Kansas City Royals – Max Scherzer has electric stuff, but the young Royals have had plenty of success against the inconsistent righty. As a team the Royals are batting .310 (142 total at bats) with a .521 slugging percentage. Scherzer’s 5.29 ERA at home is anything but intimidating, giving the green light to roster Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon, and Billy Butler among others in daily fantasy baseball leagues.
Kurt Suzuki – If you’re willing to take a flier on a catcher against an elite pitcher, Suzuki is your man. He owns a .314 career average against Felix Hernandez, with nearly half of his hits going for extra bases. He has accounted for one third of the Athletics homers and extra base hits off of King Felix. This figures to be a low scoring game, but if you’re at the end of your budget, Suzuki could pack a decent punch as a low risk option behind the plate.
Players to avoid:
New York Yankees – Call me crazy, but I am sitting most members of the best offense in baseball tonight. Jon Lester hasn’t exactly dominated the Bronx Bombers, but his high strikeout rate is what scares me away from Yankees in daily fantasy baseball games. Despite a respectable .267 batting average against the Sox lefty, the current Yanks have struck out more times than they have recorded a hit. All of their power bats strikeout at least once every 5 at bats, which figures to nullify the hits the rest of the lineup gets. Nothing kills a rally like a K, something fantasy baseball owners may find out on Sunday Night Baseball.
Andrew McCutchen – He has been nothing short of phenomenal for the first half of this season, but a matchup against Tim Lincecum is a tough way to end it. The Pirates all star is 0-10 against the lefty with 3 strikeouts. This hasn’t been The Freak of old, but at 28 years old, it seems likely that he will bounce back sooner rather than later. I love McCutchen in weekly formats and season long formats, but in a daily league, he is not worth the investment.
Melky Cabrera – He has been a nice surprise to fantasy baseball owners thus far this season, but so has AJ Burnett. Over their careers, the matchup has been dominated by the Pirates ace, as he has held the Melk Man to a pitiful .095 batting average. On top of that, Burnett has been near unhittable at home, boasting a 5-0 record with a sparkling 2.01 ERA. This is nothing against Cabrera, as I do believe his success this season is not a fluke, but in a one day season, Cabrera is not a good play.