the Yankee righty. Toronto’s power is legitimate, but for daily fantasy baseball games, it figures to be useless tonight.
Ryan Zimmerman – A season full of struggles will continue for Zimmerman, as he faces Carlos Zambrano tonight. Big Z has held Zimmerman to a .192 batting average, surrendering only one extra base hit. Zambrano has given up 3 or fewer runs in 3 of his last 4 starts, and figures to delay any type of turnaround by Zimmerman for at least another night. There are no shortage of solid third basemen in daily fantasy baseball leagues, so avoiding the high priced Zimmerman shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
Milwaukee Brewers – Typically I stay away from small sample sizes, but this trend is to strong to ignore. Current members of the BrewCrew have 2 hits in 24 career at bats (.083 batting average) against Lance Lynn. The Cardinals righty has recorded 5 times as many strikeouts as hits and has truly dominated a strong lineup. There is limited data here, but that type of success is enough to encourage me to look elsewhere today for my fantasy baseball team.