Billy Butler – Jake Peavy is a solid veteran pitcher, but the baby Royals are unimpressed with his track record. Butler has crushed one home run every 6 at bats against the White Sox righty and is batting .389 for his career. Combine his success against Peavy with the fact that he is batting 34 points higher on the road, and Butler is a can’t miss prospect in daily fantasy baseball leagues.
Colby Rasmus – His potential shined at points in the seasons first half, and a matchup with Ubaldo Jimenez should only aid his breakout campaign. He owns a .389 career batting average against Jimenez and has been the only Blue Jay with any success against the righty. Joey Bats is hitless in 12 at bats against Jimenez, making this an opportunity for Rasmus to step up. Toronto typically finds a way to put up runs at home, and Rasmus should be in the middle of the action tonight.
Players to avoid:
Josh Hamilton – Great pitching can beat great hitting, and that’s exactly what has happened when Felix Hernandez has faced off against Hamilton. King Felix has held the Rangers stud to a mere 8 hits in 45 at bats (a .178 career batting average) and has struck him out 13 times. From a fantasy baseball perspective, it is not encouraging that Hamilton has as many walks as hits against the Mariners righty, as you are not paying top dollar for base on balls.
Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz – I love Gonzo as a bounce back candidate for the seasons second half, but the resurgence will be delayed at least one day. David Price brings his 2.82 ERA into action and has held the middle of the Sox order in check throughout his short career. Gonzalez and Ortiz are batting a combined .175 with 0 home runs against the lefty. Price’s ERA drops to 2.22 when pitching at his home ballpark, making it even more likely that runs will be hard to come by for Boston tonight. Gonzalez is a great talent, and Papi an all star, but on this day, neither is worth a look in daily fantasy baseball games.
Justin Upton – His season long struggles figure to continue when Ryan Dempster and his 27 inning scoreless streak faces the D-Backs. Not only has Dempster been spectacular this season, he has dominated Upton in years past (.133 batting average). Upton is another player I wouldn’t bet against having a big second half, but I am not sipping his Kool Aid until he shows some signs of a breakthrough.