Kelly Shoppach – When a hitter dominates a pitcher, the tendency is to try to find a reason behind it. But there is simply no explanation for Shoppach career long streak against Mark Buehrle. The Marlins hurler is a crafty lefty who has made a career out of succeeding in an effort to keep batters of balance, but Shoppach has proven the exception. He holds a .400 career batting average against Buehrle, having 75% of his hits go from extra bases. He averages 1.25 RBI per hit, and ratio that is nearly as absurd as his 1.100 slugging percentage. With Buehlre’s ERA 1.05 runs higher on the road and the Mets team batting average standing at .302, you won’t find a player with a more favorable set up for tonight. Don’t miss the boat in daily fantasy baseball games.
Chipper Jones – Roy Halladay has been getting hitters out for a long time, but one hitter he has never completely figured is Jones. Chipper’s swan song figures to include a solid night here, as he owns a .500 career batting average against Doc with a 1.100 slugging percentage. An outstanding 60% of his hits have gone for extra bases, as he leads all Atlanta players in HR’s, doubles, average, walks, and slugging percentage. His price tag won’t be as high as the young studs at the hot corner, but his history against Halladay suggests he could outproduce most in daily fantasy baseball formats.
Sean Rodriguez (if active)- Joe Maddon is tough to grasp, but Rodriguez should be on his radar, and in his starting lineup, tonight. He reaches base in nearly 53% of his at bats against Brandon Morrow, a stat that could lead to a very useful day for his fantasy owners. He hasn’t been only a singles hitter against Morrow, however, as 60% of his hits have gone for extra bases, resulting in more RBI than hits. His ability to take pitches and work the count work in favor of the Rays, while his ability to not only score, but also knock in, runs figures to help his fantasy owners.
Players to avoid:
Toronto Blue Jays – These team may have more power than any other team in the league, but they have been rendered helpless against Matt Moore. The 23 year old lefty has faced a current member of the Blue Jays 71 times, and has yet to give up a HR. In fact, he has held the aggressive lineup to a mere 2 extra base hits and a well below average .210 slugging percentage. Only 2 players have recorded an RBI against Moore, giving no player in this lineup considerable upside in an fantasy baseball format.
Joe Mauer – The mantra in fantasy baseball may be “don’t pay for saves”, but I’ve always liked treating the catcher position in a similar manner. Mauer is one of the higher priced backstops in the league, but is will not nearly be worth it tonight. He has only managed 2 hits in 19 career at bats against Doug Fister (.105 batting average), less than one third of his career batting average. Mauer is no longer a solid power option, and hitting in the middle of a weak lineup, he should not be viewed as a strong RBI or run scoring candidate. A banged up catcher (nagging back injury) who has little upside is not where my money is going under any circumstances.