A day of reversal, where the big names in fantasy baseball are facing uphill battles, while less heralded players matchup favorably.
Alexei Ramirez – The White Sox as a whole struggle against James Shields, but Ramirez has the Ray stud figured out. He has yet to strike out against Shields, and is batting .353 against Tampa’s righty. One third of his hits have left the ball park, making him a better bet to drive in runs than usual.
Ian Kinsler and Michael Young – The Ranger duo crushes Jason Vargas, especially when playing in front of their home crowd. They get a hit 44% of the time and both players have taken Vargas deep. Hits, runs, rbi, and sb’s figure to be aplenty tonight … make sure you’ve got the men in control of the top offense in the league.
Omar Infante – His $115,000 price tag in Fantazzle’s salary cap games may seem a bit high at first glance, but he is worth every penny tonight against the Nationals. He opposes Edwin Jackson, a pitcher he has notched a hit in 6 of 10 at bats against throughout his career. Sure, it’s a small sample size, but with on base specialists like Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes batting early in the order, those hits should result in RBI opportunities for the Miami 2b.
Players to avoid
JJ Hardy – Ricky Romero has had his way with the Baltimore shortstop, holding him to a .133 batting average in 15 at bats. In fact, Hardy heads back to the dugout by way of K over 50% of the time. He’s knocked in only a single run against Romero, making a 1 hit night a success for Hardy, but not the type of success that is going to help daily fantasy baseball owners.
New York Yankees not named Alex Rodriguez – Dan Haren dominates the Yankees like very few pitchers do, and only A-Rod hits the Angel righty with any kind of regularity. Subtract Rodriguez from the equation, and the current Yankees are hitting a put ride .233 (56/240). Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin are two players who struggle the most, batting .191 against Haren with 22 strikeouts and only 13 hits.
Albert Pujols – The Machine is heating up, but even when he’s been at his best, Andy Pettitte has handled him with ease. Pujols is batting .217 against the long time Yankee with 0 extra base hits. Don’t get me wrong, Pujols is a stud, but today isn’t the day to break the bank for the Angels first basemen.