Texas Rangers – They face an elite pitcher, but in this matchup great hitting continually dominates great pitching. Adrian Beltre, Nelson Cruz, David Murphy, and Josh Hamilton all own career batting averages of at least .400 against the angel ace. As a team, the Rangers are batting a remarkable .331 against Haren, with roughly one third of their hits going for extra bases. Ian Kinsler is the lone Ranger I’d have second thoughts about in daily fantasy baseball games, but with the entire lineup around him hitting the ball hard, he figures to stumble his way into a productive final stat line.
Brennan Boesch – The Tigers offense is star studded, and Boesch figures to cash in in a big way against Phil Hughes today. Miguel Cabrera crushes the righty (.500 average with 43% of his hits leaving the ballpark), meaning the Yankees are likely to pitch to Boesch with 0 intention of walking him. He has been strong against Hughes, notching 4 hits in 5 at bats, and I expect that trend to continue with a multi hit performance today.
Carlos Lee – Season long fantasy baseball games may be focused on youth and potential, but for daily fantasy baseball leagues, all you need is one good game. Carlos Lee fits that bill, as he has a history of touching up today’s starter (Bronson Arroyo). Every other hit is an extra base hit, and with some speed at the top of the lineup, I expect Lee to record a few RBI. He is batting .321 against the Reds starter, making a multi hit game within reason. He is a much better option than Mark Teixera today, despite the lower price tag.
Players to avoid:
Jose Reyes – Joe Blanton is a rare pitcher that likes facing the Miami speedster. Reyes has only 4 hits in 24 career at bats against the Phillies starter with an OBP of only .231. Reyes is batting nearly 100 points higher at home, and prefers to steal bases against left handed pitchers, putting Blanton in the ideal situation to contain the Marlin SS.
Ryan Zimmerman – The Nationals franchise piece has been ice cold of late (.190 average over the last week) and a visit from the Braves Tommy Hanson doesn’t figure to make things any better. Zimmerman is batting a poultry .167 against the Braves righty, with far more strikeouts (7) than hits (3). The Nationals have been the story of the 2012 MLB season thus far, but for daily fantasy baseball, this is a day to let Zimmerman sit on the pine.